Stuffed Pizza Burger

 This epic burger is part of a fun month-long burger fest hosted by Girl Carnivore!  Super easy, but with a big taste punch, this Stuffed Pizza Burger is filled with tasty provolone and Italian seasonings, then topped with pizza sauce! 

Summer (which WILL get here) is burger season—time to prepare! Today I am recreating my favorite childhood burger, the Stuffed Pizza Burger. 

I had actually been planning this tasty burger for awhile and, of course, checking things out online. And most people simply topped a plain patty with pizza sauce and mozzarella. While that’s all well and good, my youthful delight came from biting in and getting a gush of melty cheese. Yum! 

Super easy, but with a big taste punch, this Stuffed Pizza Burger is filled with tasty provolone and Italian seasonings, then topped with pizza sauce! 


And that wasn’t all it had going for it. The meat was full of pizza spices for lots of added flavor. Even the cooking smell was to die for. We’d eat them at a resort town restaurant on rainy days.  Courtesy of vacation-weary parents trying to combine kid entertainment and lunch.  

Yes, I wanted the whole experience with my pizza burger recipe!

Now I admit I avoided making these for years. For one simple reason. Every time my mom made them, the cheese ran out.

Handle burger with care

I lifted with turner to avoid tearing risk

So I decided to google how to keep your burgers from falling apart–and found this link. Basically, I work the meat as little as possible, and (this is key) keep the meat cold. I pop the uncooked stuffed pizza burgers into the freezer for a few minutes while the pan heats up and (drum roll) no leaks! 

stuff with cheese

Sprinkle patty insides with Italian seasoning, fill with cheese, then crimp edges

On another prep note, there are two ways to add the spices—mix gently into the meat, or sprinkle on top. Mixing in tastes just a smidge better and doesn’t seem to cause any burger breakage, but I go back and forth on whether it’s worth the extra work. So sometimes I just sprinkle the seasoning on the insides of the patties before pressing together. 

I served up the final Stuffed Pizza Burgers to an excited family. Even my picky daughter thought they were good. Without the bun of course. Hmm, that makes it low carb too.  So maybe she’s on to something.

Super easy, but with big taste, this Stuffed Pizza Burger is filled with tasty provolone & topped with pizza sauce! The cheese even stays in!

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Stuffed Pizza Burger

Stuffed Pizza Burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Super easy, but with a big taste punch, this Stuffed Pizza Burger is filled with tasty provolone and Italian seasonings, then topped with pizza sauce!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Italian season (see note)
  • 4 slices provolone (or equivalent in grated cheese)
  • ½ cup prepared pizza sauce


  1. Divide ground beef into 4 pieces for 4 burgers. Divide each section into two and form a top and bottom patty for each burger.
  2. Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning on the tops of each patty.
  3. Place cheese in the center of 4 patties, avoiding the edges. Top these with the 4 remaining patties, herb-side in. Crimp edges to seal. Place patties in the freezer for a few minutes while pan heats.
  4. Heat a large skillet until drops of water sizzle when sprinkled inside. Cook patties until brown on bottom, then flip and continue cooking until inside of patties reaches 165 F on an instant read thermometer, about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Top with pizza sauce and serve on a bun or off.


Can sub ½ t each, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram for Italian seasoning

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 458mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 39g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

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5 thoughts on “Stuffed Pizza Burger

  1. David Scott Allen

    My mother used to make stuffed burgers, and call them surprise burgers! Each one would be different, and we’d all be surprised at the table when we got ours. She was careful to make sure we liked everything in there… for some she add pickles, some had cheese, some even had a different kind of meat! I’ve never seen anything like your pizza burgers, though. Definitely something to try this summer on the grill.

    1. Inger Post author

      Yes Mom’s need to track on all their kids’ favorites. If I miss one, I’m going to hear “Mom, I can’t believe…”

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