This is one of our staple dinners at home. I don’t fight my kids to eat it, it’s easy, and I always have all of the ingredients on hand. Well, as I stared into the refrigerator trying to figure out what I wanted to make for dinner, I realized, HEY, I don’t have to use browned hamburger meat for this recipe…not when I have…..wait for it….
LEFTOVER HAMBURGERS!!!! (Smoked Hamburgers on a Pellet Grill)
Not only did it change the flavor of the shells for the better, but it was SO MUCH EASIER! The meat was already cooked, therefore one step was completely taken out of the process.
It’s really pretty simple – it doesn’t take much to make. You need sauce.
Jumbo pasta shells with the burger filling.
And cheese. Lots of it. And if I say a cup, and you happen to add a cup and half, I won’t tell anyone, I promise.
If you can’t see the pasta shells because they are swimming in cheese, that’s really ok. Cheese never hurts. At least, not in my book.
So next time you fire up the grill, think ahead, and throw on a few more burgers! Easy to prepare, quick cooking time and delicious flavor makes for a happy family dinner.
Leftover Smoked Burgers Recipe: Stuffed Pasta Shells
- 1 box of jumbo pasta shells cooked according to box directions
- 4 leftover burgers chopped into tiny pieces
- 2 teaspoons of basil
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 1 cup wink, wink of mozzerella cheese
- 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- EITHER homemade spaghetti sauce
- 2 cans of tomato sauce
- 1 small can of tomato pasta
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp basil
- 2 tsp parsley
- 1 jar of spaghetti sauce.
- Your call on that one.
- I would say brown your meat, but you don't have to! HA!
- Cut/Break the burgers into tiny pieces. Throw it into a big bowl.
- Add the spices and the cheese.
- Scoop the mixture into the the cooked jumbo pasta shells. Place the shells in a sauce filled pan.
- I am a little weird about this - I like my sauce UNDER my shell. I really don't want the sauce in the shell. I can't really explain why, but I think it tastes better this way.
- Once the pan is filled with meat filled shells, sprinkle some more cheese on top, just to make sure.
- Then bake it at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until it's bubbly.
- If this makes more than you want, these meat filled shells are easy to freeze.