Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pizza Burgers

Sometimes in the winter here in the north, we just get hungry for a burger. As the grill is out of reach, because of the snow, that classic option is not available. So instead, I often make us what my mother called 'pizza burgers'.

Julian's Pizza Burger
They are essentially a burger made out of a meatloaf type blend, with pizza sauce and cheese. They do hit the spot. Because they are soft, they do not grill easily so a skillet is ideal for their preparation. As you may know if you read this blog, I make meatballs in large batches and freeze them. At the same time, I also make up some pizza burgers for the freezer. But for your convenience, below I provide you a recipe for fresh made. I prefer them with a mix of pork and beef, but you can use all beef.

Ingredients (makes 4 large burgers)
1 pound, lean ground beef and pork
1 egg, slightly beaten
dash A-1 steak sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon bread crumbs
1 cloves minced garlic
               or teaspoon ground dry garlic
1 tablespoon dried onion
               or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh shallot
1 tablespoon dry chopped parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
pinch of salt and a few fresh grinds of pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 can pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella or mixed cheese
4 buns

Mix together all of the burger ingredients (on the above up to but not including the vegetable oil). When well blended, form into burger patties. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

In a non-stick skillet, heat the oil until hot and add the burgers. Fry on one side for 3-4 minutes until browned. Turn and brown the second side. Add the pizza sauce around the burgers and let them cook in the sauce for 10-15 minutes, until they are cooked through and the sauce is flavored by the meat drippings. Spoon the sauce over the burgers periodically. During the last few minutes of cooking, spoon on some sauce and top each burger with cheese. Cook covered a few minutes until cheese melts.

While the burgers are cooking in the sauce, lightly oil and toast the buns in a 350F oven for 5 minutes. Place the burgers on the toasted buns and serve.

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