Thursday, May 9, 2013

Greek Burger Calzone

My favorite calzone is definitely the original that I posted, You're Entering the CALZONE . But a definite second has to be the Greek Burger Calzone. I got the idea for it because many years ago, as a teen, I had taken a German class at MIT the summer between my sophomore and junior years in high school, and while there, a friend and I would take a bus and then walk over to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market in the heart of Boston MA. The food stands were numerous and diverse, and one was a Greek place that sold what they called Greek Aegean Fare burgers. These consisted of a flat bread with ground hamburg and diced tomatoes and onions with crumbled Feta cheese. They were hot, greasy, and delicious. Every time I went to class, I stopped at that stand and got one for lunch. I was hooked.

In re-creating the recipe for a calzone, I came up with a winner, I think. Everyone loved it, anyway. ;) It was juicy and delicious, and not even as greasy as the burgers I had gotten at Faneuil Hall in Boston. I think you’ll like it too!

So, let’s get cooking!

First, you’ll either have to buy pizza dough, or make it yourself. You can find the recipe for homemade pizza dough here: Pizza! It makes enough for 2.

If you are using fresh ground beef, you’ll need to brown it, drain off the grease, and even wash it with hot water to remove any extra grease. I buy ground beef in bulk and brown it, then split it up into meal-sized portions in freezer bags and freeze. That way it’s ready to use.

While the hamburg is browning, dice the tomatoes and onions, and mince the garlic.

Press out the dough to a rectangle about 16” by 12”. I very lightly grease the table, and also my hands, with some shortening.

Sprinkle half of the cheddar (or mozzarella if you’d like) and feta cheeses on the lower half of the dough.

Layer on the hamburg, then the onions, the minced garlic, and then the tomatoes. Evenly sprinkle on the remaining half of the cheeses on top of it all.

Fold over the top of the dough and seal tightly. Place on a greased sheet pan. It takes two people to do this, and you need to place it diagonally in order to fit.

Bake in a 425° oven for 18 minutes, until lightly brown on top. Slice and serve. I use a rotary pizza cutter. Enjoy! ~TMMF

Greek Burger Calzone
     (for 1; about 8 slices)

1 pizza dough
½ lb browned hamburg
½ medium onion
3 Roma tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
     (or mozzarella if you’d like)


  1. This is now on my to make list! Thanks!!!

    1. You're welcome! So easy to make and so stinking good! :)

  2. My kids want to start a "line" of calzones, so any ideas you have are welcomed!