Do you remember when pizza used to be a treat that you only got at school every other Friday or once a month with the family long before the days of delivery? I miss the family trip to the Pizza Hut and playing the tabletop PacMan machine while waiting for our order. I love how delivery made pizza more convenient but it’s made it less special.
In my family, it was usually burgers or fish on the weekend with the occasional pizza thrown in. I’ve tried to raise my family with this same cycle. We eat out on the weekends as a reward for a week of hard work. Who really want’s to cook on a Friday night or Saturday? As much as I love being in my kitchen, not me! This past Friday I realized we had some ground chuck that needed to be used. Instead of contemplating where to eat out, I stood there staring at this pound of meat trying to think of something to do with it. I had planned all week to make pizza baked pasta and never go around to it so I decided ok let’s try and make a pizza burger. I’ve seen it listed on various menus across Indy yet never tried it. Usually, it’s a burger topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, some with pepperoni some without. Why not make a stuffed burger to give it more than just hint of our favorite Italian fare!
I pulled out some spices and gave it a whirl. We ended up with quite a tasty burger! (Bonus points if you read that out loud in your best Samuel L Jackson voice!)
My son deemed it delicious and I hope you do too! Join me in my facebook group and let’s discuss all things burger-related!
When you can't decide between pizza or burgers, meet in the middle and have both!
- 1 lb ground chuck beef
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or 4 slices mozzarella cheese
- 16 slices pepperoni
Mix Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, into the ground beef. Divide meat into 4 equal parts and pat into patties. Atop two of the patties place 4 pepperoni slices, approx. 1-2 tablespoons cheese or 1 cheese slice, Top the two prepared patties with the remaining patties sealing the edges. In a skillet heated to medium-high cook each patty for 5-8 minutes on each side. Remove each patty and set aside. Wipe out any grease and return skillet to the stove and set the heat to medium. Add pizza sauce to the pan. Return patties to the pan and cover in sauce. Top both burgers with 4 slices of pepperoni, remaining cheese, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy on a bun or eat it as is!