Pumpkin and Arugula Pesto Burger

The Pumpkin and Arugula Pesto Burger is a symphony of autumn flavors and textures that appeals to both the eye and palate.

Featuring a savory pumpkin patty delicately seasoned with herbs and spices, this burger introduces a novel twist to traditional fare. The homemade arugula pesto adds a peppery kick, complementing the natural sweetness of the pumpkin.

Topped with crumbled feta cheese and nestled in a whole-grain bun, this burger is both wholesome and indulgent. It’s a celebration of nature’s bounty and a must-try for those looking to explore innovative flavors.


For the Pumpkin Patty:

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 egg (or egg substitute for a vegan option)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Arugula Pesto:

  • 2 cups arugula, packed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For Assembly:

  • 4 whole-grain buns, toasted
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (omit for a vegan option)
  • Fresh arugula leaves


Making the Arugula Pesto:

  1. In a food processor, combine the arugula, walnuts, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pulse until smooth and set aside.

Preparing the Pumpkin Patties:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, cooked quinoa, egg, bread crumbs, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  2. Shape the mixture into 4 evenly-sized patties.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cook the patties for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and firm.

Assembling the Burgers:

  1. Spread a generous amount of arugula pesto on the bottom half of each toasted whole-grain bun.
  2. Place a few fresh arugula leaves on top.
  3. Add the pumpkin patty and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.
  4. Top with the other half of the bun.


Serve the Pumpkin and Arugula Pesto Burger with a side of roasted root vegetables or a mixed green salad for a well-rounded meal.


  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes

The Pumpkin and Arugula Pesto Burger is a gourmet delight that harmonizes earthy, tangy, and peppery notes to create an unforgettable flavor profile. It’s a novel way to enjoy the rich taste of pumpkin, uplifted by the vibrant arugula pesto. A true culinary innovation that promises a delightful gastronomic adventure!

Enjoy the taste of creativity and comfort with this beautiful burger!