Pesto Turkey Burgers


If you’ve read some of my other posts during Whole 30, you know I’m a big fan of turkey burgers. They’re lean but hardy and can pack a lot of flavor if you’re intentional about it.

Last week Jon grabbed some Plainville Farms ground turkey meat on sale at Publix. He raved that this brand was top of the line and while I didn’t take him seriously at the time— I think i’m kind of a believer now! So here we are, one week later and I’m still so in love with this turkey meat and SO in love with this sandwhich. After a delicious round two this afternoon, I proudly present to you another turkey burger recipe for the archives. Meet the Pesto Turkey Burger.


P E S T O   T U R K E Y   B U R G E R S

Ingredients (Serves 3)

1 Pound ground turkey

1/2 Teaspoon garlic, minced

1/2 Teaspoon onion powder

1/2 Teaspoon black pepper

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1 1/2 Tablespoons pesto

Mozzarella Cheese

Sliced tomato

Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Knead garlic and seasonings into ground turkey meat. Pan fry or grill until the burger reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  3. Place sliced onion on a foil pan. Lightly season with a pinch of salt, pepper, and a drop of olive oil. Cook until tomato begins to blister (3 – 5 minutes).
  4. Place burger buns open faced into the oven (or directly on the grill) until bread is lightly toasted.
  5. Assemble the burger: Spread 1/2 tablespoon of pesto directly onto the burger, or and/or directly onto the burger bun. Top with roasted tomato and mozzarella cheese.

Notes: Jon and I differ when it comes to the presence of tomatoes on food in general. For me, the texture of a straight up tomato is no good. For that reason, I made sure mine were roasted. Also, I’m a sucker for melted cheese whereas Jon choose to have his cheese fresh from the blade to the bun!

Pesto Turkey Burger