Marinara Pizza Burger

Here is a simple recipe with a distinct Italian flavour. The Marinara Pizza Burger is topped with a very basic garlic, olive oil and tomato sauce. To the original Italian pizza recipe I have taken the liberty of adding mozzarella cheese. You might prefer to leave out the cheese.

This Marinara Pizza Burger uses Hamburger's Basic Hamburger patty as a base (recommended) but you could use any store-bought burger patty for convenience.

Serves 4

For the Base:
  • 4 hamburger patties

  • For the Topping:
  • 2 canned tomatoes, peeled, chopped into small cubes and thoroughly mixed with a generous teaspoon of tomato puree, alternatively you could just use some pizza sauce, about 4 or 5 tablespoons, for convenience

  • 1 small dash olive oil

  • 1/2 to 1 clove garlic crushed or finely chopped, depends on how much you like garlic

  • 2 pinches dried oregano, only 1 pinch if using pizza sauce

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • mozzarella cheese sliced, enough to cover 4 patties or about a handful of grated "dry" mozzarella

  • For the Rolls:
  • 2 fresh rolls, about the same size as the patties

  • butter

  • Add the olive oil, garlic, oregano, and pepper to the tomato mix and stir through.

    The patties should preferably be broiled under a grill or cooked on a Weber-like barbecue with the lid on.

    Grill/broil the patties until half cooked and flip them over. Barbecue:- immediately spoon the sauce onto the patties, cover liberally with cheese and put the lid on the barbecue. Oven/Broiler:- wait a minute or two after turning the patties before you add the sauce and cheese. The burgers are ready when the cheese has melted.

    I have made these Pizza Burgers in a frying pan and it works quite well but you have to adapt slightly. I pre-warmed the sauce before spooning it onto the turned patties, added the cheese and put a lid on the pan.

    Split the rolls and toast the cut surfaces lightly (under grill, on barbecue or in a dry pan) just before the patties are done. Spread a little butter on the toasted surfaces, add the patty and enjoy a great tasting Marinara Pizza Burger.
    You could use 4 rolls and top the patty with the other half but I prefer them this way.

    Bon Appetit!

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