The Best Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe
Who loves cheesburgers? Who loves pizza?
I first had this crazy combination of a cheeseburger pizza at Jillian's in the Mall of America. After tasting it, I knew I wanted to recreate this recipe at home. It was just that yummy.
See the picture at left? Well, it's a little more complicated than smashing a cheeseburger down and cutting it into "pizza" slices.
Here is my delectable cheeseburger pizza recipe. Get inspired and have fun in the kitchen.
Photo used under Creative Commons from TAKA@P.P.R.S.
It should look more like this
Skip the McD's version and try this tasty recipe that will end up looking more like the pizza at right.
Some "secret" sauce, hamburger, cheese, add some more toppings like pickles, lettuce, onion and tomato. Yummy!
Don't forget to leave your thoughts, pizza recipes and tips in the comments below!
Photo used under Creative Commons from Joelk75.
A quick easy pizza crust that has never failed me! Check out the original source for this crust at Allrecipes.com Pizza Dough III.
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2 cups bread flour (I use all purpose and it still turns out great)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- A few tablespoons of melted butter
- 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- 2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups bread flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. Beat well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- 3. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out into a pizza crust shape. Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- 4. My twist. I take some melted butter and lightly brush the edges of the crust which makes it brown and crisp up a little. Plus butter makes everything awesome.
Second Step: "Secret Sauce" - Here's where the fun and creativity come in.
I dub this secret sauce because the quantities of each are up to your personal taste. Just mix, blend and taste until it's just right. This sauce also works great on regular cheeseburgers, so save any leftovers!
Prep Time: 5
Total Time: 5
- pickle relish
- This is going to be your own developed sauce so the quantities of the ingredients listed are totally up to your tastes.
- I recommend ketchup being the base of your creation and watch out for mustard, a little goes a long way!
- Stir your concoction well, taste often and spread on the pizza crust enough to cover it, don't get too thick.
- Tip: you could skip the relish in this step and add sliced or chunks of pickles as a topping instead. Or get crazy and do both!
- Photo used under Creative Commons from Burger Baroness.
Step Three: Toppings! - this is the good stuff
Mix and match the toppings to suit your tastes. We like onions, but have a cousin who won't touch anything that onions are in. After polishing off his second slice he realized it had onions and gagged. We laughed! He really enjoyed the pizza up until then.
- Browned Hamburger*
- *chopped onion
- Real Bacon Bits - because they make everything better
- Fresh tomato sliced thin
- Shredded mozzerella
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Shredded parm if desired
- Hopefully you have some leftover browned hamburger in the fridge, because that makes this meal a snap.
- If not brown your hamburger with chopped onion, garlic pepper, salt and other seasonings as desired. I often add some fresh basil since it's handy growing on the kitchen windowsill.
- Besides the above basic list get creative and add toppings to suit your taste. Whatever you like on a cheeseburger will work on this pizza. Mushroom and Swiss, peppers, extra onions, whatever goes!
- Sprinkle your desired toppings until the pizza is well covered. Make sure the cheese is heavy handed as cheese is one of the best parts on a pizza.
- Pop in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, watch for the crust and cheese to start turning a golden brown. Let cool a few minutes before slicing and serving.
- Photo used under Creative Commons from Pink Sherbet Photography.
Pizza Supplies - Great pizza requires great tools
I highly recommend a pizza stone. You can use a pan, but nothing beats a well seasoned pizza stone for the perfect crust.
My husband seasoned our stone by leaving a frozen pizza in the oven for well over 6 hours. The fog of smoke and putrid smell woke me up to find him passed out in the dog bed, happily snoring, while his pizza burned to a crisp. That smell clung to every surface for days. New rule in our house, no oven use after midnight!
Really a good pizza stone is the only way to go. Once seasoned it adds that special gestalt that old pizza ovens give. Even cheap frozen pizza will taste better in time.
If you're not a fan of stone bake-ware then your average pizza pan will work just fine.
A good pizza cutter makes serving a slice much simpler.