We had hamburgers late last week one night, and had leftover buns. Now I hate to waste food, but I also don’t really have a lot of success using bread that I’ve frozen, so I like to figure out how to use up buns. Often it’s sloppy joes. Occasionally Tuna Melts. This week, I went on a quest for a pizza burger recipe.
I found this one at allrecipes.com. I did change it up a little based on my preferences (I prefer not to eat American/processed cheese and not a big fan of tomatoes) and reviews. I substituted mozzarella, a can of pureed tomatoes, and some extra seasoning, plus I didn’t need the corn starch to thicken.
Chad raved, Maria ate it, and I thought they were good! Definitely a keeper for a quick worknight meal.
Broiled Pizza Burgers
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 can diced pureed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon pizza seasoning (or Italian)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
10 slices mozzarella cheese*
4 hamburger buns, split
- In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Sprinkle with cornstarch. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, salt and onion salt. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add six cheese slices; cook and stir until cheese is melted and blended.
- Place hamburger buns cut side up on a baking sheet; spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture onto each bun half. Cut remaining cheese slices in half diagonally; place over meat mixture. Broil 6-8 in. from the heat for 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
*I actually only used 6 and then 1 cup of shredded mozzarella – provolone would be good too!