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 (to make 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.
Who doesn’t like pizza and burgers, right? Combining the two is a perfect pairing.
- 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
- ½ teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 batch Chunky Pizza Sauce
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, grated
- 1 teaspoon steak seasoning (see Note)
- 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)
- For the Chunky Pizza Sauce, heat 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 black pepper, and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently and using a wooden spoon to break up the tomato pieces a bit. Set aside.
- For the Pizza Burgers, use your hands to combine the ground beef, grated onion, steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian herb seasoning in a large bowl; be careful not to over-mix the meat. Divide the meat into 4 equal 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.