Beat-the-clock burger toss

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10 min


3 to 4 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 12 minutes


  • 1/2 450-g pkg spaghetti pasta
  • olive oil
  • 2 to 3 frozen burgers
  • 4 plum or 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano , or basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil , or cilantro


  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Meanwhile, lightly coat a large frying pan with oil and set over medium-high heat. Add frozen burgers and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Meanwhile, coarsely chop tomatoes.
  • Leave browned burgers in pan. Using a spatula, cut into bite-size pieces. (Remove from heat if it’s easier.) Stir in tomatoes, pasta sauce, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is hot and tomatoes start to break down, 3 to 4 minutes. If sauce is ready before pasta, turn off heat but leave saucepan on burner. Drain pasta, then stir into sauce until evenly coated. Sprinkle with basil. Serve with grated Parmesan.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 401,
  • Protein
  • 24 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.8 g,
  • Fat
  • 11.1 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4.2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 736 mg.

This is the perfect way to use frozen burgers and leftover pasta sauce.