Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions Review

Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions

Here at Freezer Meal Frenzy, our love for pizza is no small thing. When the pizza craving hits, it hits like a freight train. We were having one of those freight-train-sized pizza cravings today, so we thought we’d dive into the Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions.

What’s that? You’ve never heard of Lunds & Byerlys? If you don’t live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in Minnesota, then we can’t really blame you. This is a chain of upscale grocery stores located in the Twin Cities metro area. Lunds & Byerlys (or just L&B) has a full line of frozen food, and since the Freezer Meal Frenzy office is located smack in the middle of the L&B empire, we have easy access to their food.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling. We’re hungry, so we’re going to dive into this review.

First off, we should point out how the picture on the box makes this look like something it isn’t. To see what we mean, check out the image below and compare it with the image at the top of this article.

Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions

In actuality, this is much smaller than it looks on the box. On top of that, the topping portions aren’t nearly as generous as you might assume, and they end up all clustered in the middle of the pizza. Now, the pieces in the middle are nothing short of divine, but that’s at the expense of the entire rest of the pizza. (Sure, we could have spent some time rearranging this before we popped it into the oven, but that’s not typically a thing we need to do with a frozen pizza.)

We found the crust to be a bit too crispy for our personal tastes. Part of this is because we gave it a little extra cook time. However, the reason we gave it some extra cook time is because the first time we took it out of the oven, the cheese wasn’t all the way melted yet.

Here in Minnesota, we have a simple rule for the sausage on our pizzas — the bigger, the better. The balls of sausage on this pizza might appear to be slightly larger than average, but they’re smaller than what we’d expect from a Minnesota-style pizza. They also don’t taste as good as we hoped they would — they’re less spicy and more meatloaf-tasting than any true sausage should be. Also, sausage seems like a strange choice for a BBQ pizza over something like chicken or bacon.

Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions

The BBQ sauce is pretty good, but it has a little bit of an artificial aftertaste to it. In fact, we couldn’t help but wonder what this would have tasted like with a spicy red sauce instead of a BBQ sauce (especially after trying the Artisan Flatbread Sausage Pizza).

If you’re watching your calories, you’ll want to steer clear of this pizza. The box claims that half a pizza is a serving, yet we think a hungry person could easily chomp a whole pie without problem. That means the 490 calories is really, really high, and a full pizza will contain almost 1,000 calories. Keep that in mind if you’re planning a trip to Minnesota to try some L&B frozen pizza.

We spent a lot of time complaining in the previous paragraphs, but we should be clear that this is a great-tasting pizza. We don’t mean to give the impression that it’s not, and most of our complaints are nitpicks. We do think this pizza has some flaws, and it could easily be better than it is, but we’d still take this over something like, say, the Trader Joe’s BBQ Chicken Pizza.

To summarize, the Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions is by no means perfect, but it’s still a delicious frozen pizza. We have some nitpicks, and we wish there were fewer calories, but we still found this to be a satisfying squasher of our pizza craving.

To learn more about the cooking instructions, nutritional content, or ingredients for this L&B frozen pizza, check out our package scans below.

Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions
Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions
Lunds & Byerlys Artisan Flatbread Meatball Pizza with BBQ Sauce, Peppers and Onions