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Burger Surprise


Some of the most distinctive foods in Italian cooking originated from the Liguria region of Italy.  Of them all, however, Pesto is our favorite.

Its name comes from ‘Pestato’, an Italian word meaning ‘Crushed’; and in this classic recipe from Genova, Basil is crushed with cheeses, pine nuts,garlic and olive oil to create our idea of the perfect Pesto.

We have found so many uses for this sauce; we would quickly run out of space listing them.

The recipe, below, is one of our summertime favorites. Simple yet flavorful, we think you’ll love it too.


At a glance
6 servings

2 pounds Ground chuck

3 Tablespoons Pesto

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Gently mix all ingredients together.

Shape the seasoned meat into 12 thin patties.

In the center of six of them, place a tablespoon of one of the following.

Blue, cheddar or Swiss cheese, minced onions, dill pickles, salsa, chili, cooked bacon, chopped jalapeno, bell peppers, olive tapenade.

Take the plain six patties and top them over the stuffing, crimp the edges to keep the burgers together.  Cook/grill as usual.