Saucy Pizza Burgers

"Best of two worlds, American and Italian."
 
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Ready In:
30mins
Ingredients:
9
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • In a bowl, combine beef and garlic salt.
  • Shape into eight patties.
  • Top 4 of the patties with cheese.
  • Cover with remaining patties.
  • Press edges to seal.
  • Refrigerate.
  • In a saucepan, combine the pizza sauce, mushrooms and oregano.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In a skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Set aside.
  • Pan fry, or grill burgers until no longer pink.
  • Spread bottoms of buns with a little sauce.
  • Top with burgers, onion and remaining sauce.
  • Replace tops.

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Reviews

  1. loof751
    These burgers were great! I took another reviewer's suggestion and used sliced mozzarella to fill the burgers and that made it really easy. I pan-fried them and had very little leakage. These flavorful burgers stuffed with cheese really hit the spot - thanks for sharing this recipe!
     
  2. Cook4_6
    These were wonderfully tasteful, and I did not find them that difficult to make. Instead of shredded mozzarella I used 3 1/2 pieces of Ciliegini (small fresh mozzarella balls) . I also made my own pizza sauce using fire roasted tomatos that I cooked down with garlic, and extra oregano. I toasted the bun with garlic butter (thats not a bite out of the bun -- it's a chip!) and topped with a sprinkling of shredded parmesan! Yummy!
     
  3. Karen=^..^=
    These are excellent burgers and the whole family LOVED them. I was on the fence between 4 and 5 stars because although they were delicious, I didn't know if the whole cheese in the middle thing made much of a difference and to be honest, was a lot more work than anticipated. I had a hard time taking that small amount of meat and making then flat enough. I couldn't possibly fit 1/4 cup of cheese on each; I probably used half the amount. I had a hard time "sealing" them and the meat didn't hold together too well (I used fresh 80/20 ground beef). But, my family assures me that they really enjoyed the gooey cheese middle and that the flavor was outstanding. So 5 stars for this recipe! I will make again, but instead of shredded cheese, I'll try slices. Thanks! P.S. I used an Italian seasoning blend instead of oregano and added to the meat instead of the sauce.
     
  4. bmcnichol
    These were good and easy to make. I followed the recipe as written but next time I would leave out the mushrooms as my oldest son doesn't care for them. I also added a slice of mozzarella cheese to each burger before topping with the sauce. Good weeknight meal.
     
  5. Crafty Lady 13
    Made for Beverage Tag January, 2008. These pizza burgers brought back wonderful memories of 30 years ago when I was pregnant with my son and craved pizza burgers. The only place in town that I could find them back then was a bowling alley. LOL They got used to me calling them a couple of times a week to order their pizza burgers. These were great. I didn't use the mushrooms because I don't like them, but I kept everything else the same. I had them with a side of sweet potato fries and was in burger heaven. Thanks for bringing back such wonderful memories and for sharing such a great recipe, Coffeebarista.
     
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  1. Karen=^..^=
    These are excellent burgers and the whole family LOVED them. I was on the fence between 4 and 5 stars because although they were delicious, I didn't know if the whole cheese in the middle thing made much of a difference and to be honest, was a lot more work than anticipated. I had a hard time taking that small amount of meat and making then flat enough. I couldn't possibly fit 1/4 cup of cheese on each; I probably used half the amount. I had a hard time "sealing" them and the meat didn't hold together too well (I used fresh 80/20 ground beef). But, my family assures me that they really enjoyed the gooey cheese middle and that the flavor was outstanding. So 5 stars for this recipe! I will make again, but instead of shredded cheese, I'll try slices. Thanks! P.S. I used an Italian seasoning blend instead of oregano and added to the meat instead of the sauce.
     

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