Don’t Kiss Me Garlic Burgers


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt
  • 1/2 pound brie cheese, sliced
  • 4 Kaiser rolls, split


Using a food processor, chop the garlic. Add the basil and pine nuts and, with the machine on, pour in 1/2 cup EVOO and process until almost smooth.

In a medium skillet, heat 1/4 cup EVOO over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, pre-heat a grill or grill pan to high. In a medium bowl, combine the beef, crushed red pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Shape into 4 patties; brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, then grill for 5 minutes. Flip and grill for another 5 minutes; top with the cheese for the last 3 minutes of cooking. Grill the rolls until golden.

Spread the pesto on the roll bottoms; top each with a beef patty and some onions and cover with a roll top.

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