For sentimental reasons I decided to try this recipe. A good friend, who sadly is no longer with us, used to make this recipe for pizza burgers and they were a big hit with her family. Almost every time her grandson came to visit she would make them. Her boyfriend used to help her. He’s wanted to replicate her recipe so I made them for him the other night. If you’re a food snob you might stop reading as soon as you see the ingredients. For sure my husband is a food snob. He made up his mind he wouldn’t like them even before he tasted them. And to tell the truth, I didn’t want to like them either. But I did. It is beyond amazing to me that this combination of ingredients tastes JUST LIKE PIZZA. It reminds me a little of the lady in the grocery line who saw my Christmas baking partner buying the ingredients for our chocolate fudge. She said her mother made the best fudge (according to her) using Velvetta cheese. I have no sentimental reason to try that recipe so that will probably never happen! But it exists out there on the internet if anyone is interested. Proceed to pizza burgers. The recipe is not complicated at all and comes together quickly.
1 pound ground beef
1 can SPAM
1 block longhorn cheese (I used 8 oz of Colby jack)
1 half jar original Ragu spaghetti sauce
onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano to taste
Preheat your oven to 425.
In a heavy skillet over medium high heat brown the ground beef.
While the meat is browning shred the cheese and the SPAM.
Once the meat is browned put the meat in a mesh colander to drain off excess grease. Return the ground beef to the skillet over low heat. Season to taste with onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano. Add the SPAM and cheese and stir until everything is incorporated and the cheese is melted.
Stir in about half of the 24 oz jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce just until the meat mixture is moistened. You don’t want it quite as juicy as a sloppy Joe. Remove from the heat.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used a pizza pan because these are, after all, pizza burgers)!! Put hamburger buns on the baking sheet and spoon prepared meat mixture on the buns. There should be enough for 8-12 sandwiches.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes. You can serve them open faced or with a topper. Your call. Keep an open mind and enjoy!
I only made up 4 sandwiches on slider buns for sampling purposes and gave the rest of the pizza burger filling to our friend.
NOTE: While not difficult, I think the SPAM would be a little easier to grate if it had been in the freezer for a tad bit before grating. My friend’s recipe called for a “block” of longhorn cheese. Not having any idea how much was in a “block” or being able to find cheese labeled “longhorn” I used 8 oz of Colbyjack. I did not add any salt. It has been a really really long time since I’ve had SPAM but I was sure that would add enough salt to the recipe.
To kick this up a bit you could add a couple slices of pepperoni or perhaps a little slice of mozzarella cheese to each burger before baking. But before you modify, please taste!