For a lighter burger option try the Stuffed Turkey Burger with Pesto and Bacon recipe. the feta cheese adds a nice salty flavor. This Stuffed Turkey burger will be a welcome addition to your backyard barbecue. Turkey bacon would also be an option to reduce calories, but really nothing beats “real” bacon.


Stuffed turkey burger with pesto and bacon

Stuffed Turkey Burger with Pesto and Bacon

Course: burgers, dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Bar food, Barbecue, BBQ
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 445 kcal

I love the combination of bacon and pesto, but if you want to reduce calories this is still delicious without the bacon. 

I'm also using a jarred pesto to make this an easy stress free recipe but you can certainly make your own homemade pesto - it's pretty easy.



  • 1 lb. lean ground white-meat turkey
  • ¼ cup bottled basil pesto sauce choose your favorite
  • 4 oz. feta cheese
  • Hot sauce a dash or more, to taste
  • 8 slices cooked bacon*
  • 4 Ciabatta rolls
  • Shredded spinach leaves
  • Tomato slices


  1. Make 8 thin turkey burger patties.
  2. Combine next 3 ingredients in a large bowl until just blended.
  3. Spread cheese and pesto mixture on 4 of the turkey burger patties
  4. Top each with a remaining turkey burger patty and press edges together to seal in stuffing
  5. Wrap pre-cooked bacon slices in a single layer tin foil
  6. Grill turkey burgers and foil-wrapped bacon on a covered grill over medium-high heat (350° to 400°). Grill for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until done.
  7. Place turkey burgers on Italian roll and top evenly with spinach, tomato, and bacon slices, and cover with roll tops.

Recipe Notes

  • I like to cook my bacon on a wire rack placed on a foil lined sheet pan and bake in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes, time varies based on the thickness of the bacon, so keep an eye on it.  The bacon cooks evenly and crispy + some of the fat drains off.
Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Turkey Burger with Pesto and Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 810mg 34%
Potassium 439mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Calcium 16.8%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

1 Comment

  1. Chris

    Having the cheese mixture locked between the two patties sets up a flavor explosion. You gotta try this. I also did it with beef patties for us less health conscious.


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