Monday, February 1, 2010

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

We love pizza! I like to use my pizza stone (I start it preheating early so it is plenty hot by the time I'm ready to bake the pizza). I assemble the pizza on a peel, then slide it off the peel onto the hot stone. That way, I get a nice, crisp crust that doesn't sag when I hold my slice of pizza to eat it.

• Pizza dough (using favorite recipe)
• 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper
• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 jar (10 ounces) sun-dried tomato pesto
• 1 large red onion, chopped
• 1/4 cup bacon bits
• 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
• 1 cup (4 ounces) sharp shredded cheddar cheese

• Prepare pizza dough. Set aside to rise (or make in advance and let rise slowly in fridge).
• In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the beef, garlic and pepper until meat is no longer pink; drain.
• On a floured surface, roll dough into a 15-in. circle. Transfer to a greased 14-in. pizza pan. Build up edges slightly. Prick dough thoroughly with a fork. Bake at 450°F for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
• Sprinkle crust with Parmesan cheese. Top with pesto, meat mixture, onion, bacon bits, and mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.


  1. How would you recommend someone try this without a pizza peel? Do I just prepare the pizza on parchment paper and transfer it that way? My kids like bacon cheeseburgers, so it could be fun to see if I can get them to eat a different type of pizza.

  2. I used to use parchment before I had a peel. It works--you still get a crisp crust. If you don't prefer a crisp crust, just bake it in a pizza pan instead of on a stone. However you usually make your pizzas should work just fine.

  3. I made it today. I thought it was tasty. I couldn't find the pesto in the stores, so I made my own from a recipe Valerie told me about. It was fun to use my food processor on that one, too. As Bryce said, it was quite loaded. You can get quite full on just one piece of pizza. And my children wouldn't even try a piece. Oh, well, that leaves more for me and Bryce.