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Hamburgers With Spinach And Basil Goat Cheese Pesto

Ingredients
  Basil leaves 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), peeled, chopped
  Pine nuts 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Parmesan 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), grated
  Black pepper To Taste
  Pesto 3 Tablespoon
  Goat cheese 2 Ounce
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), peeled and finely chopped
  Spinach 1 Pound, finely chopped, washed, and dried
  Beef 1 1⁄4 Pound, ground (Extra Lean)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Crusty rolls 4 Large
  Tomato 1 Large, cut into 4 slices (Ripe)
Directions

MAKING
1) In a food processor or blender, process the basil, garlic, and pine nuts until coarse. With the machine running, drizzle in the olive oil and process the ingredients until smooth.
2) Stir in the Parmesan and black pepper, keep aside 3 tablespoons of the pesto for the hamburgers.
3) In a bowl, stir 3 tablespoons of pesto and goat cheese together, until they are smooth, keep aside.
4) In a large skillet, saute the garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil over a medium-low heat until soft. Stir in the spinach, stirring continuously and saute until softened.
5) In a large mixing bowl, add the spinach mixture, ground beef, salt and pepper together.
6) Combine all the ingredients thoroughly and shape the mixture into 4 round patties.
7) In the skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil and sear the patties on both the sides over a high heat. Then lower the heat and cook the burgers until thoroughly cooked.
8) Place each burger on a roll, place a tomato slice and spread 1/4 pesto-goat cheese mixture on each roll.

SERVING
9) Serve immediately on individual serving plates.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Cheese
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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