Pizza Burger

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5 from 11 votes
What do you get when you take two of my favorite foods and combine them into one delicious meal? My amazing Pizza Burger that's what!  
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Pizza burger in closeup

A Pizza Burger is two of my favorite foods fused together to create one of the best things you can every eat. If you are a fan of pizza and a fantastic grilled burger than this is the the recipe for you.

Pizza burger in closeup

The pizza burger takes the tangy goodness of pizza sauce, gooey cheese and a big fat juicy hamburger for the ultimate sandwich. Really using these ingredients you get a next level burger.

This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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What We Love About This Pizza Burger Recipe

The thing that sets this recipe apart is the use of the best ingredients. Fresh mozzarella, quality ground beef and amazing brioche rolls.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Only a large skillet and a few ingredients and you have dinner.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge such as lean ground beef.
  • Family Friendly: Combining a pizza and a burger is genius for any family.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, keto, or dairy free, even use ground turkey etc.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: So many things you can do like…
Hands holding a pizza burger.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Beef: I use an 80/20 for this burger recipe.
  • Garlic: Two cloves of minced garlic.
  • Parsley: Fresh Parsley, minced.
  • Italian Seasoning: One tablespoon, you can use the recipe or try a store bought.
  • House Seasoning Blend: The perfect blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese: It gives that soft texture and amazing pull.
  • Pepperoni: Enhances the spicy quality of the burger.
  • Pizza Sauce: The link will take you to the It’s a Keeper Recipe or use your favorite tomato sauce.

Buns

  • Brioche Rolls: They are perfect for these pizza cheeseburgers. Ciabatta rolls are great too.
  • Melted Butter: Place on the top and bottom bun when toasting.
  • Garlic Powder: Sprinkle on the roll to add great flavor.
  • Fresh Garlic
Ingredients for a Pizza Burger. Pepperoni, sauce, cheese etc.

Equipment Needed for the Best Burger

How to Make A Pizza Hamburgers

These are the basic steps for making pizza burgers. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Ground beef on a plate with seasoning on the side.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Then in a  large bowl, combine ground beef, minced garlic, parsley, Italian Seasoning and House seasoning blend.Next, use your hands to mix beef mixture until fully combined.and then form beef mixture into 4 patties.

STEP 2: GRILL

Then grill patties for 3-5 minutes on each side or until burgers reach desired doneness and then place 4 slices of pepperoni and 1 slice of mozzarella cheese on each patty. Allow burgers to rest on top rack of grill or on a plate covered with foil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts.

STEP 3: BUNS

Meanwhile, combine melted butter and garlic powder in a small bowl. Brush garlic butter mixture on the insides of the brioche buns.

Pizza press for pizza burgers.

STEP 4: TOAST

Place butter side up on a baking sheet and broil for 2 minutes or until buns are toasted a golden brown and then remove buns from the broiler and rub the toasted sides of the cut side of the garlic clove.

STEP 5: ASSEMBLE

Finally, assemble burgers and serve immediately.

Prep and Storage Tips for Pizza Burger Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can prepare your ground beef mixture ahead of time and then form your patties, keep in the fridge until ready to grill in an airtight container.

STORE THIS RECIPE

Store any leftovers by wrapping them well in plastic wrap, aluminum foil or an airtight container.

FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The beef can be frozen in patties until ready to use, thaw overnight in the fridge before using them.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE KETO/LOW CARB?

You can skip the bun or use a good quality keto option, there are several nice brands on the market.

WHY IS MY BURGER TOUGH?

There are several reasons for this, such as overcooking, however there are also some things you can do to keep your beef tender, for example:
* Treat the beef tenderly. Use a light hand.
* Handle the meat as little as possible so that it isn’t tough.
* Use thumb to indent the center of the hamburger so that it doesn’t puff up and cooks evenly.
* Only turn the burger once.
* And  PLEASE don’t press the burger down hard with the spatula.

WHAT TYPE OF GROUND BEEF SHOULD I USE FOR THIS PIZZA BURGER RECIPE?

For this recipe, I like to use an 80/20 ground beef blend.  This is a mixture of 80% lean beef mixed with 20% fat.  Typically, this blend is made of ground chuck.  The fat gives the burger its juiciness and adds flavor.  Always remember, fat=flavor.

HOW CAN YOU TELL WHEN A BURGER IS DONE?

 Truly the best way is to use a meat thermometer. Here is a guide to doneness: USDA Temperature Guidelines · Rare: 120 to 125 · Medium Rare: 130 to 135 · Medium Well: 150 to 155 · Well Done: 160 to 165. Find out more about food safety at the USDA.

CAN I MAKE THESE JUICY BURGERS INSIDE?

Of course, use a grill skillet, over medium heat and toast the hamburger buns in the oven on a cookie sheet.

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Expert Tips for Making This Pizza Cheeseburger Recipe

  • Gluten Issues?: Really, these have come a long way for example, cauliflower roll or a gluten free option, they are great!
  • Cheese it UP: Great cheeses help make a great burger that will enhance the flavor of your burger. Provolone, an Italian Blend or add a little Parmesan cheese in the burger patty itself.
  • Spice it UP: Put a little heat in your pizza burger by adding some red pepper flake or top with a little Jalapeno Pepper.
  • No Grill No Problem: Make these pizza burgers on the stove top and then finish under the broiler.
  • Veggies: Tomato, spinach, mushrooms, onions or your favorite pizza toppings to the burgers.

What to Serve with Pizza Burgers

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5 from 11 votes

Pizza Burger

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
What do you get when you take two of my favorite foods and combine them into one delicious meal? My amazing Pizza Burger that's what!  
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Ingredients

Burgers

Garlic Buns

  • 4 brioche rolls
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced in half longways

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, minced garlic, parsley, Italian Seasoning and House seasoning blend.
  • Use your hands to mix beef mixture until fully combined.
  • Form beef mixture into 4 patties.
  • Grill patties for 3-5 minutes on each side or until burgers reach desired doneness.
  • Place 4 slices of pepperoni and 1 slice of mozzarella cheese on each patty.
  • Allow burgers to rest on top rack of grill or on a plate covered with foil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts.
  • Meanwhile, combine melted butter and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  • Brush garlic butter mixture on the insides of the brioche buns.
  • Place butter side up on a baking sheet and broil for 2 minutes or until buns are toasted. Do not walk away from the broiler.
  • Remove buns from the broiler and rub the toasted sides the cut side of the garlic clove.
  • To assemble burgers, place 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce on the bottom burger bun.
  • Top with the burger.
  • Spoon another tablespoon of pizza sauce on the top bun and place on top of burger.
  • Repeat for remaining burgers.
  • Serve immediately.

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Expert Tips

  • Gluten Issues?: Try a Cauliflower roll or a gluten free option, they are great!
  • Cheese it UP: There are a lot of great cheeses that will enhance the flavor of your burger. Try a provolone, an Italian Blend or add a little Parmesan in the burger patty itself. 
  • Spice it UP: Try a little heat in your pizza burger by adding some red pepper flake or top with a little Jalapeno Pepper.
  • No Grill No Problem: You can make these pizza burgers on the stove top and then finish under the broiler

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 2012mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 6mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, burger, grilled

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