Have you fired up the grill yet this year? Where I live, we’ve had an unseasonably warm winter and now spring. (And I don’t mean warm-for-upstate-New-York…we have antifreeze in our blood and think 45 degree fahrenheit weather in January is a heat wave. I mean warm. Summertime warm, with temps reaching the upper 80’s at times.)
We’ve fired up the grill a few times (old favorites like steak, Chiavetta’s chicken, and marinated salmon), but these pizza burgers were the first burgers of the year for us. They’re easy to make, come together fast, and are a real hit with kiddos as well as adults.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the announcement!
1 batch Chunky Pizza Sauce (recipe below)
1 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion, grated
1 teaspoon steak seasoning*
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried Italian herb seasoning
4 oz mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted or grilled
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)
* The steak seasoning I use contains sea salt, black pepper, garlic, coriander seed, mustard seed, dill seed, and red pepper.
Use your hands to combine the ground beef, grated onion, steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian herb seasoning in a large bowl, being careful not to over-mix the meat. Divide the meat into 4 portions and shape each into a patty.
Grill the burgers over medium-high heat until done (hamburger meat should be cooked until it’s no longer pink in the center), about 4 to 5 minutes per side. When the burgers have about 2 minutes left to cook on the second side, spoon about 3 tablespoons of Chunky Pizza Sauce on top of each, and then top each with 1 oz of cheese. Cover the grill (or tent a piece of foil over the burgers) so the cheese melts.
Transfer the burgers onto the buns and sprinkle the parsley on top of the cheese; serve the burgers along with the rest of the Chunky Pizza Sauce for dipping.
Yields about 1 cup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can Hunt’s No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes, undrained
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch black pepper
Preheat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add the garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian herb seasoning, sugar, salt, and pepper, and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently and using a wooden spoon to break up the tomato pieces a bit. Use the sauce in the recipe for Pizza Burgers.
What: A virtual cooking school class called Firing Up the Grill: New Recipes, Flavors and Ingredients to Kick-Start Barbeque Season; the class is part of the Cooking Connections series on The Motherhood. You can check out great easy grilling recipes ahead of time on Ready Set Eat.
When: Thursday, April 5, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET.
Where: The Motherhood
About the class: Celebrity chef George Duran will be coming to us via live video feed from his own backyard as he shares his top grilling techniques and new flavor twists on old favorites.
Giveaway! We are also giving away two summer grilling gift baskets for class participation! There are two methods of entry if you’d like to get involved:
1) Post your own idea for a hot dog or hamburger recipe in the text chat here. You must use one of these required ingredients in your recipe: Hebrew National, Ro*Tel, Hunt’s Ketchup, Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes, Gulden’s Mustard, or Wolf Chili.
The class is sponsored by ReadySetEat.com and ConAgra Foods, and it is hosted by TheMotherhood. I’ll be there with these other bloggers to co-host the class:
Amy, Cajun Inspired Living
Caryn, Rockin’ Mama
Jennifer, Mom Spotted
Kate, Stolen Moments Cooking
Kelly, Kansas City Mamas
Lisa, Life with Lisa
Monet, Anecdotes and Apple Cores
Vanessa, The Sew*er, The Caker, The Copycat-Maker
Victoria, Veep Veep
I hope you’ll join us there!