Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley
4 servings (serving size: 2 sliders)

Mixing salt and pepper into the beef seasons more thoroughly than sprinkling the surface of the patties. Serve with baked chips.

How to Make It

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.

Ratings & Reviews

rakip1's Review

August 02, 2012
Another inspired use for my homemade pesto sauce (basil from garden). Pesto could be added to garlicky mayo if desired - could be a real 'wow' factor.

Kellielc7's Review

September 08, 2011
I thought this were great for how simple they are! Great flavor. I used ground turkey to lighten them up even more. Will make these again!

Mleigh's Review

April 19, 2011
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.

carenmichelle's Review

December 26, 2010

Saecca's Review

November 09, 2009
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.