Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Burgers

~ Everyone’s favorite flavors of pizza and hamburgers combined in one juicy, satisfying sandwich! Quick and easy – with make-ahead tips, too! ~

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So when you ask your family what they want for dinner, we’re gonna bet we can guess a couple things that often top their wish lists: pizza and burgers.

We get it! We totally crave those, too!

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If only we could have both at once! If only pizza and burgers could be jam-crammed together into one amazing mouthful … if only … if only …… if only ………….

You can now officially stop your daydreaming, because these burgers are all of your dreamy wishes, rolled into one! One delicious, juicy, satisfying, might-make-you-cry-in-sheer-delight, pizza-y burger!

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This recipe was a runaway hit at both our houses. (As in … we might have done maybe just a few more taste tests than were technically necessary … and we might secretly have a couple batches stashed in the freezer to satisfy the frequent requests …)

It’s another of our THK recipes that really and truly makes the kiddos cheer when dinner is announced. Not kidding. It happens.

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Easy tip! You know how some burgers dome up when you cook them? To prevent that, simply create a small divot in the middle to help ensure a perfectly even, flat burger!

When we first started kicking around ideas for this burger, the light bulb over Gretchen’s head went off (*ding*) – she remembered her mom’s pizza meatballs! A quick rummage turned up the recipe, lovingly recorded in one of her mom’s keepsake recipe books.

Alrighty then! We ran with that.

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These burgers are awesome on the grill, in the skillet, or in a grill pan! Just make ‘em!

After tinkering with a few different cooking methods and spice combinations, we settled on the formulation that made every single taste tester deliriously, deliciously happy. Then we made these burgers several more times just because we wanted to eat them again … and again …

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And while we’re in the business of granting wishes and fulfilling dreams, here’s one more little bonus for all you busy, busy cooks: They’re speedy-quick and really easy to make ahead of time, too. (Yay – THK make-ahead tips!) …

  • You can prep these burgers earlier in the day or even a day ahead. Just store the patties, tightly wrapped in the fridge, until you’re ready to cook them.
  • Or, make them way in advance and freeze them (uncooked) until you need them. It’s the perfect solution if you like to plan ahead for parties or cookouts!

We just know you’re gonna love these! Pizza … and burgers … together! Dreams really do come true!

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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Burgers
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Yield: 4 burgers
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 20 slices turkey pepperoni (about 1 – 1¼ ounces), quartered
  • ½ cup shredded, reduced-fat four-cheese Italian blend
  • ½ – 1 cup pizza sauce, warmed
  • 4 whole wheat buns
  • Optional toppings for serving: onions, banana peppers, sliced black or green olives … or anything else you like on your pizza
Preparation
  1. Break ground beef apart in a large bowl and sprinkle oregano, salt, basil and garlic powder over top. Add pepperoni and cheese.
  2. Mix everything together until throughly combined. The key here is to be gentle and not over-mix. Over-worked burgers can be tough.
  3. Divide the mixture into four portions and lightly form into burgers. Compact each burger just enough that it stays together, but be very careful not to press too firmly or pack too tightly. Again, this can make your burgers tough.
  4. Preheat your grill, or a non-stick skillet or grill pan, on medium heat.
  5. Add the burgers and cook on the first side until nicely browned and mostly cooked through (about 5 minutes on the grill or in a covered skillet, or 8 minutes uncovered).
  6. Flip the burgers and continue cooking until just cooked through (about 3-5 minutes). Be careful not to overcook, which can cause the burgers to be dry.
  7. Serve your burgers on buns, topped with pizza sauce and any optional toppings you’d like.
Notes
Some burgers tend to dome up during cooking. Although we haven’t had much trouble with these particular burgers doing that, there’s a simple method for preventing the problem in any burger recipe: Simply press a slight indentation (just use your thumb) into the middle of each burger before cooking.
Make-ahead options! Prep the burger patties earlier in the day or up to a day ahead, then store them, tightly wrapped in the fridge, until you’re ready to cook them. To prep further ahead of time, you can freeze the uncooked patties and then thaw prior to cooking.

 

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    • Thanks, Pamela! You’re gonna love this! It’s so juicy and delicious! But extra-lean beef, turkey pepperoni, reduced-fat cheese, whole grain buns, and all that awesome lycopene in the sauce? Yep – you can enjoy these without all the guilt of a typical gut-bustin’ burger recipe! Yay! :D ~G&S

  9. WOW, this is such an awesome idea! I just got a brand new pampered chef grill pan for Christmas, so now I’m looking for different types of burgers to make on it. This will be happening in my kitchen very soon! Thanks for the awesome recipe. :)

    • What a great gift! Yep – these would be a perfect way to break in that grill pan! Let us know how it goes – and don’t hesitate to share some of the other fave burger recipes you cook up! :D So glad you stopped by, Mel! ~G&S

  10. I made the burgers tonight for dinner, and everyone thought they were great! One pound of ground beef made 7 sliders. Fabulous recipe! Good work, ladies.

    • Hi, Sue! Great idea to make sliders! My kiddos always love those! And thank you so, so much for taking a moment to let us know how your family liked the recipe – the feedback really means a lot to Gretchen and me. And (of course!) we’re thrilled to hear that you liked them so much! :D ~Shelley

  11. Wow what a great idea…not only sounds, but looks delicious…a nice twist to the classic burger.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you both are having a wonderful week :D

  12. Am I dreaming or is this real life? Pizza AND hamburgers in one dinner that’s healthy as well?? Ok, you girls have outdone yourselves now. These look so delicious!
    I’m so bookmarking these to make them soon. My brothers will adore them, and so will I! <3

    • Hi, Consuelo! Today wishes really do come true! So glad you’re excited about these – they’re such a total mainstay at our houses now! We’re thrilled if we can make your brothers happy – cause that’ll keep you happy, right?!?!? :D ~G&S

    • Thanks, Abbe! You’re so sweet to make baby burgers for your pups! My poor Finn just has to hope we have a few crumbs leftover for him … and these burgers get gobbled down so fast that he’s usually out of luck! :D ~Shelley

    • We often have the burgers vs. pizza discussions at our homes – so why not make everyone happy?!? We are all about making life easier – and having everyone enjoy the meal! These come together super fast – and yes! – make a second batch and freeze! It totally saves the day having these little beauties all set in the freezer! :) ~G&S

  13. I used to do something similar for my boys (30+ years ago) except that the cheese, tomatoes, onion and pepperoni were layered between two thin hamburger patties that were then sealed together. I called them stuffed pizza burgers!

    These look lucious, and thanks for the divot tip! Aunt K

    • Yum! Your stuffed burgers sound so delicious (but then, all your food is delicious)! I’ll bet your boys loved them! During our testing process, I actually made these burgers as a stuffed version a couple of times, but we decided it was a bit faster and easier for people to just mix everything in – and since we’re all about making delicious food easy, we went with that. You could totally convert these back into stuffed burgers, though, if you want to! Hugs! :D ~Shelley

    • Thanks, Julie! And yes, yes, yes on the olives!!!! :D Gretchen and I are both all in when it comes to olives, whether you want to mix some chopped olives right into the patties or sprinkle them as a final topping (like I do). Green olives are my absolute favorite pizza topping! Here’s our olive dilemma: both of our husbands DETEST olives. For guys who are really great, adventuresome eaters (totally willing to taste test even our most oddball creations), they draw the line at olives. My husband has tried time and again to like them, especially since I love them so much, and he just can’t do it. So sad! As a result, in our homes, the olives are an optional topping. But hey – if you have olive lovers, then you just mix those right in (and maybe put more on top, too!). Go crazy, girlfriend! ~Shelley

  14. Okay, let’s talk about how you managed to combine two of my favorite foods and still made it look appetizing! This is serious big news. So happy I found your blog, can’t wait to start reading!

  15. I think these pizza burgers look delicious! Very interesting tip about putting a divot in the middle of the burger–we’ll try that! Thanks for all of the great recipes!

    • Thanks so much, Bill! Yeah – definitely try the divot. As we mentioned in the post, these burgers haven’t given us much trouble with cooking up into domed little balls, but many burgers have a tendency to do that as the meat’s collagen tightens during cooking. One little divot, and you’re looking like a burger superhero! Won’t your guests be impressed at your next cookout?!?!? :D ~G&S

      • We had these Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Burgers for dinner tonight. They were very tasty! We put two more in the freezer for use in a couple of days. This recipe has been added to my “You Don’t Have to Check With Me First to Fix This For Dinner” list. The divot in the burgers worked well, too!

        • Lol, Bill – love the approved list of “You Don’t Have to Check First” meals!!! And we’re so glad to help you find another recipe for the list! Thank you soooo much for stopping back to let us know how much you enjoyed them – we really, really appreciate it! :D ~G&S

    • Thanks, Kristi! Yeah, freezing them in such a snap – it hardly takes any extra time to make a double or triple batch and freeze the extras. Then you’re set those for those last-minute dinner emergencies! Yay! :D ~G&S

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