More in the Freezer: Pizza Burgers

That is not some kind of orange cookie, it is the secret to my Pizza Burgers. Growing up in New Jersey we would visit our favorite deli, and if we weren’t in the mood for a cheese steak we could get a Pizza Burger, a beef burger with a slab of mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce. What a messy, finger licking sandwich it made! It kind of rivaled the Chicken Parmesan Sub. So you know I have made Frozen Cheeseburgers for my children’s school lunches, but now have upped the ante by giving them these really delicious Pizza Burgers. Now about that orange disk in the photo up there. That is my pizza sauce frozen in 2 1/2 inch disks to place on the Pizza Burgers. Let me show you how I built these things…

First I pressed 2-2 1/2 pounds of 80/20 ground beef in a jellyroll pan that had been sprinkled with about 2-3 tsp of Italian Seasoning. In the photo above is the onion version I used for my Cheeseburgers and Sliders. You want to make sure the beef is about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle the beef with a little salt (I like Penzey’s Seasoned salt since it has no MSG) and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 18 minutes. Cut into squares the size of your buns, well not your buns but the burger’s buns, and place on a tray and freeze.

Spoon your favorite pizza sauce into 2 1/2 inch disks onto a silpat or plastic wrap and freeze. Once the burgers and sauce disks are frozen, build your burgers by placing a burger patty on the bottom bun, top it with a slice of mozzarella cheese, then the pizza sauce disk. Put the bun lid on top and wrap in waxed paper, place in zip topped bags, and freeze.

Reheating times will vary per microwave, but mine took about 1 minute while still wrapped. Be careful, they can be very hot.

BRK Pizza Sauce
28 ounce can Pastene Kitchen Ready or crushed tomatoes
Olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. fresh chopped oregano, or 2 tsp dried
8 fresh basil leaves torn, or 1 tsp dried
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar
1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat a few swirls of olive oil. Add garlic and herbs and stir for about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, sugar, pepper flakes and some salt and pepper to taste. Simmer about 20 minutes on low or until the sauce thickens a bit. *adjust your herbs to your liking, I like mine spicy sometimes, and sometimes I like it simple with just a little garlic. But for the burger it is really good spicy. Freeze in disks for your Pizza Burgers.

* The reason for freezing the sauce in this manner prevents the bread from becoming prematurely soggy.

I hope your kids or hubbies like these in their lunchboxes as much as mine did. Oh and don’t forget your bib!

See Foodalogue’s Pizza Burger! Yeah, it’s a NJ/NY thang.

Need more in your freezer?
Chicken Sandwiches
Lasagna Purses

Tomorrow in BRK- a really, really cute and super simple Easter Basket Case Cake. I’m the Basket Case not the cake.

See you soon!


  1. Big Dude
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 6:58 AM | Permalink

    Very clever Robin Sue – You go to a lot of effort so your kids can eat well at school – good for you.

  2. FOODalogue
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 7:49 AM | Permalink

    Oh, you clever devil…love those little tomato discs. I remember a while back I was all over the internet talking about pizza burgers – and no one heard of them. I was beginning to think I was crazy but I posted it anyway. I guess it was a NY-NJ thing.

  3. Kelly
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

    mmm… Looks so good! I love Pizza burgers and ironically I made a pizza (turkey) burger last night… I added lots of Pepperoni of course!

  4. vanillasugar
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM | Permalink

    pizza-burger sliders! remember when you did those ham & cheese sliders? man my hubby loved you for that one.
    this one is pure genius!

  5. Mimi
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 2:06 PM | Permalink

    Pizza burgers are not a west coast thing, but they will be now.

  6. Karen
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

    Great idea! Yeah, if I were to cut the hamburgers to fit *my* buns, I'd need a lot bigger pan 😉

  7. grace
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    you are such an innovator, robin sue! i swear i learn more tricks and time-savers from you than from any other source!

  8. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:49 PM | Permalink

    Oh hahaha, ok greatest minds think alike 🙂 Will pst soon but this is a give away 🙂

  9. oneordinaryday
    Posted April 30, 2011 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

    We LOVE the frozen sliders, so this is going to be a big hit too. Awesome idea!

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