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Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

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Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza combines two family favorites into one recipe. Thin crust pizza topped with melted cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, ground beef, thick-cut bacon, red onion, diced tomatoes, and melty mozzarella cheese is a fun addition to pizza night!

Check out this How to make Homemade Pizza post for detailed instructions and recipes for making pizzeria quality pizza at home.

Close-up image of a sliced bacon cheeseburger pizza topped with cheese, beef, bacon, tomato, and barbecue sauce on a blue plate.

Recipe Inspiration

I was craving a bacon cheeseburger…..you know, my favorite food group. So I was digging through a stack recipes that had piled up on the counter looking for my hamburger buns recipe. I pulled out the dough machine, poured in the ingredients, put it in the machine, and realized that there were no eggs…..wait, what did I just make? Pizza Dough…..crap…now what?

Okay, I’m going to go take a shower. Is it just me or is the shower a great place to think? Maybe it is the steam from the hot water, or the rumble of the exhaust vent…..DUH…..I will make Bacon Cheeseburger….. PIZZA!!! I already had all of the ingredients, I just needed to adjust how they were put together! Best mistake ever!!

What you will need

Ingredients to make bacon cheeseburger pizza.

Recipe updated August 2022 with new images and simplified recipe instructions.

  • Homemade Pizza dough OR Italian Pizza dough are the best and freshest options. You can also purchase dough from your local pizza parlor and the grocery store.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese around the edge of the pizza dough gives this recipe an extra special twist of flavor and makes it taste more like a cheeseburger.
  • Barbecue Sauce is my favorite burger topping so it was an obvious choice for this pizza. Bourbon and Brown Sugar is my favorite, but any flavor will work. Feel free to substitute pizza sauce if you prefer…but you really should try the barbecue sauce.
  • Pre-cooked ground beef and thick-cut bacon pieces can be made ahead of time and placed on top right before cooking.
  • Thinly sliced red onion and diced Roma tomato add to the authenticity of a “cheeseburger pizza”, and mozzarella cheese holds it all together.

Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below

Looking down on a sliced bacon cheeseburger pizza cut into eight slices with chili flakes and barbecue sauce on the side.

How to make Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Place baking stone in the center of the oven, and preheat oven to 500 degrees F one hour before baking.

Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces and cook in a large skillet. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Wipe out the bacon grease and brown the ground beef in the same skillet leaving large pieces when breaking it apart. Drain off excess fat and set aside.

Place pizza dough on a sheet of parchment paper and press into an 11 to 12-inch circle. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese around the edge.

Pizza dough circle on a parchment paper with a ring of grated cheddar cheese around the edge.

Alternate method – cover a pizza peel or flat baking sheet with cornmeal, to prevent the dough circle from sticking.

Spread barbecue sauce around the center of the circle. Do not worry if some of the shredded cheese gets caught in the sauce.

Pizza dough circle with barbecue sauce spread in the center and grated cheddar cheese around the edge.

Sprinkle ground beef and bacon pieces over sauce.

Cooked ground beef and bacon slices surrounded by grated cheddar cheese on a pizza dough circle.

Spread the onion slices and diced tomatoes evenly over the top of the meat.

Thin red onion slices and diced tomato on top of the meat on a cheddar cheese edged pizza circle.

Sprinkle the mozzarella (and any remaining cheddar) over the top of the pizza.

Shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the bacon cheeseburger pizza dough.

Carefully slide a pizza peel under the parchment paper, then slide onto the preheated baking stone. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.

Looking down on a baked bacon cheeseburger pizza on parchment paper.

Allow pizza to cool for a few minutes and drizzle with additional barbecue sauce. Cut into 8 slices and serve.

Two slices of bacon cheeseburger pizza on a blue plate with bowls of barbecue sauce and chili flakes on the side.

recipe adjustments

  • This recipe originally had six, baked onion rings instead of the red onion. If using, cook according to the package directions and add to the baked pizza right before serving.
  • As you can see in the image below, the diced tomato was added along with 0.5-cup of shredded lettuce to the finished pizza.
Bacon cheeseburger pizza topped with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes sitting on a cutting board.

It may have started out a mistake, but it turned into a very happy surprise!

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Cook the bacon only until cooked through, and not extra-crispy. The bacon will continue cooking in the oven.
  • I poured a small amount of barbecue sauce into a zipper-topped bag then snipped off the end to drizzle sauce over the finished pizza.
  • It is best to work with room temperature pizza dough. If dough shrinks, it is too cold. Allow to rest for five to ten minutes and try again.

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Close-up image of a sliced bacon cheeseburger pizza topped with cheese, beef, bacon, tomato, and barbecue sauce on a blue plate.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza combines two family favorites into one recipe with cheddar cheese crust, barbecue sauce, beef, bacon, mozzarella.
5 from 1 vote
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheeseburger pizza
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 752kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Baking Stone

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pizza dough
  • 0.5 cup cheddar cheese finely shredded
  • 0.5 cup barbecue sauce plus more to drizzle
  • 6 ounces ground beef
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
  • .25 cup red onion slices
  • 1 large Roma tomato diced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Place baking stone in the center of the oven, and preheat oven to 500 degrees F one hour before baking.
  • Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces and cook in a large skillet. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  • Wipe out the bacon grease and brown the ground beef in the same skillet leaving large pieces when breaking it apart. Drain off excess fat and set aside.
  • Place pizza dough on a sheet of parchment paper and press into an 11 to 12-inch circle. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese around the edge. Alternate method – cover a pizza peel or flat baking sheet with cornmeal, to prevent the dough circle from sticking.
  • Spread barbecue sauce around the center of the circle. Do not worry if some of the shredded cheese gets caught in the sauce.
  • Sprinkle ground beef and bacon pieces over sauce. Spread the onion slices and diced tomatoes evenly over the top of the meat.
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella (and any remaining cheddar) over the top of the pizza.
  • Carefully slide a pizza peel under the parchment paper, then slide onto the preheated baking stone. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.
  • Allow pizza to cool for a few minutes and drizzle with additional barbecue sauce. Cut into 8 slices and serve.

Notes

  • Homemade Pizza Dough recipe
  • Italian Pizza Dough recipe
  • Cook the bacon only until cooked through, and not extra-crispy. The bacon will continue cooking in the oven.
  • I poured a small amount of barbecue sauce into a zipper-topped bag then snipped off the end to drizzle sauce over the finished pizza.
  • It is best to work with room temperature pizza dough. If dough shrinks, it is too cold. Allow to rest for five to ten minutes and try again.
  • This recipe originally had six, baked onion rings instead of the red onion. If using, cook according to the package directions and add to the baked pizza right before serving.
  • The original recipe also had raw diced tomato instead of cooked, and 0.5-cup of shredded lettuce added just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1638mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 4mg

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5 Comments

  1. Onion rings on a pizza? Gurl, you crazy…I love it!!! I must confess, I make pizzas all the time…I have never successfully pulled off a pizza peel transfer. Never. It’s like my oven is a black hole, sucking the laws of physics into its vortex. It’s okay, I’ve come to terms with it.

    Found your site via Wicked Good Wednesdays ~ see you around :o)

  2. Haha what a great solution!!! I agree, shower is the best place to think! Your pizza looks amazing, thanks a lot for sharing your mouthwatering recipes on my link up!!!

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