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Grilled Italian Chicken-Pork Burgers with Pesto - Recipe

A recipe for handmade burgers made with ground chicken and pork with plenty of Italian seasonings, grilled to juicy perfection and topped with a spicy pesto. Time to get cooking!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 845kcal



  • 12 ounces chicken
  • 12 ounces pork
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon of:
  • Thyme
  • Toasted fennel crushed
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Red pepper flakes


  • 1 jalapeno pepper roasted and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • Handful of almonds lightly toasted
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil or more as desired
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Smoked gouda cheese slices
  • Sliced tomato
  • 4 toasted buns


  • Combine all of the burger ingredients in a large bowl and hand mix. Do not overmix. Form into 4 6-ounce patties.
  • For the pesto, add all ingredients to a food processor except the oil. Process until chunky. Stream in olive oil and process until blended. Set aside.
  • Heat your grill to medium heat and add burgers. Cook 4-5 minutes per side, then lower heat and close the lid. Cook another 5-6 minutes, or until cooked through yet still moist.
  • Add cheese and cover. Allow cheese to melt.
  • Serve onto buns topped with tomato slices and pesto. Enjoy!


Calories: 845kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 619mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 3.3mg