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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