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Easy Peasy Hamburger Pizza

Updated on July 16, 2015
Easy Peasy Hamburger Pizza
Easy Peasy Hamburger Pizza | Source
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I simply cannot get enough pizza in my house. I don't think my husband shares my recent obsession though.

On nights when I feel lazy, lousy, or simply just don't feel like cooking, I splurge on Domino's Pizza's $5.99 pizzas.

On evenings when I feel particularly creative, I make my own pizza with my Quick and Easy Pizza Crust recipe, my Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce, and the toppings of my choice.

I think my favorite homemade pizza so far has had fresh cut asparagus and fresh tomato slices on it.

You see my pizza always has huge crusts. I love it! But I always have to put the biggest crusts on my side because my husband doesn't like all of the bread. He would rather have more cheese and toppings.

Whats great about making your own pizza crust, though, is that you can make it however you'd like. You can pull dough out and have a thin crust pizza, but I would suggest cooking it for an extra 3-5 minutes or so.

You can have a deep dish pizza by instead stuffing your pizza dough into a large round pizza dish with tall sides and leaving it a little thicker. And you could have huge crusts like mine so you have some yummy breadsticks to dip afterward.

Let's get to the recipe so you can make one for yourself!

Ingredients for the Pizza Crust
Ingredients for the Pizza Crust | Source
Step One: Dissolve the yeast in your cup of water
Step One: Dissolve the yeast in your cup of water | Source
Step Two: Add in your sugar and salt
Step Two: Add in your sugar and salt | Source
Step Three: Add in your flour
Step Three: Add in your flour | Source
Step Four: Add in your olive oil
Step Four: Add in your olive oil | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 38 min
Yields: Serves 8 people 1 slice of pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 (0.25 oz) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • About 1 cup pasta sauce, (See my Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce)
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, any flavor
  • (optional) veggies, (I used onions and red bell peppers this time.)

Instructions

  1. Set your oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Spray a pizza pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Start the water running in your sink to warm it up.
  3. Fill a cup with warm water and pour in your yeast. Mix and allow to dissolve for 10 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, pour your salt and sugar into a large bowl.
  5. Now add in your flour and mix together.
  6. Mix in your olive oil.
  7. And finally, add in your yeast and water mixture.
  8. Mix first with a wooden spoon until it gets too thick to mix.
  9. Then switch to kneading all of the ingredients together with your hands.
  10. Once mixed well, transfer your dough to a clean but floured surfaced to roll out.
  11. With a rolling pin, roll your dough out into a large thin circle. It needs to be big enough to fit over your pizza pan with some overlap.
  12. When rolled, transfer your pizza dough from your rolling surface over to your pizza pan.
  13. I rolled the overlapping edges over to create a crust. I don't mind having large fluffy crusts. They are very light, taste great on their own, and are wonderful for dipping into marinara sauce on the side. (For a great sauce recipe, see my Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce.)
  14. Bake at 425 degrees F for 6 minutes without toppings. This initial baking firms up your crust, allows it to hold your toppings, and makes sure the entire crust is baked through when finished.
  15. After removing it from the oven, and allowing it to cool for a few minutes, spread your pasta sauce evenly across the top.
  16. Also, turn your oven temp down to 400 degrees F for your pizza.
  17. I wasn't paying attention (needing to take great pictures and all, lol) and then spread my hamburger down on top of my sauce.
  18. Then spread 1 cup of your cheese over your hamburger. (If you choose to put your cheese down first, then your hamburger, that's fine.)
  19. My husband then decided that he wanted some veggie son his side. I always put tons of extras on mine.
  20. So I spread chopped onions and thinly sliced red bell peppers across both sides.
  21. If you add more toppings to your pizza, I suggest you spread another 1/2 cup of cheese on top before baking.
  22. Pop your pizza back into the oven and bake at 400 degrees F for another 12 minutes, or until the crust is sufficiently browned for you.
  23. Pull out, cut into 8 pieces, and enjoy!!
  24. Yummy! Yummy!
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Step Five: Defrost your hamburger (My husband cooks and divides it all ahead of time)Step Six: Add in your yeast and water mixtureStep Seven: Mix everything togetherStep Eight: When it starts thickening into a doughy texture, knead it with your hands to combineStep Nine: Pour it out onto a clean floured surfaceStep Ten: Spray your pizza pan with cooking sprayStep Eleven: Roll your dough out thin and flat with a rolling pinStep Twelve: Transfer your dough to your pizza pan and roll the edges in to create your pizza crustStep Thirteen: Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes before toppingStep Fourteen: Prepare your ingredients for your pizzaStep Fifteen: When your pizza crust is set, spread pizza sauce evenly over the topStep Sixteen: Top with plenty of hamburger meatThis can also be done after the first cheese layerStep Seventeen: Spread your shredded cheese evenly over the top of your pizzaStep Eighteen: My husband decided that he wanted to add onion and red pepper slices, so I chopped some up for himHere are the red peppersStep Nineteen: If you add any additional toppings, finish with another thin layer of cheeseStep Twenty: Pop into the oven and bake for 12 more minutesStep Twenty-one: Cut into individual pieces to shareStep Twenty-two: Enjoy!!
Step Five: Defrost your hamburger (My husband cooks and divides it all ahead of time)
Step Five: Defrost your hamburger (My husband cooks and divides it all ahead of time) | Source
Step Six: Add in your yeast and water mixture
Step Six: Add in your yeast and water mixture | Source
Step Seven: Mix everything together
Step Seven: Mix everything together | Source
Step Eight: When it starts thickening into a doughy texture, knead it with your hands to combine
Step Eight: When it starts thickening into a doughy texture, knead it with your hands to combine | Source
Step Nine: Pour it out onto a clean floured surface
Step Nine: Pour it out onto a clean floured surface | Source
Step Ten: Spray your pizza pan with cooking spray
Step Ten: Spray your pizza pan with cooking spray | Source
Step Eleven: Roll your dough out thin and flat with a rolling pin
Step Eleven: Roll your dough out thin and flat with a rolling pin | Source
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Step Twelve: Transfer your dough to your pizza pan and roll the edges in to create your pizza crust
Step Twelve: Transfer your dough to your pizza pan and roll the edges in to create your pizza crust | Source
Step Thirteen: Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes before topping
Step Thirteen: Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes before topping | Source
Step Fourteen: Prepare your ingredients for your pizza
Step Fourteen: Prepare your ingredients for your pizza | Source
Step Fifteen: When your pizza crust is set, spread pizza sauce evenly over the top
Step Fifteen: When your pizza crust is set, spread pizza sauce evenly over the top | Source
Step Sixteen: Top with plenty of hamburger meat
Step Sixteen: Top with plenty of hamburger meat | Source
This can also be done after the first cheese layer
This can also be done after the first cheese layer | Source
Step Seventeen: Spread your shredded cheese evenly over the top of your pizza
Step Seventeen: Spread your shredded cheese evenly over the top of your pizza | Source
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Step Eighteen: My husband decided that he wanted to add onion and red pepper slices, so I chopped some up for him
Step Eighteen: My husband decided that he wanted to add onion and red pepper slices, so I chopped some up for him | Source
Here are the red peppers
Here are the red peppers | Source
Step Nineteen: If you add any additional toppings, finish with another thin layer of cheese
Step Nineteen: If you add any additional toppings, finish with another thin layer of cheese | Source
Step Twenty: Pop into the oven and bake for 12 more minutes
Step Twenty: Pop into the oven and bake for 12 more minutes | Source
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Step Twenty-one: Cut into individual pieces to share
Step Twenty-one: Cut into individual pieces to share | Source
Step Twenty-two: Enjoy!!
Step Twenty-two: Enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice of pizza
Calories 104
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 9 mg3%
Sodium 178 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

Last time I told you that my husband requested a thinner crust on his pizza because he thought there was too much bread underneath his toppings.

So this time I rolled it thinner for him and it just didn't turn out quite as well as it could have. I find that the slightly thicker crust holds the toppings of the pizza better.

Even after you reheat it the next day, and crisp it up in the over on low broil for a few minutes, the crust still held up well enough for you to pick it up by hand and eat it.

With the thinner crust, I couldn't even pick it up and eat it by hand the first time. lol He didn't care because he got to be messy and get tons of yummy toppings without all of the bread in the way.

From here on out, I will be making it with the slightly thicker crust. I want to be able to pick up my pizza and eat it with my hands, instead of being forced to eat it with a knife and fork.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great recipe and thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thank you Eddy! What do you like on your pizza?

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Nice step by step pictures of your preparations! It looks delicious!

      When our kids were younger we used to eat more pizza. My husband was preparing different kinds. He made the dough with the bread machine. One of my favorite one was with spinash and goat cheese. And another good one was vegetarian loaded with vegetables: hearts of palm, artichoke, olives, red peppers, mushrooms, etc.

      Have a nice evening!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Yum! I will have to try some of those myself! Thanks for the wonderful suggestions! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Oh Yum! I love your recipe idea and now I'm wanting a pizza! I agree with you, thicker crusts tend to hold toppings better.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Nice! Thanks for the support. :) I love our homemade pizza.

      Thank you for your comment.

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