May 15, 2012

Havarti Stuffed Pesto Burgers

This is one of my favorite burgers of all time, probably because I love fresh pesto, combining the tastes of basil and roasted pine nuts, and I also love Havarti. The best thing about this burger is that the cheese cooks on the inside of the burger, making for a very soft and gooey center. This is not the kind of burger you would need to add ketchup or mustard to, though we do like to add tomato, lettuce and sometimes avocado. The recipe below yields 8 very large burgers. Enjoy!

4 lbs ground beef
2 10oz jars of basil pesto
2 eggs
8 large slices Havarti cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup mayonnaise
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, etc. (optional)

1. Mix 10 oz pesto into ground beef until well incorporated

2. Mix in eggs

3. Add salt and pepper
4. Divide beef into 16 equal patties
5. On top of 8 of the patties, add 1 heaping Tbs of pesto

6. Add one slice of Havarti, folded, on top of pesto

7. Add additional patty on top, then seal closed by pressing sides together

8. Combine mayo and remaining pesto

9. Grill on low heat
10. Garnish with Pesto mayo and other ingredients


  1. How long do u usually cook them for?

    1. Hi Stacie - I cook it on the lowest grill setting. When the meat releases easily on the first side, then I flip it over and do the same on the second. Depending on the heat on your grill it probably totals 10-15 minutes. You can always make a small cut to make sure it's cooked all the way through.

  2. I made some, but I cooked them a little different. I let the grill heat up on high, dropped them on there for 10 seconds, flipped, and turned down to low to finish it off. Adds a nice quick crust to seal in the juices. Mmmm