old school cafeteria "Pizza Burgers"

Stormy Stewart


As I grew up this was my favorite meal on the school lunch menu. As my kids grew and their meal menus changed I made this at home so they could enjoy a piece of my growing up.

These can be made in the oven or done on a grill. make them many and put them on crackers as an appetizer.

This recipe is over 40 years old. I ate them at school. Then have been making them ever since

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1 1/2 lb
ground beef
1 can(s)
tomato paste
2 tsp
italian seasoning
1/2 tsp
garlic powder with parsley
1 small
onion diced (optional)
16 slice
pizza pepperoni slices (my addition not in orginal school recipe)
8 slice
american cheese
cherry tomatoes (we omit these)
hamburger buns toasted. (each half will be anopen faced sandwitch)
1/2 c
parmesan cheese


1Mix hamburger. tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese and diced onions together.
shape into 8 burgers. and flatten onto a lipped baking pan. put in oven on 400 turning once until done.
Top with 2 pieces of pepperoni, then braking the single in half Cris cross over top of burger. Broil to melt cheese and put each burger on a 1/2 of a bun. making 8 open faced burgers. Top with a cherry tomato cut in half

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers, Pizza
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids