The Ultimate Pizza Burger!

Wednesday nights in our house have always been Pizza Night. This week, however, “Pizza Night” turned into “Pizza Burger Night!” In part, because May is National #BurgerMonth and I’m participating with Girl Carnivore and over 100 other brilliantly talented Burger Lovers to bring you epic burger ideas for your summer BBQ’s, but also (selfishly), if there is a Pizza Burger in our usual rotation of dinners, I might be able to have pizza more than once a week. Who wouldn’t want that?

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Did I mention there were prizes to go along with Burger Month? Oh yes, there are amazing things happening at BurgerMonth.Com After you drool over this Ultimate Meat Lovers Pizza Burger, head over to Girl Carnivore to enter for a chance at an epic prize package that includes:

American Lamb Board – 5 lbs of ground lamb, an apron and a meat thermometer

Anolon – 10″x 18″ Double Burner Griddle and Grill Pan

Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner – prize packs of beefy grilling-themed goodies

Char-Broil – Char-Broil Kettleman Grill

Curly’s BBQ – Curly’s BBQ Pork Pack

Cuttingboard.com – Olive Wood Carver Bo

Melissa’s Produce – Baby vegetable box

Primal Stone – XL Primal Stone

Spiceologist – 4 Rub Grilling Spice Set

Thermoworks – Thermapen Mk4

Veal Made Easy – 5 lbs Veal and grilling gear.

Great prizes, right? But first, let’s have a Pizza Burger!

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My Ultimate Pizza Burger starts with a mixture of Italian sausage, ground pork and ground beef. It gets a homemade marinara sauce and then gets topped with slices of fried pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, red onion and basil leaves! Pizza on a bun! Speaking of that bun, it’s a Telera Roll, brushed with melted garlic butter and then sprinkled with a parmesan cheese before being toasted under the broiler to give it a delightful color and crunch.

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Being served with garlic parmesan fries doesn’t hurt either! Yep, now I’m hungry! Are you?

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Ultimate Pizza Burger

How to have your favorite meat lovers pizza in burger form!

  • 1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage (Hot or Mild, your preference)
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef (80/20 blend)
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormick's Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH Garlic Powder and Onion Powder
  • 12 large pepperoni slices
  • Red onion, sliced
  • 12 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • 6 Telera Rolls
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Homemade or store bought marinara/pizza sauce
  • Basil leaves

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine all the meats, Italian Seasoning, garlic and onion powder.

Shape meat mixture into six individual burgers.

Place burgers in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before you grill them.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the marinara sauce to a slow simmer, stirring occasionally.

On a flat grill pan or large skillet, fry the slices of pepperoni. They will cook very quickly and give off a lot of grease. Turn each slice carefully after 30-45 seconds on each side and then move to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Drain off all the pepperoni grease except for two tablespoons.

When you're ready to cook the burgers, use the same flat pan on medium high and cook the burgers in the leftover pepperoni fat.

Grill the burgers for approx 3 - 5 minutes per side depending on how thick your burgers are and how you like them cooked. I did ours for about 4 minutes per side and they were perfect!

While the burgers are cooking, in a small microwave bowl, melt the butter with the minced garlic. Brush the melted butter over the tops of the Telera Rolls and sprinkle each roll with 1 Tablespoon grated parmesan. Separate the top and bottom buns and place them under the broiler on low, until the tops are golden brown and the bottoms are crisp and toasty.

Flip the burgers one more time and top each burger with two slices of Mozzarella cheese. Allow the cheese to melt, then remove from heat.

Assemble the burger by spreading marinara sauce on the bottom bun, place the burger on the bottom bun then top with two slices fried pepperoni, slices of red onion, a few fresh basil leaves and more marinara if desired. Add garlic butter parmesan top and enjoy!

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While this burger is my very own creation for #BURGERMONTH 2017, I would like to thank the following sponsors for their KICK BUTT GRILL PRIZE PACKAGES! American Lamb Board, Anolon, Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner, Char-Broil, Curly’s BBQ, Cuttingboard.com, Melissa’s Produce, Primal Stone, Spiceologist , Thermoworks , & Veal Made Easy

This post is part of the #BURGERMONTH celebration happening all month long at GIRLCARNIVORE and across the interwebs with 100 other talented foodies!!! Be sure to follow the hashtag #BURGERMONTH to check out all the delicious goodness!!

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