November 11, 2013

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza // shutterbean

The one thing that is guaranteed to make me really excited in life is FOOD. SHOCKER, isn’t it??!  I spend most of my free time thinking about food and reading cookbooks. Thoughts of food combinations, flavor profiles, textures, and cuisines all litter my head. If only I could channel this thought process into more productive things like cleaning up all the piles of crap around my house. But…. that would be no fun.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

In this crazy brain of mine I’ve had this idea to combine two of my husband’s favorite things together. It’s been on my mind for weeks and I finally did it! Whenever we are out for burgers, he ALWAYS orders a bacon cheeseburger with jalapeños. He then proceeds to put Tabasco on said burger as well as his fries…and I think he does the fries part just to mess with me cuz I WILL STEAL ALL OF HIS FRIES. We’ve been together for 14 years. He knows this and I know that I must suffer through Tabasco on my fries if I want to indulge in my carb fantasies. I digress…

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

Here we have the realization of my husband’s/my food fantasy. A pizza that taste like a burger. A burger that’s presented in pizza form. Instead of using marinara as the sauce, we have a ketchup & mustard combo. It’s sweet. It’s tangy! It’s smokey and spicy.  It’s so good that I caught Casey standing in the kitchen late at night like Nigella Lawson (sans sexy/silky robe) eating some over the sink.

And we’re off!

I made my no knead pizza dough for this one! I actually used the whole batch for the pizza instead of splitting it up into two pizzas. It provides for a thicker pizza–which makes it a little doughier- much like a hamburger bun but PIZZA.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

You will need to season the ground beef. I added garlic powder, salt & pepper.

Then you spread olive oil over the baking sheet before you lay down the dough.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

Dough is laid out. Instead of marinara, we add KETCHUP & MUSTARD.

Don’t you look at me like that. It’s good.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

Layer down the cheeses and the onions.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

Followed by the bacon, ground beef & jalapeño slices.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

This is the pizza before baking.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean


Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

This is an extreme closeup.

It’s salty, tangy, smokey, cheesy, MEATY and so dang good.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

Pair it with a beer and some afternoon sun.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

Golden hour just got a little more golden!

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza -- shutterbean

Add a little bit of lettuce or tomatoes if you’re into that sorta thing….

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

makes a 13 x18 inch pizza

  • 1 full batch no-knead pizza dough
  • extra virgin olive oil (for baking sheet)
  • 1/4 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2  red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 5 slices uncooked bacon, thinly chopped
  • ketchup
  • yellow mustard

Preheat oven to 500F.

Oil a 13×18 inch rimmed baking sheet liberally with good extra virgin olive oil. Then gently plop the dough on the pan.  Stretch and press it out to the edges. If it springs back wait five minutes and then proceed. The dough is very thin. If it tears, piece it back together.

In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef with the garlic powder, salt & pepper. Set aside.

Liberally squeeze ketchup & mustard on the top of the prepared dough (about 2-3 tablespoons each) Layer the cheddar, mozzarella, and red onions on top of the ketchup & mustard layer. Follow with the jalapeño, bacon and prepared ground beef, evenly distributing on top of the dough.

Place in the oven and cook for 15-18 minutes, or until crust is nicely brown around the edges. Serve immediately.



  • Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    Oh my goodness. A burger pizza? My similarly food obsessed mind is about to implode.

  • Robyn

    i always laugh when nigella sneaks down in the middle of the night to eat out of the fridge in her silky robe…and full hair and makeup!

  • Chelsea

    I can’t wait to make this! I just feel bad because this weekend I had my husband make his specialty cheeseburger macaroni and cheese, and I’m worried it’s too close to similar cheeseburger foods. But maybe that’s not a problem? I hope not. Looks great, thanks for sharing!

  • Annie

    I love cheeseburger pizza! I have to put pickles on mine, though. Love your sauce idea – I once made a cheeseburger pizza with a “secret sauce” type sauce a la thousand island dressing, and it was too rich. Lesson learned!

  • cindy

    I’m so making this and my husband is going to FLIP! He loves jalapenos on his burgers, too…the spicier the better!

  • Jamie

    Thank you for this brilliance! I also recommend the pickles (after trying them on the Papa Murphy’s bacon cheeseburger pizza that they no longer make but was really good). Trust me, cold dill pickle slices on that hot cheesy goodness. And bacon. Yum.

  • Kate

    Oh yes! With pickles and maybe a beer or two sounds like a happy Monday night for me!

  • Caitlin

    Holy crap!! I’ve been meaning to try your “no-knead” pizza dough and now I am going to have to ASAP.. I know the boyfriend will flip out over this recipe, too. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Caroline

    One of my favorite childhood memories is when my dad would pick me up after work and we’d stop by Anthony’s Pizza – I think it’s only available on military bases – and pick up a slice of Bacon, Mushroom, Cheeseburger Pizza. So so good. Can’t wait to try out your version!

  • Amy

    Oh my! I wonder if I will get the ‘Best Girlfriend Ever’ badge from my boy if I roster this onto the dinner schedule in the next week or two? I think the combination of two of his fantasy foods might just be enough to guarantee it 🙂
    Thanks for sharing Tracy, not only will my boy flip over this, but I’m sure my Mum (who has the tastes of a teenage boy) will be just as excited 🙂

  • Beth

    I burst out laughing at the NIgella Lawson bit! Maybe my mind pictured a man wearing her outfit eating from the fridge….and I need to make this gem of a pizza!

  • Jayne

    I love that you are making this for your hubby! Fine, maybe for your carb obsession too. LOL! Sometimes I like to surprise my hubby the same way by mashing together stuff he likes and then watch his face light up. You’re on a bacon roll, lady! Bacon on donuts, bacon on pizza. What are you going to do next?

  • fusilliamy

    Nigella was not shy with the size of her bites either. She just gets me!

    This looks so deliciously satisfying!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    I can’t feel my face.

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Slow clapping over here.
    Heidi xo

  • mrs. cugliani

    i live in italy, land of pizza and pasta (and a whole lotta other good stuff) and i’ve discovered a way to combine the two! my latest topping creation is leftover meat sauce. just spread the sauce on the dough, top with grated mozzarella, a sprinkling of parmesan, bake and mangia bene!

  • Jenn V

    Made this for dinner tonight. Epic. Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂

  • Cate

    oh wow. looks so good, it’s recipes like this that make me curse the fact i live with a vegetarian! x

  • Stacey

    I made this last night and my mind= blown. I’ve tried at least 3 different homemade pizza dough recipes, to no avail. I was apprehensive about this but decided I needed to go balls to the wall and just do it. I’d heard good things about this no-knead recipe, and ol’ Shutterbean has never let me down, so I made it. It was, without a doubt, the very best pizza dough ever. I was so impressed. Thank you so much for helping me overcome my fear of yeast and dough. I dough-minated this.

    • Tracy

      AWESOME! I’m so glad you loved that recipe. It’s my GO-TO and just when I think I’m ready to try something new…NOPE. Can’t.

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    Awesome recipe, thank you! We made this for dinner and adapted it to match our favorite burger (bacon cheese burger with a fried egg).

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