Pizza Burgers. Just think about that a moment, pizza taste, burger style. Sounds good right? My kids thought it did, so did I. Up until I made it. One problem after another. The first time I made this, I stuck to the recipe, it was too dry. Second time I made this, added zucchini into it to give it moisture as well as something healthy. It was too moist!
Third times a charm right? In most cases, it usually always works the third time around. You’ve already messed up twice, know what you’re dealing with and yet, this time around it just fell apart on the grill. Trouble burger alert!
I was determined to not give up, not stop till I made a pizza burger that we could eat and give the thumbs up too! The Burger would not defeat me!
I fell back onto a trusted recipe that I could turn into everything I wanted. Meatloaf, patties, meatballs. Well now it was used for a Pizza Burger! The thing was though, the burger still had trouble ahead. You’d think such a simple thing would be done with already, but it wasn’t. I made pizza dough, for the burger to sit on, you know tie the whole pizza thing in there. My kids didn’t want it on a flat piece of crust, they wanted a bun. Once I got theirs all on buns and gave it to them you know what they did?! They ate the meat, and left the bun! Not ten minutes after they finished too they had asked to eat the flat pizza crust. This Pizza Burger has created burger chaos, I’m telling you! Crazy, just craziness.
I will give you the original Pizza Burger Recipe from TOH. We may not have liked it, but that doesn’t mean someone else won’t.
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef
4 slices provolone cheese
4 English muffins, split and toasted
1/2 cup pizza sauce
In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top burgers with cheese; cover and grill 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve on muffins with pizza sauce.
Now , I think the first time I made this, I put too much cheese into it, the kids are always around so I didn’t measure it at all (ha, yeah I know my mistake) Either way, it seemed too dry to me.
The recipe I ended up using was one I’ve posted before, here.
llb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup tomato sauce or pizza sauce what ever you like, you can use prepared prego, ragu, whatever you have on hand really, it adds more flavor. Plus more for topping.
( I used basil and onion tomato sauce that someone made me last year,!)
1 medium sized diced sauteed onions (or non if you don’t want them)
2tsp dried minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
Pepper to you taste.
1/3 cup bread crumbs
sliced mozzarella cheese or even swiss to top it off with
To start use half the 1/2 cup of sauce, mix it in with the beef and everything else. See how moist it is, if you think it’s enough don’t add more sauce. If it’s already too moist just add more bread crumbs till you have it the way you want. Form them into patties.
You can broil them, line with foil and spray a broiler pan and place them 6in under broiler for about 5-6mins on each side or under they run clear, basting with the extra sauce. Top it with cheese and take it out when the cheese starts melting. (you can cook them in a preheated oven 375 for about 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear. top with cheese the last minute till it melts)
You can cook them on the foil topped grill, or even in the skillet till the juices run clear, putting the cheese on the last few minutes. Top it off with extra sauce on a Bun, or English muffin and if you want to be daring, make the pizza crust.
I thought it was good that way, different, crispy too. The kids just wanted the plain crust to eat and dip into the sauce.
2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope RapidRise Yeast*
3/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup very warm water (120o to 130oF)
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
Combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Stir very warm water and olive oil into flour mixture. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.
I spread the dough out onto a large flat pan.(mine was 17in, but you can use 14, just don’t let it sit to long) Let it sit for about 25 minutes or until it had risen just a little. Brush the top with beaten egg white and bake for about 10-15 minutes till the top is lightly golden. Check it after ten minutes. Let it cool and cut into squares. If anything else I found a new little snack for the kids, plain pizza crust with sauce. Who knew!