Pizza Burger Sliders

Pizza Burger Sliders

I love football season, and one of the fun parts is definitely the game day grub. Whether we’re tailgating, hosting a party with friends or just watching the game by ourselves, tasty football food is always part of the plan. These Pizza Burger Sliders combine two of my favorite game-watching foods into one and they’re flavored with a delicious secret ingredient: hummus*!

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Pizza Burger Sliders

Y’all probably know by now that I love working with my friends at Sabra*. Well, earlier this Fall they came out with a new flavor: PIZZA HUMMUS. Sound weird? It’s not. It’s delicious. It has the rich flavor and texture of hummus but is seasoned with flavors that totally make you think pizza. They’re sold in six packs of individual containers and should be found where you regularly buy hummus. When I started thinking that I wanted to make burger sliders for a football post, pizza burgers popped into my head and I thought this new hummus might be the perfect way to add some rich pizza flavor to the meat. I always bring hummus when I’m tailgating anyway because it’s perfect with veggies for easy, delicious snacking. I started experimenting with hummus in the burgers and it worked perfectly! The burgers are hearty and flavorful and they pair perfectly with the pizza toppings. I’m in love!

Pizza Burger Sliders

I decided to cook these inside since the colder weather will soon be upon us, but you could easily toss these pizza burger slider on the grill if you’re tailgating or otherwise cooking outdoors. They make great game day food because you can grab one and eat it one handed while holding a beer/soda/pop in your other hand. Plus, they’re pretty hearty for a slider but unlike a full-size burger, at 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus or 185 calories each they allow you some room to enjoy other snacking options as well. So the next time your team plays, don’t forget to have your pizza and burger too!

*I have partnered with Sabra as part of their 2015 Tastemakers Panel. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with their product, however my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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Pizza Burger Sliders

Yield: 8 sliders

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb raw 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 (2 oz) container of Sabra Pizza Flavored Hummus Singles
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup 2% shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 teaspoons pizza sauce
  • 8 slices turkey pepperoni
  • 8 whole wheat slider buns (I used Wegmans brand)

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, hummus and a sprinkle of salt and cracked black pepper (I used my hands) until well combined. Form the meat mixture into 8 equally sized balls.*
  2. Mist a nonstick skillet or griddle pan with cooking spray and bring to medium-high heat and place some or all of the meat balls onto the pan (I did mine in two batches, it will depend on the size of your burner and pan). Using a plastic spatula/flipper, press down lightly on the top of each ball to form a round patty. Cook for 3-4 minutes (mine was good at 3 minutes) and flip each patty. Once the patties are flipped, top each with a tablespoon of shredded mozzarella and cook, holding a large pot lid and inch or two over top of the burgers to trap some of the steam in and melt the cheese, for another 2-3 minutes or until desired doneness.
  3. Transfer the cooked burgers to the slider buns and top each one with ½ teaspoon of pizza sauce, a pepperoni and the top half of the slider bun. Serve immediately.

*You could also easily make these on the grill if you’re tailgating!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
5 per slider or 2 sliders for 10 Points Plus (SPs calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per slider or 2 sliders for 9 Points Plus (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
185 calories, 15 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 18 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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