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Pizza Burgers

After the disaster that shall hereto be referred to as The Peanut Stew Incident of 2021, we needed some redemption in the cooking department. Cue, PIZZA BURGERS! As Steven Michael pointed out, there is absolutely no way burgers, cooked like meatballs and topped with pizza toppings could be gross. And he was right.

When we say “burgers” in the DeLorme house, we are pretty much always referring to Turkey burgers with the occasional veggie burger. Steven Michael and I haven’t eaten red meat since 2006 when we stopped at Culver’s for butter burgers on a cross country journey (I’m sure we’ll talk more about that trip at some point). There was also that one time that I had dinner at my new boss’s house and his wife made traditional lasagna with ground beef and I was way too awkward to say no (plus I was starving and that $#!+ was delicious). Anyway, we’re just not beef people.

I need to point out that Steven Michael makes THE BEST tomato sauce on the planet. I’m probably a little biased because he is my sole source of sustenance but for real, it’s great. There are onions in it, so you know how I feel about that, plus it’s so easy to make that even I have done it successfully (gasp!). The first part of this recipe is for his sauce, slightly tweaked to fit being used for burgers. Also to fit the palette of a super picky 5 year old who won’t eat “chunks” and was eating pasta that night (“only the long tube shapes, not a lot of sauce, don’t let it touch my broccoli, only an even number of noodles” – toddler crap). I’m sure there will be a future blog featuring his regular recipe, but for these burgers, smooth sauce works.

Somehow, Steven Michael got the idea to cook burger patties like meatballs, boiled in a pot of sauce. TALK ABOUT A MILLION DOLLAR IDEA. We always use 99% lean ground turkey which can be a little dry, but not when it’s cooked in a vat of delicious liquidy goodness! I’m sure Steven Michael would prefer to use a fattier meat, but in addition to being an amazing cook, he’s also an incredibly supportive husband. I’ve been on WW (formerly Weight Watchers) for almost three years now, having lost about 70 pounds via diet and training for a half marathon. So, when substitutions can be made, he helps me reach my goals while still eating well.

I was sitting in the dining room salivating as I waited for this meal to be ready. The entire house smelled amazing, and I was tentatively hopeful I wasn’t about to be smacked in the face with horse stench (please see The Peanut Stew Incident of 2021). Finally, a plate piled with broccoli and a delicious looking burger was placed in front of me. JACKPOT. My burger had mozzarella and provolone as well as sautéed onions (obvi) and a ton of that delicious sauce dripping off the side. Steven Michael chose to top his with sautéed mushrooms. The beauty of these burgers is how customizable they are, literally any pizza topping will do the trick.

I knew as soon as I took that first ooey-gooey, cheesy, saucy bite that I was in for a treat. And so, a new DeLorme family staple meal was born. If you decide to make these at home, I would suggest cutting the burger in half to eat it. I did not and most of my cheese oozed over to one side (which was freaking delicious for a few bites), while Steven Michael cut his and had an even distribution. Also, make sure to get a hearty bun to be able to sop up that sauce (cough, crack). We used regular hamburger rolls and they were a little too flimsy.

REDEMPTION! TAKE THAT PEANUT STEW!

Pizza Burgers - A burger, cooked like a meatball and covered in your favorite pizza toppings! Comfort food at its best!

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

Tomato Sauce
 1 28 oz Can Whole Steamed Peeled Tomatoes
 6 Cloves Garlic
 4 tsp Dry Basil
 ¼ cup Olive Oil
 1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt
 ½ tsp Black Pepper
 ½ Red Onion
Burgers
 ½ lb Ground Meat - We used 99% Lean Turkey
 2 tbsp Bread Crumbs
 1 Egg
 1 tsp Dried Basil
 1 tsp Onion Powder
 1 tsp Garlic Powder
 ½ tsp Kosher Salt
 1 pinch Black Pepper
 2 Toasted Burger Buns
 Pizza Toppings of your Choosing
 2 Slices Provolone Cheese
 2 Slices Mozzarella Cheese

Tomato Sauce
1

Put all sauce ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Burgers
2

Mix all burger ingredients together in a medium bowl.

3

Form the mixture into two patties of equal size.

4

Pour the sauce out of the food processor into a sauce pan and gently place the patties into it.

5

Boil on medium high until the meat is cooked through, stirring occasionally without mushing the burgers.

6

Toast a bun then place a slice of mozzarella on the bottom half, and prepare your pizza toppings. (The hot patty will melt the cheese when you build your burger.)

7

Melt provolone slices onto the burgers in the sauce pan.

8

Build your burgers adding your pizza toppings. Make sure to keep a good amount of the sauce on the burger as you build. We used sautéed onions and mushrooms on ours.

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce
 1 28 oz Can Whole Steamed Peeled Tomatoes
 6 Cloves Garlic
 4 tsp Dry Basil
 ¼ cup Olive Oil
 1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt
 ½ tsp Black Pepper
 ½ Red Onion
Burgers
 ½ lb Ground Meat - We used 99% Lean Turkey
 2 tbsp Bread Crumbs
 1 Egg
 1 tsp Dried Basil
 1 tsp Onion Powder
 1 tsp Garlic Powder
 ½ tsp Kosher Salt
 1 pinch Black Pepper
 2 Toasted Burger Buns
 Pizza Toppings of your Choosing
 2 Slices Provolone Cheese
 2 Slices Mozzarella Cheese

Directions

Tomato Sauce
1

Put all sauce ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Burgers
2

Mix all burger ingredients together in a medium bowl.

3

Form the mixture into two patties of equal size.

4

Pour the sauce out of the food processor into a sauce pan and gently place the patties into it.

5

Boil on medium high until the meat is cooked through, stirring occasionally without mushing the burgers.

6

Toast a bun then place a slice of mozzarella on the bottom half, and prepare your pizza toppings. (The hot patty will melt the cheese when you build your burger.)

7

Melt provolone slices onto the burgers in the sauce pan.

8

Build your burgers adding your pizza toppings. Make sure to keep a good amount of the sauce on the burger as you build. We used sautéed onions and mushrooms on ours.

Pizza Burgers

6 thoughts on “Pizza Burgers”

  1. I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. It was easy to make and so filling…..definitely a keeper.

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