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Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

February 13, 2013

Making pizza at home is a great way to make a quick and tasty dinner that my husband and I can both enjoy.  Ok, so we cheat a bit and use a pre-made pizza crust most of the time, but hey, when you come home from a long day, that’s just another long day in a string of long days at work, and the pickings seem slim for a flavorful, and quick dinner option, sometimes you have to help yourself and use pre-made store-bought items.  Just because you’re using pre-made pizza crust doesn’t mean you aren’t still personalizing the pizza with your own ingredients and your own toppings.  And what better way to make an indulgent pizza than to load it up with ingredients that you’d find in another indulgent food item – a greasy, yummy cheeseburger.  Put the two together and you’ve got yourself a delicious and unique cheeseburger pizza.

boboli

Start with your store-bought pizza crust.  There’s nothing wrong, in my opinion, with using store-bought pizza crust.  Sometimes, you have neither the time, nor the energy to scratch make everything for your meal, so why not use a little help?

bacon

Fry up some bacon in a skillet.  This is a bacon cheeseburger pizza after all, so you’re going to need some of the good stuff.  As this is a topping for your pizza, it’s best get the bacon nice and crispy.  You’re going to need to put the pizza in the oven to finish it off.  If you have lightly cooked bacon, it’s just going to end up limp on top of your pizza.  When the bacon is nice and crispy, drain it on a paper towel lined plate.  Once cool, crumble it into bite-sized pieces and set it aside until later.

onions

It’s time to dice up a medium-sized onion and caramelize it in a skillet.  The caramelized onion adds nice flavor to the pizza.  Just a little bit of butter or oil in a hot skillet, add the onions, a little bit of salt and allow the  onions to cook in the skillet until they are nice and translucent and brown.

ground beef

It’s time for the hamburger meat.  In a separate skillet, brown some ground beef.  Allow the ground beef to brown.  Drain off any excess fat after you’ve browned the beef.

add bacon to ground beef

To your browned ground beef, throw in the bacon crumbles that you have set aside.  We’re going to mix the ground beef and the bacon together so that we get a bit of bacon and beef in every slice of the pizza.  Once incorporated, set it aside until we’re ready to assemble the pizza.

lettuce and tomatoes

Only a few more steps left now.  A bacon cheeseburger is more than just meat, you need the other fixings for the cheeseburger as well, namely, the veggies.  You have your grilled onions.  Now you’ll need tomatoes and lettuce as well.  Shred some iceberg lettuce and dice up tomatoes.  Set them aside since we’ll use them at the very end.

thousand island

Last step before we can assemble our pizza is to make the sauce.  Now, every pizza needs a sauce.  However, marinara sauce would be a little funky on a bacon cheeseburger pizza.  So, instead of red sauce, we are making thousand island sauce to go on our pizza.  Thousand island sauce can be found on many cheeseburger so it’s natural to use it here as the sauce for our pizza.  Either make your own thousand island sauce as we did here, or use some store-bought thousand island in a bottle.

spread sauce on crust

Time to assemble the pizza.  Start with the pizza dough and the sauce.  Use the thousand island sauce as a base layer on your pizza crust, much as you’d do with marinara sauce.  Just put down a thin layer of sauce right onto the crust.  The sauce will also act as a sort of “glue” to keep the meat on the pizza.

add bacon beef

Next step is to layer on the ground beef/bacon mixture onto the crust.  Make sure the meat mixture covers every inch of the crust so that you get ground beef/bacon in every bite you take.  The grilled onions come next and go right n top of the ground beef/bacon mixture.

add mozzarella

Now comes time for the cheese.  This is a bacon cheeseburger pizza, after all.  Traditionally, you’d use mozzarella on a pizza because it goes well with marinara and melts easily.  But, for a cheeseburger, you’d normally see American cheese or cheddar cheese.  So, we decided to use a combination of both shredded mozzarella and shredded cheddar cheese.  Just a light sprinkling of shredded mozzarella first.

add cheddar cheese

Then shredded cheddar cheese on top of the mozzarella.  Both cheddar and mozzarella melt quickly and evenly.  Once the cheese is on, it’s time to put your pizza in the oven.  This will only take a few minutes under high heat.

pizza

As the pizza crust is already pre-baked, and your ground beef and bacon are already fully cooked, as is your grilled onions, all you need to wait for is to have the crust get golden brown, and to have the cheese on top of the pizza to melt and get bubbly.  Therefore, after 8-10 minutes in the oven, your pizza will be ready to go.

thousand island to lettuce and tomatoes

While the pizza is in the oven, it’s time to prepare the lettuce and the tomatoes you cut up earlier.  In a separate bowl. combine the shredded lettuce and the diced tomatoes.  Add in a couple of spoonfuls of the same thousand island sauce you used earlier as sauce on the pizza.  Again, this thousand island sauce is going to act as a sort of “glue” for the lettuce and tomatoes.

veggies

You’re going to create a bit of a salad of thousand island sauce, lettuce and tomatoes that you’ll eventually top your pizza with.  This is how you get the veggies onto your bacon cheeseburger pizza.  Just mix up the thousand island sauce, lettuce and tomatoes together until they are combined and the lettuce and tomatoes are coated in the thousand island sauce.cheeseburger pizza

 

When your bacon cheeseburger pizza comes out of the oven, take your lettuce and tomato “salad” and put it right on top of pizza.  Slice up your pizza and you’re ready to go.  20-30 minutes from start to finish to put together your bacon cheeseburger pizza.  It’s a pizza, but not a pizza.  It’s a bacon cheeseburger, but not a bacon cheeseburger.  It’s the perfect combination of two guilty pleasures in an easy-to-make, quick, and yummy weeknight dinnertime meal.  Oh so good, and yummy too!

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