Review: Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza from Papa John’s
Some might say pizza is a perfect food. OK… I say pizza is a perfect food. In recent years Papa John’s has made attempts to create a bunch of hybrids out of this “perfect food” with pizza topping combinations made up of a lot of classic flavors . We’ve seen Fritos Chili Pie made into a pizza, there was the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, and one of my favorites, the Spicy Pulled Pork. The list goes on and on and of course it also includes the iconic cheeseburger. The latest is the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza and let’s face it, it’s not hard to find fans of bacon cheeseburgers and pizza.
Papa John’s describes their new Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza like this:
America’s favorites are better together. Our New Bacon Cheeseburger pizza comes with 100% real beef and mozzarella cheese, fresh cut Roma tomatoes, hickory-smoked bacon, pickles and Papa’s signature burger sauce all on our fresh hand tossed crust.
The Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza is promo priced at $12 for a large, a standard price for new specialty pizzas. I can usually decide my overall thumbs up or thumbs down feel for a pizza within a couple of slices. Since I just reached for slice number four, it’s safe to say this pizza gets my approval.
There were a couple of concerns I had with the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza before even tasting it. One thing that came to mind was… were the tomatoes necessary and would they hurt the overall score? I’ve had issues in past Papa John’s pizzas where those “fresh cut Roma tomatoes” really didn’t work for me. I like tomatoes, it’s just that they haven’t been utilized appropriately on some PJ’s pizza combos. The same issue with tomatoes is found with this pizza and I felt the juicy, wet texture has a sort of dull impact when you get a good sized chunk in a bite. Another concern I had was pickles on a pizza. Turns out they weren’t that bad after all and I think pickles on this pizza worked better for me than pickles on a bacon cheeseburger. There wasn’t a big sour bite from the pickle slices, just enough to let you know they’re there. The distribution was pretty even and I never felt like there were too many.
Although the morsels of beef and hickory-smoked bacon were decently salty and flavorful, there just wasn’t enough of it. When I think about having a bacon cheeseburger style pizza, I expect the beef and bacon to have a big impact. With not enough beef and bacon topping, my attention kept shifting to minor ingredients that deserve to be afterthoughts. I’d say there was a slight disappointment that this wasn’t a meatier pizza, but it still somehow managed to come out quite decent. The mildly tangy burger sauce provided for a delicately creamy base that made most of its impact around where the mozzarella meets the end crust. As for that end crust, garlic butter bailed it out.
The sum of its parts might have a couple issues here and there, but the product still came out a minor success. This was a pleasant surprise for me as I likely wouldn’t have considered this outside the realm of writing a review.
Pros: Combining a bacon cheeseburger with a pizza seems like a win by default. The pickles weren't so bad after all. Burger sauce base.
Cons: Could have been beefier, meatier. Sad to not see onions, but tomatoes somehow made the cut.
Price: $12 for a large
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: papajohns.com
1 large slice
Total Fat - 20 grams
Saturated Fat - 7 grams
Carbs - 37 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Sugar - 5 grams
Protein - 14 grams