Quick and easy pizza burgers are a nostalgic meal that will remind you of childhood. They are also a delicious way to get dinner on the table in a hurry.
These family friendly pizza burgers are a perfect busy night meal. They come together in no time with very few ingredients. You may be reminded of the school cafeteria lunches of your childhood in the best kind of way.
Pizza burger night is always a good night at our house and it can be at your house as well. You can get a dinner they’ll love on the table without a lot of time or effort.
My husband has particularly fond memories of pizza burgers from his elementary school days. He says his school cook piled them high with that “government cheese.”
As cheese lovers, that makes them extra appealing. I can see why he still gets excited when we have them for dinner.
Pizza burgers are a great way to use up extra buns. If you overbought for a party, those excess hamburger and hot dog buns are the perfect base.
However, they are definitely good enough to warrant buying the buns specifically. You may want to put them on your weekly menu.
One of the best parts about pizza burgers is how adaptable they are. Sometimes we eat them open faced if we are trying to stretch a few buns into a whole meal.
Sometimes, like on this particular day, we turn the tops into toasted garlic bread. That adds another layer of goodness to the final product.
You start with a pound of ground beef. Though you can use ground turkey or venison if you prefer.
If you want to sneak in some extra veggies, feel free to toss in some diced bell pepper, onions or mushrooms with the meat as you brown it. Then stir in the pizza sauce.
Scoop that delicious mixture on top of your buns. Then top it with yummy mozzarella cheese.
We usually use shredded cheese because that is what we are more likely to have on hand. However cheese slices make for easy and consistent full coverage.
If desired, brush the other half of the buns with garlic butter. Then bake until the tops are golden and the cheese is melted.
You can have dinner on the table in under a half hour. Bonus: they are going to love it!
What are your favorite busy night meals? I’d love to hear all about them!
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 15 ounce can pizza sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Optional: finely diced onion and/or green pepper
- 8 hamburger buns
- 8 slices mozzarella cheese
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain any extra grease.
- Season with garlic powder. Stir in pizza sauce and green peppers or onions if desired.
- Place bottom halves of hamburger buns on a sheet pan. Spoon 1/8 of the meat mixture onto each bun. Top with a slice of cheese.
- Melt butter and stir in the garlic salt. Brush over the tops of the hamburger buns and place on a second sheet pan.
- Place both trays in the oven and bake for about 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the tops are golden to your liking.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 782mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 29g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.