Pepperoni Pizza Burger

It is birthday season at our house as our three kids all have birthdays within a one month period. One of the traditions we have started is that they get to pick what dinner will be on their birthday. My oldest son just turned 10. Yes, I now have a 10-year-old and it is crazy to ponder that reality. He has grown up so fast! Anyway, his choice for dinner was a repeat of what he picked last year: homemade burgers! A year ago I made Black and Blue Burgers and posted the recipe on the site.

This year, I wanted to make him a different burger, so I went Italian. Specifically, I thought of a pizzeria and imagined what a Pepperoni Pizza Burger would taste like. Everyone loved them, especially the birthday boy.

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Pizza sauce, melted mozzarella and pepperoni work as the perfect toppings for this burger.

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Make your favorite burger, or use the recipe below for a nice and easy Italian spiced burger.

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Put a dollop of pizza sauce on the cooked burger.

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Place a nice handful of grated mozzarella on top. The sauce holds the cheese and keeps it from falling off.

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Top with pepperoni slices and put in a 450F oven for about 5 minutes. AMAZING!

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Pepperoni Pizza Burger Homemade Recipe

A delicious and easy homemade burger with toppings of pizza sauce, grated mozzarella cheese and sliced pepperoni.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp pizza sauce
  • 2/3 cup grated mozzarella
  • 24 pepperoni slices
  • 4 burger buns

Instructions

  • Knead together the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk and spices. Form into 4 burger patties.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet medium/hot and melt the butter. Place the burgers on the skillet so they sear and create a crust. After about 3-4 minutes, flip the burger to create the crust on the other side. Cook the burger a little bit rarer than your preference as they will cook some more in the oven.
  • Place on a baking sheet.
  • Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of pizza sauce on each burger. Sprinkle grated mozzarella on top of the pizza sauce. Place 6 pepperoni slices on each burger.
  • Broil the burgers in a 450F oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melting and the pepperoni is crisping.
  • Serve on a toasted bun.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

4 comments

  1. Definitely a fun, kid friendly burger. 🙂

  2. This ain’t no boring burger, that’s for sure! Nicely done.

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