Presto pizza burgers

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5 min


4 burgers

* PLUS Grilling Time: 10 minutes


  • 500 g medium or lean ground beef
  • 3 tbsp tomato sauce , or ketchup
  • 2 garlic cloves , or 1 1/2 tsp bottled chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning , or a mix of dried basil and oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Lightly oil grill and heat barbecue to medium-high. Crumble beef into a large bowl. Drizzle in pasta sauce, then sprinkle with garlic, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. (If using ketchup, add an additional 1/4 teaspoon/1 mL salt.) Using a fork or your hands, mix just until blended. Do not overmix, or burgers will be tough.
  • Shape into 4 burgers, each about 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick. To prevent burgers puffing up in centre as they cook, use your thumb to form a shallow depression in centre of each. Grill with lid closed until burgers are cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Tuck into warm crusty buns. Top with grated cheese and a drizzle of warm pasta sauce.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 231,
  • Protein
  • 23.6 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.9 g,
  • Fat
  • 13.7 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 361 mg.

Little ones will be thrilled with this combination of their two favourite dinners: pizza and burgers. All it takes is seasonings, grated cheese and a few spoonfuls of pasta sauce stirred into the ground beef. You can also pan-fry the burgers in about the same time as you would barbecue.