We Tried the Wildly Popular Pickle Pizza at QC Pizza—and Yes, It Lives Up to the Hype

Like the name says, this pickle pizza really is a Kinda Big Dill.

People who love pickles have been pretty adventurous lately, finding all kinds of ways to enjoy this tangy snack. As a lover of both pickles and spicy foods myself, I’ve been interested in trying the spicy taco pickles, but TikTok is also buzzing with recipes for ranch pickles, Kool-Aid pickles and even chocolate-covered pickles.

But ever since one Minnesota pizza joint made a pickle-covered pizza a few years ago, pickle lovers have been divided by this unusual pie. To settle the debate, I decided to go sample this famous pickle pizza.

Who Sells Dill Pickle Pizza?

The viral “Kinda Big Dill Pizza” is sold by QC Pizza in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, although the restaurant just opened a second location in Minneapolis, too. (QC stands for Quad Cities, a group of five cities on the Iowa/Illinois border, where the owner of QC Pizza is from.) The area has its own regional style of pizza, with quirks like putting malt in the dough and slicing the pizza into thin strips instead of triangles or squares.

After moving to Minnesota, the owner learned about “Minnesota sushi,” a snack made with pickle spears wrapped in cream cheese and ham, and then cut into slices. The Kinda Big Dill pizza is inspired by Minnesota sushi! It has a garlic-dill sauce, Canadian bacon, mozzarella cheese, fresh dill and, of course, pickles.

Created in 2018, the pickle pizza eventually became popular enough to be sold and shipped nationally on Goldbelly. You can have the pizza delivered right to your house, without having to make a trip to Minnesota.

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What Does Dill Pickle Pizza Taste Like?

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The garlic-dill sauce, 48-hour smoked Canadian bacon, mozzarella, two layers of pickles and sprinkling of fresh dill create a smoky and vinegary yet fresh fusion of flavors that takes you by surprise. The sheer amount of melty mozzarella layered onto this pizza makes for a pretty impressive cheese pull, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a triple layer of pickles in one bite.

This pizza isn’t the sauciest, but it doesn’t need to be because the rest of the toppings pack enough punch. And the smell of the pizza alone—mostly the fresh dill—really fills a room.

I don’t know about you, but I also love eating pizza cold. When you eat this dill pickle pizza cold, it really tastes similar to the inspiration for the pie. If you like this pickle pizza, you need to make Minnesota sushi, too!

Our Thoughts on the Dill Pickle Pizza

I expected to like the combination of pickles and pizza—but I didn’t expect to like it so much. I knew that putting something I love (pickles) on top of something else I love (pizza) might create something I also love, but I was surprised about how well the toppings really worked together! The smokiness of the Canadian bacon and the tanginess of the pickles were a perfect pair.

I also loved the thickness of the crust, and the nutty flavor from the malt in the crust that you notice most when eating the “corner” pieces. And seriously, the crunch that the pickles provided should be required on every pizza.

How to Make Dill Pickle Pizza at Home

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If you don’t want to order from Goldbelly or make the trip to Minnesota, recreate this dill pickle pizza at home.

Step 1: Make the crust

You can make a homemade pizza crust or buy a premade crust, but either way, I’d recommend a crust with medium thickness to support all of the tangy toppings.

QC Pizza’s dough has malt in the crust, but if you don’t have malt at home, I recommend our recipe for the best pizza dough with all-purpose flour.

Step 2: Layer on the toppings

To make it as close to QC Pizza’s version as possible, make sure to layer the toppings in this order: crust, garlic-dill sauce, Canadian bacon, pickles, mozzarella cheese, another layer of pickles and then fresh dill. Yes, two layers of pickles!

Step 3: Bake

Preheat the oven to about 400°F. Put the dill pickle pizza in the oven, and pull it out when the edges get pretty golden for optimal crunch. You can also finish the pizza under the broiler, but keep an eye on it.

Step 4: Slice the pizza

Slice your homemade pickle pizza Quad Cities style: in half one way, and into long slices the other. You might need a long spatula to help pick up a piece, but commit to making the dill pickle pizza the QC way. You won’t regret it!

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Lauren Pahmeier
Lauren Pahmeier is Minneapolis-based journalist who loves writing about anything and everything food. Her work has appeared in local publications like Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Eater Twin Cities, the Pioneer Press, and more.