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Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers

These juicy grilled pesto turkey burgers are topped with fresh pesto, spicy arugula, and creamy mozzarella cheese.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pesto, Arugula and Mozzarella

One reason I love living in the Midwest is that we don’t take warm weather for granted. The minute the snow melts and the temperatures remain above 50 or 60, we are outdoors morning, noon, and night.

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When it comes to mealtime, that means we are using our grill as much as possible. Not only is grilling a naturally healthier way to prepare foods but it always results in a more complex, flavorful dish.

Grilled Italian Turkey Burgers with Pesto, Mozarella and Arugula

My husband loves turkey burgers (no really – it’s probably his favorite dish of any that I make for him!) so I am always coming up with new ways to re-invent the classic.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Fresh Mozarella, Pesto and Arugula

With a last name like Della Croce, I really can’t go wrong giving any dish an Italian spin so I decided to do just that with these grilled turkey burgers. Topped with bright pesto, spicy arugula and fresh mozzarella, each bite is a flavor explosion.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pesto, Arugula and Mozzarella

To keep the lean turkey meat juicy while cooking, each burger is filled with sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Of course, there are a few garlic cloves in there for good measure. What sort of wife would I be if I left out the garlic?

No forks required.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pesto, Arugula and Mozzarella

Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers

4.6 stars average
These juicy grilled turkey burgers are the best you will ever make! Topped with fresh pesto, spicy arugula and creamy mozzarella cheese.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 10 mins
TOTAL: 20 mins
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Servings: 4


  • 20 ounces Natural Ground Turkey
  • ¼ cup minced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (drained)
  • ¼ cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 1- inch slices part-skim fresh mozzarella
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns (sliced)
  • ¼ cup pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • ¼ cup baby arugula


  • Pre-heat grill to high heat.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, grated garlic, salt and pepper using your hands. Form into four equal-sized patties.
  • Grill turkey burger patties over high-heat until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. During the last minute of cooking, top each burger with one mozzarella slice and heat until slightly melted and bubbly.
  • Place burgers on split buns and top with pesto and arugula to serve.


Serving: 1gCalories: 506kcalCarbohydrates: 35.6gProtein: 52.3gFat: 18.3gSaturated Fat: 6.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11.9gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1458mgFiber: 6.6gSugar: 3.4g
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.


      1. These burgers were so great! I added italian seasoning to the burgers and left out the sun dried tomatoes. I love them but my husband doesn’t. These were so delicious, I may add bruschetta to the burgers next time. I used pesto and a little balsamic mayo on the buns. Great recipe! So yummy!

      2. My family loved these! Even my picky 7-year-old devoured hers AND wanted seconds. The only changes I made was using grated Parmesan instead of shredded (because that’s what I had on hand) and I cooked them in a cast iron grill pan. We live in an apartment that doesn’t allow grills, so I had to compromise. Thank you for a healthy alternative that was super easy and wonderfully delicious.

      3. These were delicious! Wow! I wasn’t expecting them to be so good! The flavor of the burger was really good–very moist and flavorful. I loved the sundried tomatoes; I could taste that really well. Every aspect of the burger was complimented really well. I’ll definitely make these again. Well done! Thanks for the recipe!

      4. I’m with you, if we can get a good semi-warm day around here, I’m out there grilling! You can’t go wrong with turkey burgers, every loves them. But this recipe takes turkey burgers to a whole new level. I love that you used arugula, it is my favorite!

      5. Growing up in the midwest I 100% agree with you! When it hit 60 I was opening up my windows and headed outside like it was 100 degrees…haha. After a cold winter you look forward to 60 degree days :) I also always look forward to grilling season and these burgers are PERFECT for a quick weeknight (or fun friend bbq!) meal.

      6. These would be even better if you mix a little pesto in with the meat before grilling… sounds super yummy!

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