In my pan pizza post a few weeks ago, I sang the praises of the Pizza Hut pan pizza that I grew up with. While I love Pizza Hut’s pan pizza, I love thin crust that much more….it’s definitely my favorite. And my favorite pizza topping? It’s always been ground beef. I rarely use ground beef when making pizza at home, but I almost order it on my pizzas in chain pizza restaurants (Pizza Hut, Domino’s, etc.). I remember when I was a kid, Pizza Hut had a specialty pizza called cheeseburger pizza…or maybe it was bacon cheeseburger pizza. Whatever it was, though, it was good.
Last week my co-worker was talking about somebody making a cheeseburger pizza with chopped pickles on top of it. That got the wheels turning. Why stop at ground beef and chopped pickles? Why not just go whole hog with ketchup and mustard and cheddar cheese? There’s no rule that says that pizza must have tomato sauce and mozzarella. And after all, ketchup kind of is tomato sauce, right? And while we’re at it, let’s just throw some bacon on there too, because you can never eat too much bacon.
There’s not a whole lot to this post, y’all. Because all I have to say about this pizza is that it was freaking tasty. I’ll warn you, putting cheddar on a pizza can result in the pizza being slightly greasalicious, so keep some paper towels or napkins around for blotting. And if you really wanted to go all out, I wouldn’t blame you in the least for topping this with some shredded lettuce and maybe a homemade Thousand Island drizzle (just some ketchup, mayo, and relish stirred together, really).
What would you put on your bacon cheeseburger pizza?
Yield: 2-4 servings
15 minPrep Time:
1 hrCook Time:
1 hr, 15 Total Time:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 Small onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 Batch Fresh pizza dough (your favorite recipe or purchased from the store)
- 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1/4 Cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/2 Pound ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 Ounces cheddar cheese (grated)
- 3-4 Slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 2-3 pickle spears (chopped)
- Preheat olive oil and butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Place the onions in the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until well-caramelized, 30-45 minutes.
- While the onions are cooking, preheat the oven to 450 degrees (place a pizza stone in the oven if you have one). Combine the mustard and ketchup in a small bowl.
- In a medium pan, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain away any fat then season with salt, onion powder, and garlic powder and stir in about half of the ketchup and mustard mixture. Remove from the heat.
- On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough (I like to do this on a piece of parchment paper that can then be transferred to the oven). Spread the remaining ketchup/mustard mixture over the crust. Top with half the cheese, then the ground beef and onions, then the cheese and the crumbled bacon.
- Bake the pizza on a pizza pan or the preheated stone for 10-12 minutes or until crust and cheese reach desired brownness. Remove from oven and top with the chopped pickles. Serve immediately.
Prep time does not include time for the pizza dough to rise if you make your own.