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

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*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 810mg35%
Potassium 439mg13%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Calcium 168mg17%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* 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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