Take your favorite game day burger, and turn it into pizza!! This bacon blue cheese burger pizza is going to be your new game day classic!
Dish Count :: 1 large bowl, 1 stand mixer (or dough whisk), 1-2 Skillet
There is never not a time in my life that a cheeseburger is far from my mind. If you ask me what I’m craving at any given moment, a burger is probably going to be my first answer. I don’t care if it’s a cheap drive through burger with special sauce, or a gourmet creation – the possibilities of burgers are endless, like the possibilities of life. Bet you didn’t think we were going to be getting all deep about burgers so early in the day did ya?!
And even though I love the endless combinations you can have with burgers, there are always three that immediately come to mind when I’m craving one. If I’m in a sweet burger mood, my go-to is a Hawaiian burger with teriyaki sauce and pineapple on top. The other is a bacon blue cheese burger, and lastly the revered and vilified Big Mac. A girl just likes what she likes. But all this weekends packing and chaos for the upcoming move got me in the mood for a burger and pizza simultaneously – and viola – a bacon blue cheese burger pizza was born.
You’re welcome tastebuds.
This pizza has everything, bacon, sin, carbs, cheese, more meat and then topped with piping hot and bubbly awesome. And sometimes it’s exactly what needs to be done.
My favorite thing about making pizza at home is using the pizza stone we have. It takes longer to heat up the oven properly with it, ensuring the stone comes up to proper temperature as well, but it makes all the difference in the world when you’re making pizzas and breads. If you’re feeling daring enough to try breads on this, I suggest going for the Pain de Epi, or what I’ve dubbed fancy-ass baguette for your first try. It’s really not too hard, and working with yeast doesn’t have to be daunting – just use the fresh stuff and make sure the water you bloom your yeast in is between 100-102 degrees. (Yes, that means using a real thermometer.)
Pizzas, burgers and breads are endless – so load up on this sucker for this weekend. I mean, the new week of football starts on Thursday, so you’ve got four whole days of football ahead of you (including college mind you) to load up on all your faves, starting with this one.
Like Pizza? Try these other pizza creations!!
Carnitas Pizza (it comes with mango margaritas, too!)
Bacon Blue Cheese Burger Pizza
1 Recipe Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (from Baked by Rachel)
1/2 pound Ground Beef, cooked through
4 Slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
1/2 Onion, caramelized
8 ounces Crimini Mushrooms, sliced
4 Tbsp Butter, divided for carmelizing mushrooms and onions
1 cup Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing
1/2 cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. *If you're using a pizza stone, let the oven and stone heat for at least one hour prior to baking the pizza, so the stone has time to heat up properly*
Prepare Baked By Rachel's Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, and let rise until doubled in size. Place in a warm, dry place to rise for at least one hour.
While the dough is rising, cook ground beef (drain and then set aside), then cook the bacon (drain, set aside and chop), caramelize onion in 2 Tbsp butter (then set aside), and then caramelize mushrooms with remaining 2 Tbsp butter.
Spread dough out evenly out over a prepared baking sheet or parchment paper. Top pizza dough with blue cheese dressing as a base, then top with ground beef, bacon, mushrooms, and onions. Top with additional blue cheese and mozzarella cheese.
Bake on baking sheet or on pizza stone for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Remove and let rest about 3-4 minutes before slicing. Serve hot.