Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza [Recipe]
The cheeseburger pizza isn’t a new invention. Papa John’s Double Cheeseburger Pizza is back on their menus by popular demand! Far from being the worst possible choice when going out to eat, when you look at the nutrition information for a slice of this little piece heaven, you’ll see that the macros really aren’t all that bad! The issue really only comes when you decide to polish off a whole one on your own. 😋
We recently asked our followers to determine if they could only keep one and had to give up the other, which would they choose? Cheeseburgers or pizza?! Well when it came down to it, the verdict was….
…PIZZA! An almost overwhelming number of you would rather eat pizza. Which I find interesting, purely because if forced to choose, I think I’d opt for the cheeseburger! 😆 Clearly I don’t love pizza as much as the next person. But I would like to clarify – just in case there’s any doubt – I’m not talking about your standard McDonald’s cheeseburger here. No, the foodie in me demands a tender and sumptuous burger patty (and honestly, it can be made of meat, poultry or only plant based matter, so long as it’s juicy I truly don’t care!), layered with a strong English cheddar cheese (none of that American crap trying to pass as cheese thank you!), a slice of bacon, 4 burger pickles and to top it off, of course, a healthy dollop of ketchup and mustard. Hold the mayo, lettuce & tomato which are frankly entirely unnecessary in my opinion.
Anyway, I digress. This featured question of the day reminded me of the time we simply couldn’t choose between a cheeseburger or pizza and so did what any rational and ridiculously indecisive person might do. We concocted our very own, Cheeseburger Pizza! And why not? Fusion food is on trend for good reason! It’s delicious.
On the occasion that we came up with our Cheeseburger Pizza concept, we wanted to enjoy a night at home, snuggled up on the sofa with some fairly innocuous movie marathon – I think it was the Toy Story films or something like that. God I love those films! Anyway, we needed some serious comfort food to match our mood. The recipe isn’t complex and you don’t need a ton of ingredients so we were pretty happy with the challenge of making our own Cheeseburger Pizza rather than risking a sub-par experience from a takeout. Jason was a huge fan of our version of the Papa John’s bacon cheeseburger pizza. It turned out pretty much as tasty as you’d expect two delicious meals merged into one might. I wasn’t convinced that the sauce would really work, but it was actually REALLY delicious and definitely completed the “essence” of the cheeseburger elements. But heck, I don’t think the rules of cheeseburger pizza creation are all that strict, so feel free to be conventional or branch out and be daring! I bet you some BBQ sauce thrown into the mix would turn out great too! 😝
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
- Pizza pan
- 1/2 lb ground turkey or 90/30 lean ground beef
- 1/3 cup diced red onion
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 lb bacon
- 1 can 13.8 oz Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
- 1/2 cup sugar-free ketchup
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard
- 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon dill relish
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- optional dill pickle slices for topping
- Preheat oven to 400 and spray a pizza pan with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey (or beef) and onion. Drain any excess liquid. Then add the Worcestershire sauce along with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- In a separate skillet, cook the bacon until done. Let it cool and then chop into smaller pieces.
- Press the pizza dough into the pizza pan and prebake the crust for 8 minutes.
- While the crust is baking, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, add the ketchup, mustard, mayo and relish.
- Remove crust from the oven and spread the sauce on evenly. Sprinkle on half of the cheese. Sprinkle on the ground meat mixture and bacon. Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 6-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and crust is golden brown.
- Top with pickle slices if desired. Slice and serve.
So, what would you choose if you had to keep one and give up the other? Cheeseburger or pizza? Comment below!