Mini BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Bites

cheeseburger pizza - finalSometimes I feel like eating a burger and sometimes I feel like eating pizza but there are times when I want both at the same time but that’s just going way overboard with calories. Well, in this last of the three-part series on Trader Joe’s pizza dough in a muffin tin, I’ve experimented with a BBQ Cheeseburger Pizza with Apple Smoked Bacon which hits the spot. It’s a perfect combination of what I love about burgers, bacon, cheese, meat, and bbq sauce and what I love about pizza with a chewy crust and lots of melty cheese.cheeseburger pizza - closeup1

The best part of this recipe is basically using leftovers to make a new dish. For Asian cuisine, you can turn anything into fried rice. For western dishes, it’s either a frittata or a quiche. But I dare to venture and say, leftovers actually taste better on a pizza because cheese is much better than eggs, especially when it’s hot and melty and stringy. I’ve covered the many techniques of using Trader Joe’s pizza dough in the traditional Pizza Muffin and Chicken Sausage & Mushroom Breakfast Pizza recipes.cheeseburger pizza - closeup2

For today, we will be using leftover ground beef, chopped bacon, bbq sauce, and your favorite cheese. Trader Joe’s sells three different types of pizza dough and I think the wheat pizza dough matches the burger the best. I also picked up their Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon which I chopped up and pan fried until crispy. The mesquite seasoning is optional – only if you want more of a smokey flavor to your burger pizza. As for the cheese, you can use any type of cheese that you like. I prefer to have cheddar with my burger so I am using the shredded cheese blend with mozzarella, jack, and cheddar. Shredded cheese is much easier to use than sliced or block cheese for this type of recipe. Lastly, to give it some ‘freshness’, I added chopped green onions but you can substitute with red onions, grilled onions, or onion strings if you like.   cheesebuger pizza - dipping

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 cup cooked ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked chopped bacon
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp mesquite seasoning (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded 3-cheese mixcheeseburger pizza - ingredients

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Bites
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 pizzas
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Combine the best of both worlds, have a burger and a pizza at the same time with our BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Bites
Ingredients
  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 cup cooked ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked chopped bacon
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp mesquite seasoning (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded 3-cheese mix
Instructions
  1. Prepare pizza dough according to package
  2. Divide dough into 16 equal balls (less dough, more filing)
  3. Grease muffin tin with butter
  4. Flatten each dough into rounds
  5. Press into muffin tin
  6. Add 1 tbsp of bbq sauce into each dough
  7. Scatter some ground beef, bacon, green onions
  8. Add a dash of mesquite seasoning
  9. Generously sprinkle cheese on top of each cheeseburger pizza
  10. Bake at 425°F for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and browned

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2 comments

  1. min pan says:

    Did it and it turned our very well. But I’d like to know what did you dip the cooked muffin into? I hope it’s not mayo!

    • Mike Hsu says:

      I dipped into ranch dressing 🙂 You can also try blue cheese dressing. And NO, not mayo!

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