Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet Pizza.
Yes I’m serious.
This… is pizza. No kidding. Really?
Just trust me here.
At first, the thought of cheeseburger pizza was not especially appetizing to me. I don’t know. Ground beef on my pizza? I just couldn’t get behind it. But the more I thought about it, the idea reminded me of these crockpot cheeseburgers which we freaking loooooove. And, it’s another one of those pizzas that tastes best with all of the fresh stuff on top. Like your typical burger toppings. Strangely enough, it just MAKES the pizza. Which yeah, is strange for me.
You can even add a few chopped onions or pickles on here too. However, I live with a pickle hater. How is that possible? I don’t even understand such ludicrosity but at the same time, it’s perfect because it means that I get all of the pickles in all of the world. And if you’re a mustard hater (again… HOW!?) don’t be too freaked out over the mustard. I served this to two non-mustard people and they both loved it. If you reeeeeally don’t like the yellow stuff you may want to decrease the amount, but the flavor just takes it over the top.
Oh AND! You can even make this Monday-worthy (read: slightly healthier after eating all the things over the weekend) by making a whole wheat crust. I always use lean ground beef and you don’t really need TONS of cheese. (Yes you do.) Plus there are all these vegetables on top of it. I mean, look at all of them. Tons.
Can you even think of a better way to mesh my current pizza and burger infatuations? No. Can’t be done.
Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet Pizza
- 1 1/8 cups warm water
- 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 2/3 cup mustard
- 8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 slices bacon, slightly cooked
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 2 cups butter lettuce, chopped
- In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but it still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 1/2 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.
- After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Sometimes I work in a few more sprinkles of flour if the dough is sticky. This amount of dough yielded 2 pizza crusts for my 12-inch cast iron skillet. If you’re using an 8-inch, you may get 3 doughs, but you also may just want to stick with 2 thicker doughs. Divide the dough evenly in half (or thirds). Place one dough on a well-floured pizza peel and roll into a round about the size of your skillet.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Season the beef with the salt, pepper and onion powder, then add to the skillet and cook until browned, using a wooden spoon to bread the beef into small crumbles, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain any liquid from the skillet. Combine the ketchup and mustard in a small bowl and mix until combined. Note that this sauce makes enough for two pizzas, so use half on each. Remember, the dough MUST be on a well-floured pizza peel (or surface) so you can simply slide the entire thing into the skillet. Spread half of the sauce onto the dough and cover it with a sprinkling of cheddar. Add half of the beef on top, then add another handful of cheese and the bacon. The bacon should only be slightly cooked so it doesn’t burn in the oven.
- Place an oven rack directly under your broiler and preheat your broiler to the highest setting. Additionally, place a cast iron skillet (you can only use cast iron! do not attempt nonstick or stainless.) on the stovetop burner, turning the heat on high. You want to heat the cast iron skillet for 10 minutes. If it begins to smoke a lot, you can reduce the heat a bit. But you want it HOT.
- Place a potholder or thick towel on the handle of the skillet (it will be sooo hot). Carefully slide the pizza into the skillet, dough side down. Don’t worry if a few toppings or pieces of cheese slice onto the surface – it will be totally fine. After about 30 seconds, turn off the burner, grab the skillet and pop it in the oven, right under the broiler. Broil for 1 minute, then using the potholder, grab the handle and rotate 180 degrees, broiling for only 1 more minute. Remove immediately and place on the stovetop. Let cool slightly for about 5 minutes, then use a large spatula to remove the pizza. Cover with the tomatoes (I like to sprinkle some salt and pepper on mine) and chopped lettuce, then slice.
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GAH! I love this.
85 Comments on “Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet Pizza.”
I cannot stop eating pizza… will try this tonight
Being the mom of 4 boys and married for 24 years one thing I can do is recognize guy food. This just screams guy food to me. I have to share this with my budding 17-year-old chef and let him treat his brothers and dad to a guy night. After all what guys don’t love pizza and this just looks extra yummy.
you are so right, guys go crazy for this.
We had this flavour once in Australia as a novelty item! I actually loved it…
So glad you did it. Only thing that could make this better is to put an egg on it.
For that protein boost right?
OMG for real…. this looks insanely good (okay minus the tomatoes) lol ;) I still need to master skillet pizzas.
omgosh girl you must – they seriously take less than 5 mins to cook!
Oldest brother would LOVE me X a million if I made him this. Like go crazy, worship at me feet. It’s incredible.
Yuuuuum. Finally cheeseburgers and pizza together at last.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME.
I need to skillet a pizza, and soon. This looks redonk in the best way.
My head just fell completely off.
I made a skillet pizza a couple weeks ago. LOVE my skillet. Use it all the time. Can’t believe it took me so long to get on the bandwagon but I love it!
this is totally irrelevant, but your cast iron skillet looks so pretty. mine is a hand-me-down from my great grandparents and even though i’ve tried to re-cast it, it still don’t look great.
thanks! mine is only 5 years old but i know what you mean – my mom uses one that is nearly 100 years old!
Have you tried a taco pizza yet? My dad makes a killer one with a sundried tomato pesto base, seasoned ground beef, caramelized onions, bell peppers, olives, tomatoes, avocado, and, of course, cheese. So freaking good.
This is incredible!! We love creative pizzas. There’s a place in Pittsburgh called Fuel and Fuddle and they have a pizza with MASHED POTATOES on it. It’s life changing.
Making this cheeseburger pizza ASAP. Thanks for sharing!
Um, THANK YOU for this recipe. Seriously. There was a pizza place in Boston my old internship would get pizza from, and I LOVED the cheeseburger pizza. I’ve never been able to find another one!
cheeseburger pizza? what the what? i need to make this ASAP.
I’m a fan of bacon cheeseburger pizza, but I’ve only had it in restaurants. I’ve got to try your skillet method. I always forget that’s an option. I know for sure I don’t have any beef or bacon in the fridge, but I want to try a skillet pizza like right now.
Holy yum!! I can’t even begin to imagine how delicious this must be. Printed and we will be having it this week! (My other half just doesn’t know it yet :P)
Wow, Jessica! You would make me a hero with the family with this one!!!
You should try adding chopped pickles!!
Okay, seriously? Seriously!!! I am going to make this.
You created the ultimate man pizza and I love it!
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So you melded 2 things that my husband loves to eat. I’m going to be a superhero when I make this!
Yes my kids will love this!!!
Bacon, burger, and pizza just had a love child and this is it. It’s like the most savory sinful foods have all come together to yell in my face and taunt me. Der goodness, help me!
This is a phenomenal idea…why not eat a bacon cheeseburger in pizza form? I so would love this.
My hubby would flip for this… if he stood a chance getting a slice past me!
oh shoot. my diet is in trouble.
I have yet to try the skillet method to cook pizza, but cheeseburger pizza is totally a favorite in my house! And we definitely include chopped pickles in our toppings!
This sounds unbelievably delicious!
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How wonderful! I think this is definitely lunch today!
Pretty sure you’re the reason I only want to eat pizza and quesadillas.
OH-EM-GEEEEEE this is amazing!
GORGEOUS! And I love that you cook it in a cast iron skillet, I make pizza every Friday night and that is out I do it. Perfect crust every. single. time.
Ooooooooh yeah!! That looks amazing!
No words, just yes!
bookmarked this and I do not bookmark willy nilly–sounds absolutely wonderful and looks gorgeous
My husband would love this! He LOVES hamburg on his pizza, but I’ve never made it from scratch before. :)
This actually looks delish!! I can’t wait to make it for my husband :)
My husband and I LOVE cheeseburger pizza! There’s a nationwide chain restaurant called BJ’s Brewery who makes a killer version! Complete with a special “bigmac” sauce! YUM! Thanks for the great recipe!
Yummy! It looks fantastic Jessica!
I love cast iron pans and must get one…sooner than later.
As always your photos are amazing!
All my heart,
how delicious! I’ve made burger pizzas and calzones. Whip up some special sauce and it’ll be like a Big Mac! http://thethreebiterule.com/restaurant-recreation-big-mac-pizza/
I’m teaching my son to cook some recipes before he heads of to college. … this is the culmination of all that is perfect and Holy in a college students world!!
Wanna share? I’ll give you a slice of my grilled pizza for some of your skillet one. Deal?
Skillet pizza is something I really need to get good at!! Seems to easy!
Holy CRAP! I came back from a mini-vacay in Palm Springs (you would have DIED it was so hot and humid, gah!) and this is what greets me?! It makes my mouth watah! mmmm
I want to eat the whole thing. Since it’s healthy, of course.
Sunday is usually burger night around here, which DH loves…what he doesn’t love is pizza (unless I’m eating it, of course, then he’s all like WHY DO YOU MAKE THE DELICIOUS THINGS FOR YOURSELF). Maybe this pizza will solve my pizza-less nights.
I make my burgers with caramelized onions, fried jalapenos, and blue cheese or ranch dressing and bbq sauce on top…I’m pretty sure that will translate well to this (plus the veggies of course).
I think that just looks so scrumptious!
i might have to make this for my husband’s birthday!