Bring along extra toppers inspired by pizza-parlor classics: thinly sliced sweet peppers and onion, spinach, sauteed mushrooms, jarred banana peppers or sliced olives.




  • In a large bowl combine Italian sausage, ground beef, the chopped pepperoni, and the salt; mix well. Using your clean hands, shape meat mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.

  • For a charcoal or gas grill, grill patties on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 14 to 18 minutes or until done (160°F),* turning once halfway through grilling time. Toast bread slices on the grill.

  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat pizza sauce over low heat.

  • Serve burgers between toasted bread slices topped with sauce, cheese, and, if desired, pepperoni slices.


The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A sausage or beef patty cooked to 160°F is safe regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

Nutrition Facts

628 calories; 37.1 g total fat; 13.8 g saturated fat; 3.6 g polyunsaturated fat; 15.9 g monounsaturated fat; 100 mg cholesterol; 1254 mg sodium. 609 mg potassium; 41.7 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 30.7 g protein; 1 g trans fatty acid; 437 IU vitamin a; 8 mg vitamin c; 1 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 8 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 109 mcg folate; 2 mcg vitamin b12;