Pizza Burgers

This is a delicious alternative to regular hamburgers.

Pizza Burgers
Serves: 4

1 pound ground beef
4 tablespoons dry Italian-style bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup marinara sauce
cooking spray
4 slices Provolone cheese

In large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, black pepper, & marinara sauce; blend well , being careful to not overwork the meat or else it becomes tough. Divide meat evenly to form into 4 patties. Arrange patties in a large skillet lightly coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; brown patties for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until they reach desired level of doneness. Place 1 piece of cheese on each patty and continue to cook for 1 minute or until cheese melts.

Serve on buns with lettuce and tomato, if you desire. I often eat this bunless with cottage cheese and a green salad.


BBQ Corned Beef Sandwiches (aka Sloppy Joes)

It may seem strange to add corned beef to this, however it adds such an interesting taste to this mix. The texture of the corned beef is similar to the hamburger when cooked. You honestly don’t realize it is in there, but it sure is missed if this is made without it. My mother used to make this meal for me and my brother. She kept the corned beef ingredient secret from us. I didn’t realize this was the “secret ingredient” until I was grown and asked for the recipe to make for my own family. You can decrease the amount of chili powder if your stomach is sensitive to this ingredient.

BBQ Corned Beef Sandwiches

1 pound hamburger

1 small onion, chopped

1 can corned beef

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 cup catsup

1 cup water

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Brown ground beef and onion in skillet. Drain off excess fat. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer until thick. Serve on buns.

Yield: approx 10 sandwiches

I usually serve this with chips and veggies or fruit for a quick meal. This recipe is easy to make into a double or triple batch and divide up into freezer containers. Just remember to take it out of the freezer in the morning to allow it to thaw. I usually reheat in the microwave.

Loose Meat Sandwiches

A new favorite for my younger children. They seem to like this better than my “sloppy joes”. This is an adaptation of a recipe I saw on TV (probably the Food Network), but I cannot remember what show I was watching. The chicken broth is the key to this one. It doesn’t make sense, but this recipe is just not as good if made with beef broth.

Loose Meat Sandwiches

1 pound ground beef
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1 cup chicken broth

Brown the ground beef and drain. Add the seasonings and chicken broth. Simmer until the chicken broth has reduced until almost gone, continuing to crumble the ground beef in the liquid. In the end, you ground beef will be finely crumbled and the mixture moist. Serve on buns. Yields approx 4 sandwiches.

Slow Cooking Thursday~Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

It doesn’t get any easier than this. To be honest, I usually buy roasts in bulk when they are on sale. Some roasts are “tougher” than others and I never remember which is which when I’m at the store. So after this has cooked all day, if the meat is still pretty firm, then I will put the meat in my food processor and chop it up a bit (I will cut it into big chunks before using the processor) instead of using the fork method. Then I’ll return it to the crockpot to warm back up. This is a good meal for me to serve on those nights when everyone is in and out on their own schedules. This happens quite often anymore.

Crockpot Barbecued Beef Sandwiches

Serves: 6

2 pounds chuck roast — trimmed of fat
salt and pepper — to taste
1 jar of your favorite barbecue sauce

In a crockpot, place chuck roast. Salt and pepper it to your personal taste.
Pour barbecue sauce on top of the roast, cover, and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Remove roast from crockpot and shred meat with a fork. Return meat to crockpot, stirring well to coat evenly with the sauce. Cook for another hour and serve.

Hop on over to Sandra’s Blog for more slow cooking recipes. Then come back here next Wednesday for Soup’s On Wednesday!

BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwiches

It really doesn’t get any easier than this. My mom had us over for dinner last night. She used her rotisserie cooker to roast a boneless pork roast. She almost always gives us the leftovers to take home. I used my food processor to shred the rest of the roast (probably about 2 pounds of meat). I dumped it into a zipper-type plastic food¬†bag and plopped a good amount of bottled BBQ sauce¬†into it. I zipped up the bag and proceeded to squish until it was well mixed. I stuck this in the fridge to have later in the week, when we have a busy, hectic evening.

*editted* This warmed up well on the stovetop and only needed a little bit of seasoning added to it (but this is because my mom doesn’t usually salt anything she cooks.