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The Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe That Went Viral in a New York City Elementary School

It's also kind of a salad!
September 2022

The list of foods that most six-year-olds like to eat is a short one. But we’re happy to report that we’ve just added to it. Turns out, Cheeseburger Pizza is a hit, which makes sense considering most first-graders we know love cheeseburgers and pizza. If you’re not familiar with Cheeseburger Pizza, allow us to back up.

Savory’s wildly talented food director, Andrea Lynn, developed the ultimate hybrid recipe for the September issue. On a whim, she took a prebaked pizza crust and topped it with Thousand Island dressing, melty cheese, cooked ground beef, tomatoes, and more melty cheese. That’s right, there’s two kinds of cheese: mozzarella and cheddar! To finish it off, she added lettuce and pickles. (“With the lettuce and tomatoes on top, it felt like a bridge to finally getting her to eat a salad, which I’ve been trying to do forever,” Lynn says.) It got rave reviews! “My daughter, Charlotte, claimed it was the best thing she’s ever eaten. Even my husband loved it, and he’s a native New Yorker and a total pizza snob,” she says. “He said I somehow managed to make a pizza that tasted like a cheeseburger, and that’s what I set out to do!”

With extra ingredients on hand, our developer tested it again, this time, with the help of her daughter. “It’s super kid-friendly because, once you cook the beef, it’s mostly just an assembly project,” Lynn explains. A week later, the mother-daughter team made the pizza again for a playdate, and that’s when things really took off. The kids devoured it and every parent in the school started texting to request the recipe. Her Cheeseburger Pizza had gone viral in real life—without the help of Instagram or TikTok! Now, nearly every kid in this New York City-based elementary school is obsessed with the recipe and we think you will be, too. Get the recipe below and be sure to check out the September issue, in stores and online now. 

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