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Pesto Protobella Mushroom or Chicken Burgers with Marinated Roasted Tomatoes |


Pesto Protobella Mushroom or Chicken Burgers with Marinated Roasted Tomatoes |

You’d think it was Christmas in July.

Nope, just some last-minute 4th of July burgers!

Pesto Protobella Mushroom or Chicken Burgers with Marinated Roasted Tomatoes |

These pesto burgers are going to save your butt.

They please meat eaters and vegetarians and are the easiest burgers are around. No fuss!

If you are seriously low on time you skip the homemade pesto and grab some from the store. Oh, who am I am kidding, making pesto takes no time. The real reason you don’t want to make it is most likely because you do not want to have to wash the food processor. I feel you. I hate that task like no other. So many parts.

Pesto Protobella Mushroom or Chicken Burgers with Marinated Roasted Tomatoes |

I love both burgers.

The grilled mushrooms rule and I prefer them to the chicken, but then there is my mom who hates mushrooms and loves the chicken burgers. I figured I’d just show you both since you would probably like a little something for everyone tonight. It makes it super easy to accommodate all eaters!

Pesto Protobella Mushroom or Chicken Burgers with Marinated Roasted Tomatoes |

The toppings though?

The toppings make the burgers. The melty fresh mozzarella, fresh basil pesto and the marinated roasted tomatoes are incredible. Summer flavors at their best. That is for sure!

So I am keeping this real short. Today is all about grilling, eating and celebrating Americas birthday!

Oh yes!

Oh, and if you live outside the US and today is just a Thursday like any other, I would totally celebrate that. I mean Thursday is one day closer to Friday and that is definitely something to celebrate!

Pesto Protobella Mushroom or Chicken Burgers with Marinated Roasted Tomatoes |

Pesto Portobello Mushroom, or Chicken, Burgers with Marinated Roasted Tomatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Burgers
Calories Per Serving: 778 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1 pound ground chicken turkey or 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 3 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • 4 slices thick fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 [Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Whole Wheat Focaccia Buns|] or whole wheat buns of your choice toasted

Marinated Roasted Tomatoes


  • Marinate the tomatoes, whisk together all ingredients except tomatoes in a bowl. Add tomatoes and then cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, can even be left overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • After 15 minutes remove garlic cloves and add the halved tomatoes along with the remaining liquids to a baking sheet. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, remove from the oven and set aside.
  • While the tomatoes marinate and roast, work on the burgers. Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and process until smooth. Add the cheese and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the crushed red pepper, if using.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons of the pesto, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and ground chicken and form into 4 patties. Or if using the mushrooms rub them with about a tablespoon of olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place on grill or skillet and cook on each side until golden and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Once you flip the burgers, or mushrooms, top with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese. Grill until the cheese is melted and the burgers, or mushrooms, are cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Place the burger on the bottom of a bun and top with a generous amount of pesto and a handful of the roasted tomatoes. Add the top bun and dig in!
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  1. 5 stars
    Made these and the buns too. Turned out amazing! We love pesto so this was a hit. Put a bunch on the buns. I made this with ground chicken and my partner said it would have been good with mushrooms on top. Maybe next time I’ll try it with the portobello instead! It was a bit of prep between the pesto, buns, and tomatoes. But I think it was worth it. Thank you for another great recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    This dish turned out so easy to prep/cook and so incredibly delicious! I can’t believe something that took me like 30 minutes tasted SO GOOD. Pass: Add more pesto to your burger buns!

    1. Hi Valeria,
      Happy Sunday!! Love to hear that you have enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it!! xx

  3. 5 stars
    I made these last night and we had ground beef or mushroom burgers. I had the mushroom and they were delicious the pesto and tomato toppings were the star.

  4. I just recently discovered your blog thanks to Pinterest. This is the second of your recipes that I’ve made over the last 2 days. Absolutely delicious! My husband and kids aren’t always excited when I try new recipes, but they all agree it is going to be a really tasty summer… and we haven’t even tried a dessert yet!

    1. Yeah!! That excites me so much! Thank you, Stacey! I am so happy you guys are enjoying my recipes!

  5. Wow – these are gorgeous! I love that you can use mushrooms or chicken – sometimes I just can’t do meat (the baby is weird about it, I guess!), so I love having a veggie option too 🙂

  6. I can totally see this being my favourite summer burger…everything about this is perfection! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it’s a MUST-try.


  7. Your last minute burgers look awesome! I think I’ll have to come over your house for the next July 4th celebration 🙂

  8. 7am and I’m craving burgers! What a perfect combination of some of your most delicious recipes! Have a great 4th!