Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Rolls
Made with yeast roll dough, ground beef, pizza sauce, and your favorite cheeseburger toppings, these Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family. Enjoy them as a game day appetizer or turn them into a meal for pizza night.
Easy Game Day Appetizer
When the Twin Cities hosted the Superbowl recently, it was an extra fun time here in Minnesota, with 10 days of activities leading up to it. The entire city was excited, despite our hometown Vikings not making it to the game on their home field.
Football Sundays are always fun, nonetheless, and I enjoy coming up with new appetizers to serve and enjoy.
These tender, tasty swirls of Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Rolls have been a HUGE hit with my family. We love a good bacon cheeseburger, so I knew these pizza rolls were going to be a winner!
Just look at those pretties.
Who could resist them? Certainly no one in this house! We’ve even turned them into a full meal as a fun twist on pizza night.
These cheeseburger pinwheels begin with a bag of Rhodes frozen yeast dinner rolls, which we always have in our freezer. Just cook the burger, roll the dough out, add the toppings, roll it into a log, slice it into pinwheels, and bake. Just allow a half hour for the rolls to rise before going in the oven, to make the dough nice and tall and fluffy.
What You’ll Need
These pizza rolls are made with easy frozen dinner rolls, plus your favorite cheeseburger ingredients and a few simple seasonings.
- Yeast dinner rolls – Our family loves the Rhodes brand.
- Bacon – Trim the bacon well. You don’t need it totally clean of fat but you do want it to be mostly meat.
- Ground beef – Use lean beef to reduce the amount of grease.
- Yellow onion
- Lawry’s seasoned salt & black pepper
- Your favorite pizza sauce – Storebought or homemade pizza sauce are both fine.
- Dried Italian herb mix – Adds that traditional pizza flavoring that we all love.
- Dill hamburger pickle slices – Chop into small pieces. If you love pickles, you can add more.
- Cheese – I use equal parts sharp cheddar and mozzarella.
- Yellow cornmeal
- Grated Parmesan
- Chopped fresh parsley
There are so many ways to switch up these cheeseburger pinwheels. Here are a few possibilities.
- Skip the pizza sauce. If you want this to taste even more like a cheeseburger, skip the pizza sauce and use ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce instead. Then you can try your hand at making the Big Mac sauce for dipping!
- Try different meats. Instead of hamburger, try ground turkey, chicken, or pork.
- Experiment with different pinwheels. If burgers aren’t your favorite, there are so many different variations of pinwheels you can make! To keep the pizza theme, make these with pizza sauce and your favorite pizza toppings. Mushrooms, pepperoni, ham, ground sausage, and peppers all make great additions.
- Add some heat. If you like a little zip in your food, add some chopped jalapenos or sprinkle in some hot pepper flakes!
How to Make Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Rolls
Bacon cheeseburger pinwheels are simple to make. The dough is very forgiving so it’s hard to mess them up! Just remember to allow time for the rolls to rise.
- Cook the burger and bacon. Cook the bacon for 5 minutes, then add the beef and onions. Break the beef into small pieces. Once browned, drain any excess fat.
- Roll out the dough. Combine the thawed rolls and roll out into a 12″x18″ rectangle.
- Assemble the pizza roll. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough, followed by the bacon and beef. Top with the seasonings, pickles, and cheese.
- Cut the pinwheels. Roll it up jelly roll style, starting on the long side. Use a serrated knife to cut it into 12 pieces. Pinch the seams on each roll.
- Let rise. Dip one cut side into the cornmeal and place cornmeal-side down on a rimmed pan. Spray plastic wrap with non-stick spray and cover the rolls. Place somewhere warm to rise for 30 minutes.
- Bake. Sprinkle the pizza rolls with Parmesan and bake until the rolls are nicely golden, about 24 minutes.
- Garnish and serve. Top with more chopped pickles and parsley. Serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping. And extra pickles, if you like!
Tips for Success
Here are just a few tips to help you get started!
- Take your time with the dough. The dough is very elastic and forgiving, but cold dough may take a little work to get rolled to that size – just be patient, it’ll come around.
- Use flour on the rolling pin. If the dough starts to stick to the rolling pin, just give the rolling pin a light coating of all-purpose flour.
- Let the dough rise on the stovetop. The best place that I’ve found to allow the rolls to rise is on the vent that sends some of the oven’s heat out over the stovetop. Utilizing that warmth really helps the dough rise.
- Have fun with the toppings. The most important part of this recipe is just to have fun with it. Switch up the ingredients and the toppings to your families preference and enjoy!
These cheeseburger pinwheels were originally prepared as a game day appetizer and that’s still one of our favorite ways to enjoy them. Our whole family recommends extra pizza sauce for dipping. And Blake and I, dill pickle fans through and through, suggest a few extra dill pickle slices on the side as well.
However, these pizza rolls also make a great main dish. Serve them alongside a fresh salad or some roasted or grilled veggies to turn them into a complete meal.
Can I Freeze Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Rolls?
Yes, these cheeseburger pinwheels freeze nicely. Just allow them to cool, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. You can reheat them straight from frozen, on a rimmed pan covered loosely with foil at 350° F.
How to Store & Reheat Leftovers
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or, if you want to maintain the crispy outside, you can reheat in the oven or toaster oven.
More Game Day Appetizers:
- Bacon Wrapped Smokies
- Italian Stuffed Jalapenos
- Hot Honey Chicken Wings
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Fried Pickles
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- 12 Rhodes® Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed
- 4 ounces well trimmed bacon, chopped into 1/2" pieces (You will need more than 4 oz. of bacon, with the total weight depending on how fatty your bacon is. Don't trim the bacon totally clean of fat, but do aim to have 4 ounces of mostly meat.)
- 1/3 pound lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup minced yellow onion
- 1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup your favorite pizza sauce, plus extra for dipping finished rolls
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb mix
- 1/4 cup chopped dill hamburger pickle slices, chopped into 1/4" pieces (use a bit more if you like!), plus a bit more for tops of finished pizza rolls
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, optional garnish
- In a skillet over medium to medium-high heat, cook bacon for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add beef and onion, stirring to combine. As the beef is browning, break it up until there are small pieces, 1/4" in size or so, not larger than 1/2" in size. Drain any excess fat. Remove mixture to a paper towel-lined plate to cool.
- Combine individual thawed rolls and roll into 12" x 18" rectangle with a rolling pin. The dough is very elastic and forgiving, but the cold dough will take a little work to get rolled to that size - just be patient, it'll come around. As you work with the dough, if it starts to stick to the rolling pin a little, don't be afraid to give your rolling pin a very light coating of all-purpose flour. I just keep a small amount available on the counter, to pat over the rolling pin every now and then.
- Spread pizza sauce over dough, leaving a 1/2" bare edge of dough at the perimeter. Sprinkle beef and bacon mixture evenly over pizza sauce, followed by Italian herb mix, pickles, sharp cheddar, and mozzarella.
- Place cornmeal on a small plate and set aside. Spray a large rimmed pan lightly with non-stick spray and set aside. Roll up dough jelly roll style, starting with the long side. Tuck and roll the dough fairly tightly. If dough sticks to surface below, grab a thin metal turner or spatula to nudge the dough. Again, the dough is very forgiving - don't worry about perfection here. Just keep rolling, nice and tight. With a large serrated knife (I use a bread knife), slice the roll into 12 pieces. Pinch seams on each individual roll together, to ensure the dough stays rolled while baking. Dip one of the cut sides of each piece into the cornmeal and place the cornmeal-dipped sides down on the prepared large rimmed pan. Spray one side of a piece of plastic wrap with non-stick spray and cover the rolls, sprayed side down over the rolls.
- Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350° F. Our stove top has a vent that sends some of the oven's heat out over the stove top. I like to place my pan of covered pizza rolls here on the stove top to rise, utilizing that warmth.
- Remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle pizza rolls with Parmesan. Bake for about 24 minutes, or until rolls are nicely golden.
- Remove from oven and top with a bit more chopped pickle. Add a sprinkling of chopped parsley, if desired. Serve hot with extra pizza sauce for dipping. And if you really like pickles, have some extra pickle slices available too.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 506mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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