Italian Pizza Burgers

4 Burgers
30 min

Get ready....this is an incredible burger!My new Italian Pizza Burgers are flavorful and can be ready any night of the week for dinner.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

I've never tried to hide my love for burgers.

I remember ordering them off of each and every restaurant menu growing up {always, I always ordered a burger} and since this food blog was born I've shared a delicious handful of burger recipes.

Each August when my birthday rolls around I pretty much request the same birthday dinner; burgers on the grill, potato salad, baked beans and cake. I mean, why not? Burgers just make everything better. So when the Iowa Beef Council started discussing a new burger recipe - I GOT EXCITED.

And when we narrowed it down to this Italian Pizza Burger, I could not wait to get into the kitchen to start testing.

Over the years I've shared a plethora of beef burger recipes. All kinds, all flavors, a zillion different toppings. It's why I like burgers, you can make them anyway you want and top them with everything under the sun. And generally it works out!

Here are some of my favorites.

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon CheeseburgersMom's Meatloaf BurgersMushroom & Swiss BurgersEgg-in-the-Hole Cast Iron Skillet BurgersSweet Bacon Jam & Corn Relish Burgers

I wanted to share something a bit different this time and make these burgers ITALIAN STYLE. It's no secret I also love Italian food, so why not marry the two together?

With ground beef, you can mix any flavor profile into the meat to get it to taste a certain way - so for these burgers I added some dry herbs {garlic salt, minced onion and parsley}, then lots of fresh basil and chunky marinara sauce. Everything that you find in typical Italian food.

All together it formed the prettiest burger patty!

The Iowa Beef Council has a TON of other fun burger combinations, so if you are feeling frisky browse their list soon.

To make this burger recipe even more irresistible I served them on soft and pillowy brioche buns {the best bun in my opinion} with a thick piece of melted fresh mozzarella + more marinara sauce! For even more flavor, add a piece or two of fresh torn basil under the burger.

Seriously, the flavor in these burgers.....

If you are wondering what they taste like, I'd say similar to the greatest Italian meatball of your life, but in patty form and EVEN BETTER.

This burger recipe makes 4 patties. Perfect for a small family or couple, yet easily doable to double to make for a bigger crowd. I've also included a few sets of directions because over the years I've found everyone likes to cook their burgers differently. Often one way during the hot Summer months and another way in the dead of winter - so included below on the recipe card you'll find directions for the outdoor grill, the air fryer and a skillet pan fry on the stove.

Have I told you yet just how much my kids loved these?

Enough to convince me to make a second batch the next day for lunch. I pretended it was a big deal, but not deep down inside I wanted them again too.

If you love pizza and you love burgers you need to make these soon for dinner!

Another perk {before I forget} is that the patties can be made up to a day ahead. Just cover them and place them in the fridge for safe keeping. They freeze good too!

I served these with a side of crispy tator tots {because kids], but a yummy side salad would also be perfect. And if you are nervous about grilling your own burgers - don't be! The Iowa Beef Council has a great guide that helps you through the process. Super simple.

Please leave a honest review below on the recipe card. I love hearing your thoughts and suggestions! This also helps other readers to determine if they should try one of my recipes. I always appreciate everyone's input.

And as always a big thanks to the Iowa Beef Council for sponsoring this post. They have long been dear friends of mine and I love partnering with them to bring you guys delicious recipes.

Recipe details
  • 4  Burgers
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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For the Burgers
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 T marinara sauce
  • 2 T fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 t garlic salt
  • 1 t minced onion flakes
  • 1 T dried parsley
For the Toppings
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese, 1/4 inch thick
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 4 brioche buns

In a bowl combine all of the burger ingredients and gently mix by hand. Divide the meat into four portions and form into 4 inch thick burger patties. Set aside until ready to grill, air fry or pan fry.
To cook on the grill: heat your grill to 400 degrees. Cook the burgers for 10 minutes a side for a medium well doneness. Add the sliced mozzarella cheese the last minute of cooking.
To cook in the air fryer: heat the air fryer to 370 degrees and cook the burgers for 7 minutes a side. Add the sliced mozzarella cheese for an additional 1 minute of cooking or until just starting to melt.
To cook in a pan/skillet on the stove: heat your pan to medium high heat and cook the burgers 7-8 minutes a side or until the burgers form a nice crust to them. Add the sliced mozzarella the last minute of cooking, tenting a piece of tin foil over the burgers to create a "heat dome" to allow the cheese to slightly melt.
When ready to serve add two leaves of fresh basil to the bottom of the brioche bun, then the cooked burger, a couple spoonfuls of marinara sauce and the top bun. Serve warm.
  • These burgers can also easily be frozen. Mix and make the burger patties as normal and place on a sheet pan and stick in the freezer. When frozen place the burger patties in a freezer bag for storage. These will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw before cooking.
Ally Billhorn
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  • Barb Brown Barb Brown on Aug 28, 2022

    Now I have to get some fresh basil! I'm thinking of making it stuffed with some good Burrata cheese or mini balls of mozzarella. I've made burgers out of sweet Italian sausage meat which have all the seasoning you need, yummy.