Basil-Smoked Burgers with Zinfandel

Phillys Basil-Smoked Burgers with Zinfandel

Phillys Basil-Smoked Burgers with Zinfandel

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Philadelphia, PAPhilly's Basil-Smoked Burgers: Makes 6 - Philly's is full of great burger joints and gastro pubs serving up unique burgers throughout the city, below is the Philly Basil-Smoked Burgers with Zinfandel. Just one of the great tasting burgers our city has to offer.

Philly's Basil-Smoked Burgers: Makes 6


2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto


2 pounds ground sirloin
1/4 cup Zinfandel
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup fresh Italian bread crumbs
8 sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, finely chopped
2 teaspoons garlic salt
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
8 large fresh basil sprigs, moistened with water
6 large seeded sandwich rolls, split
6 slices Monterey Jack cheese
6 red leaf lettuce leaves
6 (1/4-inch-thick) large tomato slices
6 paper-thin red onion slices, separated into rings
6 fresh basil sprigs


Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

Combine the mayonnaise and pesto in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

To make the patties, combine the sirloin, Zinfandel, basil, onion, bread crumbs, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic salt in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form them into patties to fit the rolls.

When the grill is ready, brush the rack with vegetable oil. Toss basil sprigs directly onto the fire. Place patties on the rack; cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes on each side. During the last few minutes of cooking, place rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly. Top each patty with a cheese slice. Cook 1 minute.

Spread the mayonnaise over the cut sides of the rolls. On each roll bottom, place a lettuce leaf, a patty, a tomato slice, an onion slice, and a basil sprig. Add the roll tops and serve.

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