Gently combine ground beef, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a bowl. Divide beef mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/4-inch-thick patty. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Spread the bottom half of each bun with 3/4 teaspoon pesto, and top each with 1 tomato slice and 1 patty. Top each patty with 3/4 teaspoon shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the top half of bun.
I find it really lame that I cut out a recipe for hamburgers (a recipe that has a total of 5 ingredients, no less), but I cut it out because I was intrigued by using pesto as a condiment on a burger and I wanted to remember to try it. Very tasty. I can throw the "recipe" away now.
So easy and kid friendly! I used whole wheat slider buns and lean ground turkey (98% fat free) to keep it healthy. I also just added grated Parmesan from a bottle- not fresh. I served it with simple oven fries coated with EVOO and S & P. Easy, simple, and quick sums this no-frills recipe up. I think some garlicky mayo could almost be substituted.
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