Zesty Italian Pesto Cheeseburgers

Zesty Italian Pesto Cheeseburgers

Preparation 10 min
Total 20 min
4 Servings

Zesty Italian Pesto Cheeseburgers are a tasty twist on a classic favourite. With sun-dried tomatoes and a simple pesto mayo on Dempster’s® Signature Gold Hamburger Buns, this Italian cheeseburger delivers delicious flavours in every bite. Serves four.

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  • 4 Dempster’s® Signature Gold Hamburger Buns, split and toasted
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) pesto
  • 1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) arugula


  1. Stir together mayonnaise and pesto; set aside. Mix together ground beef, salt and pepper. Divide into 4 portions; shape each portion into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick patty. 
  2. Heat oil in large skillet set over medium heat; cook burgers, turning halfway through, for 5 to 7 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre of burger reads 160°F (71°C). Top each burger with cheese slice; cook for about 1 minute or until cheese starts to melt.
  3. Assemble burgers in buns with pesto mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula.

Tip: Substitute fontina or provolone for mozzarella cheese if desired.