Start with your favorite burger toppings, roll ’em up in pizza dough, and you end up with these tasty (and fun!) Cheeseburger Rollups!
Earlier this summer, I had the chance to visit Debbie’s cattle ranch in eastern Kansas as part of Certified Angus Beef ® brand‘s “Brand the Barn” tour. Debbie lives way out in the Kansas prairie, and that means there aren’t many restaurants or hotels around. On the 2nd night of the trip, we stayed in a small inn in Council Grove, Kansas. (Population of Council Grove: 2,060. It’s a small town.) Featuring a wrap-around porch and large seating areas with antique furnishings, staying in the Cottage House was like taking a step back in time. It seriously reminded me of staying at my Grandma’s house! I’m pretty sure that the portrait on the wall in the lobby was looking at me, though.
In all seriousness, the Cottage House was a charming place to spend the night. If I find myself at Debbie’s ranch in the future, I’d stay there again. One of the coolest things about the Cottage House? They gave us a couple packs of playing cards. Like old-school decks of cards. In today’s age of video games, iPhones and e-readers, I found the playing cards a really nice touch. As I was flipping through the cards, I got curious about where playing cards originated. What can I say? I like history.
It turns out that playing cards originated in China around 1,100 years ago. But these early playing cards weren’t anything like the 52-card decks that we play with today. The 4 suits with the royal cards comes from Europe in the late-Middle Ages. Over the years, decks of cards have been used for hundreds of different games, but one of the coolest stories I stumbled across? During World War II, the United States Playing Card Company (the world’s largest manufacturer of playing cards) worked with American and British intelligence to create decks of cards that contained maps of escape routes from German POW camps. When soaked in water, the cards could be peeled apart to reveal maps. How cool is that!?
While I don’t think the cards I got from the Cottage House in Council Grove, Kansas contain any hidden maps, they have been used to play cards here at home. Laura and I invited friends over recently for a game night, and we ended up playing cards. I hadn’t pulled out a deck of cards in ages, and I must admit that it was a lot of fun!
For that game night, I made a batch of these Cheeseburger Rollups for dinner. It’s no secret that I love a good cheeseburger. Laura used to tease me about it as I would order a cheeseburger nearly every time we went out to eat. Now she just
understands puts up with me and my cheeseburger addiction. These Cheeseburger Rollups are a fun twist on the classic burger. Instead of buns, these Cheeseburger Rollups use pizza dough. Add in your favorite burger toppings, *roll*roll*roll, *bake*bake*bake* and you’ve got this really fun dinner!
The cool thing about these Cheeseburger Rollups is that you can get as creative as you like with the toppings. Love bacon? Add some crumbed, cooked bacon. Prefer pickles on your burgers? Add some chopped dill pickle slices. One tip, though, is to make sure to drain the hamburger filling well. (Similarly, make sure to pat any wet ingredients like tomatoes and pickles dry.) The extra liquid can make the pizza dough a bit soggy. No matter what toppings you add, these Cheeseburger Rollups are a fun dinner to serve next time you host a game night. Cheers, friends! Oh, and if you try this recipe for Cheeseburger Rollups, make sure to come back and let me know what you think!
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For the Hamburger Filling
- 1 pound lean ground beef I used Certified Angus Beef’s 90/10 blend
- ½ cup red onion diced
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1 10-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
For the Roll-Ups
- 1 batch pizza dough homemade or storebought
- 1½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
- ½ Tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp Italian seasonings
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
For the Hamburger Filling
- Using a large skillet, add beef, onions and garlic. Cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, 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 aside.
For the Roll-Ups
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper; set aside.
- Working on a well-floured surface, roll dough into a 16”x8” rectangle.
- Spread hamburger filling evenly over dough, leaving ½” border on edges. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top.
- Starting with a long side, roll dough into a tight log. Place log seam side down on prepared baking pan.
- Brush top of roll with olive oil and then sprinkle Italian seasonings and sesame seeds on top.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until top is golden brown.