Meat Crust Pizza (Meatza)

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Total Time: 30 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Servings: 4

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

251 calories
14g fat
4g carbs
28g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 251
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 1198mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g  
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Protein 28g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 481mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Whether you are trying to cut down on the carbs or eliminating gluten from your diet, pizza may be a forbidden food. But what if the crust was made out of meat instead of the traditional flour-based dough?

The typical meat base for a pizza made with a meat crust, also called a "meatza," is a pounded chicken breast, but this recipe uses ground beef for something a little different. You can bake the meat crust in the oven or cook it on the grill. Using the grill is a bit more work, but a lot tastier—it creates a nice smoky, grilled flavor.

This recipe calls for sugar-free pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce to keep the calorie count down. The sugar-free spaghetti sauce may be easier to find in the grocery store and works just as well. When it comes to the toppings, think healthy and load up on the veggies—you will make the pizza a complete meal filled with all the nutrients you need.

If you like the idea of a dough-less pizza crust, there are many other options, such as a portabello mushroom crust, egg crust, and deep-dish bell pepper crust. 


  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef (90/10 fat ratio)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • Pizza toppings of your choice


Oven Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  2. Mix the meat, salt, and spices together in a bowl and spread the mixture out on a baking sheet with sides (such as a jelly roll pan). You want the meat spread thin, but without holes. It doesn't have to reach the edges of the baking sheet and you can make it rectangular, round, or oval.

  3. Bake for about 10 minutes. Carefully pour off the grease. Cover the meat with pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and your choice of pizza toppings and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Grill Method

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. You will need a grilling tray with holes, sometimes called a vegetable grilling sheet or grill grid, as well as a baking sheet (since you can't spread the meat directly on the grilling tray or it will squish down into the holes). 

  2. Mix the meat, salt, and spices together in a bowl. Oil the baking sheet, spread the meat on it—making sure the crust is going to fit onto the grilling tray—and flip the meat onto the grill sheet (this is not hard to do).

  3. Grill the meat until it's brown around the edges. Spoon on the sauce, cheese, and toppings (but leave about 2 inches around the edge for the cheese to melt into), close the grill lid, and cook for 2 to 5 minutes, checking every minute or so, until the cheese is melted. 

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