Mozzarella Pesto Sauce Burger

Jipbap Mama
6 min readJan 28, 2024

….Have you ever tried a burger with juicy meatballs that are thicker than beef patties? The round and plump meatballs, infused with the aroma of meat, perfectly complement the melted cheese, creating a delightful savory flavor. Today, I thawed the pistachio basil pesto sauce(@sseong_nh) stored in the freezer, seasoned the ground meat, and made meatballs. I then added tomato sauce and simmered to create a delicious burger. By adapting the basic pistachio basil pesto sauce, I was able to make a tasty burger without any additional seasonings. Adding crisp baby romaine and flavorful pistachio basil pesto sauce to bun of the burger enhanced the richness of the sauce, leaving nothing lacking in taste. Recipes that allow for the versatile use of sauces are always welcome. My eldest daughter Lacey, who loves burgers, quickly made one for her. However, She couldn’t enjoy it as the burger had already cooled down while she was taking care of the baby Jiwoo. She said it was fine, but I still feel a bit disappointed……As a mother caring for a baby, the top priority is always the baby. Knowing this, I once again returned home after sharing loving gazes with my beloved Jiwoo today. I miss the angel Jiwoo, who smiles with cooing sounds. This recipe is from @jamieoliver, and I’m always thankful for the many easy-to-adapt recipes he shares.

Servings: 4–5

Time: 30 minutes


  1. 1 lb ground beef, moisture removed with kitchen towels
  2. 1 fresh mozzarella ball, save the water
  3. 4 tbsp pistachio basil pesto
  4. 400 ml tomato sauce
  5. 1 tbsp avocado oil
  6. 1/3 tsp sea salt
  7. 5 pieces of baby Romaine
  8. black pepper to taste
  9. 5 burger buns

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Place the ground beef in a tray, add the sea salt and pistachio basil pesto, and mix them evenly.

2. Take some of the mixture in your palms and roll it into 2-inch balls. Repeat to make meatballs out of all the mixture. Place them on a tray.

3. Heat a pan over medium heat and add the avocado oil to it.

4. Pan-fry the meatballs until they are light brown.

5. Add the tomato sauce, 80–100 ml of cheese water, and black pepper to the pan. Simmer with a lid on for 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens.

6. After 10 minutes, Place small pieces of mozzarella cheese on top of the meatballs.

7. Place the lid on until the cheese is melted.

8. Cook the hamburger bun in the pan until it is lightly browned.

9. Place the grilled burger buns on a cutting board.

10. Spread pistachio basil pesto onto the bun.

11. Place a baby romaine leaf on the pistachio basil pesto.

12. Place 2–3 cooked meatballs on top of the baby romaine and spread some tomato sauce over them.

13. Place another burger bun on top of the meatballs.

14. Serve it.



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