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Basil-Smoked Burgers


Recipe Info

  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 20m

A new way to pack flavour into your burgers.


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsps basil pesto
  • 900g beef mince
  • 60ml red wine
  • 1 tbsps fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 30g bread crumbs
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, finely chopped
  • 2 tsps garlic salt
  • vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
  • 8 fresh basil sprigs, moistened with water, for grilling
  • 6 bread rolls, split
  • 6 slices cheese
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 tomato slices
  • 6 thin red onion slices, separated into rings
  • 6 fresh basil sprigs, for serving


Step 1

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

Step 2

To make the mayonnaise, combine the mayonnaise and pesto in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Step 3

To make the patties, combine the mince, wine, basil, onion, bread crumbs, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic salt in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the rolls.

Step 4

When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Toss the basil sprigs directly onto the fire. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly. During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with a cheese slice.

Step 5

To assemble the burgers, spread the mayonnaise over the cut sides of the rolls. On each roll bottom, place a lettuce leaf, a patty, a tomato slice, an onion slice, and a basil sprig. Add the roll tops and serve.

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