This is it, the ultimate Saturday-night-chilling-with-a-movie-burger!
I’ve got an obsession with finding and eating epic burgers. I believe it’s because I watched too many American teen movies in the 80’s, or indeed it could also stem from the fact that this is the one ‘meal’, I use the term very loosely, which Scandiman cooks for me from scratch – for me, burgers are a treat!
I found the original recipe on the amazing blog The Pioneer Woman. My version differs slightly, I omit the canned sliced mushrooms, I just cannot eat them, plus I make my own tomato sauce, or Marinara sauce, as it’s called in the original recipe.
This baby is the stuff of dreams - eat it and love me forever!
Pepperoni Pizza Burgers
What you need…
- 700 g good quality minced beef
- 300 g Italian or Spanish sausage skin removed
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 8 slices melting cheese, I used mild Cheddar
- Pepperoni or chorizo slices (I used one large thin slice per burger)
- 8 tablespoons jarred Napolitano sauce, or make your own
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 good burger buns
- Thinly sliced red onion
- 1 green pepper, sliced thick
- Few handfuls of pitted black olives, sliced
What you do…
In a large bowl, mix the minced beef, sausage meat, and dried oregano till well combined – I find squidging it with my hands the best, highly technical method I’ve come across.
Form the meat into 4 large patties, season with a little salt and plenty of black pepper.
Over a medium heat, fry the burgers on one side for a few minutes, then turn over.
Now lay 2 slices of cheese and then some pepperoni or chorizo slices on each burger.
Mmmm, Looking good, looking good…
Add onion slices, a few slices of green pepper, and a pile of black olives.
Now dollop a large spoonful of Napolitano sauce over the olives. Almost there now…!
And lay another slice of cheese over all the toppings, like a little cheesy blanket!
Now place a lid or another frying pan upside down on the pan, with hindsight I think you could even loosely tent with foil. Now leave the burger to cook through, the cheese to melt and the pepperoni or chorizo to heat through. (These burgers must be cooked through as they contain pork meat).
Now split and toast the burger buns in a frying pan with a nice big knob of butter, or of course you can toast them in a regular toaster.
Once toasted, spread both halves of roll with Napolitano sauce and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
Lay the cooked burgers on the bottom buns, add the top buns.
Serve immediately and apply to face!
Make it, eat it, collapse for a while and then please tell me what you think!