Get all the flavor of pizza – without the hassle of making or buying pizza dough. You can split the buns in half along the fold to make appetizer-size portions, or you can leave the buns whole for mini-pizzas. These come together quickly, a bonus when time is short.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To make the sauce, combine tomato sauce, garlic, 3 teaspoons herbs, paprika, salt and pepper in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.

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  • When sauce bubbles, reduce to a low simmer and stir. Cover and allow to simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes.

  • Crumble Italian sausage in a pan and cook over medium heat until no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Drain over paper towels. Set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Mix olive oil, garlic and 1 teaspoon herb blend in a small bowl.

  • Open hot dog buns and arrange on sheet pans covered in foil.

  • Separate buns in halves along the folds if you want to make 16 appetizers; leave whole if you want to make 8 pizzas.

  • Brush the buns with the olive oil mixture.

  • Toast buns in the oven for about 5 minutes, just until edges begin to brown.

  • Remove pan from oven and spread each of the buns with the warm tomato sauce.

  • Top with browned Italian sausage, pepperoni slices, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

  • Return pan to the oven and bake at 400 degrees F for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling.

  • Serve garnished with fresh oregano leaves and crushed red pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

516 calories; protein 24.5g; carbohydrates 31.6g; fat 32g; cholesterol 65.5mg; sodium 1886.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2018
7.3.18 These were O.K. but certainly no substitute for pizza. I can see kids loving them but wouldn t serve them as an appetizer for adults (although maybe game day snacks not sure). Yes they certainly are easy to make and that s definitely a bonus point for them and it is great way to use up leftover hot dog buns. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2017
Such a simple and fun way to make mini pizzas. Don t skip the step of toasting the buns before adding the sauce/toppings. It makes all the difference. I used butter and garlic powder before toasting. The sauce wasn t my favorite. In a dash to get dinner on the table I would just buy my favorite brand. Kids would have a lot of fun making these gems using their favorite toppings. The Ball Park buns are the bomb! They re so fresh and have great flavor for a packaged bun. A great way to use leftover buns. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2017
These were delicious! I came in from a Boy Scout meeting with my kids around 7:50 and these were on the table by 8:30. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed them including my two sons. There were no leftovers. I followed the recipe almost exactly - my only change was I used brat buns (they are a little bigger) and I omitted the optional oregano leaves. Everything else was included and made it absolutely delicious. I'd have never thought to use buns this way but my husband asked that I please do it again soon. Definitely! Thanks for the great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2018
7.3.18 These were O.K. but certainly no substitute for pizza. I can see kids loving them but wouldn t serve them as an appetizer for adults (although maybe game day snacks not sure). Yes they certainly are easy to make and that s definitely a bonus point for them and it is great way to use up leftover hot dog buns. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2017
Really easy and a great way to use up unused buns. I used the Ball Park Tailgater buns because that is what I had leftover. The sauce was good but it's not my fave so I'd probably just stick to my own concoction next time. I also used my own toppings. I chopped up one slice of bacon and sautéed it until crisp. Then I sliced one large mushroom and sautéed it in the bacon grease until pretty soft. Then I sautéed some sliced onion in the same pan. I transferred all of the toppings into small individual containers so my son could make his own! He loved it. He made a captain pirate with a bacon mustache! Lol! I definitely will be making these again to use up buns. Quick easy and of course yummy too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
We liked these easy to make pizzas. I did add 1/2 tsp. of basil and 1/2 tsp. of honey to the sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2018
Simple delicious and fun! The kids picked the toppings and we put them together in no time. They loved helping but loved eating them even more...a definite keeper YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2017
The sauce recipe was eady and really tasty - full of flavor! We changed up the toppings some to fit what I had and what we enjoy (mushrooms bacon sliced sausage links) and added some colby jack cheese to the mix. Great for weeknight pizza at home! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2017
My husband and I enjoyed these easy pizzas but there were a few glitches with the written recipe for me: 1) the sauce was too acidic and needed some sweetener added to it. 2) I had sauce sausage and pepperoni left over. No problem...I froze it. 3) the olive oil mixture wasn't enough for the buns. Easy to make more though. 4) I toasted the buns for 8 minutes the first time. Then after they were fully assembled it took closer to 10 minutes for the cheese to fully melt. Recipe issues aside these tasted really good were easy and were a great way to use up hot dog buns. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2017
Delicious! Kind of like a pizza/bread stick combo! Read More
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