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.
BRK Pizza Sauce
28 ounce can Pastene Kitchen Ready or crushed tomatoes
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.
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!