30+ Next-Level Pizza Recipes
French Dip Pizza
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why more foods aren’t on the same level of richly beefy, cheesy, and savory divinity as a French dip sandwich—friend, you are not alone. In fact, that’s exactly why we channeled everything worth loving about the French dip experience into this meaty masterpiece of a pizza, complete with rich dipping jus. Deeply sweet onions and meaty roast beef are right at home leaning on a mild foundational flavor base of Swiss cheese and garlic powder in our new favorite example of sandwich-turned-pie. And a hearty, bready crust is just the vehicle these decadent elements require.
Tandoori Lamb Pizza
This pizza is loaded with fantastic tandoori flavor and ground lamb, giving it an authentic edge and creating one big burst of flavors all on one pizza. The Tandoori Spice Blend used here consists of items that you probably already have in your spice cabinet such as paprika, cayenne pepper, and coriander, which give this pizza a really great flavor. Also, instead of kneading your own pizza dough, uses store-bought naan bread as a convenient time-saver.
It’s certainly not the first pasta-pizza partnership we’ve tried, but we dare say—Lasagna Pizza might just be the best.
Supreme Pizza Pie
As it turns out, loading all of the cheesy supreme pizza goodness into a flaky crust makes for one supremely delicious pot pie.
Pineapple Pizza Dip
Whether you’re pro- or anti-pineapple on pizza, we’re willing to bet you’re going to love this pineapple pizza dip. Why? Well, because its delicious balance of salty and sweet, and the savory, ooey-gooey goodness this dip packs makes it irresistible. Give it a try for your next party, potluck, or tailgate and see what we mean.
Cheesy Stuffed Pizza Crust Ring
You know how as soon as you grow into a fully formed adult human, you realize that the best part of a delivery pizza is the part you’ve been foolishly tossing aside (for your parents to eventually graze on)? Well we decided to make up for lost years by making this cheesy stuffed crust ring, no pizza necessary. Of course, we all know the only thing better than a standard hand-tossed pizza crust is a stuffed crust. We flavored this cheesy ring of bready glory with a seasoning blend inspired by the masters—Domino’s—and served it up with a delicious blend of the two most perfect crust dipping sauces: ranch and marinara. Warm from the oven, this cheesy appetizer perfect for a Super Bowl party, or any other game day gathering.
Lobster Roll Pizza
If you’re looking for a pie to impress, this lobster pizza is a must-make. The buttery, crisp crust topped with a rich cheese blend and brightened with a vibrant mix of fresh herbs, lemon zest, garlic, and celery serves as the perfect bed for decadent Maine lobster. Not a seasoned pro when it comes to buying and cooking lobster? Be sure to check out our complete guide to cooking with this incredible shellfish for all of the information and inspiration you need.
This family-friendly recipe celebrates two of our all-time favorite foods in one tasty package. Not to mention, Cheeseburger Pizza is such a fun way to use ground beef when you’re stuck in a weeknight dinner rut. Of course, you could also use grilled burgers and onions in place of the ground beef if you happen to have cookout leftovers; just chop ‘em up and toss ‘em on for a time saving trick. You can find fresh pizza dough in the bakery section of many grocery stores, but canned pizza dough should work just fine in a pinch. Par-baking the dough makes for a perfectly crispy final product.
Hashbrown Breakfast Pizza
Should’t the most important meal of the day occasionally take a turn at being the most delicious? We think so; and with this crispy, cheesy breakfast pizza, it can. Utilizing frozen hash browns for the crust, this morning pie is easy to make, ridiculously tasty, and totally portable. Plus—it’s a morning meal you won’t have to fight anyone on. You can even prep the pizza ahead of time and simply reheat portions as you need them throughout the week. Customize with your family’s favorite toppings and it’s sure to be a fast favorite.
These tender, buttery snack rolls are akin to cinnamon buns in structure… but they’re full-on pizza perfection in flavor. Using canned crescent roll dough and prepared marinara sauce keeps both the prep time and ingredient list short, making these cheesy, kid-friendly bites easy to whip up at a moment’s notice. Of course, you can also prep them ahead to enjoy as after-school snacks or on-the-go breakfasts throughout the week. Feel free to customize you homemade pizza rolls with your own favorite toppings.
Cheesy Eggplant Crust Pizza
Eggplant and pizza—they make sense together. But this cheesy-good recipe puts the tasty pairing to work in a new, veggie-forward way.
Airy and tender with a crisp exterior, homemade focaccia makes a perfect base for simple homemade pizza. Plus, it is a great beginner bread for inexperienced bakers as the dough is fairly simple to prepare and work with. (Not to mention, with enough olive oil and salt, even a not-great focaccia is still pretty tasty.) In this recipe, the bread is already infused with a ton of herbaceous flavor from the herb oil, so a simple tomato sauce is all that’s needed for your pizza. Add on rich and melty fresh mozzarella, slightly spicy and salty sopressata, a few fresh basil leaves, and a drizzle of spicy honey… and you have perhaps one of the greatest pizzas you’ll ever experience on your hands. While you could certainly opt for regular if you’d prefer, we highly recommend giving the warming-sweet kick a spicy honey delivers to the pie a chance. We particularly love Brooklyn-based Mike’s Hot Honey, which you can order on Amazon. If you’re tight on time, you can substitute a purchased herb and garlic oil in place of making your own. Also feel free to swap the sopressata for pepperoni or leave the meat off altogether for a vegetarian pie.
Sporting a crust made from woven bacon and topped with sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon and cheese—this “meatza” is not for the faint of heart (it may be a hit with your keto friends, though). Baking the bacon base on a wire rack helps it cook faster and crisp up nicely because air can circulate underneath and the bacon is not sitting in its own grease.
Penne Alla Vodka Pizza
You are sure to love this irresistible pie that combines 2 favorites: vodka pasta and homemade pizza.
Sausage, Fennel, and Ricotta Pizza
Dollops of ricotta cheese top crispy Sausage, Fennel, and Ricotta Pizza. Use a preheated pizza stone or baking sheet to ensure an extra-crisp crust.
Swizzle-Stick Pizza Appetizers
Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza
Broccoli Rabe Skillet Pizza
Thai Chicken Pizza
Pizza Roll Casserole
Mmm, tastes like college. The pizza rolls and cheese sticks achieve a perfect crispiness here, excluding the small bit that's "dipped" into the pizza sauce. The cool, creamy ranch makes for the perfect bite.
Classic Cast Iron Pizza Pie
Nostalgic cast iron pies are back in style, like this cheesy, chewy example piled high with pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, and extra mozz. The only thing missing from this throwback from the ‘80s pizza taverns of yore: some faux wood paneling, a red-checkered tablecloth, and maybe a stand-up arcade game in the corner.
Mac and Cheese Crusted Pizza
When two of the world's greatest foods combine...
Sausage Baguette Pizzas
Your favorite throwback after-school snack gets a healthy makeover courtesy of a whole-grain baguette crust and vitamin A–packed spinach. Use mild sausage to make it kid-friendly.
Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
Rich and filling, this pizza-meets-garlic-bread casserole is perfect for a Friday night when your kid invites over half the neighborhood. The cheese, pepperoni, and mushrooms are a match made in heaven for buttery bread, and the bottom of the casserole gets nice and crisp. Pepperoni slices have a tendency to stick together, so make sure to separate them nicely when you stick them into the pan with the marinara.
Beef Stroganoff Pizza
If you’ve ever looked for a reason to try beef stroganoff with something besides egg noodles, this is it. The beef, mushrooms, and sour cream’s flavors really sing here, while just the right amount of garlic and onion and lots of cheese round everything out. This is also a good place to start if you’d like to experiment more with your pizza toppings. The most important part of this recipe is making sure the crust on the bottom is crispy enough to hold all the toppings. You’ll also need to let the sauce cool a bit before adding the sour cream so it doesn’t break. This makes a lot, so it can serve 6 people if your group doesn’t have big eaters, or save the extra slices for some stellar leftovers.
BLT Pizza with White Sauce
All the components of America's favorite summer sandwich are here--even the mayonnaise. Yes, it turns out adding some oil to the mayo makes a creamy sauce that fully covers the pie and gives a richer taste to the pizza.
Throw pizza protocol out the window with creamy, ricotta-like Cloumage from coastal Massachusetts and spicy Calabrian ‘nduja, a spreadable sausage similar to chorizo. A reserved smattering of clams adds just the right accent of brine and salt.
Chicken Potpie Skillet Pizza
Try this quick, playful spin to turn pizza night on its head—in a good way. You get all the creamy goodness of chicken potpie, in a fun, eat-with-your-hands way that kids will love. Grown-ups will dig it, too, especially if you offer hot sauce at the table. Cooking the pizza in a preheated cast-iron skillet makes the crust wonderfully crispy so that it doesn’t sog out when the creamy sauce goes on. Be sure to use only 10 ounces of dough (though you’ll likely have to purchase in a 1-pound or larger ball); save the remaining dough to make breadsticks the next night.
Winter Greens Pesto Pizza
Hearty collard greens pack this pesto with vitamin K, an essential nutrient for bone health. Buttery Castelvetrano olives make any extra pesto perfect for adding big flavor to pasta and grilled cheese sandwiches; substitute any green olive if you can’t find them.
Korean Barbecue Pizza
We gave a crowd-pleasing classic like barbecue chicken pizza a Korean spin. Fresh mozzarella is mild enough to complement the caramel and chile notes in the sauce and is a great canvas for the fresh carrot and radish salad on top. Roll out and build the pizza on a large sheet of parchment paper so you can place both directly on the hot pizza stone. The bottom of the crust will still be crisp, and you’ll avoid any potential flops from counter to oven.
Turkey Burger Pizza
Craving burgers and pizza tonight? Treat your family to both with this wholesome mash-up. Whole-wheat pizza dough provides a fiber-rich base for lean ground turkey and a bounty of toppings. Pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce piled on top make this tasty main dish fun to eat for kids and parents alike. But the real finishing touch is the sauce—a nostalgic flavor bomb of sweet ketchup, tangy pickle juice, mayo, and mustard. It’s everything you love about a burger without the fast food guilt.