Pizza Burgers are a flash back food around here, school lunches of my youth. They go hand in hand with Italian Dunkers for Hubs.
We had Pizza Burgers last night for the football game (so glad football is back!). We always try to do something fun for games, and if all else fails we do Hubs Chili.
When I was working on next week meal planning, I found ground sausage in the freezer, and since last night was not a planned meal night (lots of reasons) we decided to use it and the other ingredients we already had to make some yummy Pizza Burgers.
Here is the recipe that we use:
1 lbs hamburger
1 lbs ground sausage
I jar tomato sauce or pizza sauce (I used spaghetti sauce, adds more flavors)
mozzarella cheese – as much as you want
1/4 finely chopped onion
2 gloves garlic
salt and pepper
8 Hamburger buns split (16 halves)
Preheat oven to 350
Cook hamburger and sausage in the same pan, yummy! Add onion and garlic to cook it down some.
After draining the meat, add about half the jar of sauce. Stir in some cheese, you want it to be a gooey mess really. Add as much additional sauce as you want. I had ours be a bit runny to start and added more cheese at the end. Having the juice soak into the meat is key for my kids.
Scoop about 1/4-1/3 cup of the mixture onto one half of a bun. I can fit about 8 halves (4 buns) onto a cookie sheet.
Place both cookie sheets into the oven for about 20 minutes. If using to different shelves/racks rotate about half way through.
Once out of the oven, sprinkle with more mozzarella cheese and let sit for a minute or so.
These are great for freezing too, easy dinners when you are busy. Freeze the burgers on a cookie sheet until almost frozen, wrap in foil individually and put in a freezer bag/container. When you want to reheat, defrost about half way and put in a 350 oven for another 20 minutes still wrapped in foil.
You can also add some yummy peppers or flavor them anyway you could possibly want. My kids LOVE them, even Leo.