Basil Garlic Burgers

by | Sep 12, 2011 | Beef, Main Dishes, Recipes

Basil burger topped with a tomato garlic mixture

I think my youngest daughter started making healthy food choices from birth. She loves vegetables and low-fat healthy meals. She’s not one for fast food restaurants or diners. When we go on road trip vacations we have to stay at hotels/motels with kitchens, so I can cook healthy meals (some vacation for me, eh?).

Last night the two of us made some awesome basil garlic burgers. I found the recipe for these burgers near the butcher case in the meat section at Safeway. It’s been my experience that there are some excellent recipes available on the free recipe rack at Safeway.

I made the basil garlic burgers with extra lean ground turkey, but they would be just as healthy and even a bit tastier with extra lean ground beef.  I substituted the whole egg with egg whites and instead of hamburger buns we used light multi-grain English muffins. These English muffins contain 8 grams of fiber. We also did not put cheese on our burgers.

My daughter said they tasted like an entree you would get at an upscale restaurant.

Basil Garlic Burgers


  • 1 egg or 3 tablespoons of egg whites
  • 1/4 cup garlic & herb breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup, plus 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pound ground extra lean turkey or extra lean beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 slices cheese (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh arugula
  • 4 hamburger buns or rolls


Coat grill with cooking spray (e.g., Pam). Preheat grill to 350 degrees F. 

In a large bowl combine the egg, 1/4 cup basil, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, and breadcrumbs. Add the ground turkey or beef and mix well. Form into four patties.

Place patties on grill. Keep grill covered while meat is grilling. Grill for 5 minutes on each side. Meat thermometer should register 165 degrees F.  During last minute of grilling, top each patty with a slice of cheese.

Basil garlic burgers on the grill

While the meat is grilling, you will make the tomato topping. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, 3 tablespoons of basil, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.

Garlic, tomato, and basil topping

Place rolls, cut side down on grill. Grill until lightly toasted. Place burgers on the bottom rolls. Top with tomato mixture and arugula and cover with the top roll.