Review: BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza from Pizza Hut

Today Pizza Hut launched a big overhaul to their pizza menu.  The menu is full of pizza-tweaks like seasoned crusts, sauce flavor drizzle choices, and new toppings.  There’s a dozen or so specialty combination pizzas to choose from and it was a tough decision to figure out which one would be worthy of a review.  I wanted to make sure my new choice included one of everything… at least one new topping, flavored crust and a sauce drizzle.  Since GrubGrade is no stranger to cheeseburgers, I decided on the new BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza.

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger PizzaPizza Hut describes their new BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza like this:

Barbeque sauce topped with classic meatballs, hardwood smoked bacon, fresh red onions and diced Roma tomatoes.  Flavored up with toasted cheddar on the crust edge and a barbeque sauce drizzle.

The new recipe specialty pizzas are priced at $14.99 on the Pizza Hut website with only the large size as an option.  If you avoid the specific “New Recipe” page, you can get your other size choices through “Create Your Own”.  I took advantage of an $11 Any promo and still went with a medium-sized pizza for some reason… oh well.  

BBQ Cheeseburger Pizza from Pizza HutI’m not too upset over getting a little less pizza I could have for the price because as it turns out I didn’t need any more mediocre pizza.  With a $3.00 delivery charge plus tax/tip, I was in the hole $18 for one medium new recipe BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza… yeah I guess that did kinda upset me.  I won’t be close-minded and declare the new recipe Pizza Hut pizzas as mediocre, but this particular pizza had some issues.  My biggest complaint would be there just wasn’t enough cheese and I hope that isn’t the case for all the new recipe pizzas.  It seemed like besides the toasted cheddar crust edge, cheese was a complete afterthought.  My pizza was completely dominated by red onions and the diced Roma tomatoes.  The tomatoes especially made for too much floppy, wet weight.

BBQ Pizza Hut CheeseburgerThere was a lack of balance when it came to textures and moisture which made my pizza fall apart in places.  Caution: Watch for falling dry meatballs. With barely any cheese to stick to, the classic meatballs struggle to stay on.  Dryness aside, the meatballs were big and chunky and I can see myself ordering them in a future pizza purchase.  The “dry” comment probably comes from the meatballs sticking out so much while surrounded by wet tomatoes and bbq sauce.  I couldn’t get a good feel for the bbq sauce flavor as it could’ve used some more.  Like Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza, the bbq sauce is more on the sweet side, but it seemed to balance decently with the pieces of smoky bacon strewn about.  I liked the cheddar toasted edges to the crust as it made for a heartier texture and crisp crunch of toasty cheddar.

BBQ Cheeseburger Pizza f Pizza HutWith a lack of cheese and an overload of tomatoes and onions, the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger from Pizza Hut failed to impress me.  There’s a couple highlights, but it was mostly a confusing mess of ingredients.  I can’t even call the bbq sauce drizzle a positive here as it seems like that drizzle idea will only be noticeable in promotional images.  I won’t shy away from trying another new recipe pizza from Pizza Hut because there’s a lot of interesting combinations to choose from.  I’m just crossing my fingers that the next pizza has better balance and isn’t hindered by too much of one bad ingredient.

Pros: Cheddar toasted crust edge. Hearty meatballs.

Cons: Ingredients unbalanced. Texture mess. Roma tomato soup. Need more cheese! Pizza delivery cost.

Taste: 5.25/10
Value: 5.25/10
Price: $11 ANY (promo price)

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10

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23 comments on “Review: BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza from Pizza Hut

  1. Elise says:

    The meatballs definitely look like turds though

    • BigBelly says:

      dry, burnt ones, like they shot out the devils ass
      this certainly doesn’t make me want to return..

      red hut down, red hut down :/

  2. Jonathan Wayne says:

    With an exotic new menu I would probably have tried something well a little more exotic like the Sweet Sriracha Dynamite or the Garden Party and not the one that was the closest one to generic regular pizza or custom build something. That being said, the product above does not look appealing, especially at that price.

  3. Flora says:

    Ryan, The next time you want Cheese on your Pizza just order Extra Cheese

      • Rick says:

        I tried the Meatballs for the first time tonight and they are probably the best topping on their menu…
        I highly recommend The hand tossed with extra cheese (2X) and extra meatball (2X)…I am 53 and it is the best pizza I have ever gotten from Pizza Hut…
        The one BIG issue I have noticed that almost all pizza delivery places are making lately is they are not leaving the pizza in the oven to cook it and get it nicely toasted on the bottom making the pizza too chewy. They are probably in too big of a hurry to deliver it within a certain amount of time. They need to realize it is all about quality, an extra 10 minutes arriving is not a big deal…
        gladly, I did not have that problem tonight. Pizza Hut is definitely getting better…

  4. Daniel says:

    I tried the giddy-up bbq chicken personal pan and I was pleasantly surprised. The flavors blended well and the bacon was good and crispy. I can’t wait to try it as stuffed crust.

  5. finger food says:

    I tried the Peruvian peppers with the balsamic drizzle and the boom boom ginger on the skinny crust. It was good! But I don’t think that crust would have held up under heavier toppings like the meatballs.

  6. Dustin says:

    They had a deal online to get a large create-your-own pizza for $7.99. I chose meatballs and the Peruvian peppers as my toppings, the sauce crushed tomato, and the “Hut favorite” pizza crust. And it’s pretty tasty. The meatballs look dry but I thought they were flavorful. Peppers were sweet. The sauce tasted good but not too much different from the original sauce. I liked the crust topping because it tastes like one of their breadsticks. I would give it a 7/10 and say it’s worth a try.

  7. alan rodriguez says:

    sumtimes al that toppings is deadweight so the cheeese doesnt hold and any heavynesss falls offf… ilstik to bacon or ham… jeesh..

  8. Ray says:

    Meat lovers pan pizza is the only item i ever get. Greasy eats.

  9. Justin ST says:

    That does not look good. I’m sorry.

  10. James says:

    Looks more like the Pizza Hut “Massacre” pizza. It just looks overdone and unappealing in color. I like hearty pizza but this looks too hearty. Then again, I’m not really a fan of bbq on my pizza. I’ll stick with a fresh light pizza packed with flavor.

  11. Nick says:

    Screw all this fancy stuff. It’s Pizza Hut! Go back and repair the core products that are crap now before trying scheme after scheme to regain the customers you already lost before looking to get new ones. Burger King, KFC, you’re on the list too.

  12. It looks like a dog’s breakfast. Thanks for the warning.

  13. average joe says:

    ok so I actually work at pizza hut, (won’t say who I am for obvious reasons) and that pizza was made by either a new guy or a cook who doesn’t care about their job.
    I also work as a cook and if you got a good cook then it would have turned out better.
    the toppings were over spec causing the issues you described, the cheese was skimpy rather than the full amount we are supposed to put on, and yeah it was mostly the cook’s fault.
    a well made bbq bacon cheeseburger pizza is actually better than described here.
    mostly because the balance is better, the toppings not so heavy, and yeah, I think you just got a bad pie or a bad cook making said pie.

    did you try ordering from a different pizza hut to see if there was a difference?
    that can often be the case between a great pizza and one that’s just utter garbage.

    90% of it depends on who’s working that day too.

    anyway, sorry you got a bad one, hoping your next one goes better.
    Average Joe.

  14. Raul Justice says:

    I had the new BBQ chicken pizza with the Honey Srirarcha crust. It was easily the best pizza I have ever tried from pizza hut.

    I also ordered the Honey Sriracha wings. THEY WERE AWESOME!! I am always disappointed anything from pizza hut, but this time was a nice surprise!

  15. Gern Blanston says:

    Got one last night with salami, pepperoni, olives, and the Peruvian peppers. Crust was the fiery red with the buffalo drizzle. Pizza was good, but the flavored crust and drizzle were hardly noticeable. I’d bet their test kitchen pizzas are superb, but once released to individual stores, the quality of your order depends on the motivation of the employee preparing it and whether management is cutting corners. True anywhere though…when’s the last time your fast food looked like that in the advertisement?

  16. Matt says:

    Got one of these with the pretzel crust, sweet sauce, pepperoni and green pepper. Must say it was pretty tasty, but the new sweet sauce is perhaps a little too overstated in its sweetness. I couldn’t find a drizzle that seemed to match with those flavors so I avoided it. I also got a deal for 7.99 any 2 topping large with free crust upgrade, free drizzle. I would give mine an overall 7.5/10. Plenty of cheese, plenty of sauce. Here’s a Pizza Hut trick. Order extra sauce and a well done crust. Keeps it from getting soggy or dried out but nice and crisp and delicious at the same time.

    By the way, I found this site yesterday and now I’m a fan. I was so inspired by the virgin tater tot review from 2010 that I went to the store at 6am and made them with breakfast for my 16 month old daughter for her first time trying them. After an egg and sausage, she ate like 10 of them. I added some season salt because of one of the comments…she loved em…We had them again in the afternoon. I’ll make sure she doesn’t grow up missing out on tater tots… Neither will her twin siblings due next week either!

  17. sandy says:

    ^^Awww Matt, what a cute story. Twins on the way too…you won’t be getting much sleep for a while! 😉

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