Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers

These grilled pesto turkey burgers have a ton of flavor and don’t get dried out like some other turkey burger recipes. They’re a great addition to your summer cookout or 4th of July get-together.

Grilled pesto turkey burger recipe

Pesto Turkey Burgers Recipe

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This grilled pesto turkey burger recipe may seem a little strange when you look at the ingredients (who ever heard of putting chopped walnuts in a burger?)

But they taste amazing!

The pesto ingredients add the flavor that is sometimes missing from ground turkey. And the little bit of water keeps the turkey burgers from getting dried out.

Although these pesto turkey burgers are delicious when cooked on the grill, you can also make them on the stove. Put a little oil in a frying pan. Then cook them over medium heat following the same directions as for grilling.

You can substitute ground beef or ground chicken for the turkey. If you are using full-fat ground beef, adding the water isn’t necessary.

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Pesto Turkey Burgers

These pesto turkey burgers pack a lot of flavor that will make them the hit of your summer cookout.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 burgers
Calories 252 kcal


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh basil finely chopped, or 3 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cooking onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or chicken


  • Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the basil, bread crumbs, onion, grated Parmesan cheese, water, chopped nuts, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Add the ground turkey and mix well.  I usually use my hands for's messy but it gets everything evenly distributed with the meat.
  • Shape into 3/4 inch thick burgers.
  • Grill over medium heat for 6 to 7 minutes per side (or until no longer pink inside).  Let them cook for the full time on one side without touching them. Then flip them and cook for the full time on the other side (without touching them). You will end up with much juicier burgers this way.
  • Serve with hamburger buns and condiments.


You can also make these turkey burgers on the stove. Add a little oil to a frying pan and cook on medium heat following the same directions as you would for grilling.
The recipe tastes just as good substituting ground chicken or ground beef for the turkey. If you are using full fat beef, adding the water isn't necessary.


Serving: 1 Pesto Turkey BurgerCalories: 252 kcalCarbohydrates: 8.3 gProtein: 26.5 gFat: 12.6 gCholesterol: 128.6 mgSodium: 496.5 mgSugar: 1.1 g
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