Barack Obama Pizza Burger

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
55 min

Yield:
6 burgers
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the garlic butter:
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • For the burgers:
  • 6 8 -ounce Angus beef patties
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, plus more for serving
  • 12 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 6 crusty rolls, such as ciabatta, kaiser or Portuguese, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350.

Make the butter: Remove the papery outer layer from the head of garlic and slice off the top to expose the cloves slightly. Wrap the garlic in foil and roast in the oven until soft, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly, then squeeze the roasted pulp into a bowl. Whip with the butter, parsley, vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.

Remove the papery outer layer from the head of garlic and slice off the top to expose the cloves slightly. Wrap the garlic in foil and roast in the oven until soft, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly, then squeeze the roasted pulp into a bowl. Whip with the butter, parsley, vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.

Make the burgers: Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Season the beef patties generously with salt and pepper and grill, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare, turning once.

Move the burgers to the cooler side of the grill (or reduce the heat on the stove) and top each with some marinara sauce and 2 slices cheese. Spread the cut sides of each roll with some of the garlic butter and place facedown on the grill. Cover and cook until the cheese melts and the buns are toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Place a burger on each roll bottom; add some chopped basil and the roll top. Serve with more marinara sauce, if desired.

Photograph by Tina Rupp


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    I love this Beef Burger as much as I Love Senator John McCain's Beef Burger.This may be what Hunny calls,"hoity toity".Yet,the Flavours are a Balance of Deliciousness on My Palate.Dems/Reps as long as the food is This Good, I am Switzerland.A really good Burger. Champagne Vinegar Does make a difference.Leaveing ingredients out creates Someone Else's Beef Burger.Tastes/Looks Good.Every layer combines to make a great bite every time.
    Need to focus on the quality of food and not politics
    Putting politics aside, (Since this is a FOOD website...) I thought this burger was really good! I added some oregano to the meat, but otherwise followed the recipe. I loved the garlic-buttered buns, and I can't wait for leftovers tonight!
    I thought this was very good. Followed the recipe exactly except I steamed Kaiser rolls and added muenster cheese to the meat. The kids loved it also. People are so ridiculous when it comes to Barack O. Just give it a rest and rate the recipes fairly. If you find out that he likes creamed spinach or spaghetti carbonara, will you go and rate those recipes with 1 star also? Grow up.
    The only thing that should be reviewed here is THE BURGER. There are plenty of blogs, websites for sharing unsolicited political views. This is the FOOD NETWORK people! With that said, I found this recipe to be okay, not great, but okay.
    Not a bad burger, but tasted more Italian (almost like a burger parmesan) than pizza-y.
    This burger is awesome! Don't listen to those 1-star reviews, they weren't even reviewing the burger!!!
    I made this burger for my family and the burger was absolutely delicious!I've had pizza burgers before but I never used garlic butter on the roll. My boys can't wait until I make this burger again.
     
    I thought we were supposed to review the recipe, not the actual candidate. However, I think our new President was definitely the best choice.
    I thought this one would be different. Sounds interesting. The pictures look good. But in the end it's just another lousy burger. And it left me with a bad case of indigestion.
    You should call it "When I'm done with you, you won't be able to afford this burger" Burger.
    I made these burgers on election night along with some oven fries. They were the hit of the evening! I will definitely be making these again.
    I have no idea what makes it Barack Obama but boy was this good. I made these on election night. I then found some old wrinkle potatoes for a side of McCain fries. We had bacon and mushroom in the frig so I added that to the burgers. I will be making these again for sure.
    I made this burger, minus the vinegar in the garlic butter, for myself and it was incredibly delicious. Reminded me of the Pizza Burgers of my youth (I used to live in Bensonhurst and we had a restaurant called Jahn's. Jahn's made Pizza Burgers TDF.) I would make it again in an instant.
    This sounds and looks like a very tasty burger one that I will make and file in my recipe box to enjoy over and over again.
    Recipe sounded good, put once made... not so good.
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