A Papa John’s copycat recipe, this Cheeseburger Pizza is topped with a special sauce, ground beef, mozzarella, pickles, and onion.

We LOVE our pizzas here at TBFS, so don’t miss our popular BBQ Chicken, Chicken Alfredo, or pesto veggie pizza!

Cheeseburger Pizza baked and cut into slices.

My husband insisted on ordering Papa John’s Cheeseburger Pizza one day, and while it’s not the type of pizza I would have ordered, I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did, cause it’s a new favorite. Something about the sauce, crumbled meat, and pickle combo on crispy pizza crust is just spot on!

Like my other copycat recipes, I knew immediately I wanted to make my own version!

How to make Cheeseburger Pizza:

  • Make the pizza dough. Our easy recipe has basic ingredients and gets rave reviews. Pre-bake the dough for 6 minutes.
  • Cook ground beef: in a skillet over medium heat, browning and breaking up into small pieces until it’s cooked through.
  • Mix the sauce: combine pizza sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
Cheeseburger pizza sauce ingredients in a bowl, ready to mix together.
  • Top the pizza: Spread sauce on pre-baked pizzas, sprinkle a small amount of cheese on top of the sauce, sprinkle ground beef and onion on top of the cheese and spread desired number of pickle slices on the pizza. Top with additional cheese.
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes
Two process photos for spreading sauce on pizza crust, then adding Cheeseburger Pizza toppings.

Recipe Variations:

  • Add French fries: top the pizza with precooked french fries before baking. Don’t judge until you’ve tried it!
  • Add hot sauce to sauce: sprinkle hot sauce on the final product or mix some in with the sauce before spreading on the pizza.
  • Add other “burger” toppings: cooked bacon pieces, peppers, different cheeses, onion rings.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: Completely make the pizza dough, including pre-baking it in the oven for 6 minutes. Top with cheeseburger pizza toppings, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours, until ready to bake your pizza.

To Freeze: Assemble pizza on partially pre-baked crust. Cover well and freeze for up to 2 months. Bake as directed, from frozen, adding a few minutes to the cook time.

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Recipe

Cheeseburger Pizza baked and cut into slices.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 mins
Total 23 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 recipe pizza dough (makes 2)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 5-6 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup sliced dill pickle coins
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion

For the cheeseburger pizza sauce:

  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup mustard
  • 1.5 Tablespoons mayonnaise

Instructions
 

  • Make the pizza dough.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Roll out/stretch pizza dough and pre-bake the dough for 6 minutes.
  • Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, browning and breaking up into small pieces until it's cooked through. Remove grease.
  • Combine pizza sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
    Cheeseburger pizza sauce ingredients in a bowl, ready to mix together.
  • Spread sauce on pre-baked pizzas. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese on top of the sauce. Sprinkle ground beef and onion on top of the cheese and spread desired number of pickle slices on the pizza. Top with additional cheese. Bake for 8-12 minutes
    Two process photos for spreading sauce on pizza crust, then adding Cheeseburger Pizza toppings.

Notes

Variations:

  • Add French fries: top the pizza with precooked french fries before baking. Don’t judge until you’ve tried it!
  • Add hot sauce to sauce: sprinkle hot sauce on the final product or mix some in with the sauce before spreading on the pizza.
  • Add other “burger” toppings: cooked bacon pieces, peppers, different cheeses, onion rings
Make Ahead Instructions: Completely make the pizza dough, including pre-baking it in the oven for 6 minutes. Top with cheeseburger pizza toppings, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours, until ready to bake your pizza.
Freezing Instructions: Assemble pizza on partially pre-baked crust. Cover well and freeze for up to 2 months. Bake as directed, from frozen, adding a few minutes to the cook time.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 16gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 626mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 303IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This just took our Friday night, pizza night to a whole new level. My kids love cheeseburger pizza (it’s not my favorite) so I don’t make it very often. I honestly haven’t found a recipe that’s worth keeping. I’ve had great success with your recipes, so I thought I would give it a try. I swear to you, my kids thought it was take out. It was so good! For me, it was the sauce. I followed your advice and added a little hot sauce and OMG! We all loved it!