February 12, 2015

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe

Enjoy all your favorite cheeseburger toppings ... on a pizza! ~ with this delicious Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza recipe.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

At night do you have these wonderful dreams of some kind of sensuous treat?  Not zucchini ... fettuccini ... or bulgur wheat ... but a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat?  Do you dream of a cheeseburger in paradise??

Well, how about we replace that big warm bun with a pizza crust?!  That would make this a Cheeseburger Pizza  in Paradise!  With bacon.  

And I think Jimmy Buffett would approve, my friends.

As my Mom always says, I have a juke box in my head.  Yes, there's pretty much always a song playing in my mind.  It might be a song I've just heard on the radio ... or a hymn from church the past weekend ... or a tune sparked by what someone has just said.  Or, as is the case with this Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza recipe, a song inspired by something I'm eating.  I mean ... seriously ... who is able to eat a cheeseburger without thinking about Jimmy Buffett's famous song, "Cheeseburger in Paradise"?

Certainly  not me!  Nope.  That juke box in my head queues up Jimmy's song in about  a 1/2 a second flat when I hear or see the word 'cheesebuger.'

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

And as Jimmy Buffett says in his famous song ... "a cheeseburger in paradise is heaven on Earth with an onion slice."

Well, let me tell ya, this Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza  is indeed heaven on Earth with an onion slice.

A red onion slice, to be exact.

Okay, so it's actually more like with an entire  red onion, not just a slice.  But I still think Jimmy would be okay with it.

And Jimmy may like his cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato ...

But in this pizza, I replaced that lettuce with ... bacon!

So do you think Jimmy would change his lyrics to "I like mine with bacon  and tomato...?"  It's got a nice ring to it, don't you think?

Now, this pizza still has the big kosher pickle, just like Jimmy sings about on his cheeseburger ... it's just diced up and sprinkled all over this delicious heaven-on-Earth Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Okay, so I know what you're probably thinking ... "Pickles on pizza???"

Yes, pickles on pizza.  And they're oh so good.  

When I first tried it, I had a little trepidation, too.  I mean, you just don't usually see pickles  on pizza.  But, oh my, was I very pleasantly surprised at how amazingly delicious it is!

When the pickles and the ground beef and the bacon and the onion and the melty cheese of this Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza recipe all come together, it's pizza ... and cheeseburger ... divine-ness.  Or as Jimmy Buffett has said, truly heaven on Earth with an onion slice.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Several years ago ... okay, so more like many years ago ... I had the pleasure of seeing Jimmy Buffett in concert.  It was absolutely the most fun concert I've attended.  You just can't help but be happy listening to his classic "Cheeseburger in Paradise" song.

And you just can't help but be happy eating a big juicy cheeseburger, either.  Or ... a nice big slice of Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza.

I think Mr. Jimmy Buffett would approve.  I think he would very much approve.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
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Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
Source:  Adapted from Southern Classics by Hoffman Media
(Printable recipe)

  • 1 batch homemade pizza dough {recipe below} OR 1 store-bought pizza crust
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced in slivers
  • 1/2 c. pizza sauce
  • 1/3 c. diced dill pickle slices
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet. Spread evenly with pizza sauce. Sprinkle with about 1/4 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup cheddar. Evenly sprinkle on cooked ground beef, bacon, and pickles; place tomatoes and onions on top of meat layer. Top with remaining cheese.
  2. Bake at 400 degrees until cheese begins to bubble and brown slightly, about 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

Homemade Pizza Dough
Source:  The pizza dough I've made forever ...

  • 1 c. warm water
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 oz. package active dry yeast
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine warm water, sugar, and yeast in a small bowl to proof the yeast. {Proofing dissolves the yeast and prepares it for use in the dough, as well as proves its active and alive so you know your dough will rise. You should see a bit of foam or tiny bubbles begin to form on the top of the yeast mixture after a few minutes. Use water that is 100-110 degrees F, which means it should feel just slightly warm to your fingers. Hotter water will kill the yeast.}
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the center; pour in yeast mixture and olive oil. Stir until a soft dough forms. Turn the soft dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and springy.
  3. Place dough in a large bowl that's been lightly coated with olive oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in size.
  4. Punch down risen dough and let rest for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands and a rolling pin to gently shape dough into a round or rectangular crust.
  5. Top your pizza and bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.

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  1. And now my mouth is watering! Pinning this for future reference.

  2. My son would love this! I've got to try it - pinning! Stopping by from Best of the Weekend!

  3. I love cheeseburger pizza! I've never made my own before, but I get the one from Buffalo Brother's almost every time I go. Yum! Now I want it. Hah.

  4. This looks delicious! This will be a hit in our house for sure! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party. Pinning to our Monday Funday Pinterest board.

  5. This. Looks. So. Good. Definitely trying out!

  6. YUM! Thanks for sharing at the Create Tuesday link party!

  7. Nothing about this can be wrong!! LOL This sounds absolutely like, well -- you've already said it -- Heaven on Earth with an onion slice! Wonderful recipe.

    Debi @ That Crafty Lunch Lady

  8. YES! I have been dying to get my family on board with pizza flavors that don't involve pepperoni for weeks! I'm totally tempting them with this one :)

  9. Jimmy would approve! This looks delicious!

  10. Oh yum! I never thought about adding in the pickle slices. Whole new level. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is definitely dinner for tomorrow night! Yum! I've got it pinned. Thank you!

  12. Yummo! Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks! Hope to see you again this week! :)

  13. This looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  14. "As I live and breathe!" Well, this will be on the menu this very week. Yum!


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