Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cherry Burgers with Goat Cheese Pesto

It's cherry season and that means it's time to scoop some up from the farmers market and grocery store while they are at their sweetest. Adding them to burgers adds great flavor and helps to keep the burgers nice and juicy. The goat cheese and basil pesto helps to compliment the burger by adding another layer of freshness and saltiness. I suggest serving this with sweet potato fries or a big leafy green salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Delish!



1. Place pesto ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth.

2. Combine burger ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Shape into 4 patties.



3. Preheat grill to medium and cook burger for 6 minutes per side (for medium), or until desired doneness.



4. Spoon pesto onto serving plates and top with burgers. Garnish with crumbled goat cheese and fresh basil.


Cherry Burgers with Goat Cheese Pesto
Serves 4

All you need:
Pesto
4 oz. plain goat cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons Italian flat-leaf parsley
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup fresh pitted and chopped sweet cherries
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Crumbled goat cheese and chopped fresh basil, for garnish

All you do:
1. Place pesto ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth.
2. Combine burger ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Shape into 4 patties.
3. Preheat grill to medium and cook burger for 6 minutes per side (for medium), or until desired doneness.
4. Spoon pesto onto serving plates and top with burgers. Garnish with crumbled goat cheese and fresh basil.

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