In this fun recipe juicy burgers are filled with a tomato and pepperoni mixture, then topped with melted cheese. Yum. This is a great way to add interest to plain old burgers, which can get boring after a while. Before getting started, be sure that you know all of the tips and tricks for making the best burgers.
You could use ground chicken or ground turkey in place of the ground beef if you'd like. If you do that, add about 1/2 cup of soft bread crumbs soaked in 2 tablespoons of milk or water to add some moisture to the meat. Make sure that you cook ground chicken or turkey, in fact, all ground meat, to a minimum temperature of 165 F as checked with a food thermometer.
Use kaiser rolls or ciabatta rolls or other sturdy rolls for these burgers. Soft white hamburger buns just won't stand up to the meat and all the cheese and fillings. Enjoy these burgers with a green salad or a fruit salad and some cold iced tea.
- 2 pounds ground beef (lean)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning (dried Italian)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 cup pepperoni (chopped)
- 1/3 cup pizza sauce
- 3 tablespoons mustard
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
- 6 slices mozzarella
- 6 kaiser buns
- 6 tablespoons pizza sauce
Prepare and heat an outdoor gas or charcoal grill for medium heat.
Combine the ground beef, Italian seasonings and salt in a large bowl and mix gently. Form into 12 thin patties and place on waxed paper.
Combine the pepperoni, 1/3 cup pizza sauce, mustard, and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Divide this mixture among 6 patties within 1/2" of pattie edges. Top the filling with the remaining patties and press edges together to seal.
Grill the patties 4-6" from medium coals for 10 to 15 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked to 165 F, turning carefully just once. Top each burger with a slice of the mozzarella cheese and the remaining pizza sauce.
Grill the buns and, cut side down, and let the cheese melt on the burgers for 1 to 2 minutes, then serve burgers in buns.