Cheeseburger Pizza

1 batch pizza dough

1/2 Lb. lean ground beef

14 1/2-oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained

1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 c. green onions, chopped

melted butter

garlic powder

Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat; add desired seasonings (I added salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder).  Drain any excess grease.  Roll out dough onto lightly floured surface (should be enough dough for two medium pizzas).  Transfer to baking sheet.  Brush dough with a little melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder.  Spread tomatoes evenly over crust; sprinkle with beef, cheese and green onions.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is melted.  


Pizza Stone Directions (What I do):  Place pizza stone in cold oven.  Preheat to 500 degrees.  Sprinkle a little cornmeal over a pizza peel (this will help the dough slide off easily).  Place dough onto pizza peel and cover with toppings as described above.  Slide dough onto hot pizza stone.  Lower oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake until crust is nice and crispy (you don't want it burnt crispy, just nicely browned, so it will still be chewy), about 10-15 minutes.  

Jenn's Notes:  The original recipe uses a prebaked pizza crust, but homemade is so much better.  It also just cooks the ground beef plain, but I felt like it needed some seasonings, so I added salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder.  I also added some diced green pepper, because I love that on my pizza!  I was worried that it wouldn't taste as good without pizza sauce, but trust me, I didn't miss the sauce at all.