Skip the buns and grab some pizza dough instead! These Cheeseburger Pinwheels feature seasoned beef rolled up with cheddar cheese…and they’re baked in a muffin tin!
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Growing up, my go-to pizza was a cheeseburger pizza. Seasoned ground beef crumbled on top of pizza sauce with a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Simple, but delicious! Truth be told, if I was the one in charge of picking the pizza flavor today, I’d probably still go to a cheeseburger pizza. (Our son, Robbie, is usually in charge, and he loves bacon…so bacon pizza it is!)
I know summer is here, and the taste of a juicy cheeseburger fresh off the grill is always popular. However, I decided to stay indoors and whip up a batch of pizza rollups. These Cheeseburger Pinwheels were inspired by a good cheeseburger pizza…but they’re served in an entirely different way!
For these Cheeseburger Pinwheels, I started with a batch of seasoned hamburger meat. Let me tell ya – this ground beef mixture is fantastic! In keeping with the hamburger concept, I included some onions, tomatoes and mustard along with the spices and seasonings. Of course, feel free to adapt this mixture to your own personal preferences when it comes to burger toppings! (Note to self: add some crumbled bacon next time!)
Once that burger mixture is fully cooked, it gets spread on pizza dough. Then comes the best part – the cheese! We are a Cabot family, and we absolutely love Cabot’s cheddar cheeses. For this recipe, I went with Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Cabot makes several varieties of cheddar cheese, and they’re all fantastic!
If you really like a sharp, tangy cheddar, then give the New York Extra Sharp a try in this Cheeseburger Pinwheels recipe. For a milder version, Cabot’s Mild Cheddar Cheese is buttery and mellow. Fun story – that Mild Cheddar Cheese is how we introduced our son to cheddar, and now he loves cheese just as much as his father!
Once the cheese is on top, just roll that pizza dough up into a tight log and grab the muffin tin. Yup, the muffin tin! These cheeseburger roll ups get baked in a muffin tin. A beefy, cheesy, delicious combination of pizza dough, seasoned beef and cheddar cheese. Sounds pretty tempting, right?
If you’re not familiar with Cabot cheese, then check out which Cabot products are available in your area. Cabot is owned by the farm families who make the various cheeses and other dairy products that we find in the grocery stores.
Let me tell ya – Cabot farmers are some of the nicest folks I’ve ever met! When we lived in New York, I often took Robbie over to visit a Cabot farm in our area – and he loved hanging out with Farmer Terri and feeding apples to his favorite cow, Cupcake. If you live in the New York/New England area, Cabot will be starting a new Cabot Farm Trail soon. Check it out and visit a Cabot farm – it’s pretty awesome to see where our food comes from!
Back to these Cheeseburger Pinwheels – skip the buns and grab some pizza dough instead. These pinwheels are loaded with flavor, and they’re fun to make. We served these for dinner along with some roasted veggies, but I could see these being a great appetizer for a gathering with friends and neighbors.
If you’re looking for a tasty, cheeseburger-inspired recipe, then put these pinwheels on the list! They were a huge hit here in our house. Cheers!
- 16 oz. lean ground beef
- ½ cup diced yellow onions
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup canned diced tomatoes drained
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 16 oz. pizza dough see note
- 8 oz. Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar cheese shredded and divided
- ½ Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- Using a large skillet, add beef, onions and garlic. Place pan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-9 minutes or until beef is fully cooked.
- Add diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, salt and black pepper; stir until well combined. Continue cooking until all of the liquid has evaporated. (Note: If necessary, drain any excess liquid at this stage.)
- Remove pan from heat and set meat mixture aside.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12”x15” rectangle.
- Spread hamburger filling evenly over dough, leaving ½” border on edges. Sprinkle ~¾ of the shredded Cabot cheese evenly on top.
- Starting with a short side, roll dough into a tight log.
- Use a serrated knife to slice log into 12 pinwheels. Place one pinwheel into each cup of the prepared muffin tin.
- Brush tops of pinwheels with olive oil and then sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until tops of pinwheels are light golden brown.
- Remove pan from oven and sprinkle remaining shredded cheddar cheese on top of pinwheels. Continue baking for 2-3 more minutes, or until cheese has fully melted.
- Let pinwheels cool in pan for several minutes before removing and serving.
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