improv cooking challenge: cheeseburger pizza

The ingredient’s for August’s Improv Cooking Challenge are ketchup and mustard. For months I have thought about this flavor combination and could not come up with anything interesting at all to make. The only recipes I could think of was meatloaf, which we’re not big fans of, or cheeseburgers, which we eat quite often. But a cheeseburger felt like a cop out. Fry sauce was too easy as well.

Running out of time to make the recipe, I looked in the fridge and decided I was making something, one way or another. My eyes landed on a tube of refrigerated pizza dough and I knew right away I could put ketchup and mustard, as well as cheeseburger ingredients on top of it.

This recipe will mess with your head. It looks like pizza, but it tastes exactly like a cheeseburger. If you couldn’t see what you were eating, you’d be convinced you were eating an open-faced cheeseburger. While baffling to the brain, it sure was easy on the taste buds. This is delicious. Like eat two slices and go back for a third even though you’re completely stuffed kind of delicious.


Cheeseburger Pizza

A dish determined to confuse your taste buds and deceive your eyes! Cheeseburger pizza looks just like pizza, but tastes just like a cheeseburger!

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 18
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: American
  • Method: Baking


For the Dough:

  • 1 refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp hot sauce

For the Pizza:

  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cheddar or colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/8 cup pickles
  • 6 grape tomatoes, halved


1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Roll out pizza dough to cover a baking sheet or pizza pan.
2. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle garlic powder and Italian seasoning over the entire dough. Sprinkle the edges with the sesame seeds. Pre-bake for 7-8 minutes or until just lightly browned.
3. Meanwhile, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
4. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add the ground beef and cook until almost browned. Add in the onion in the last few minutes, cooking until softened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Spread the sauce over the pre-baked crust. Top with the beef and onion mixture, then the cheeses and finally the pickle slices and grape tomatoes.
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and crispy.
7. Let cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

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I will definitely be making this pizza again!

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