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Hamburger and Grape-Tomato Pizza

Thanks to frozen dough and ready-made sauce, making homemade pizza is easy as pie. Provolone has a richer flavor than mozzarella, so you don't need as much.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Hamburger and Grape-Tomato Pizza

Source: Everyday Food, May 2008


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 1 pound frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 3/4 cup store-bought marinara sauce
  • 1 cup grated provolone cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/4 pound ground beef chuck
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Rub a large rimless baking sheet (or a rimmed one, upside down) with oil.

  2. On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin and your hands to roll and stretch dough into a 15-by-11-inch rectangle (if dough becomes too elastic to work with, let it rest a few minutes). Transfer to prepared sheet.

  3. Spread sauce evenly over dough, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Top with provolone, tomatoes, and if desired, onion; scatter beef over top. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Bake until crust is golden, beef is cooked, and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note

To ensure even cooking, gently roll and stretch the dough to an even thickness. You don't have to shape it into a precise rectangle -- rounded corners are fine.

Reviews (20)

  • alicebigelow 22 Mar, 2011

    I think it would be difficult to list the nutritonal info
    as you are buying pre-made items. I would follow the
    info on the packaging if it is that important

  • marthaminiCantonGA 18 Jun, 2009

    I added the garlic and a few pepperoni as well. Had Roma instead of grape and sliced them very thin. This was a very tasty pizza!

  • daliax22 31 Mar, 2009

    Good recipe, I added Jalapenos for that extra punch and a ton of garlic.

  • pcurt-costa 2 Mar, 2009

    Whyisn't nutritional information included in recipes?

  • jills1 11 Nov, 2008

    I also agree with adozeneggs. I have made this pizza a few times and it's great just the way the directions say to make it (yes with raw meat and no extra seasoning) Even my picky husband and 5 year old love it :)

  • Adina 17 Jun, 2008

    Adina from Everyday Food here. Adozeneggs is absolutely right -- the ground beef goes on raw, and cooks through as the pizza bakes. The little nuggets of meat should definitely be cooked through after 20 minutes in a 450 oven.

  • cbau 15 May, 2008

    I agree with adozeneggs.This is a good,easy, and safe recipe. Get a good instant read thermometer if you're concerned with food safety.

  • laura 30 Apr, 2008

    Oh my god. Don't you think the test cooks test these recipes many many times before publishing???? I actually made the pizza this week, it was excellent. I did NOT pre-cook the meat, 20 min at 400 degrees was more than enough time to cook the meat. If you pre cook it will be dried out black bits on your pizza. You do not need more spices as the cheese is very flavorful and the sauce is seasoned. My husband and I both loved the results.

  • Mary_Case 29 Apr, 2008

    Because of the differences between ovens, the different fat contents of ground beef, and the varying sizes of ground beef pieces, someone might choose; I think it simplifies the recipe to precook the beef while preparing the dough, and also guarantees a more uniform outcome each time.

  • Mrs_D 29 Apr, 2008

    I have never seen a pizza recipe or cooked a pizza with raw meet on it. Deli meats are the usual ingredient for toppings and those meats are always ready to eat before you put them on your unbaked pizza crust.
    The cooking is basically to bake the bread dough long enough so that it's baked through and isn't soggy from all the stuff you put on it. (Iit isn't wise to put to many watery raw veggies on it. partially cooked are better or frozen, thawed and drained if you like lots on your pizza)

  • carynbrown 29 Apr, 2008

    You put the ground beef on the pizza raw because it will cook in the oven (remember everything else is raw and it will also cook). All you have to do with the beef is make little, tiny pieces and try not to let them touch each other. Ground beef is very good on pizza. I can't wait to make this pizza!!

  • madeleinehuber1 29 Apr, 2008

    pizza toppers: try different meats or vegetable combinations on the tomato/cheese bottom.
    add cooked ham pieces or bacon pieces. add sardines and crushed tunafish
    select sliced zucchinis, mushrooms, green peppers, spices, olive oil. madeleine

  • madeleinehuber1 29 Apr, 2008

    4/30/08 pizza spices are missing! On top of cheese/tomato mix you throw fresh basil or oregano leaves (cut), black olives (pitted) and over the meat you pour 2 TS olive oil in a circle. Before serving you spread fresh black pepper over each individual piece.madeleine

  • linlot 29 Apr, 2008

    If you read the recipe thoroughly, it says in the last instruction to bake until the crust is golden and BEEF IS COOKED, so no, you aren't supposed to cook the beef first. You could probably precook it if you wanted to, though, and just add it the last 5-10 min. of baking.

  • janestricker 29 Apr, 2008

    How do I do this on the barbeque grill?

  • janestricker 29 Apr, 2008

    How do I do this on the barbeque?

  • nwettersten 29 Apr, 2008

    20 minuts at 400 degrees is more than enough time to cook crumbled ground beef. I'd think if it was pre-cooked, you'd end up with charred black crumbles. I'm going to try this recipe tonight, so I hope I'm right!

  • bp5simp 29 Apr, 2008

    Absolutely the hamburger has to be cooked. The editors probably just assume everyone knows that - but you know what they say about people who assume. You can do all sorts of things with this recipe - change the beef for cooked chicken breast and add some carmelized onions instead of the raw red onion.

  • pianolady 29 Apr, 2008

    I would never put raw hamburger on a pizza either! It must be browned and well drained first.

  • paulaz 29 Apr, 2008

    is the ground meat raw or cooked? i cant imagine you put raw meat on the pizza, do you?

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