Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pesto Chicken Burgers

Pesto Chicken Burgers
from Every Day Food Magazine Jul/Aug 2012
serves 4

1 Pound Ground Chicken
1/4 Cup Pesto, Divided
Salt and Pepper
4 Slices Tomato
3 Oz. Mozzarella, Sliced
4 Pieces Focaccia, Halved Or Buns

Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.  Combine 1 tablespoon pesto, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and chicken and form into 4 patties.  Lightly oil the hot grill.  Brush tomatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill patties, covered, 4 minutes.  Flip patties and top with cheese.  Add tomatoes to grill and cook, flipping once, until tomatoes are lightly charred and burgers are opaque throughout.  Assemble sandwiches in focaccia with a spread of pesto, burgers, and tomatoes.

These burgers were super flavorful and moist.  And I don't even like tomatoes that much!  I was concerned that the patties would fall apart while cooking but they held together beautifully.  This whole meal took about 10 minutes start to finish.  Perfect for a summer evening!

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