This is a quirky little twist on a Cheeseburger Pizza that I came up with a while back, and it’s just plain fun. Little handheld pizza pinwheels with all of the flavors everyone loves in a cheeseburger. They look oddly like a cross between cinnamon buns and scones, but they are not — they are definitely cheeseburger pizza pinwheels.
These are excellent for littler kids who like their own portioned things. Great for a substantial after school snack. Amusing as appetizers. Perfect for game day. All you need to do is look at the photos and you’ll see why they are so cheery.
How to Make Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels
You’ll top the pizza dough much the way you top a regular pizza, but then, you roll the whole thing up lengthwise, like a roulade of sorts. Slice the roll into pieces, and then distribute them on parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake the cheeseburger pizza pinwheels for about 16 to 20 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned around the edges, and the spirals are cooked through.
I could have made these look neater, I’m sure, but I just didn’t really care. All they needed to do was hold together, and they do. Instead of layering all of the the sauce into the pizza, as I did with the more “traditional” pizza recipe here, we kept some of it to the side for dipping, which adds yet another layer to the fun factor.
Dipping Sauce for Pizza Pinwheels
The sauce is made from a mix of typical cheeseburger condiments: mayo, ketchup and mustard. It is quite like the Special Sauce you get on top of a Whopper or Big Mac or other some such burger. A bit of it goes into the pizza rolls, and the rest Is kept on the side for dipping.
Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels: These handheld beefy pizza spirals are fun to make, fun to eat, and a nice way to shake up dinner.Tweet This
Pizza Dough for Homemade Pizza
I am a fan of purchased pizza dough, as it’s one of the things that I rarely plan for in advance. Sometimes I buy it at a pizza place (most are willing to sell you a couple of balls), often at a supermarket (I happen to like the store-made pizza dough at the Big Y supermarket near us in Connecticut), and I also am fond of a brand called Wewalka which makes a pizza dough that comes rolled up in its own parchment. Pillsbury and other brands make similar package refrigerated pizza doughs. They are usually not yeast based, so have more of a flatbread consistency, but they are super convenient — you don’t have to wrestle with the dough at all, just roll it out right onto a rimmed baking sheet.
What to Serve with Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels:
- Crunchy Mixed Green Salad
- Shredded Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
- Cauliflower Tots
- Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons
- Romaine, Kale and Broccoli Salad
Other Fun Pizza Recipes:
- Grilled Pizzas
- Mini Pizzas
- Pizza Quattro Stagioni
- Bacon and Egg Breakfast Pizza
- English Muffin Pizzas
- Cast Iron Pan Pizza
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Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown mustard
- 1 (14 to 16 ounce) ball or package pizza dough, at room temperature
- ½ pound ground beef
- ½ cup chopped onion
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
- Large pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
- ¼ pound shredded mozzarella
- ¼ pound shredded cheddar
- ½ cup diced tomatoes
- ¼ cup diced pickles
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, ketchup, and mustard. Separate half of the sauce into a bowl for dipping.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring to break it up, for about 3 minutes until it starts to brown. Add the onions, season everything with salt and pepper, the red pepper flakes if using, and continue to cooking, stirring frequently, until the meat is completely browned and the onions are fairly tender. Drain the meat and onions in a colander.
- Roll or press the pizza dough onto a baking sheet, making a rectangle about 9 x 14 inches, about 1/3 inch thick. Spread the remaining half of sauce (not the sauce for dipping) on the pizza dough rectangle, leaving a 1/4-inch border around each edge. Sprinkle half of each cheese evenly over the pizza, also keeping the border. Distribute the beef, tomatoes and pickles over the cheese. Top everything with the rest of the cheeses. Press down lightly so that everything adheres to the dough.
- Carefully, slowly roll the pizza up the long way (meaning from one long side to the other). Cut the roll into about eight 1 1/2-inch slices. Separate the slices and place them cut sides down at least 2 inches apart on the parchment.
- Bake the pizza for about 16 to 20 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned around the edges, and the spirals are cooked through. Serve hot, with the remaining dipping sauce on the side.
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