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Friday, October 18, 2019

Lunchroom Style Pizza Burgers

Quick and easy pizza burgers are a nostalgic meal that will remind you of childhood. They are also a delicious way to get dinner on the table in a hurry.

pizza burger cut in half with one half being held up, melted cheese and pizza sauce coated meat center showing

     These family friendly pizza burgers are a perfect busy night meal. They come together in no time with very few ingredients. You may be reminded of the school cafeteria lunches of your childhood in the best kind of way.

     Pizza burger night is always a good night at our house and it can be at your house as well. You can get a dinner they'll love on the table without a lot of time or effort.

      My husband has particularly fond memories of pizza burgers from his elementary school days. He says his school cook piled them high with that "government cheese."

hamburger buns on baking tray with meat and cheese piled on them for pizza burgers

      As cheese lovers, that makes them extra appealing. I can see why he still gets excited when we have them for dinner.

       Pizza burgers are a great way to use up extra buns. If you overbought for a party, those excess hamburger and hot dog buns are the perfect base.

      However, they are definitely good enough to warrant buying the buns specifically. You may want to put them on your weekly menu.

       One of the best parts about pizza burgers is how adaptable they are. Sometimes we eat them open faced if we are trying to stretch a few buns into a whole meal.

hamburger bun tops turned into garlic bread for tops of pizza burgers

       Sometimes, like on this particular day, we turn the tops into toasted garlic bread. That adds another layer of goodness to the final product.

        You start with a pound of ground beef. Though you can use ground turkey or venison if you prefer.
          If you want to sneak in some extra veggies, feel free to toss in some diced bell pepper, onions or mushrooms with the meat as you brown it. Then stir in the pizza sauce.

        Scoop that delicious mixture on top of your buns. Then top it with yummy mozzarella cheese.

pizza burger and waffle fries on plate, ready to eat

        We usually use shredded cheese because that is what we are more likely to have on hand. However cheese slices make for easy and consistent full coverage.

      If desired, brush the other half of the buns with garlic butter. Then bake until the tops are golden and the cheese is melted.

      You can have dinner on the table in under a half hour. Bonus: they are going to love it!

half of a pizza burger being held up to show the loose meat center and melty cheese

If you like these fun pizza burger sandwiches, you are going to love my slow cooker chicken Parmesan sandwiches.  While you're at it, you might want to put Italian beef on your menu too!

     What are your favorite busy night meals? I'd love to hear all about them!

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Yield: 8 servings

Lunchroom Style Pizza Burgers

Lunchroom Style Pizza Burgers

Quick and easy pizza burgers are a nostalgic meal that will remind you of childhood. They are a delicious way to get dinner on the table in a hurry.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 22 Mtotal time: 32 M


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 15 ounce can pizza sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional: finely diced onion and/or green pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


How to cook Lunchroom Style Pizza Burgers

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a large skillet, brown ground beef.  Drain any extra grease.
  3. Season with garlic powder.  Stir in pizza sauce and green peppers or onions if desired.
  4. Place bottom halves of hamburger buns on a sheet pan. Spoon 1/8 of the meat mixture onto each bun. Top with a slice of cheese.
  5. Melt butter and stir in the garlic salt. Brush over the tops of the hamburger buns and place on a second sheet pan.
  6. Place both trays in the oven and bake for about 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the tops are golden to your liking. 
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Quick and easy pizza burgers are a nostalgic meal that will remind you of childhood. They are a delicious way to get dinner on the table in a hurry.


  1. Oh my Goh, I do remember having pizza burgers at lunch. What a great, nostalgic recipe!!!

    1. They were a favorite then and they are one of our favorites now too!

  2. I remember having pizza burgers at school lunch! I can't wait to make these at home and for on to go during harvest!

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