Rating: 4.51 stars
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

The elementary school I attended back in the 1950's used to make these, and were a favorite of most everyone. My wife and I spent a lot of time trying to recreate these when we were first married. Our kids (now in their 30's) still request these when they come to visit. We use canned pizza sauce but spice it up. Left-overs are easily reheated in the toaster oven.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
16 mini pizzas
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

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  • Place bun halves, crust sides down, onto a baking sheet. Broil the buns until just toasted, about 1 minute. Watch them carefully, they burn easily. Set the toasted buns aside.

  • Turn oven heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the ground beef until the meat is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease, and stir in the onion. Cook and stir the beef mixture until the onion is translucent, about 5 more minutes, then stir in the pizza sauce, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. Bring the sauce to a boil, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to blend the flavors, stirring often.

  • Spoon the beef sauce over the buns on the baking sheet, and top each bun with about 1/4 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Return the buns to the oven, and bake until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

341 calories; protein 22.3g; carbohydrates 29g; fat 14.4g; cholesterol 55.4mg; sodium 787.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (33)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2011
Very similar to what my Mom used to call "Little Pizzas" but she used toasted English Muffins for the base. She would sometimes add chopped mushrooms to the ground beef/tomato mixture. Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2014
This was good but I guess I was expecting more from it. Perhaps my memories of this dish as a child overshadowed the reality of what it is. I still would make it again and I do believe children would love it. Next time I would half the recipe as we had a lot of leftovers. Each adult only ate 2 of them (1 whole bun worth). Read More
(1)
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2011
Very similar to what my Mom used to call "Little Pizzas" but she used toasted English Muffins for the base. She would sometimes add chopped mushrooms to the ground beef/tomato mixture. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2011
Very good easy recipe!! My kids add assorted veggies and cheeses to personalize theirs. Thanks for posting! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2011
Made an error on submitting. Should have been 1/3 C of chopped onion. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2012
I didn't think it was necessary to add all these extra spices but the flavor they add is very good. Only used a little crushed red pepper personal preference. Toasting the buns ahead of time is a good idea too. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2012
Have been making these for years and now making them for my children who love their own pizza plus they can add what they like and leave off what they dont. The burger buns adds a little sweet kick thats yummy!!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2011
Quick easy and good. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2012
The only changes I made was to use Don Peppinos spaghetti sauce because that's what I had I doubled the recipe and added some chopped pepperoni and my son used pepper jack cheese because he likes it spicy. Very good! Thanks for sharing. Will definitely make agin! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2014
This was one our most favorite school lunches when the schools had lunch ladies that actually prepared hot meals! I just made them yesterday and they are a huge hit! I did not use paprika in my recipe that's the only thing that was different. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2015
When my grandma passed away unfortunately most of her amazing recipes were lost as she kept them in her head. She was a cook in a school cafeteria back when real food was prepared. Little did I know the delicious "pizza burgers" we adored on Saturday afternoons were some of the same fare she made the kiddos back in the 40's and 50's. This recipe takes me back every time and I am so excited to now have a taste of what my grandma made for me to share with my kids!!! Sentimental yum!! And many thanks to the original poster of this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2014
This was good but I guess I was expecting more from it. Perhaps my memories of this dish as a child overshadowed the reality of what it is. I still would make it again and I do believe children would love it. Next time I would half the recipe as we had a lot of leftovers. Each adult only ate 2 of them (1 whole bun worth). Read More
(1)