Mama Mia Fork & Knife Burgers Recipe

These open-face Mama Mia burgers taste just like a pizza and require a fork and knife to eat.
  • Ready in: 30 minutes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 15 minutes
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  • Servings: 6 servings

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground hot or mild Italian sausage
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 24 turkey pepperoni slices, diced ¼-inch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh sliced button mushrooms
  • 3 ciabatta rolls, cut in half, toasted
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese

cooking methods

  • Stovetop
  • Broil


  1. In large bowl, combine beef, sausage and 1 tablespoon Mama Mia Marinara Sauce Mix. Form into 6 patties; set aside. In microwave-safe bowl, combine tomatoes, pepperoni and 2 tablespoons Mama Mia Marinara Sauce Mix; set aside.
  2. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon Mama Mia Marinara Sauce Mix. Continue sautéing until golden brown. Remove from pan; keep warm.
  3. Reduce skillet heat to medium. Add patties to skillet. Pan-fry until internal temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer, turning once, about 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, microwave marinara sauce, covered, on HIGH at 30-second intervals until hot.
  4. Turn broiler on HIGH. Place toasted ciabatta roll halves on a foil-lined baking sheet, insides up. Top with burgers, marinara sauce, mushrooms and cheese slices. Place under broiler until cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Serve with a green salad.

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare step 1. Place patties between sheets of wax paper in a gallon freezer bag. Place marinara sauce mixture in a quart freezer bag. Place remaining 1 tablespoon Mama Mia Marinara Sauce Mix in a quart freezer bag. Place all bags in a gallon freeze bag. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 2.

Wine Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon

Nutrition per Serving: Calories: 530 Total Fat: 30g Sat. Fat: 11g Cholest: 95mg Sodium: 1,550mg Carbs: 34g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Protein: 34g

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Recipe is a KEEPER! My husband, who isn't the biggest fan of spaghetti sauce, said this recipe is definitely a keeper. So delicious, so easy, and so different from your normal "burgers". Definitely don't skip the step of toasting your buns prior to assembly.... those crunchy buns on the bottom add so much to the experience. Enjoy!
Date published: 2019-11-14
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