Burger battle: Make meatloaf burgers, pizza burgers, more

TODAY searched the country for the best burger recipes, and Giada De Laurentiis picked the winner on-air. Now you can grill up the three burger finalists at home — and judge for yourself!

Hot mess burger

Ingredients

    • 3 (1/4 lb.) patties of ground sirloin
    • 3 teaspoons of sea salt
    • 3 teaspoons of course pepper
    • Fresh cut lettuce
    • 3 avocado slices
    • Finely chopped sweet onion
    • 3 fresh tomato slices
    • Thinly sliced fresh jalapeno slices
    • 2 slices of American cheese
    • 1 slice of pepper jack cheese
    • 1/3 cup of fresh cilantro
    • Mustard and ketchup to taste
    • Fresh onion hamburger bun

Preparation

Baking Directions:

1) Ground out your quarter pound ground sirloin patties in a thin round fashion. Apply the sea salt and pepper liberally on both sides of each patty, cover and refrigerate for an hour. Fire up the grill with charcoal to get it good and hot. 2) Sear the seasoned sirloin patties once the grill reaches 450 degrees to get good grill marks on both sides; grill each patty to cooked preference, add the cheeses to the patties and cover for another minute. Lightly butter the onion bun and place on the grill for another minute to get a firmly toasted foundation and cover. 3) Take the bottom and the top of the bun and spread mustard and ketchup down, then add the first sirloin patty on the base of the bun with the melted American cheese. Smother with lettuce, sweet onion, and 3 to 4 thinly sliced jalapenos. 4) You will then add the second sirloin patty with pepper jack cheese, smother with cilantro, then place the 3 avocado slices on the bed of cilantro. Add some additional cilantro on top of the avocado because of the slippery texture. 5) Finally, add the final sirloin patty with American cheese and again smother with lettuce, sweet onion, and 3 to 4 thinly sliced jalapenos. Then add the 3 tomato slices, then place the top of the bun to complete the burger. Viola!

Meatloaf burger recipe

Ingredients

  • For burger:

    • 1 cup herb stuffing mix
    • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 4 tsp. garlic salt
    • 4 tsp. creole seasoning
    • 4 tsp. marjoram
    • 4 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
    • 4 tsp. onion powder
    • 4 tsp. shrimp/crab boil
    • 4 tsp. hot sauce
    • 4 tsp. olive oil
    • 1/2 onion
    • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
    • 1 cup diced celery
    • 1/2 cup of chopped green onion
    • 2/3 cups of red wine
    • 1 egg
    • 1 lbs ground meat
    • 1 lbs ground Italian sausage
    • 1 lbs ground pork sausage
  • For crispies:

    • 2 large sweet potatoes, shredded
    • Salt to season
    • 2 cups of vegetable oil

Preparation

Baking Directions:

For burger:Shape into burgers and grill. For sweet potato crispies:Fry on medium high heat till golden, drain on paper towel. Season with salt. (Add crumbled blue cheese, add apples and cranberries to your favorite coleslaw, and your favorite onion and mushroom gravy on your favorite bun to build your burger. )

West Coast grilled pizza burger
Servings:

Makes 2 pizza burgers

Ingredients

  • For pizza dough

    • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 pkgs. (1/4 oz. each) quick-rise yeast
    • 1 tsp. sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
    • 1 cup hot water (120’-130’)
    • 1/4 cup smoked olive oil, The Smoked Olive-Sonoma Smoked Olive Oil
  • For hamburger

    • 1 lb. ground beef-90% lean ground sirloin
    • 1/2 cup rough chopped black olives
    • 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
    • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
    • 1 tsp. Mrs. Dash-Extra Spicy salt free seasoning
    • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
    • 2 tbsp. smoked olive oil, The Smoked Olive-Sonoma Smoked Olive Oil
    • 4 oz. Camembert cheese (rind removed) Marin French Cheese Company
  • For dressing

    • 1 oz. anchovy fillets in oil, drained
    • 1/2 cup fresh oregano, packed
    • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
    • 14 cup dried parmesan cheese
    • 1 tbsp. freshly minced garlic
    • 2 tsp. fresh Meyer lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup light olive oil

Preparation

Baking Directions:

1. Make pizza dough: In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the olive oil and hot water. Stir in enough remaining flour to form soft dough. Turn the dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for ½ hour while you make the burger patties.2. In a medium size mixing bowl gently mix together with your hands: ground beef, olives, bell pepper, seasonings and olive oil. Divide beef into 4 equal portions and shape each into a 5 inch round burger patty. Place half of cheese in the center of each of two of the patties, top the cheese with another pattie. Press to seal edges. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Set aside.3. After dough has risen, punch dough down. Cut pizza dough into 4 equal balls. Cover and set aside to rest.4. Make dressing: Into a food processor add anchovies, oregano, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Process until finely minced. Scrape into a small bowl and stir in the 1/3 cup olive oil. Set aside.5. Heat outdoor grill to 400’. Once heated, place room temperature burger on the grill and cook with the lid closed for 5 minutes. Turn and cook another 5 minutes with the lid closed. Remove burger and keep warm.6. Pat each pizza dough ball into a 5 inch circle. Place onto your hot grill and cook with the lid down until bottom is nicely browned. Turn pizza over and spread each one with enough dressing to cover well, close lid and continue cooking until topping is bubbling and pizza is cooked.7. Remove pizza from grill. Place cooked burger on top of one of the pizzas, then flip the other pizza over onto the top of the burger, dressing side down.8. Eat it while it’s hot…the cheese will be oozing out. Have plenty of napkins ready too!!

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