Cooking With Kids: Pizza Burgers and Parmesan French Fries

Pizza Burgers and Fries

Quick and easy meal for busy nights.
Quick and easy meal for busy nights. | Source

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4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Pizza Burgers

Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights

When you have kids, chances are that you will be spending some amount of time during the week shuttling kids from one activity to another. It is easy to take a quick run through the drive thru in order to keep your busy schedule and feed your family. But at what cost? Families that eat fast food several times a week are more likely to have children who are obese, have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and an increased rate of type 2 diabetes. So in order to keep you out of the fast food drive thru and keep the health of your family first, you need some quick and easy recipes for those busy nights. With a little bit of planning and some help from the kids, your busy night meals can be the ones that you most look forward to. Here is a great one that my mom used to make for us and now I make for my children.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 6 servings

Pizza Burger Toppings

Some additional topping or mix in ideas for the pizza burgers are:

  • mushrooms
  • green peppers
  • tomato slices
  • pepperoni

Anything that you enjoy on pizza would be great in these burgers.

Ingredients for Pizza Burgers

  • 1 pound ground sirloin or turkey
  • 1 14 oz. jar pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 1/4 cup various diced pizza toppings, These toppings can be anything that you like to have on your pizza.
  • 1/4 cup diced onion

Directions for Pizza Burgers

  1. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to a heated pan. Add the diced onion and saute until translucent.
  2. Add the ground sirloin or turkey in a pan and brown on medium heat.
  3. Once the meat is browned, add the pizza sauce.
  4. Follow this with the shredded cheese and any other toppings that you might like on your "pizza." Mix all ingredients together.
  5. Scoop onto buns and serve!

Pictures of Pizza Burgers

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Grace carefully pours the sauce into the pan with the cooked ground turkey.She slowly stirs it to mix it completely.She sprinkles a generous amount of cheese into the mixture.Yummy, cheesy pizza burgers!
Grace carefully pours the sauce into the pan with the cooked ground turkey.
Grace carefully pours the sauce into the pan with the cooked ground turkey. | Source
She slowly stirs it to mix it completely.
She slowly stirs it to mix it completely. | Source
She sprinkles a generous amount of cheese into the mixture.
She sprinkles a generous amount of cheese into the mixture. | Source
Yummy, cheesy pizza burgers!
Yummy, cheesy pizza burgers! | Source

How to Make Parmesan French Fries

Making homemade, oven baked fries is easy and fun for the whole family. We make oven baked fries often and add different seasonings to change up the flavor a bit. Here is how we make our Parmesan flavored fries.

Pictures of Parmesan French Fries

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Alex really enjoyed coating the olive oil onto the fries.Adding the cheese made it even more fun!
Alex really enjoyed coating the olive oil onto the fries.
Alex really enjoyed coating the olive oil onto the fries. | Source
Adding the cheese made it even more fun!
Adding the cheese made it even more fun! | Source

Ingredients for Oven Baked Fries

  • 4-6 medium sized potatoes that are peeled and cut into lengthwise strips
  • About 2 Tbs. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbs. of coarse salt

Directions for Homemade Fries

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. You want the oven to be very hot.
  2. Peel, wash, and slice the potatoes into long strips about 1/4 inch in width.
  3. Place the fries in a 9x13 inch glass pan or on a cookie sheet.
  4. Coat the fries with the oil followed by the cheese.
  5. Place in the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until golden and crispy.
  6. Place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil and sprinkle with coarse salt immediately. By doing this while they are still hot, the salt will 'stick' to the fries better.
  7. Let cool slightly and serve!

Letting Kids Cook

I closely supervised my daughter at the stove while she was adding ingredients for our meal. It is important that you never leave your child unattended near hot surfaces or sharp objects. Although Grace is just five, I knew that I would be able to trust her to follow directions and be safe near the hot stove. You know your child! If you do not think that your child will be able to handle the safety precautions of being near a hot object, do not allow him or her to participate in that part of the cooking. I did remove the pan from the direct heat for her but the pan was still hot.

I knew that my son would not be quite ready for cooking at the stove. He was able to help coat the fries with the olive oil and Parmesan cheese. He had great fun with this part and was very ok with not "cooking" at the stove. He cheerfully declared that he'd never played with oil before!

Play to your child's stregths and interests. My daughter likes to be just like me and so she was more interested in actually cooking. My son loves to get messy so coating the potatoes was a perfect task for him! We hope that you enjoy this recipe and have as much fun cooking it as we did!

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Of course I loved the hub since its a family recipe. I love the oven fries-I coat mine with sea salt and other seasonings-haven't tried the parm. chs and will have to next time. The pizza burgers looked just as yummy from the photos as they were in our home last week!

I enjoyed the way you reminded parents about having children cook at the stove but allowing the ones who could handle it to do so without the age barrier. And, boy do you know your kids! haha. Alex-too funny. :)

Enjoyed the hub and rated it up/useful/intersting.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

For some reason, I am missing your hubs in my feed! I never saw this one, but I love it. A creative take on a hamburger/sloppy joe! My kids would love pizza burgers - I have to try those soon!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hmmm...might be because I posted it at about 1am last night! I hope they like it. It's a nice alternative to sloppy joes. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, I do know my kids Mom! I wouldn't let that little stinker anywhere near a stove right now! ;) Thanks for reading.


Adaywithmom 4 years ago

All this sounds & looks so good. We will have to try it. I have 4 boys from 15yrs to 10yrs & I think they will really like them! Thank u for the hub.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Fantastic Adaywithmom! I hope that they have fun with it! Thanks so much for reading and commenting and let me know how they like it. :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Your mom gave me that pizza burger recipe and I made it often when the kids were home. Maybe I'll try the french fries, they seem easy enough, although we've been eating a brand I found at the commissary -- Alexia -- organic ingredients.

Voted up


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Another great family recipe. Pizza burger and home made fries sounds so attempting.Thanks for sharing it. Useful and voted up! Shared.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Those are the fries that we eat too! They are soooo good, but we didn't have any when I made this!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

So glad that you liked it urmilashukla23! I hope that you get a chance to try the recipes. Thanks so much for sharing! :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I am so loving your Cooking With Kids series and this recipe looks yummie and fun.

I had a good chuckle at Alex's declaration that he'd never "played" with oil before. Just goes to show how much fun he's having participating in meal preparation.

I also like the fact that you take into account each child's capabilities. As you said, age itself shouldn't be the determining factor.

Voted up across the board.


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CookwareBliss 4 years ago from Winneconne, WI

This looks wonderful, I will pin it for sure:)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I miss the pizza burgers and fries our high school used to serve. Your recipe is one that will remake the memory for us. I love how you caution people to be alert to children using appliances in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing. Voted interesting and useful.


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ChristyBelle23 4 years ago from Wisconsin

This sounds delicious I can't wait to try and make these! Great post idea!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An entertaining hub! The pizza burger and Parmesan fries sound unusually delicious! You gave some thoughtful advice and tips about avoiding outside fast food and be watchful on kids esp near the hot stove or pan. The photos are eye-catching - both the food and your helpful kids added visual appeal! I rated this tasty recipe 4.5! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up and Socially Shared.


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I always bake my fries too. Much healthier. Kids will love this recipe and it will feel to them like you went through the drive thru.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Gail. I always look forward to your comments! :) He is so animated in all that he says and does that I know I'm going to be cracking up at whatever comes out of his mouth and that was no exception! Yes, considering your child's age along with maturity is really important. I think that by next year Grace will have all of the meals cooked by the time I get home from work! LOL


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Awesome CookwareBliss! I really appreciate your visit and your pin!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You are brave! I don't think that I would eat the food from our cafeteria! :) I hope that you get a chance to try it and that you enjoy it, we did. As always, thanks for your comments teaches12345.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

So glad you found it useful ChristyBelle23. Let me know how they turn out!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Ishwaryaa22, as always I appreciate your comments. It does seem like an unusual combination of ingredients but trust me, they are delicious! I'm glad you found the extra tips helpful. I wouldn't want anyone to get hurt from reading my hubs! :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, even with the oil, it is still healthier. I agree, it will seem like the drive thru only better! :)


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Ohh yeah, Parmesan french fries! Pinning this!!! Voted useful too. Yum! :^)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LoL! Thanks for the pin clevercat! Enjoy. ;)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm so gald to hear that you tried it and enjoyed it bellahurst! Thanks so much for sharing that. :)


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Robin Oatley 4 years ago

This looks delicious! Makes me want to try this right now. And I'm not even a child ;)

Voting up and useful!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Lol, it is delicious Robin and I'm not a child either! :) Hope you get a chance to give it a try!

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