Ground Beef Barbecue Pizza

Takes but a few minutes to make this super tasty Ground Beef Barbecue Pizza! Tried and tested crowd-pleaser. Freezable – assuming there are left-overs.

Before we decided to go on a more gluten-free diet, we really were big Pizza lovers and we still are though we make it more of an occasional treat nowadays.

This particular recipe is a favorite of my little boy – William. He was only about 4 or 5 years old (he’s 7 now) when I first made this pizza recipe but even at that young age this already became his favorite.

Mind you, he’s been eating curry too even at that age so his taste buds are quite used to diverse taste and textures!

This picture tells you a lot about how much he loves this pizza! Surely, his favorite!

The inspiration for this recipe came from a cookbook that I have read once at Barnes and Noble.

We often go there as a family as my kids love reading so naturally, that’s a place for us to hang out during Friday afternoons, after class hours.

My kids will check out the books they love (Sophie heads to the Princess’ section as usual and William to any corner with books about Lego or robots – every little boy’s favorite nook  I am sure!).

Me? Of course, I always browse the Cook Book section, not so much to buy but just to get inspiration for new recipes to try, perhaps learn a thing or two about new ingredients, and even check the latest culinary trends.

Now I found this book, and I cannot recall what the title is (otherwise I would have heartily given credit to the author/s)  – perhaps it’s a book about ground beef recipes (that’s the most I can remember), and this particular recipe which I discovered there I cannot forget.

It was not difficult to recall because the recipe was pretty easy to do and with only a few ingredients to remember. So armed with whatever was left on my memory bank, I tried to re-create this simple but quite delicious Barbecue Pizza Recipe.

Am pretty sure your family will enjoy this and especially MOM! – after all, the ingredients are pretty much pantry staple (well, if you keep pizza dough at hand all the time!).

So, here’s a quick  Barbecue Ground Beef Pizza for those nights when you fancy Pizza but want to make one at home.

I use the store-bought pizza crust the first time I made this but no one will stop you if you want to make your own too! 🙂

*I often use Sweet Baby Rays but you can use your favorite barbecue sauce or make your own.

*For homemade pizza crust this is the recipe we use.

This is perfect for busy weeknight dinners and you don’t want to fuss over making something.

Ground Beef Barbecue Pizza

Look at this old photo of when we first made this pizza!

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Ground Beef Barbecue Pizza

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Takes but a few minutes to make this super tasty Ground Beef Barbecue Pizza! Tried and tested crowd-pleaser. Freezable – assuming there are left-overs.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8


  • 1 lb (1/2 kilo) ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 10-12 inch 2x pizza crust, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce of your choice
  • 2 cups grated cheese, mozzarella or sharp cheddar or a combo of both – this is good for 1 pizza crust


  • Preheat the oven according to the pizza manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Spray some non-stick cooking oil on a heated frying pan. Brown the ground beef. Crumble with a fork as you brown it to separate the meat. Stir in the chopped onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add the barbecue sauce. Stir it in to ensure that all the meat is coated with the sauce. Simmer on low heat uncovered for about ten minutes. Drain the beef if necessary.
  • Divide the beef mixture into two (if using two crusts). I usually freeze half of the sauce for later use and only do 1 pizza since we are only a small family of 4.
  • Spread all but 3 tablespoons of the beef mixture on the pizza crust. Sprinkle the cheese all over the sauce. Use the left-over beef as topping for the pizza, if desired.
  • Bake in the oven according to the pizza manufacturer’s instruction, if using store-bought pizza (usually at 425-450F for 12-15 minutes). For the homemade fresh pizza dough we use, we do it at 450F for about 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy a slice or two! Lovely with some salad on the side!


For homemade pizza crust this is the recipe we use —-
Keyword ground beef barbecue pizza
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Last updated on June 2nd, 2023 at 10:04 pm



  1. December 12, 2012 / 1:59 am

    Oh man, that looks so delicious!!!!

    • December 12, 2012 / 2:57 am

      Thanks, Sessy! For something so simple and easy to do, it is quite delicious, I must say! Glad you stopped by!

  2. December 12, 2012 / 11:56 am

    Mmmm…that looks delicious!!! I like to experiment with different toppings for pizza and this one seems very appealing.

    • December 13, 2012 / 2:02 am

      Thanks, Shibi! It's delish if you are into barbecue flavors! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. December 14, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    Abby, it looks so good! Not to mention it's my favorite barbecue sauce! Your son is so adorable eating his pizza! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    • December 15, 2012 / 5:16 pm

      Glad you like it, Lois! Yeah, William loves this a lot! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Anonymous
    February 23, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    where can I buy sweet baby ray's here in the Philippines?

    • February 23, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      I am US-based so I don't know if it's available in Manila. But you can use other barbecue sauce for sure. 🙂

  5. Jeff
    October 26, 2021 / 8:43 pm

    5 stars
    This is a fun idea for a party. I love BBQ sauce and that makes the pizza great.

  6. Anjali
    October 26, 2021 / 10:25 pm

    5 stars
    This was such a delicious and satisfying recipe! It was like combining two of my husband’s favorite things – BBQ burgers and pizza into one! Yum!

  7. Jess
    October 26, 2021 / 11:35 pm

    5 stars
    I have never thought to try the combo of ground beef and bbq sauce. Delish!

  8. Tavo
    October 27, 2021 / 2:08 am

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe! we made it last weekend and we are surely making it again this coming weekend! It was delicious!

  9. Seema
    October 27, 2021 / 3:36 am

    5 stars
    Wow… this is an incredible recipe for pizza. Love it.

  10. Shashi
    October 27, 2021 / 5:35 am

    And now I wish I was having pizza for breakfast! This looks delicious – love the bbq sauce on there and your son is just too cute.

  11. Julie
    October 27, 2021 / 10:01 am

    5 stars
    What a yummy recipe for pizza! I love using the simple ground beef to give it more protein and flavor. My family loved it!

  12. Natalie
    October 28, 2021 / 6:36 am

    5 stars
    Oh wow, that looks amazing. I’m drooling all over my screen. What a great idea to use ground beef with BBQ sauce as a topping. I have to make this pizza asap.

  13. Melanie
    October 28, 2021 / 9:37 am

    5 stars
    This looks like a delicious version of pizza! I would add a few onions on mine but this is perfect since it uses only a few ingredients! Perfect dinner!

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