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The Best Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe

Updated on July 2, 2011

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.

Bon appetit!

Photo used under Creative Commons from TAKA@P.P.R.S.

Your pizza should look more like this!
Your pizza should look more like this!

Cheeseburger Pizza

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.

Pizza Crust
Pizza Crust

A quick easy pizza crust that has never failed me! Check out the original source for this crust at Pizza Dough III.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 12


  • 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. 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. 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. 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. 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.
Cast your vote for First step: Pizza Dough!
The sauce makes the pizza!
The sauce makes the pizza!

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!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 5

Serves: 12


  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • pickle relish


  1. This is going to be your own developed sauce so the quantities of the ingredients listed are totally up to your tastes.
  2. I recommend ketchup being the base of your creation and watch out for mustard, a little goes a long way!
  3. Stir your concoction well, taste often and spread on the pizza crust enough to cover it, don't get too thick.
  4. 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!
  5. Photo used under Creative Commons from Burger Baroness.
Toppings: think what would be good on a cheeseburger!
Toppings: think what would be good on a cheeseburger!

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.

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 12


  • Browned Hamburger*
  • *chopped onion
  • *garlic
  • *salt
  • *pepper
  • Real Bacon Bits - because they make everything better
  • Fresh tomato sliced thin
  • Shredded mozzerella
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Shredded parm if desired


  1. Hopefully you have some leftover browned hamburger in the fridge, because that makes this meal a snap.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

Old Stone Oven Round Pizza Stone
Old Stone Oven Round Pizza Stone

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.

Cuisinart AMB-14PP Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware 14-Inch Pizza Pan
Cuisinart AMB-14PP Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware 14-Inch Pizza Pan

If you're not a fan of stone bake-ware then your average pizza pan will work just fine.

Microplane 48105 Pizza Cutter
Microplane 48105 Pizza Cutter

A good pizza cutter makes serving a slice much simpler.

Rachael Ray Tools 2-Piece Silicone Pastry Brush Set, Orange
Rachael Ray Tools 2-Piece Silicone Pastry Brush Set, Orange

Perfect for brushing butter onto the edges of the crust or spreading out the secret


More Great Pizza Recipes - Grilled Pizza yum!

Leave a pizza note! - What's your best pizza making tip?

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      6 years ago

      I got to tell you that this is sounding mighty tasty!

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      7 years ago

      Don't know why I've started reading recipe lenses while on a diet...:)

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      7 years ago from Oz

      Oh yummm.... Thank you for sharing the recipe, I will definitely make this pizza this weekend. Have favorited your lens =)

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      7 years ago

      I'm so making this!

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      7 years ago

      This sounds super yummy!!!!! My pizza never comes out great, so you wouldn't want my tips!

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      7 years ago

      Oh, this looks tasty! Hold the Mayo and Pickle relish though. I am going to give this one a try.

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      7 years ago

      I love your intro picture, that cracked me up. I would make this pizza in a minute. I have saved it and favorited it

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      7 years ago

      From first hand experience, this is awesome!!

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      danr62 lm 

      7 years ago

      Looks yummy.


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