Cheeseburger Pizza

Cheeseburger Pizza - Ground beef, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions...on a sesame seed crust. |

My husband LOVES making pizza – he grills it in the summer, bakes it in the winter, and comes up with a new flavor combo each time. In this monthly “guest post,” I’m going to sit back, relax, and maybe take the occasional photo while Jeff makes me a pizza and tells you about it. Here he is:

All of my guy friends love pizza, burgers, barbecue, and beer. I am no different . . . I just like to class them up a bit. I brew my own beer, make my own pizza (you’ve read about many of them), smoke my own meats, and try every joint in the greater Detroit area claiming “voted best burger”. With this pizza, I decided to do a fusion. Behold the cheeseburger pizza.

Cheeseburger Pizza - Ground beef, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions...on a sesame seed crust. |

If you are like me, you like classic burgers. I am talking about the ones made at bowling alleys and little holes-in-the-wall. These are places where handmade patties are caramelized and sesame seed buns are toasted on a large flat-top griddle. They usually come with only the basics – cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions.

Cheeseburger Pizza - Ground beef, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions...on a sesame seed crust. |

I achieved the toasted sesame seed bun feel by using a pizza stone to brown off the pizza crust before brushing it with melted garlic butter and sprinkling with sesame seeds. Think deconstructed Big Mac bun.

Pizza stones are a wonderful product because they help to achieve that wood-fired oven feel without spending a couple grand. You simply throw the pizza stone in the oven as it preheats (usually to a high temperature like 450 degrees F) and once the oven comes up to temp you put the freshly stretched dough down and stick it back in.

Cheeseburger Pizza - Ground beef, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions...on a sesame seed crust. |

I replicated the burger condiment mixture of ketchup and mustard by making a sauce for drizzling. I mixed equal parts ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise with a little splash of hot sauce. Think a riff on Big Mac sauce. I hope you enjoy combining my favorite foods and indulging in this creation.

Cheeseburger Pizza - Ground beef, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions...on a sesame seed crust. |

Cheeseburger Pizza

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 ball of pizza dough, store-bought or homemade
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 large tomato, choppped
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/3 cup thin-sliced bread and butter pickles


  1. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees F. While preheating, toss and stretch pizza dough into a circle. Once preheated, place dough on pizza stone and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until meat is browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  3. In small bowl, stir together butter and garlic powder. When pizza crust is golden brown, remove from oven and brush with garlic butter. Spoon beef mixture over crust, making sure to leave the outer 1/2-inch of crust bare. Sprinkle cheese over meat. Sprinkle sesame seeds onto edge of crust. Return pizza to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  4. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and Tabasco sauce.
  5. Remove pizza from the oven; top with tomato, lettuce and pickles. Drizzle with ketchup mixture and serve immediately.



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  1. I’ve never been a fan of “salad pizza” but I admit I’m intrigued and I like the sesame seed crust.

  2. I would like to make a pesto and pine nut pizza.

  3. I’d make a tomato, basil, pesto pizza! It’s one of my families favorites!

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  4. traditional basil, tomato and mozzarella

  5. I might make a veggie and mozzarella pizza first,but I would definitely try your cheeseburger pizza soon!

  6. I would love to make rosemary chicken pizza

  7. I like making pizza blanco, so I’d make that
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  8. Probably a classic, like pepperoni! But I want to put brussels sprouts on pizza too!

  9. I would make a whole wheat crust with spinach, artichoke and feta!

  10. I would make our regular homemade pizza with goat cheese and prosciutto yummy

  11. Hamburger, bacon and provel cheese

  12. I would make a pizza marinara with fresh mozzarella and homemade pizza sauce; I would use Lahey’s no-knead crust likely :p

  13. I would make a white pizza with broccoli… I’ve been craving one lately! The CB pizza looks good – might need to give that a try as well!

  14. I would make a mushroom, green pepper and onion pizza

  15. Cheese and italian sausage

  16. Margarita pizza… so good!

  17. I would love my own pizza stone. We have one at home but I will be starting a life on my own soon…I’d love to make a Thai chicken pizza!

  18. I would make a pizza with goat cheese, uncured pepperoni and all my favorite veggies.

  19. I would make this pizza, because it looks so delicious!

  20. I love salad pizza, you’re recipe looks fascinating! We like to let our kids top their own pizzas when we make our own, which reminds me… hmmm… haven’t done that in a LONG time!

  21. I would go with a Greek Pizza…Thin layer of olive oil, garlic, fresh spinach, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, pine nuts, mozzarella and a sprinkle of fresh basil.

  22. I’d make a white pizza

  23. This looks so good, could I have three slices please!!

  24. I would totally make this! That sesame seed crust is killing me!!

  25. OMG, so let me get this straight…you and Jeff are BOTH fab in the kitchen? WOW…I am a tad green with envy!

    Love this post and recipe, Jeff. Kudos. Not only are you smart enough to marry Lori, but you, also, are very creative in the kitchen. 🙂

  26. I get your email updates at jefflammers at rocketmail dot com.

  27. I’d start with a Margherita pizza!

  28. I would make a bbq chicken pizza

  29. I’d love to make a veggie pizza.

  30. I’d love to make a vegetable pizza.


  32. I would make a Spinach and Feta White Pizza. Thanks!

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