Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Open Face Pizza Burgers

Now that it's getting to be Fall and Back-to-School season, I asked my husband what was his favorite hot lunch from school (OK, so the topic of conversation around my house really does revolve around food!) and he mentioned Pizza Burgers. That was pretty much all the explanation I got. Pizza...burger.

I tried a version that was a burger with spaghetti sauce on top of a regular grilled hamburger with melted mozzarella on top. Nope, that's not it. But he did expand on his preferences, telling me it was a loose meat sandwich on cheap hamburger buns, open face. Well, that's much more helpful!

The verdict?
It just so happened we had these on the first night of my son's preschool. It felt like a classic "Back to School" theme. We even talked about some of our first day of school memories while we tried to grill our son about his. He's locked up tight, that one, although he did share how much he like the "new" playground. At least we got a little info!

My husband was very happy with these, and I really enjoyed them even without the elementary school memories. It's kid-friendly, simple, non-high brow food, and an easy way to use up half a jar of spaghetti sauce. My son was mildly interested, but didn't jump all over them. I still enjoyed the leftovers the next day!

I am sharing this recipe at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap and Mommy's Kitchen. 

Open-Faced Pizza Burgers
recipe adapted from 
Taste of Home
Makes: 12

1 pound ground beef

1/4 cup chopped onions

1 - 15 oz can pizza sauce (or spaghetti sauce)
1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

6 hamburger buns, spilt and toasted
6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pizza sauce, mushrooms, sugar and oregano; mix well. Spoon onto buns; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Place on ungreased baking sheets. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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