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Cafeteria Style Pizza Burgers

Cafeteria style pizza burgers are a classic childhood recipe straight from school lunch days. Your kids will love the combination of burger and pizza flavor on one sandwich.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 400kcal


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 can SPAM
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 12 oz can pizza sauce NOT spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • hamburger buns plain


  • Add the ground beef to a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook it, breaking up & crumbling, until it's all nicely browned. Strain off the grease, and return the skillet to the stove.
  • Add the spam to the skillet, still set over medium heat, and break it up into small bits using a meat chopper. Let this meat mixture simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the seasonings & sauce to the skillet, stirring just until everything's evenly combined.
  • Remove the skillet from heat, and stir in the cheeses until completely melted and the mixture's evenly combined.
  • Open the hamburger buns & lay them out open faces up (both bottoms & tops) on a baking sheet.
  • Using a measuring cup, add 1/4 cup of the meat mixture to each bun and use the back of the cup to gently spread it to cover the surface of said bun. Continue until all the buns are covered.
  • Bake the pizza burgers at 425° for 5-10 minutes, just until the buns are nicely toasted and the mixture's bubbly.
  • Serve & enjoy!


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 3mg