Cheeseburger Pizza

Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Serves 4


Since I’m heading off to the US in less than 3 weeks, I thought it was time to prepare myself for the culinary delights that are in store. Cheeseburgers and pizzas are two things that spring to mind when I think of American fare so what better way to get ready than to combine the two and make a righteous cheeseburger pizza?!


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3.5 grams dry yeast (half a sachet)
  • 1 1/2 cups pizza flour (plus a little extra)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • 1 beef style stock cube
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tomato sauce (plus extra)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup sliced pickles
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup vegan cheese (Cheezly or Notzarella work best)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. To make the base, start off by mixing together the warm water and yeast in a large bowl. Once the yeast has dissolved, sift in the flour gradually while stirring.
  2. As the dough starts to come together, add the olive oil and salt and continue to knead in the bowl before kneading on a floured surface until the dough is stretchy and forms a smooth ball.
  3. Pour a little oil in a large clean bowl and roll the ball of dough around in it before covering the bowl with cling wrap and leaving to rise for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, add the TVP and crumble in the stock cube before covering with boiling water and mixing through.
  6. Once the water has been absorbed, fry the garlic and TVP in a pan for about 7 minutes before setting aside.
  7. On a floured surface, knead the dough for a further few minutes and bring into a ball.
  8. Roll the dough out into a circle, flipping over every once in a while, until about .5cm thick.
  9. Pop the tomato sauce and paste into the middle of the base and smooth out to the edges of the base.
  10. Add  half of the cheese to the base before throwing on the TVP, the rest of the cheese, pickles and onion.
  11. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese has melted and the edges start to brown.
  12. Add a swirl of tomato sauce and finish off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds before serving.