Bomba Burgers

prep time: 10 minutes, plus 1 hour to chill the dough, if needed cook time: 16 minutes Yield: 4 servings

My husband asked me if I’d ever had a pizza burger, and I couldn’t really remember. He told me that when he was a kid, pizza burger night was his favorite! He often rode his bike to the local A&W Root Beer stand and ordered a pizza burger with this best friend, Chad. This recipe is in honor of my love, Craig.

Pizza dough

  • 1¾ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup blanched almond flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt

Burgers

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Fine sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 (½-ounce) slices mozzarella cheese
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 4 tablespoons pizza sauce, homemade or store-bought, divided, plus extra for serving
  1. To make the dough, place the mozzarella and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until the cheese is entirely melted. Stir well.
  2. Add the egg and, using a hand mixer, combine well. Add the almond flour and salt and combine well with the mixer. Use your hands and work it like traditional dough, kneading for about 3 minutes. (Note: If the dough is too sticky, chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or overnight.)
  3. Place a pizza stone, if using, in the cold oven and preheat the oven to 425°F.
  4. Divide the ground beef into four 4-ounce portions, shape into patties, and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. In a large greased cast-iron skillet over medium heat, sauté the burgers for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until cooked medium-rare. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  5. Divide the pizza dough into four 4-ounce balls. Place each ball on its own piece of greased parchment paper and top with another piece of greased parchment. Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into a 5-inch disc. Place 1 slice of cheese in the center, then top with 3 slices of pepperoni, a burger patty, and 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce. (Note: If the dough is too sticky to roll out, use your hands to form it around the burger. This dough is very forgiving and can easily be pasted together with your fingers.)
  6. Fold the sides of the dough around the burger and seal it, as if you were making a large dumpling. Repeat with the rest of the dough circles and filling ingredients. Place on the hot pizza stone or a large baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes or until the dough is golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce on the side.
  7. Store extras in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on a rimmed baking sheet in a preheated 350°F oven for 5 minutes or until warmed through.

busy family tip: I like to make large batches of this pizza dough to store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to a month for easy meals such as these burgers. It also works great for pizza.