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Basil Beef Burgers with Sun Dried Tomato-Herb Aioli

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Earlier this week I posted a Tilapia burger recipe that was simply to DIE for.  True story.  I died three times during the few moments of the first bite.

I know.

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I was sifting through the many burger recipes, and came to realize I have but NONE beef burgers.  Serious? Not intentional- but I can’t help it that I have a slight obsession with burgers of the bean kind, and most recently- seafood burgers.

I was elated to learn that my little city (err.. not so little, actually..I lie.) was getting a new grocery store.  Thats right, Trader Joe’s is setting up shop here in Fort Worth, Texas.  I know.

I’ve only been to TJ’s once in my life- in Seattle when we were visiting my Fireman’s precious Aunt Jenny. FireAunt is amazing.  Quite amazing, for sure.  ANYWAY.  She introduced me to Trader Joe’s several years ago, and then I came back to Texas.  No Trader Joe’s.

Until now.

I got the first flyer in the mail this week, and among their featured items was a Mahi Mahi burger- whoa.

Daydreaming at the moment, excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin.  So yes- seafood burgers are a must in my life.

This burger has nothing to do with TJ’s, or seafood- but it is beef!  See.. you can have a beef burger  and still stick to your healthy diet.  Although my beef burgers aren’t a quarter pound doused in processed cheese.

They ARE, however, stuffed to the brim with flavor.. and cheese.  I also learned that basil and beef are a new found combo that can’t be duplicated.

My Fireman graciously manned the grill- I promise to plan meals around ‘non-busy’ times at the pool.  Excuse’m.  What days would that be when it is SUMMER?

I guessed, and apparently Monday nights aren’t crazy packed, and we made out space on the grill to get these herb-studded burger smokin’.

While he was doing the ‘man‘ work (I couldn’t even tell you how to turn the grill on.. I know, what a girl I am.) I prepared this yummy condiment to dollop on our grilled goodness.

Sundried Tomato & Basil Aioli.

Looky here at the result.

I died.

I may have died again just remembering this meal.

See.  Beef is GOOD.

Especially when it is stuffed with cheese and topped with all kinds of insane flavor.

The first love of my (foodie) life?  Bean Burgers.  Close second?  Seafood burgers- and now this burger is close in line to being among my top three.

Who am I kidding. Sandwiches, in general, pretty much rock my world.  This sandwich included.

Tomato-Basil Burgers

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 burger with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise mixture


  • 1/4 cup sun-dred tomatoes (pre-packaged, not in oil)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup reduced fat Canola mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Italian blend seasoning
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (94% lean)
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat Italian blend cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns (preferably whole wheat)
  • Additional fresh basil leaves and sun-dried tomatoes, optional


In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain. In a food processor, combine mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons chopped basil, 1 clove minced garlic, and tomatoes; cover and process until blended. Chill until serving.

Prepare a large platter by coating it with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the Worcestershire sauce, remaining basil, Italian seasoning, remaining garlic, pepper and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well with your hands. Shape into 12 thin patties, placing them on the prepared platter. Place 2 tablespoons cheese on six patties; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.

Lightly spray the tops of the burgers. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.

Serve on buns with mayonnaise mixture and additional sun-dried tomatoes and basil if desired.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 360; Fat: 15 g; Carbohydrate: 30 g; Fiber: 5 g; Protein: 30 g; Sodium: 815 mg


  1. This looks delish! We’ll have to try!!

  2. YUM!!!

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