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.
Pizza 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.
I’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.
There 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.
With 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.
Price: $11 ANY (promo price)
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: https://order.pizzahut.com/home