PEPPERONI PIZZA BURGERS
- PREP TIME:
- 5 Minutes
- COOK TIME:
- 10 Minutes
- 4 Servings
- 1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
- 1/2 pound Italian Sausage ( A Little More Is Fine!)
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 8 slices Mozzarella Or Provolone Cheese
- Pepperoni Slices
- 8 Tablespoons Jarred Marinara Sauce
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 4 whole Kaiser Rolls Or Good Hamburger Buns
Lay the patties on the bottom buns, then top with the top buns. Serve immediately; hearty appetites are recommended!
Ground beef, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, pepperoni, and Kaiser rolls. Also (not pictured, because I’m an airhead) Italian seasoning!
(Ignore the other ingredients such as the onion, pepper, etc. I used them for a variation I’ll share with you soon.)
Start by throwing some ground beef and Italian sausage into a bowl.
Use your hands to knead the meat together, saying “Ew” a couple of times as you hear the squishy sounds.
Add in some Italian seasoning and knead it around until it’s all combined. Don’t say “Ew” this time, because you’re desensitized to the squish.
Form the meat mixture into patties…
Then cook ’em in a skillet over medium-high heat until they’re totally cooked in the middle. Rare burgers are a no-no anyway…but rare burgers containing pork sausage are a no-no-no-no-no infinity.
Cook it for several minutes on the first side, then flip it over to the other side.
Next, lay a couple of slices of cheese on top. This is Provolone, and I love how neatly the round slices fit the patty. Satisfies my sense of order and make me feel like I’m a total winner for the first time in all my 43 years.
Cheese. It’s a powerful thing.
Immediately lay a circle of pepperoni slices right on top.
Meanwhile, grill the rolls in a separate skillet with a good amount of melted butter.
Then just let the cheese melt on the patty, which will also warm up the pepperoni!
As soon as both halves of the roll are nice and toasted…
Spoon a generous amount of marinara sauce on both the bottom and top half.
Remove the lusciousness from the skillet…
And lay it on the bottom bun. Just look at the oils from the pepperoni cascading down the sides of the patty.
Sprinkle some Parmesan on the marinara sauce on the top bun…
And plop it right on top.
Serve it with fries!
Baked fries, of course. Because we’re trying to make healthy choices here.
Here’s a cross-section. The meat is so delicious with the addition of the sausage—and very, very juicy, too. And the layer of pepperoni, the melted cheese, and the marinara is just a to-die-fer combination.
The Pioneer Woman