Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers


Fresh mozzarella cheese tops these grilled chicken burgers. They're served on a slice of ciabatta bread that's been topped with fresh basil leaves.

Open-Face Chicken Pesto Burgers
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Grill Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
37 mins


  • 1 pound uncooked ground chicken or ground turkey

  • 4 tablespoon purchased basil pesto

  • ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or salt

  • 2 3-inch pieces ciabatta bread or four 3/4-inch-thick slices rustic Italian bread

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

  • 2 cup fresh basil leaves, arugula, or spring garden mix

  • 8 small tomato slices

  • Ground black pepper


  1. In bowl combine ground chicken, half of the pesto, the Parmesan, garlic, and salt. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick oval patties (to fit bread).

  2. Halve ciabatta horizontally. Brush cut side of ciabatta or both sides of Italian bread with olive oil; set aside (reserving any extra oil).

  3. For a charcoal grill, place patties on greased rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, 10 to 13 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (165 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. Top each patty with a mozzarella slice. Cover grill; grill 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Add bread and grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until toasted. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)

  4. Arrange greens on toasted bread. Top with chicken patties and tomato slices. Stir any remaining olive oil into remaining pesto and drizzle over all. Sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

606 Calories
36g Fat
35g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 606
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 902mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 9.4mg 47%
Calcium 302.9mg 23%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 849mg 18%
Folate, total 133.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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