Cheeseburger Pizza

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"Two all beef patties, special sauce..." If those words resonate with you, then you'll love this pizza. Talk about a fun way to enjoy the flavors of America's iconic fast-food burger (beef, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, sesame seeds AND special sauce) — all without a trip to the drive-through!

Cheeseburger Pizza

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Published: 11/30/2012



  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 teaspoons Pizza Dough Flavor, optional but delicious
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons to 1 cup + 2 tablespoons lukewarm water*
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, optional; for the bottom of the crust
  • *Use the lesser amount in summer (or in a humid environment), the greater amount in winter (or in a dry climate), and somewhere in between the rest of the year, or if your house is climate controlled.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium-large onion, peeled and diced
  • dill pickle slices
  • 12 slices yellow American cheese
  • shredded lettuce


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup green pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika*
  • *Substitute smoked or hot paprika, if desired; your choice.

Tips from our bakers

  • Can you leave off the pickles? Substitute a different kind of cheese? Use ground turkey instead of beef? Of course; you won't get the same result, but each to his own, right?


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1) To make the crust: Combine all of the ingredients (except the sesame seeds) and mix and knead to make a smooth, soft dough, using a stand mixer, bread machine, or your hands.

2) Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or large 8-cup measure (or leave it in the bread machine), and let it rise until it's very puffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

3) Spray a large rimmed baking sheet (a 13" x 18" half sheet pan is perfect) with non-stick vegetable oil spray. Sprinkle sesame seeds into the pan, if desired; they're there to mimic the burger's "sesame seed bun."

4) Gently deflate the risen dough, and stretch it into an oval in your hands. Plop the oval onto the baking sheet, and press it towards the edges. When it starts to fight back, walk away for 15 minutes. When you return, you should be able to press it to the edges and nearly into the corners. If you can't, give it another short rest, and try again. You want the dough to cover as much of the pan's bottom as possible (without making yourself too crazy about it).

5) Cover the dough, and let it rise until puffy, about 90 minutes. While the dough is rising, prepare the toppings. Season the ground beef with 3/4 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon salt, and fry until brown; drain off the fat. Dice the onions, and shred the lettuce.

6) To make the sauce: Combine all of the ingredients, mixing until smooth. Refrigerate until you're ready to use.

7) Towards the end of the dough's rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.

8) Bake the crust for 10 minutes, or until it's a very light golden brown.

9) Remove the crust from the oven, and top it with the diced onion, then the ground beef. Return the pizza to the oven, and bake for 10 minutes.

10) Remove the pizza from the oven, and top with the pickle slices, then the sliced cheese. Return it to the oven, and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the crust are brown.

11) Remove the pizza from the oven, and spread with the sauce. Finally, sprinkle with the shredded lettuce. Serve immediately.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings.


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  • star rating 01/16/2013
  • Lucy from Cape Cod
  • I made this recipe last weekend for my resident fast food lover (and his father). I followed the recipe and ended up with an absolutely perfect pizza in every way. It was delicious and tasted EXACTLY like the burger you were trying to replicate right down to the special sauce. The crust was crispy/crunchy and the toppings were fresh & delicious -- a homemade fast food Big Burger... on a pizza! STUPENDOUS! I've promised my son that I'll make this next time his posse of friends come over. They'll love it too.
  • star rating 01/12/2013
  • David from Bloomington MN
  • This was outstanding. The crust was crisp on the bottom and the toppings and sauce were far better than expected. This is definitely going to be a go to recipe.
  • star rating 01/12/2013
  • Cindy from Sioux Falls, SD
  • This is very fun. Tastes like the inspiration - very good. I thought the dough amount was perfect, and the sesame seeds added a lot. My son suggested adding some tomato slices or pieces. I put the sauce in the pancake pen that I just purchased from this site and it worked really well to drizzle the sauce evenly over the pizza. I think the smoked paprika I used in the sauce helped give it a smoky grilled flavor. Dough recipe is great, too.
  • star rating 01/10/2013
  • LavenderLady from Colorado
  • I thought there was way too much dough for this recipe. But maybe that's just me; I do prefer a thinner crust. The pizza tasted good though. My hubby said the 'secret sauce' was spot-on.
  • star rating 01/09/2013
  • Wooby from KAF Community
  • Ok...the dough is amazing....I may use it for rolls...but I digress. Instead of a big pizza, I made hand pies...toppings on the lettuce..baked till golden and smelling awesome. Used the sauce for dipping. My Grandson loved these and is keen to take them for lunch. I put a bunch in the freezer...and I'm guessing they will be almost as good cold as hot. I knew our little family couldn't eat a big this worked out great and now we have freezer food as a bonus. Do try this's really, really good!

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