Italian Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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We’re big burger fans in our family (who isn’t?!). In fact, for  his birthday (his FIFTH birthday, omg), Zachary specifically requested burgers (which he has done before), and I was happy to oblige. These are not the ones we happened to have that night, but I can tell you that he loved these, too. He even ate the spinach and he can be pretty finicky about cooked/wilted spinach (likes it raw, though).

I, too, adored these burgers. I’ve been making a different version of a sausage burger a lot lately, because, well, sausage is really good. So, the patties were clearly a win. I was unsure about how the texture of the spinach would play out on burgers, but I thought it went really well. The star, though, was the sun-dried tomato pesto, which lent a little sweetness and a bright punch of flavor to these bad boys.

This recipe comes together pretty quickly. I had planned on making the pesto the day before but didn’t, and it wasn’t a big deal to do it the same day (just note, though, if you are using non-oil packed tomatoes, you will need to leave a little time for reconstituting them in water). If you can find ground sausage (not in link form) that makes assembly even easier. You can definitely buy ground pork (or turkey or chicken) and make your own sausage-flavored patties. I’ve actually done that a few times (see aforementioned talk of eating a different version of sausage burgers) and have been tweaking my recipe so hopefully I’ll post it soon.

I’m already looking forward to the next time we have these, because I know it’s going to be soon.

 

 

Italian Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

  • Jan

    This sounds very tasty. Next time I grocery shop, I’m going to pick up the ingredients. I already have the sun-dried tomatoes – that’s enough to base a meal on, right? 🙂

  • I can see the sausage adding way more flavor to the burgers than just ground meat! Love your spinach and sun-dried tomato pesto garnishes…going to try those with a veggie burger!

  • So happy you guys loved these burgers, Elly. I think I need to get on to making them again soon – if not only for the pesto!