Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pizza Burgers Parmesan with Spinach Salad with Bacon and Eggs

Speaking of pizza, we like to eat it other ways too...such as in burger form!  My husband and I agreed that this was our favorite new recipe from this past week.  These burgers pack in so much flavor!  I thought they tasted like a great cross between burgers, chicken parmesan, and pizza.  Really, how can you go wrong there?  The spinach salad, with smoky bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and sauteed onions served in an apple cider vinaigrette is a perfect complement.

I adapted this recipe from Robin Miller's latest cookbook, Robin Rescues Dinner.  I've always loved Robin Miller's recipes because they are quick, creative, and very flavorful.  What's more, they generally lean on the healthy side.  I like this latest cookbook because each recipe comes with a side dish suggestion.  I think I've mentioned this before, but I live for recipes with side dish suggestions!  Without those meals tend to become one-dish meals, or, are accompanied by my standard green salad.  That can get, well, a little dull.  So I am always seeking out cookbooks like this one, that provide a recipe and suggest a full menu.  It makes my life much easier!  Just a note -- I basically prepared the salad first, and then the burgers.

My adaptations here were the same as always -- intended to make the meal more economical and healthier for us.  I used 95% lean ground beef because it was on sale last week.  I think ground chicken would be great here, however, and really yield a burger that tastes like chicken parm!  Also, did you see how we used English muffins?  In a family of two, it really doesn't pay for us to buy hamburger rolls and English muffins most weeks.  So I often just serve burgers right on English muffins, which we buy anyway for breakfasts.

Pizza Burgers Parmesan
adapted from Robin Rescues Dinner, by Robin Miller
serves 4

1 cup prepared pizza sauce
1 lb lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs (I used homemade, but you can obviously use store bought)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
4 hamburger buns or English muffins, preferably whole wheat, toasted

1. Preheat a non-stick skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat.
2. Place the pizza sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat to warm.
3. Mix together the ground meat, the Parmesan cheese, the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Shape into 4 patties, about 1 inch thick.
4. Cook the burgers in the skillet or grill pan, for about 3 minutes per side, until cooked through.  Top with the mozzarella cheese (about 2 Tbsp on each burger), and tent with foil for 1 minute, until the cheese is melted.  Place each patty on the bottom of a toasted bun or English muffin, and cover with 1/4 cup of warm pizza sauce.  Place the top of the roll on the burger and serve.

Spinach Salad with Bacon and Eggs
adapted from Robin Rescues Dinner, by Robin Miller
serves 4-6

1 10oz bag baby spinach leaves
1/2 red onion
4 slices bacon or turkey bacon
4 eggs, hard-boiled, sliced
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp apple cider
1 Tbsp canola oil
salt and pepper

1. Thinly slice red-onion.
2. Cook bacon according to package directions on a large griddle or non-stick skillet.  Place bacon strips on one side of the pan, and add the onion slices to the other half to cook both at once.
3. While the bacon and onions are cooking, combine the vinegar, cider, and oil well in a small bowl.  Season generously with salt and pepper.
4. When the bacon strips are cooked through, remove from the pan.  Spread out the onion.
5. Add the dressing and cook for 1 minute.
6. Toss the hot dressing and onions over the spinach.  Toss through to slightly wilt the spinach. 
7. Sprinkle the salad with the sliced eggs. Chop the bacon and sprinkle over the salad as well.

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  1. I love trying out different burger recipes because just a few ingredients can completely transform a meal!

  2. You combined my two very favourite meals - burgers and pizza! Seriously. And I'm like you, I never know what to serve as a side dish. Thank you for linking this recipe up to Cookbook Sunday but you need to go back and fix your link. You linked up to my blog so when your recipe is clicked, my blog shows up instead of yours. You want to send people to your blog. :o) Thanks!

  3. I really like your suggestion to just serve them on English muffins instead of buying hamburger buns too. That's pretty much the hardest thing about just cooking for two... being economical about it! Looks like a great dinner and that salad sounds really tasty!

  4. I figured it out, I deleted your first one. Thanks again for linking up this week. :O)

  5. Oh man, this is my most favorite things to eat in one! Delicious! We might just need to make these for dinner tonight...

  6. Burger on an Emglish muffin - yum! The salad has most of my favorite ingredients (psinach, bacon, egg, balsamic vinegar), and I would usually eat a variation of that for lunch, with avocado. Sometimes I add gorogonzala and make it into an easy cobb!

  7. Wow. A pizza and a burger. You could make me and my husband very very happy. Anything with melted cheese makes me smile. The salad you served up beside it sounds delightful too. I love getting my greens in. Thanks for sharing love!

  8. You must own so many cookbooks! Love this

  9. I used to love pizza burgers when I was a kid. I haven't had one in so long. Thanks for the reminder of this awesome recipe...and the english muffin trick! I too end up with uneaten hamburger buns in my fridge because the 8 pack gives me too many for my meat/mouths!

  10. Wonderful combination of flavours ... I'd love one now!!!

  11. This looks like the perfect dinner. Rock on girl!

  12. Love pizza and love burgers. I don't think you can go wrong with combining the two. :)

  13. I love spinach so the spinach salad sounds great to me! And my husband loves burgers so this meal would be a winner all around! ;)

  14. I did lasagna burgers a little while back, but I think I'd love these even more! And I agree - I love it when side dishes are given, too. I have the hardest time with side dishes!!

  15. pizza burger sounds so good. love this post. thanks for sharing.