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Old-School Pizza Burgers

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Old-School Pizza Burgers

Take a trip down memory lane with these classic pizza burgers. Perfect for a throwback night or when you’re in the mood for something hearty and cheesy. This recipe combines the comforting flavors of a burger with the irresistible allure of pizza, making it a hit among both kids and adults.


Ready In: 30 mins
Ingredients: 11
Yields: 24
Serves: 10-12




  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 6 ounces luncheon meat, grated (Spam)
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce (use Ragu)
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 pound)
  • Optional: 2 cups American cheese (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 plain hamburger buns
  • 1 cup grated cheese (for topping burgers before baking; a combination of American and Mozzarella cheese is recommended).



  1. Meat Mixture: Begin by browning the hamburger in a skillet. Once browned, ensure you drain any excess fat. Introduce the grated luncheon meat to the skillet and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Cheese & Seasoning: Introduce the spaghetti sauce to the meat mixture. Follow this up with the mozzarella cheese (and American cheese if you’re using it), dried parsley, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Ensure you stir the mixture continuously until the cheese has fully melted and the ingredients have combined seamlessly.
  3. Bun Prep: Position all the hamburger bun halves on cookie sheets.
  4. Assembly: Spoon your desired quantity of the meat and cheese sauce over each bun half. For an added layer of cheesiness, sprinkle the buns with a combination of grated American and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Baking: Place the cookie sheets in a preheated oven at 425 degrees. Allow the pizza burgers to bake for 10 minutes or until they’re heated through. The cheese on top should be melted and showcase a bubbly texture.
  6. Serving: Serve your pizza burgers immediately while they’re still hot and the cheese is ooey-gooey.


Chef’s Tip: You can add some sliced black olives or pepperoni on top of the cheese for an extra layer of flavor. Enjoy these delightful pizza burgers with a side salad or some crispy potato wedges for a complete meal.

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