Grilled Italian Hamburgers

italian hamburger patties waiting for grill

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Servings: 4 people


  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 4 tbsp pesto
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Italian rolls
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fire up the grill.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the onion, bell pepper, and coat with olive oil. Season the veggies with salt and pepper.
  3. Place onion and pepper on aluminum foil, and fold to create a grilling tent, securing tightly on the top and sides.
  4. Mix together the meat, 1/2 of the pesto, the minced garlic, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, forming into 4 patties.
  5. In a small bowl, mic the mayo and remaining pesto, and set aside.
  6. Lightly oil your grill with a cooking spray, and place the packet of vegetables on the rack. Cover the grill for about 14 minutes, turning the packet occasionally.
  7. Add the hamburger patties to the grill and cover. Turn only once during cooking until browned on both sides and desired temperature is reached.
  8. Before patties are thoroughly cooked, place the split Italian rolls onto the grill to toast, approximately 1 minute.
  9. Spread the pesto mayonnaise on the rolls, add the hamburger, and top with peppers and onions.

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