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Deliciously messy pizza burgers have all the flavors of your favorite pizza.  Served on classic English muffins, loaded with your favorite pizza toppings and toasted to perfection!

Pizza nights happen quite often here in our home! Not only is pizza easy to make, I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love it!  A few of our other favorite Italian-inspired recipes are these Stuffed Shells, Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza and Meatball Pizza Balls that we make to switch things up and still achieve happiness all around.

two pizza burgers topped with cheese and pepperoni

The Perfect Combination

If you’re having a hard time deciding between pizza or burgers tonight, why not combine the two?! Everyone loves these delicious classic dinner recipes, so everyone will love them!

Take tasty English muffins and top them with delicious marinara sauce, pepperoni, ground beef or any of your other favorite pizza toppings.  Them smother them with melted cheese and voila! Each muffin gets toasted to perfection, making these pizzas both crispy and soft and deliciously hot! Give these pizza burgers a try and we promise you will not be disappointed!

a step by step collage of how to make pizza burgers

How to Make Pizza Burgers

Making pizza burgers could not be any easier! Just grab a few ingredients, assemble your pizzas and toss in the oven. In just a few minutes, dinner is served!

Brown The Meat – In a large sauce pan over medium heat, cook 1 medium onion in olive oil until it becomes soft and translucent. Add in one pound of ground beef and cook until brown.  I like to use ground beef that has a higher fat content because they turn out juicier and have more flavor.

Make It Saucy – Add a jar of spaghetti sauce and mix until combined.  Reduce the heat to low and let everything simmer.

Preheat & Prep – While everything is simmering, preheat the oven to broil.  You’ll want to line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and lay out each muffin with the inside facing up.

Add Toppings – Spread a small amount of butter on each English muffin, then sprinkle with garlic salt.  Next, you’ll top each muffin with 4 slices of pepperoni or any of your other favorite pizza toppings

Bake – Cook the muffins under the broiler until the edges begin to brown, which takes about 2 minutes. Watch these them closely! I have burned way too many things using my broiler!

Compile & Bake – To finish the pizza burgers, remove the muffins from the oven and add about 3 heaping spoonfuls of the meat and sauce mixture.  Top each muffin with the cheese, then place the baking sheet back under the broiler until the cheese turns bubbly and brown.  This takes approximately 2-3 minutes.

a baking sheet filled with pizza burgers fresh out of the oven

Variations

On The Grill – For a little heartier of a meal, I like to grill sometimes grill hamburger patties on the barbecue.  If you go this route, skip the first step and then add the hamburger patties to the pizza toppings right before you put them back in the broiler at the end.  The burger pizzas turn out thick and delicious!

Toppings – I love a good class pepperoni pizza burger but you can go nuts with whatever toppings you like.  Some of my favorite toppings to add are bacon, bell peppers, ham, pineapple, sausage, and chicken.

More Pizza Inspired Recipes

These pizza burgers are so simple, and so yummy!  Once you’ve tried this simple recipe, leave us a comment below and let us know how you liked this combo and which toppings you liked best.

two pizza burgers topped with cheese and pepperoni
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Pizza Burgers Recipe

Deliciously messy Pizza Burgers have all the flavors of your favorite pizza, but they are served on classic English muffins that are toasted to perfection!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword 30 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 800 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 4 English muffins split in half
  • 3-4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons of garlic salt
  • 32 slices of cooked pepperoni
  • 1-2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, cook the onions with the olive oil until onions become soft and translucent.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook until brown.
  3. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix until combined.
  4. Reduce heat to low and let simmer.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay out each muffin with the inside facing up.
  6. Spread a small amount of butter on each English muffin, then sprinkle with garlic salt.
  7. Top each muffin with 4 slices of pepperoni
  8. Cook the muffins under the broiler until the edges begin to brown- about 2 minutes. (Watch these closely! I have burned way too many things using my broiler!)
  9. Remove the muffins from the oven and add about 3 heaping spoonfuls of the meat and sauce mixture.
  10. Top each muffin with the cheese, then place the baking sheet back under the broiler until the cheese turns bubbly and brown, approximately 2-3 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Pizza Burgers Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 muffin halves)
Calories 800
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ENJOY!

   looking down on a plate that has two pizza burgers

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in September 2009.

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