Earlier this year I was introduced to the concept of “stuffed burgers.” Basically the idea is you put your burger toppings INSIDE the meat patty and then grill it all up. The result is that the cheese gets nice and gooey and you can get some really creative burgers! My first attempt was the Caprese Burger, which turned out AWESOME! This time, I decided to go a little bit more crazy and try a pizza stuffed burger.
I stuffed the patties with mozzarella cheese and mini pepperonis. I also used dry Italian Dressing Mix in the meat to give it a little more Italian flavor. Lastly, the burger was topped with pizza sauce. These tasted AMAZING, but I gotta say they were kind of a pain. Ya see, in order to stuff burgers, you have to make the patty really thin, otherwise your burger would be 6 inches tall. And the thin patties don’t really stick together very well, which resulted in some of the cheese oozing out. Also, the burger is so thick that it’s difficult to get the inside thoroughly cooked without burning the outside. It took a pretty long time to cook these puppies cuz we had to keep the heat set low so as not to burn them.
All that being said, I hope I haven’t dissuaded you from trying them! These really were some delicious, pizza-infused burgers, and we LOVED THEM! I just hope that maybe you can improve on our cooking method, and it will go a little smoother for you!
Pizza Stuffed Burgers
Adapted From: Tablespoon
1 lb lean ground beef
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
1/3 c mini pepperonis (or chopped regular sized pepperoni)
4 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes or slices
1 c pizza sauce
4 burger buns
Combine beef and dressing mix. Form into 8 thin patties, about 4 inches in diameter.
In the center of 4 of the patties, place mozzarella and pepperoni. Place remaining 4 patties on top and press edges tightly together to seal.
Place patties on grill over medium low heat. Cook 12 to 15 minutes, turning once.
Meanwhile, warm pizza sauce in the microwave.
When patties are cooked according to desired doneness, remove from grill and place on burger buns. Top each patty with 1/4 c of pizza sauce. Enjoy!