Hot Polka Dot
18Jun/11

For Dads Everywhere.

They say that scent is the strongest sense tied to memory. When I think of my dad certain smells indicative of dads everywhere come to mind. Cedar sawdust, freshly mowed grass, crisp soap, gunpowder, campfire smoke, soft leather, pine trees and BBQ. Especially BBQ.

Instead of making a dessert to celebrate Father's Day this year I decided to make something that dads appreciate most. Meat and lots of it. A quarter pound of beef mixed with fresh pesto and grilled to perfection. A dinner any dad would be happy to eat.

Just a little way to say thank you for all the wheelbarrow rides and movie nights. Photography advice and piggy back rides. Butter and sugar on soda crackers. Guitar solos and surround sound. Blueberries and Carnation milk. For patiently sitting through makeovers complete with hair gel and bobby pins. Target practice at the gun club. Grapefruit and Led Zeppelin. Extra rare filet mignon and Lipton noodle packages. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

I love you dad! Happy Father's Day!







Pesto Burgers

Makes 6 – 7 burgers.

Source: My imagination.

1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp parmesan, grated
Black pepper to taste
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 lbs ground beef
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
3/4 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten

6 – 7 slices mozzarella
Lettuce for topping
2 tomatoes, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
6 – 7 kaiser buns, sliced







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In a food processor combine the basil leaves, garlic cloves, toasted pine nuts, parmesan, fresh ground black pepper and olive oil. Blend all the ingredients until there are no more chunks.

In a large bowl combine the pesto, ground beef, parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and egg. Mix it just until all the ingredients are combined. Divide the mixture into 6 – 7 even balls depending on how big you want your patties. Between your palms squish each ball into a round disc then sandwich them between sheets of wax paper.






































Grill the patties on a BBQ or grill on high heat about 3 – 5 minutes on each side. During the last few minutes of grilling top each with the slices of mozzarella. Transfer them to the sliced kaiser buns and top with the lettuce, tomato and onion. Enjoy!







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  1. perfect treat for dads burgers look fabulous

  2. That is one fine looking burger! Pesto and burgers, yum!

  3. Mmmmmm….picture perfect burgers…and I think I love pesto in EVERYTHING…mmmmm.

  4. I like your little shot glasses of ketchup and mustard!

  5. Great dad’s day tribute :) Gun club? Buzzed!

  6. Now that is one good-looking burger. I love your addition of pesto.

  7. Thanks for the heartfelt tribute.
    All of the things you wrote about are most definitely some of my favourite things,
    but what makes them so special to me is being able to share them with you.
    I love you. And now I have another great thing for the BBQ.

  8. What a beautiful tribute for Father’s Day! (A rockin’ recipe, too. :) ) Cheers to you and your dad. ~ Cleo

  9. My dad would love this. The drippy cheese is making my mouth water!

  10. Oh, I love pesto and burgers. Mixing them is perfect! What a great dish for Dad!

  11. Yum! I adore pesto and have never tried it on a burger before…. A lovely tribute for your dad! I am sure he loved it :) Great post… Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

  12. What a beautiful burger!


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