It's a Keeper:Don't Kiss Me Garlic Burgers

The Don't Kiss Me Garlic Burgers from Every Day with Rachael Ray are just so crazy good that words cannot describe it.  Now, to be fair, these burgers incorporate two of my all time favorite flavors - brie cheese and garlic.  How could those be so good ona  burger?  I don't know, but dear Lord, they are outstanding. 

This recipe was written by the winner of Rach's Burger Bash and she so completely deserved it.  I wish Rachael would have her write more recipes!  They aren't kidding about the Don't Kiss Me part, either.  Between the stinky cheese and the stinky garlic pesto, this recipe will sort of knock someone else over if they get to close to you.  Just make sure everyone in the house eats it and you'll be fine. 

Here's the recipe with my comment in brackets: 


4 cloves garlic
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons pine nuts [these little guys aren't cheap, so make sure you check the bulk bins to see if you can just buy this amount.]
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 pound ground beef chuck [I think this means the 80 percent lean ground beef]
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 bound brie cheese, sliced [buy some triscuits or a baguette so the rest of it won't go to waste!]
4 Kaiser rolls, split


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

2.In a medium skillet, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, 15 minutes.
3.Meanwhile, preheat 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.

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


  1. This recipe looks delicious! I love pesto, and I actually make a ton of it each summer and freeze it in small containers to use throughout the year. And, to make it a little less expensive, I use walnuts instead of pine nuts. Here's a link to my recipe, if you're interested!

  2. These burgers look fantastic - thanks for sharing!!

  3. Every time someone comments on this post, it makes me want to make them again!


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