You are here: Home » Recipes » Cheese-Stuffed Lamb Burgers with Pistachio Pesto Cheese-Stuffed Lamb Burgers with Pistachio Pesto Recipe by Our Cookbook CollectionKitchen Tested Yield 6 servings Prep 25 mins Cook 15 mins A burger with garlic herb cheese inside and pistachio, basil, and capers on top. Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn PrintEmail These flavorful burgers by Olga Esquivel-Holman of Wichita, Kan., are stuffed with cheese and topped with a pistachio pesto. The pesto also makes a great spread for turkey sandwiches or as a sauce for pasta. Esquivel-Holman was a 2005 regional finalist in Sutter Home's Build a Better Burger Contest. Ingredients Pistachio Pesto1 cup shelled pistachios, divide1 clove garlic1 shallot1 teaspoon Dijon mustard1/2 teaspoon capers1/2 cup fresh basil leaves1 tablespoon fresh lime juice1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil1/4 cup waterPatties2 tablespoons Dijon mustard2 cloves garlic, crushed1/4 cup dry red wine1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt1/2 cup chopped pistachios (from above)2 pounds ground lamb1/2 cup Boursin or other soft garlic herb cheese6 ciabatta rolls, split and toasted2 avocados, peeled, seeded and sliced into wedges Instructions Place pistachios in a food processor and pulse until chopped finely; be careful not to grind into a paste. Remove 1/2 cup and set aside for patties. Add garlic clove and shallot to food processor while it is running to chop finely. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add mustard, capers, basil and lime juice; process well. While running, add oil and water; process until well mixed. Set aside. To make patties, combine mustard, garlic, wine, salt and reserved chopped pistachios. Add lamb; mix gently. Form 12 thin patties. Divide cheese among 6 patties; press gently into center. Place remaining patties on top, press, and seal edges to enclose cheese filling, forming 6 patties. Brush grill rack with oil. Place patties on rack and cook 6 to 9 minutes on each side or desired degree of doneness. Place burgers on roll bottoms; top with avocado, pesto and bun tops. Recipe courtesy of Sutter Home’s Build a Better Burger Contest, www.buildabetterburger.com.