Whole30 Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS (TM) Stuffed Chicken Burgers

I have long loved my Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™ chicken burger, but I wondered, how do I do another burger that could rival that one? Well, I am more than a little proud to tell you that I did!  When doing a bun-less burger, you want something that’s really going to stand up on it’s own. This one is loaded with crunchy salty goodness with olives, spinach, onions, peppers and garlic but there is a secret inside!

I created a well in the center that is then stuffed with the Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™.  It’s absolutely delicious.  Something that I love doing is making up the mixture, keeping it in a jar in the fridge for a day or two then, I make up the and stuff the burgers as I go, as many as I want.  A perfect weeknight lunch or dinner!

Whole30 Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™ Stuffed Chicken Burgers


  • 2 pounds ground chicken (1 dark & 1 light)  
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Fresno pepper  
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper  
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped 
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt  
  • 1 cup chopped onions  
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic  
  • ½ cup sliced green olives  
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne  
  • ¾ cup Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™ divided (click here for recipe) 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, more for cooking the burgers 

Mix together chicken, peppers, spinach, salt, onions, garlic, cayenne and ¼ cup of the Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™, (set aside the remainder of the Pistachio Pesto to bring to room temperature).  After everything is mixed together well, add in the olive oil and olives gently stir to combine.   

Assemble the burgers.  Start by weighing the meat into 6-ounce patties. Make a well in the center of the burger using your thumbs. Place 1 tablespoon of the room temperature Pistachio Pesto in the well.  Then gently close the meat up around the pesto.  You should get 7 – 8 patties. 

In a large saute pan over medium heat, pour about 2 tbsp of olive oil.  Cook the burgers, 10 minutes total, 5 minutes each side. Place cover on pan for the last 3 minutes on the last side.  Be sure to watch the burgers as they are cooking.  If they are browning too quickly, turn the heat down to medium low.  You should cook one “test burger” first before cooking the whole batch, to get your timing down. 

Note: It’s very important that you bring the Pistachio Pesto to room temperature before stuffing the burgers or they will not cook properly.  

Teri’s short cuts:

Here, your short cut is to make this ahead a day or two and keep in the jar

2 thoughts on “Whole30 Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS (TM) Stuffed Chicken Burgers

  1. So excited to make this!

    I noticed that the pistachio pesto only calls for 3/4 Tbsp divided, I think you meant cup 🙂

  2. What a fantastic meal we had tonight. Center of the show – Chicken Pistachio Pesto Burgers; served them with Rutabaga Fries, roasted Green beans, and arugula. The family loved it! Thanks for your continued creativity.

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