This Pizza Burger Bomb combines a fun dinner roll with a delicious hamburger. A seared burger gets a topping of pizza sauce, pepperoni, and cheese and a wrapping of delicious pizza dough for a fun twist on a burger.
May is burger month. I used to participate in a a Facebook event for this ever popular food holiday month. I’ve made some killer burgers in the past few years. However, it has dwindled, as most things have since the pandemic. People have pivoted to other ways to create revenue. And I get that. I just focus on my day job since I can’t make this blog make that much money. It’s also World Baking Day. Where we celebrate everything that is baked. Like these pizza burger bombs.
What is a bread bomb?
Okay, there are two schools of thought on this one. One involves using bread as a bait for fish. That is not what the pizza burger bombs are about. But I do remember, as a kid, making some bait for bottom feeders that may or may not have involved using bread. And some other smelly stuff I won’t talk about in this post.
For this post, we’re talking about wrapping a bit of bread around a filling, predominately cheese. I feel like these are actually just a version of a bierocks, but don’t quote me on that. I mean, they look and sounds similar right? Just without the ground meat in there? You see it don’t you?
Then there’s the resurrection rolls, but those are sweet. That’s what you put a marshmallow and some sugar and cinnamon and wrap it in bread. They’re called resurrection rolls because the marshmallows basically disappear. Sort of like the empty tomb of Christ after the resurrection. So much of food is religious in nature. It’s very interesting to read the stories sometimes.
But these pizza burger bombs are not religious in nature. And I wasn’t even thinking of bierocks when I made them. I was thinking of a burger Wellington. There’s recipes for poor man’s wellington and it made of think of those cheesy bread bombs and a burger wellington. Why not make a pizza wrapped burger wellington? So, that’s pretty much what I did.
I didn’t want to just copy a wellington in a pizza crust. I wanted to make this pizza burger bomb bring home the whole pizza and burger experience. And that’s pretty much what I did. And, as luck would have it, I created a way to eat a burger on the go and not have to deal with the biting the wrapper. Because you eat the wrapper!
What is in a pizza burger bomb?
I made a homemade pizza crust. I usually fail at this. I’ve been trying to make more recipes with my sourdough starter to strengthen it and to really start the journey or baking better bread. It started with some pizza dough. Then it went to sourdough English muffins. Which I’ve been LOVING! I make these killer breakfast sandwiches with them to take to work. So good!!
The pizza dough is hit or miss for me. I need to learn how to read the dough as to when it’s ready for baking. Which, for me, starts with less flour than I think I need to start with. I’ve learned that I added too much at the start. I’m trying not to do this.
No. That doesn’t really tell you what’s in these pizza burger bombs other than it starts with sourdough starter pizza dough. And it has a juicy burger in the middle. A burger that is packed with delicious Italian seasoning and topped with pizza sauce and cheese before being wrapped in said pizza dough.
I knew cooking the burger in the dough wasn’t a viable option. It would need to be in the oven way longer than I wanted it to. And would cook the dough way more than I wanted it to. So, I opted to brown the burgers in a pan before wrapping in the pizza dough. Sort of like you do with Wellington. Which is another version of this recipe I plan on making, but not until later.
How do you make pizza burger bombs?
I started making the dough. Because that takes time for proofing or rising. Whatever word you use for it. Then it has to proof again after the initial proof and you’re getting ready to wrap the burger. Dough takes time. A good dough takes longer because in order to develop the depth of flavor you have to proof and proof and proof. Or proof overnight for delicious flavor. The longer dough proofs, the more complex the flavor.
Then there’s the burger. I wanted to make sure the burger had as much flavor as it could. Italian seasoning is in there. Pizza seasoning is in there along with garlic salt and pepper. Garlic salt is my go to instead of regular salt. There’s just so much more flavor in it than regular salt.
What do pizza burger bombs taste like?
They are so good! Like, better than I imagined them to taste good. The pizza dough is flavorful and delicious. There’s cheese on top which makes them even more delicious. The burger is packed with spices and flavors. Not to mention it’s topped with sauce and cheese before it’s wrapped in the pizza dough. So, it’s like flavor on top of sauce and cheese on top of flavor with sauce and cheese. Oh, and pizza dough. Because all things pizza tastes delicious to me!
Browning the burger not only makes it finish cooking in the oven it also adds some flavor. Searing the meat adds that delicious caramelization on the outside and locks all the flavors on the inside. And it helps the burger cook. I like my burgers to be on the medium side as opposed to the well done that some people like for their burgers.
All this deliciousness is wrapped into the pizza dough and baked until done. You can easily insert a thermometer into the center of the burger to check its temperature. If you want yours well done, then pull it out of the oven at 155 F. For medium rare cook until 125 F, medium cook until 135 F, and medium well 145 F.
All meat must rest. All meat. This allows the juices to return to the meat. If you cut into these pizza burger bombs too soon, the juices can run out and make the burger dry. The same is true for a regular burger. Or a regular wellington. Or a regular steak, chop, or breast. So, don’t skip the resting time for these pizza burger bombs.
This Pizza Burger Bomb combines a fun dinner roll with a delicious hamburger. A seared burger gets a topping of pizza sauce, pepperoni, and cheese and a wrapping if delicious pizza dough for a bun twist on a burger.
For the dough:
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup 50% hydration sourdough starter
- 3 to 4 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
For the burgers:
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 12 ounces sliced Mozzarella cheese
- 3 ounces sliced pepperoni
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- Combine the water with the yeast and the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Allow it to bloom until frothy; approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir with the dough hook until combined.
- Set the mixer to medium speed and continue to stir until the dough forms a ball.
- Knead on medium for 5 to 7 minutes or until the dough passes the windowpane test. You can stretch it thin enough to see light through it and it doesn’t tear.
- If it doesn’t pass the windowpane test, then continue to knead at 5 minutes intervals until it does.
- Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for one hour.
- At this point you can refrigerate the dough or use it immediately.
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Divide the dough half and reserve one half for another use.
- Working with the second half, divide the dough into 2 pieces.
- Stretch or roll the dough out to about 10 inches round. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rest.
- Fold the Italian and pizza seasoning into the ground beef along with the garlic salt and black pepper.
- Form the beef into 2 patties and brown on both sides 2 to 3 minutes.
- Place on slice of cheese in the center of one of the rounds.
- Layer half the pepperoni slices on top of the cheese and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce.
- Place the other slice of cheese on top.
- Carefully place the burger in the center and fold up the sides to wrap the burger in the dough.
- Pinch the edges of the dough to form a seal.
- Repeat these steps to make a second pizza burger bomb.
- Bake at 425 for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is golden and crispy.
- Spread 2 tablespoons of sauce on top of each of the burger bombs.
- Top with 2 slices of cheese and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubble.
- Cool 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 4359Total Fat 100gSaturated Fat 41gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 46gCholesterol 277mgSodium 4668mgCarbohydrates 662gFiber 27gSugar 13gProtein 186g
I didn't use all the sauce or the dough. I highly doubt this is accurate.
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