The 1000 Island Sauce on the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza is an homage to my love of 1000 Island dressing on burgers! Cheeseburger Pizza is a family favorite!
For Christmas Gifts this year, I thought it would be nice to gift my family their favorite foods! Little Sons’ favorite food, hands down is, what else? Pizza! So for every month of the year I will make him a different pizza.
I got the photos and inspiration for some of the flavors from Google images for the card.
Now it’s slightly convenient that my sons favorite is pizza. Being that my lineage is Germanic, pizzas are not really in my comfort zone. I saw a grilled pizza that Giada de Laurnetiis had made in a magazine that was very random! It wasn’t round or oval, rectangular or square. It was just random. Of course, she’s Italian, and she’s Giada, so no one will think twice! My long winded point being, I really need some practice with pizza dough so hopefully, by the end of 2015, I will have mastered the technique!
This month’s flavor, as you may have gathered from the title was Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza.
I wanted to come up with something different. I looked at over 100’s recipes on the internet. Some very interesting ideas, ketchup and mustard sauce, dill pickle, pizza sauce, lots of varieties. I stewed on it for a few days, trying to think of what we love on cheeseburgers. I finally came up with 1000 Island dressing.
When I make something that I think someone won’t be a big fan of, I usually make a variation that I know everyone will like. Especially if it’s a new recipe that may be slightly ‘unusual’. I made 4 small pizzas, 2 deep dish and two thin crust.
How to Make Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
If you have a bread maker, it is great for making dough. In fact, even when making breads, I only use the bread machine for dough. I don’t like the shape, or the fact that the paddle ruins one end of the bread.
My friend has a farm in Naples, NY called Flint and Steel Farm. She grew this garlic last year and it is just delicious! Very fragrant and mild. It’s called ‘Music’. I am definitely growing some this year!
Heat oil in a large frying pan, over very high heat. Brown ground beef.
Add onion when meat is almost browned. Stir occasionally for a few minutes.
Add garlic. Stir for a few more minutes and remove from heat.
When bacon is browned, drain on paper towel.
until a thick paste forms.
Mix Garlic paste, pickle relish, mayonnaise and ketchup. Add salt and pepper.
Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
I used a jarred tomato sauce and added, garlic powder, oregano, basil and parsley. Mix thoroughly. Heat on low.
Grate cheeses. I used Parmesan, Muenster, Sharp Cheddar and Mozzarella.
Once dough has risen. Remove to a floured board.
Punch down dough. Quarter and shape into rounds.
Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rise, in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
Oil pan lightly for deep dish. Press dough into pan.
Add muenster, then cheddar. Top with bacon bits.
Finally top with mozzerella.
Bake until bubbly and nice and brown.
Procedure is the same for a thin crust except you roll and stretch your dough out on a floured board. Then place on a peel or a flat cookie sheet dusted with corn meal. Build the pizza and transfer to oven. Bake for 15 minutes or so, again, until bubbly and browned. This Chicken Florentine Pizza is amazing, too!
Other delicious Pizzas on Binky’s Culinary Carnival
- Chicken Florentine Pizza
- Lobster Pizza
- Thin Crust Grilled Chicken Pizza
- Tuna Pizza
- Deep Dish Breakfast Pizza
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Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
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Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza with 1000 Island OR Tomato Sauce
- Pizza Dough - see recipe below
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for greasing pans
- 1 1/4 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1000 Island Dressing -
- 1/4 c grated parmesan
- 1/2 cup grated muenster cheese
- 2 cups grated cheddar
- 3 cups grated mozzarella
For Pizza Dough for Bread Maker (Makes enough dough for 4 9" deep dish pies)
- 1 1/2 cup warm water , 100°F to 110°F
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 1/4 cups flour
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp yeast
For 1000 Island Sauce (Makes enough Sauce for half of the dough)
- 2 clove garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp relish
- 1 cup mayonnaise (Hellmann's Canola)
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
For Tomato Sauce (Makes enough sauce for 4 9" pies)
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp pepper
- IMPORTANT NOTE!! I USE EITHER THE 1000 ISLAND DRESSING OR THE TOMATO SAUCE, DEPENDING ON WHAT WE FEEL LIKE ON THAT NIGHT! I DON'T USE BOTH SAUCES ON THE SAME PIZZA!!
- Start dough in Bread Machine.
- Place bacon on slotted roasting pan. Bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes.
- Place oil in a large frying pan. Brown ground beef over high heat.
- Add onion and cook for a few minutes, stirring often for a few minutes.
- Add garlic, continue to stir for a few minutes and remove from heat.
- Make 1000 Island Sauce, refer to recipe below.
- When dough has risen, remove to a floured board. punch dough down and cut into 4 equal pieces. Form the dough into rounds and cover with a clean kitchen towel. And let rise about 30 minutes. Press dough into greased 8" cake or pizza pan. Press dough up about 1 1/2" up the sides. Cover and let rest about 5 minutes.
- Layer sauce, meat, parmesan, muenster, cheddar, bacon and finally mozzarella.
- Bake at 475°F for about 30 minutes until cheese is nicely browned and filling is bubbly.
For Pizza Dough
- Add all ingredients in the order given to bread maker. Set on 'Dough Only' mode. Takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes
For 1000 Island Sauce
- Make a paste out of salt and garlic. Smash garlic with the side of knife. Keep mixing and smashing until a thick paste forms.
- Measure the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix together.
For Tomato Sauce
- Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat on low until ready to use.
Originally published 1/15/2015
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