Life is settling back down again. Well, as much as my life can settle down. Being done with St. Patrick’s week is a huge relief. Now, we have illness running through the house but I figure with yesterday being the first day of Spring we can’t be too far from being able to open all the windows and air the house out. I am keeping my fingers crossed that there is no more snow and we are truly over winter.
You will notice that I often say “freshly grated or shredded” when I list cheese in my recipes. This is my own personal preference. The photo above shows the list of ingredients in shredded mozzarella cheese. Below is the list of ingredients in a block of Parmesan cheese. Notice the difference? They both have milk, enzymes and salt but the shredded cheese also has potato starch, starch and cellulose powder and a mold inhibitor. I prefer to give my family the one closer to how it is made without additional ingredients so it won’t stick together during shipping. I didn’t have a can of Parmesan pre-grated cheese in the house but if you have one look at the ingredients. Decide for yourself. I personally think that there is a HUGE flavor difference. Set up a taste test for yourself and see what you think.
With staying in hotels and eating out for the last week we are using up what is in our pantry and freezer to preserve our budget. We still have Easter coming up this week and the kids are super excited for that. So, I am taking inventory again and getting creative.
Pepperoni Pizza Burgers were made the other night because we had taken out some ground beef to thaw and then I really wanted pizza but needed to use the ground beef up. So, Pepperoni Pizza Burgers were made.
These were pretty good. The pepperoni was a little light on the flavor but the pizza taste was perfect. I toasted the rolls before serving the burgers and that gave them an extra crunchy bite that helped them seem even more like pizza to us.
The burgers were cooked on the grill before being put under the broiler to melt the cheese. You can cook your burgers however you like but I like the cheese best under the broiler.
I served this with green beans and a green side salad. For my mostly gluten-free son I served his on a gluten-free roll that was also toasted.
Pepperoni Pizza Burgers
- 1 1/2-2 lbs. ground beef
- 5 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni, divided and cut into 1/4s
- 1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 heaping tablespoon oregano
- 1 heaping teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
- mozzarella, freshly shredded or thinly sliced
- pizza sauce, jarred or homemade
- 8 rolls, cut in half horizontally and toasted
- Parmesan cheese, freshly grated or shredded
- Mix ground beef, 3 oz. pepperoni, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, salt, pepper, bread crumbs and egg together in a large bowl until well combined. Adjust spices to what you think your family may like. I tend to add a bit more garlic powder to ours because my family LOVES garlic.
- Form meat into 8 patties.
- Cook hamburgers in the way you prefer. Grill, skillet or bake. When hamburgers are cooked through remove from heat and place on an aluminum foil baking pan. Place extra pepperoni on burgers then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and place under broiler until cheese becomes bubbly and starting to brown.
- Remove pan from heat.
- Place hamburger on a toasted roll and top with pizza sauce and Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.