Cheeseburger Pizza

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Two of the most popular comfort soul-satisfying foods around become one in a decadent and addictive pizza pie.

Cheeseburger Pizza topped with pickles, tomatoes, and various cheeses.

It’s an inarguable fact that cheeseburgers and pizza are two of the most popular comfort soul-satisfying foods around. Now, the two become one in a decadent and addictive pie. Or pies…double the recipe and invite some friends over for a cheeseburger pizza festival that they shan’t soon forget.

I like to serve this decadent pizza with a salad: delicious Chopped Salad with Bleu Cheese Dressing or Kale Crunch Salad. It’s a total crowd-pleasing meal and a little bit more interesting than your standard pizza night.

Salad on a plate with slices of Cheeseburger Pizza.

Cheeseburger Pizza: Two of the most popular comfort soul-satisfying foods around become one in a decadent and addictive pizza pie.

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Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise – The base of the sauce for this pizza.
  • Ketchup – The ketchup is what really gives this pizza the taste of a cheeseburger.
  • Brown mustard – Adds a little bite that really makes the sauce pop.
  • Pizza dough – Feel free to use any type of packaged pizza dough that your grocery store has. I like the pre-rolled dough because it is ultra-easy.
  • Ground beef – The ground beef is sautéed before adding to the pizza so that it is crumbly and cooked before it goes onto the pizza.
  • Onion – Adds flavor to the beefy topping.
  • Red pepper flakes – These are optional, but for me, they are a must on any pizza.
  • Shredded mozzarella – Don’t try to use fancy mozzarella here. The low-end, low-moisture shredded stuff will have the best texture for melting on this pizza.
  • Shredded cheddar – Adds a little extra cheeseburger flair.
  • Tomatoes – The cubed tomatoes are added before baking so that they get sweet and soft in the oven.
  • Pickles – It’s a cheeseburger pizza, so you’ve gotta have pickles!
Woman using a pizza cutter to slice a Cheeseburger Pizza.

How to Make Cheeseburger Pizza

  1. Make the sauce: While the oven is preheating to 425 degrees, mix together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.
  2. Prepare the beef: Cook the ground beef in a skillet. Add the onions, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the meat is done and the onions are translucent. Pour off any excess fat.
  3. Top the pizza: Roll out or prepare your chosen pizza dough on a baking sheet. Spread on the sauce. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese evenly over the sauce on the pizza, then distribute the toppings over the cheese. Top everything with the rest of the cheeses.
  4. Bake: Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until everything is browned and looks delicious. Transfer it to a cutting board and let rest for 1 minute before slicing.
Uncooked Cheeseburger Pizza on a lined baking sheet.

FAQs

What is cheeseburger pizza?

Cheeseburger pizza is pizza with the toppings of a traditional cheeseburger. It includes ground beef, cheese, and sometimes tomatoes, pickles, and burger sauce.

What is the best 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), and often at a supermarket. I am also fond of refrigerated rolled pizza doughs, which make pizza nights come together in a snap. Most of them are not yeast-based, so they have more of a flatbread consistency, but they are super convenient. You don’t have to wrestle with it at all; just roll it out right onto a rimmed baking sheet.

What is the sauce on cheeseburger pizza?

Traditional pizza sauce is replaced by a mix of typical cheeseburger condiments: mayo, ketchup, and mustard. Does this sound weird? It shouldn’t — it’s much like the special sauce you get on top of a Whopper or Big Mac or some other such burger.

Pro Cooking Tips

  • Make sure to break up the ground beef as you sauté it into very small, sprinkle-able pieces.
  • After sautéing the beef and onions, pour off any excess fat so the topping doesn’t make the pizzas soggy.
  • I like to sprinkle half of the shredded cheese evenly over the sauce on the pizza, then distribute the toppings over the cheese. And then, top everything with the rest of the cheeses. Cheese on the bottom, cheese on the top.
  • Some chopped olives would also be delicious.

What to Serve With Cheeseburger Pizza

Cheeseburger Pizza on a plate and a baking sheet.

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Cheeseburger Pizza

Two of the most popular comfort soul-satisfying foods around become one in a decadent and addictive pizza pie.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 People

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1 pound pizza dough (you can use whatever type of packaged pizza dough works for you)
  • 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
  • Additional red pepper flakes (to serve; optional)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F. In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, ketchup, and mustard.
  • 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 in spots. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, the red pepper flakes if using, and continue to cook, 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-by-14 inches. Spread the sauce on the pizza dough rectangle, leaving a ¼-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.
  • Bake the pizza for about 20 to 22 minutes, until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, and the crust is lightly browned around the edges and fairly firm on the bottom (lift it gently with a spatula to check). Transfer the pizza to a cutting board and let sit for 2 minutes. Serve hot, with red pepper flakes on the side if desired.

Notes

  • Make sure to break up the ground beef as you sauté it into very small, sprinkle-able pieces.
  • After sautéing the beef and onions, pour off any excess fat for the topping doesn’t make the pizzas soggy.
  • I like to sprinkle half of the shredded cheese evenly over the sauce on the pizza, then distribute the toppings over the cheese. And then, top everything with the rest of the cheeses. Cheese on the bottom, cheese on the top.
  • Some chopped olives would also be delicious.

Nutrition

Calories: 459kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 913mg, Potassium: 192mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 444IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 244mg, Iron: 3mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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  1. This is an absolute slice of genius! What could be more delicious fun than cheeseburger pizza with two layers of cheese? Comfort food to the max. Thank you for Saturday’s dinner plan. In Texas, we’ll go a little heavier on the ketchup and pepper flakes are the pièce de résistance!