Cheeseburger Pizza is an Instant Favorite for Kids

published Apr 22, 2022
Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe

Combine two mouth-watering favorites in one with cheeseburger pizza.


Prep10 minutes

Cook25 minutes

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A whole pizza with a deconstructed cheeseburger toppings
Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

When you can’t decide if you want burgers or a pizza for dinner, why not have both? This pizza tastes just like your favorite burger. The soft crust is topped with sesame seeds to mimic the bun, and a sauce made from classic burger condiments stands in for tomato sauce.

Once the shredded cheddar cheese is perfectly melted and bubbly on top of the seasoned ground beef, you can have fun with the toppings — just as you would when building your perfect burger. Fresh tomatoes and shredded lettuce add a nice pop and crunch to the pizza, while dill pickles add tang. But because the toppings aren’t baked into the pizza itself, free to offer a toppings bar so everyone can customize their own slice.

What to Serve with Cheeseburger Pizza

Cheeseburger pizza can be served with similar side dishes and beverages you might enjoy with a classic burger. French fries, chips, or a side salad all taste great.

Cheeseburger Pizza Sauce:

Instead of serving this pizza with a traditional Italian-style tomato sauce, this cheeseburger pizza sauce is made with some of the condiments you would normally spread onto your cheeseburger bun. Mayonnaise, ketchup, and a touch of mustard are combined to make a unique sauce for this style of pizza. It may sound a bit strange at first, but when you take that first bite, you will realize this pizza tastes just like a cheeseburger!

Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

Best Cheeseburger Pizza Toppings

Any topping you like on your cheeseburger can also become a topping on a cheeseburger pizza.

  • Fresh tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Dill pickle chips
  • Sliced onion
  • Crispy bacon bits

Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe

Combine two mouth-watering favorites in one with cheeseburger pizza.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 25 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 1 pound

    pizza dough, thawed if frozen

  • Cooking spray

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1 tablespoon


  • 1 teaspoon

    white sesame seeds

  • 1/2

    medium yellow onion

  • 8 ounces

    ground beef chuck (80% lean / 20% fat)

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2


  • 1/4 cup


  • 3 tablespoons


  • 1 teaspoon

    prepared yellow mustard

  • 6 ounces

    mild cheddar cheese

  • 12

    dill pickle chips

  • 8

    cherry tomatoes

  • 1/4 medium head

    iceberg lettuce


  1. If using refrigerated pizza dough, let sit on counter until it comes to room temperature, at least 1 hour.

  2. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Lightly coat a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Place the dough on the pan and gently stretch and press it evenly to the edges. (Alternatively, stretch the dough out on a greased large baking sheet into a 12-inch round.) If the dough is hard to stretch, let it rest for a few minutes before stretching and spreading again.

  3. Place 1 large egg and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Brush the edges of the pizza dough with the egg wash mixture, then sprinkle the edges with 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds.

  4. Finely chop 1/2 medium yellow onion (about 1/2 cup). Place the onion, 8 ounces ground beef chuck, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain off any excess fat.

  5. Place 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons ketchup, and 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Spread evenly onto the base of the dough. Grate 6 ounces mild cheddar cheese on the large holes of a box grater (about 1 1/2 cups). Top the dough with the beef mixture and cheese.

  6. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden-brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, pate 12 dill pickle chips dry with paper towels. Halve 8 cherry tomatoes. Cut 1/4 head iceberg lettuce into thin shreds (about 1 cup).

  7. Top the pizza with the pickle, tomatoes, and lettuce. Cut into slices and serve.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The ground beef mixture can be prepared up to 1 day in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.

Storage: Refrigerate leftover slices, covered, for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a warm skillet.

This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: Cheeseburger Pizza