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SPAM Pizza Burgers (Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!)

Ok so I’ll admit it.  I’m a true Minnesotan.  I eat SPAM, I love the fall foliage when it happens, and yes I eat hotdish (not Casseroles).  So today I have decided to grace you with a recipe that I lovingly “borrowed” from a family friend years ago.

When I say SPAM what is the first thing that comes to your mind? That nasty luncheon meat that people have been criminalizing for years? Well I’m here to tell all you SPAM haters that it isn’t some weird combo of offal meats, ground into a paste and then shoved into a can.  SPAM (if you even TOOK the time to read the ingredients) is nothing more than Ham, Pork Shoulder and Salt with some preservatives added to make it into the yumminess that Minnesotan’s and Hawaiian’s all love.

So what happens when you combine SPAM, Ground Beef, Pizza Sauce and Some Cheese?  I’ll tell you what: HEAVEN.

Here’s the recipe:

SPAM-a-licious Pizza Burgers

1 can of original flavor SPAM by Hormel

1 lb of 93/7 ground beef

1 tbsp of Italian Seasoning

1 can of your favorite pizza sauce

8 hot dog buns, sliced open but kept intact

1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 375°.  In your food processor, take the SPAM and grind it up till it forms a paste consistency, set aside.  Brown your beef until done, seasoning it with the Italian seasoning.  After meat has been fully cooked, add the SPAM paste, and give a quick stir, to heat it up.  Add the Pizza Sauce, and cheese.  Let cool till it is just warm.

Meanwhile, take your opened hot dog buns, and place them on a baking sheet.  Spoon the meat mixture onto the buns, spreading it to form a semi-thick layer (you shouldn’t have any meat mixture left when you are done).  Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella on top, and place in the oven for 20 minutes.  Keep a close eye on the burgers so that the buns don’t burn.  Burgers are done when the cheese is melty and the buns are golden brown on the edges.  Sometimes depending on how thick the mixture has been spread it can take a little longer to bake.

There you go! Dinner is Served and it was fast and easy too!

More later,