All the pizza flavors you love in burger form! An Italian turkey sausage patty is smothered in pepperoni, mozzarella, and sauteed peppers and onion and served on a slider size bun for easy snacking. Pizza Burger Sliders make an easy weeknight dinner or a great party snack.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 35minutes
1lbItalian turkey sausage
1Cmarinara of choice
1Csmoked mozzarella, grated*
1red bell pepper
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Remove broccoli crowns from the stem and break into bite size pieces. Put on a sheet pan covered in nonstick foil for easy cleanup. Add 2 Tb of olive oil, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp salt and pepper to taste and toss with hands to combine. Spread out evenly across the baking sheet. Set aside.
Slice the onion and bell pepper. Form turkey sausage into 8 slider-size patties, putting a dent in the center of every patty to help keep it flat while cooking. Season the outside with salt and pepper. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tb of olive oil to the pan.
Before you add the patties to the hot oil, put the broccoli in the oven and cook for 15 minutes until tender and browned.
Once the oil is hot, add the patties one at a time to the oil, cooking in batches if necessary so you don't overcrowd the pan. Allow the patties to sear on each side for 2-3 minutes or until well browned. Turn over and sear on the other side for another 3 minutes or until cooked through. Turn off the heat.
Wrap the slider buns in foil to prepare for warming in the oven.
On a sheet pan covered in nonstick foil for easy cleanup, place the cooked patties. Top each with enough pepperoni to cover the surface of the burger. Top with about 1 Tb of grated mozzarella. Place the buns and the patties in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the buns and pepperoni are warm and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven.
While the cheese melts, use the same pan you seared the patties in to saute the peppers and onions for about 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Season with salt and pepper.
Put the marinara in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring every minute.
Build each burger with a patty, then peppers and onions and topped with as much marinara as you like. You can also add a final garnish of a basil leave if you like for extra color and fresh flavor. Serve with a side of garlic broccoli.
*If you have trouble finding smoked mozzarella, regular mozzarella is just fine. To making grating easier, place the mozzarella in the freezer for about 10 minutes before grating.