Pizza meet Cheeseburgers, Cheeseburgers meet Pizzas. This recipe for Easy Cheeseburger Pizza will make everyone happy, unless you’re a vegetarian, then it probably won’t make you very happy. Everyone else? Extremely happy!
What do you make when half the family wants cheeseburgers and the other firmly believe that pizza night is PIZZA NIGHT. Period. End of story. I’m usually pretty lax about pizza night, whatever is in the fridge goes on pizza–pesto, peppers, ‘shrooms, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, ham, eggplant, really you name it I’ll pop it on a pizza. Tonight when I dug around in the fridge I found a pound of hamburger I needed to use up and decided I’d just make burgers for dinner. OH NO that wasn’t happening, we have a dedicated crew of eaters around here but burgers on pizza night were fighting words. They still ate burgers just on a pizza. You know what? It was some of the best pizza I’ve made in a LONG time.
Easy Cheeseburger Pizza
if you're making your own dough get it made, then roll it around in a mixing bowl with the olive oil then cover it getting rising
brown the ground beef, drain the fat, add the 1 tsp garlic granules, the Worcestershire sauce and then taste for salt and pepper, add as needed, cover and set aside
mix the tomato sauce with the rest of the garlic granules and warm over low heat
meanwhile make the topping sauce by putting all the ingredients except the pickle juice in a food processor and pulsing it, scrape it down and pulse again
taste it, if you like it great! if not add more of what you like, maybe more pickles or mustard? Or more mayonnaise
once you get it right add a TBSP of pickle juice so you can dribble it over the finished pizza if you want to, if you'd rather dollop then leave it alone and don't add the juice
pat out the pizza dough on pizza pans OR in cast iron skillets roughly 10-12 inches in size
bake for five minutes to get the crust firmed up
pull them out spread the tomato sauce evenly between the two pizza crusts
top with cooked ground beef and divide the cheese between them, save a little for garnish if you want to but it's not necessary
bake until the cheese is melted, about 12 minutes, maybe a little longer depending on your oven
once the cheese is melted it's time for toppings
divide the lettuce and tomato over the top of the pizza
drizzle the topping sauce over the top, garnish if desired
A word about the tomato sauce base, if you want or prefer to use pizza sauce by all means please do, it’s your call. I made a rather plain sauce my base because I wanted the topping sauce to shine through not an Italian flavor. Now it could be made sauceless but toppings have a tendency to slide right off if you don’t have some sauce on the bottom.
As usual this is inspiration for you, take it, make it yours and go from there, there is no wrong way here.