Cook It Your Damn Self: Cheeseburger Pizza

Photo Courtesy: Dan Vaillancourt
Photo Courtesy: Dan Vaillancourt

By DaVince “Dino” Wright

Have you ever wanted to make your own pizza? Have you ever ordered a pizza and waited 35-45 minutes only to be disappointed when it arrives? You order a larger hamburger pizza and it looks like a medium with no meat! Here’s my take on this guaranteed family favorite saves more than 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, and nearly 670 milligrams of sodium over the leading fast-food cheeseburger pizza. I’m sure you can put your own twist to this. My kids love it! Enjoy!

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 wedges)
Total time: 22 Minutes

4 ounces 90% lean ground sirloin
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
2 tablespoons unsalted ketchup
1 (10-ounce) prepared whole-wheat pizza crust (such as Boboli)
2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
1 ounce reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
1 plum tomato, thinly sliced
10 dill pickle chips (about 1 1/2 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. While oven preheats, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, and salt to pan; cook 3 minutes or until beef is browned. Remove pan from heat.
3. Combine mayonnaise and ketchup in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Spread mayonnaise mixture over crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Spread beef mixture evenly over mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle cheeses over beef. Top evenly with tomato slices and pickles; sprinkle evenly with pepper. Bake at 450° for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Cut pizza into 8 wedges.