Easy Vegan Cheeseburger Pizza
Being vegan doesn’t mean we do without pizza. In Atlanta, we had many places where we could get vegan pizza, with vegan cheese and everything!
Out on the road, vegan pizza isn’t always that easy to come by. Sure, at some places you can leave off the dairy cheese, and their pizza will be vegan. But I’m totally not down with that. Pizza has cheese, period. Or I’m not interested.
Luckily, we’ve had no trouble finding the tools to build a pizza in the RV.
Vegan Pizza Dough
Sure, I’m perfectly capable of making pizza dough and have the necessary ingredients. But that takes time. And we’re hungry now. Luckily, there are a few prepared crusts you can pick up at the store so you can make a pizza in a jiffy.
Pillsbury Pizza Crust – both the thin and classic are accidentally vegan, and you can find them in almost any grocery store.
Publix Pizza Dough Ball – As I’m writing this, we’ve been in Florida for about 2 1/2 months. So that means we’ve been shopping at Publix. A lot. The larger ones with a bakery often have pizza dough balls you can buy that happen to be vegan.
Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough – If you’re lucky enough to be near a Trader Joe’s, stock up on their pizza dough because it’s a crazy good value!
As always, don’t forget to check the ingredients of items not specifically marked vegan. Formulations change all the time.
Back in the day, our vegan cheese choices were extremely limited. These days you have so many vegan options! It’s hard to keep up with what’s available because new options are coming out all the time. You’ll need to experiment to find the ones you like the best.
For pizza, our ideal combination used to be half Daiya and half Teese from Chicago Vegan Foods. But Teese is no longer sold in retail outlets. Sadface. Now we either take our Daiya straight or mix it with Go Veggie vegan shreds (careful, they have non-vegan cheese too) or Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds.
So why do we mix the Daiya? Daiya has a strong taste, for one. It melts nicely, but if you use too much of it, it can be .. too much. Some people report an upset tummy. For me, too much seems way too snot-like. TMI, right? But better to be warned, right?
Vegan Burger Crumbles
Again, just like vegan cheese, there are many vegan burgers and crumble options out there. Boca, Gardein, Yves, Beyond Meat, etc. Some you’ll find in the refrigerator section, but most of them will be in the freezer. We’ve seen all of these at either Publix or Kroger. A specialty store might have even more options.
Use your favorite, or you can crumble up your favorite vegan burger. For this vegan pizza recipe, you’ll want one has a meaty texture rather than some of the softer grain and veggie patties. We used the Beyond Meat crumbles in this recipe. They are almost pellet-like rather than the smaller crumbles of the others.
- 1 prepared pizza dough prepped according to package
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 4-5 ounces vegan cheese cheddar or cheddar mozzarella mix
- 4 ounces vegan burger crumbles
- 12 dill pickle slices optional
- Preheat oven to 425° F. If you have a pizza stone, put it in the oven on the rack. Lightly grease 16" pizza pan or rectangular 1/4 sheet pan with olive oil and set aside.
- Prepare pizza dough according to the package. Some need to come to room temperature before rolling out. Others are pre-rolled and don't require that.
- Place rolled out dough in pan. Carefully stretch to edges if needed. Using a fork, poke holes all over the middle section of the dough leaving the edges hole-free. This helps prevent bubbles from forming.
- Squirt the ketchup all over the middle of the dough. Then do the same with the mustard. Swirl with the back of a spoon until crust is covered, minus the edges.
- Lightly sprinkle cheese on the crust. If using straight Daiya, go a little lighter. If using only Daiya, you definitely don't want to completely cover the crust. It'll be too gooey.
- Sprinkle the crumbles over the cheese. If using frozen, no need to thaw.
- Bake at 425° F for 12-18 minutes until crust is lightly browned, cheese has started to melt, and center of pizza is completely heated. If the cheese won't melt but the crust appears done, put the pizza under the broiler for about 30 seconds while you watch to make sure it doesn't burn.
- Let cool for about 5 minutes then slice. Top with the sliced pickles if desired. Now, eat the crap out of it.
About the Author
vegan. full-time traveler. rv dweller. food lover. cow petter.
Laura, have you ever made your own cheese to use on the top of pizza?
I haven’t but if I did it would probably be a simple cashew cheese or tofu ricotta. Something that doesn’t involve too much fuss or ingredients that only get used rarely. In the house, I totally didn’t mind buying whatever ingredients were required but we just don’t have space in the RV.