I realize that some of you may not know what Frisch’s Big Boy is. Frisch’s was Cincinnati, Ohio’s first Drive-In restaurant in 1946. For all I know, you may only be familiar with Bob’s Big Boy. So I just want to clear things up: Frisch’s Big Boy is the best Big Boy. Sorry. I can say this because I have also had Bob’s Big Boy also. If you don’t live in/ around or visit Ohio or Kentucky, you’re missing out. The good news is, this pizza can be enjoyed anywhere.
Frisch’s has a super famous double-decker burger called the Big Boy. It’s quite simple, but always done to perfection; Buns. Burgers. American cheese. Dill pickles. Frisch’s Tartar Sauce. Shredded Ice Berg Lettuce. This was a staple in my life, all my life. It helped me through a lot of hangovers in my early 20′s. Plus, I don’t even like tartar sauce! That’s how good it is. It’s different from other tartar sauces. It’s tangy, creamy & delicious. Several years after I moved to California, imagine my surprise when my brother told me that he had made Big Boy Pizza. Um, what? How did I not know about this?! I got my hands on some Frisch’s Tartar Sauce as soon as I could & made it (you can order it here). It is TO DIE. Burger pizza, first of all, is just an obvious no-brainer. But this pizza just brings me back to my childhood. Better yet, my husband, who is not from the midwest, loves it equally as much.
- 1 – 12″ Round Pre-cooked Pizza Crust (like Boboli)
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 (9 ounce) Jar Frisch’s Tartar Sauce
- 1 pound Cooked Ground Beef, drained
- Dill Pickle Slices (to taste)
- 1 cup Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
- Shredded Iceberg Lettuce (pre-packaged bag), washed & dried
- Preheat oven (with pizza stone, if you have one) to 450 degrees F.
- Place pre-cooked pizza crust onto a large cutting board. Using a pastry brush, coat the crust evenly with olive oil from edge to edge. Next, coat the crust evenly with tartar sauce using the back of a large spoon or rubber spatula, leaving about a ¾” border. Add the drained & cooked ground beef and then place dill pickles evenly across the pizza (as you would pepperoni). Next sprinkle the cheese evenly over the pickles and meat.
- Bake pizza for about 6-8 minutes, then add the lettuce, and bake for another 2 minutes or so. (You can add lettuce anytime during cooking, or wait until it is completely done cooking, depending on your preference). Bake pizza for a total of 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted & edge turn golden brown.
- Remove pizza from oven & cut into 6-8 wedge pieces.
*This pizza reheats really well, so keep any leftovers in an airtight container, stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
*Adapted from a combination of Frisch’s Recipes and my brother