Caramelized Onion English Muffin Pizzas

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Extra special English muffin pizza made with English muffins, grated Mozzarella cheese, diced ham, tomatoes, and caramelized onions.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Back in 7th grade home-economics, the cooking segment consisted of learning how to make pizza with English muffins, some spaghetti sauce, a little cheese and a toaster oven.

Relax. These aren’t those pizzas.

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These are cool, a little fancy, English muffin pizzas.

When my father came home with a bag of English muffins announcing that he was going to make pizzas with them, I sort of rolled my eyes and stepped away. (Okay, dad, whatever you want.)

caramelized onion English muffin pizza

But when the aroma of caramelizing onions, ham, bubbling Mozzarella wafted through the house, I got my plate ready. We’ll be having these again soon.

Caramelized Onion English Muffin Pizzas Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 English muffin pizzas


  • 6 English muffin halves
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese, packed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup diced ham
  • A pinch of chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon stoneground mustard
  • Optional: A few slices of fresh tomato


1 Preheat oven to 425°F.

2 Cook the onions and ham: Melt butter in a medium skillet on medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the diced ham, cook 5 minutes more. Mix in the sage and mustard. Remove from heat.

3 Assemble the muffin pizzas: Put muffin halves, open side up on a sturdy baking pan. Distribute the cheese evenly, sprinkling over the muffin halves. Put the onion ham mixture on top of the cheese. If you want to use tomato slices, layer them between the cheese and onion mixture.

4 Bake: Bake at 425°F for 8-9 minutes, until the muffins and toppings are nicely browned, but not burnt. Cut into quarters for appetizers or just leave whole for a meal or snack.

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caramelized onion English muffin pizza

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Becky Jenner

    A quick,easy alternative if you don’t have English muffins on hand is bread! One of my children’s favorites is “Pizzawhiches”. Just butter your bread of choice as you would for a grilled cheese.Sprinkle butter side with a smidge of garlic powder and a dash of Italian seasoning.Place the bread butter side down in a heated fry pan.Spread some pizza or spaghetti sauce on the bread.Add cheese’s of choice, some thin pepperoni slices,graded Parmesan and mozzarella or what ever you like on your pizza! Be sure that you start with cheese and end with cheese so your “pizzawhich” melts together! Warm up what’s left of the sauce for dipping in. Enjoy!

  2. Jennie

    I found and then lost a recipe my mother had to make party snacks with english muffins. I’m wondering if anyone else has it? It has pepperoni, cheese, ripe olives, scallions and I think it is held together with mayo.


  3. sandy

    Assemble different ingredients at parties and let guests make their own. Great for kids.

  4. Annie

    I just made your pizza last night on pita bread. I was planning on using english muffins, but I came across the pita bread at the store first and thought they look like mini pizza dough. They were so good and easy!!

  5. Sally

    Just tried your mini pizza. It’s so yummy..Even make the kitchen smell heavenly….My daughter loves it so much.. Thank you!!


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