Papa John’s Nutrition (Calories, Specials, Cheeseburger Pizza)

Papa Johns Menu Nutrition

Papa John’s nutrition is not as bad as you might think. It’s pizza, so its not health food, but it is what you make of it. If you’re on a diet then you can simply reduce the size and style of your pizza to get something that is less fattening and has fewer calories.

To learn more about how you can manipulate your pizza to make it healthier, and to see more about the calories that are in your pizza, take a look at the Papa John’s nutrition tables below. These contain all nutritional information for Papa John’s menu items. If you keep reading beyond this you will also find out more regarding Papa John’s nutrition, as well as vegan options, gluten free options and more.

You may also want to check with our Papa John’s Menu Prices page, which contains a full list of prices for all of these items.

Papa John’s Nutrition

Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Pepperoni Pizza, Original Crust Large32013505
Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Large290104.504
Pepperoni Pizza, Original Crust Medium2209403
Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Medium21083.503
Pepperoni Pizza, Thin Crust Large25014502
Cheese Pizza, Thin Crust Large210114.502
Cheesesticks46020805
The Meats Pizza, Thin Crust Large30019702
The Works Pizza, Original Crust Large36014505
Breadsticks3004.50.505
BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large360115011
BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza, Original Crust for One24083.508
BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza, Original Crust Large340114.5011
BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza, Original Crust Medium24083.508
BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza, Original Crust Small2308302
BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza, Thin Crust Large27012508
Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large40018605
Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Original Crust for One260123.503
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
BBQ Sauce4500010
BBQ Wings220143.504
Blue Cheese Sauce160163.501
Breadsticks3004.50.505
Brookie19094017
Bruschetta Cheesesticks, 10 inch42020705
Bruschetta Cheesesticks, 12 inch5002490.56
Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Original Crust Large37017604
Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Original Crust Medium26012403
Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Original Crust Small25012403
Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Thin Crust Large32019601
Buffalo Sauce150.5002
Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large300104.505
Cheese Pizza, Original Crust for One20073.503
Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Large290104.504
Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Medium21083.503
Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Small18062.503
Cheese Pizza, Thin Crust Large210114.502
Cheese Sauce403.5101
Cheesesticks46020805
Chicken & Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large31082.506
Chicken & Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust for One2006204
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Chicken & Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Large2807205
Chicken & Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Medium20051.504
Chicken & Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Small1904.51.503
Chicken & Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Thin Crust Large21082.502
Chicken Cordon Blue Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large38015705
Chicken Cordon Blue Pizza, Original Crust Large36015704
Chicken Cordon Blue Pizza, Original Crust Medium26011503
Chicken Cordon Blue Pizza, Original Crust Small240104.503
Chicken Cordon Blue Pizza, Thin Crust Large29016702
Chicken Poppers18071.501
Chocolate Chip Cookie200103018
Cinnamon Knots37082032
Cinnapie560196039
Crushed Red Pepper50000
Double Bacon Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large37015705
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Double Bacon Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Large35014605
Double Bacon Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Medium250104.503
Double Bacon Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Small24010403
Double Bacon Six Cheese Pizza, Thin Crust Large29016702
Double Chocolate Chip Brownie240123.5023
Garden Fresh Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large3209406
Garden Fresh Pizza, Original Crust for One2106304
Garden Fresh Pizza, Original Crust Large30093.505
Garden Fresh Pizza, Original Crust Medium2207304
Garden Fresh Pizza, Original Crust Small20062.503
Garden Fresh Pizza, Thin Crust Large23010403
Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks35010205
Greek Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large38015606
Greek Pizza, Original Crust for One240103.504
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Greek Pizza, Original Crust Large36014605
Greek Pizza, Original Crust Medium25010404
Greek Pizza, Original Crust Small24010404
Greek Pizza, Thin Crust Large28016603
Grilled Chicken & Canadian Bacon Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large29072.505
Grilled Chicken & Canadian Bacon Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust for One20062.503
Grilled Chicken & Canadian Bacon Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Large27072.505
Grilled Chicken & Canadian Bacon Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Medium1904.51.503
Grilled Chicken & Canadian Bacon Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Small1804.51.503
Grilled Chicken & Canadian Bacon Lighter Choice Pizza, Thin Crust Large19082.502
Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large33011006
Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza, Original Crust for One2309004
Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza, Original Crust Large32011005

Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza, Original Crust Medium
2308004
Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza, Original Crust Small2208004
Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza, Thin Crust Large25012003
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large370125013
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza, Original Crust for One25083.509

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza, Original Crust Large
360114.5012
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza, Original Crust Medium25083.509
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza, Original Crust Small2307308
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza, Thin Crust Large280125010
Hawaiian Chicken Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large28072.507
Hawaiian Chicken Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust for One2005205
Hawaiian Chicken Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Large2606206
Hawaiian Chicken Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Medium1904.51.504
Hawaiian Chicken Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Small18041.504
Hawaiian Chicken Lighter Choice Pizza, Thin Crust Large19072.504
Honey Chipotle Wings230143.505
Honey Mustard Sauce150152.504
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
John's Favorite Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large41021903
John's Favorite Pizza, Original Crust for One28015602
John's Favorite Pizza, Original Crust Large39020803
John's Favorite Pizza, Original Crust Medium28014602
John's Favorite Pizza, Original Crust Small26013602
John's Favorite Pizza, Thin Crust Large32022901
Mediterranean Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large30072.505
Mediterranean Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust for One1905203
Mediterranean Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Large2707205
Mediterranean Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Medium1904.51.504
Mediterranean Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Small1804.51.503
Mediterranean Veggie Lighter Choice Pizza, Thin Crust Large20082.502
Parmesan Cheese1510.500
Pepperoncinis50004
Pepperoni Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large33014505
Pepperoni Pizza, Original Crust for One22010403
Pepperoni Pizza, Original Crust Large32013505
Pepperoni Pizza, Original Crust Medium2209403
Pepperoni Pizza, Original Crust Small21093.503
Pepperoni Pizza, Thin Crust Large25014502
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large40019705
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, Original Crust for One28015503
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, Original Crust Large36017604
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, Original Crust Medium25012403
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, Original Crust Small24011403
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, Thin Crust Large29018602
Pico De Gallo200002
Pizza Sauce201001
Ranch Sauce100101.501
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large34015605
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust for One23010403
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust Large33015604
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust Medium240114.503
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust Small22010403
Sausage Pizza, Thin Crust Large26016602
Special Garlic Sauce15017300
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust for One23010403
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust Large33015604
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust Medium240114.503
Sausage Pizza, Original Crust Small22010403
Sausage Pizza, Thin Crust Large26016602
Special Garlic Sauce15017300
Special Seasonings50000
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Spicy Buffalo Wings210143.501
Spicy Italian Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large40020805
Spicy Italian Pizza, Original Crust for One27014503
Spicy Italian Pizza, Original Crust Large38018704
Spicy Italian Pizza, Original Crust Medium27013503
Spicy Italian Pizza, Original Crust Small240114.503
Spicy Italian Pizza, Thin Crust Large31020702
Spinach Alfredo Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large300114.504
Spinach Alfredo Pizza, Original Crust for One2008402
Spinach Alfredo Pizza, Original Crust Large280104.504
Spinach Alfredo Pizza, Original Crust Medium20083.503
Spinach Alfredo Pizza, Original Crust Small1907302
Spinach Alfredo Pizza, Original Crust Small21011501
The Meats Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large40019805
The Meats Pizza, Original Crust for One26012503
The Meats Pizza, Original Crust for One38017705
The Meats Pizza, Original Crust Medium260114.503
The Meats Pizza, Original Crust Small250124.503
The Meats Pizza, Original Crust Small30019702
The Works Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large39015606
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
The Works Pizza, Original Crust for One24010404
The Works Pizza, Original Crust Large36014505
The Works Pizza, Original Crust Medium2509404
The Works Pizza, Original Crust Small24093.503
The Works Pizza, Thin Crust Large29015602
Tropical Luau Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large28072.507
Tropical Luau Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust for One19062.505
Tropical Luau Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Large26062.506
Tropical Luau Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Medium1804.51.504
Tropical Luau Lighter Choice Pizza, Original Crust Small1704.51.504
Tropical Luau Lighter Choice Pizza, Thin Crust Large19082.504
Tuscan Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Extra Large33012605
Tuscan Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust for One2209403
Tuscan Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Large32013604
Tuscan Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Medium23094.503
Tuscan Six Cheese Pizza, Original Crust Small2209403
uscan Six Cheese Pizza, Thin Crust Large25013602
Unsauced Roasted Wings200143.500
Vanilla Yogurt with Strawberries29020036

Papa John’s Calories

Papa John's Calories

The calories are on par with what you would get at other pizza chains. They are high, but only because it’s pizza—it’s hardly a diet food. If you want the healthier options then there are plenty of things you can do to cut down on calories and fat, including:

  • Drink Water: Pizza comes loaded with salt. It doesn’t matter if you add extra salt or not, because there is salt in the base, the sauce and the cheese. And that’s before you add any cured meats or other salted toppings and sauces. All of this can make you thirsty and this tempts people into buying sugary sodas and then gulping them down. This is a sure-fire way to get a lot of extra, empty calories. So, opt for water.
  • Thin Crust: A lot of the calories in pizza is in the crust. If the crust is thick and the pizza is big, then there will be a lot of empty calories there. Not only that, but more cheese and sauce are added to thick bases to balance it out. Opt for the thin crust and you can cut the calories in half, even when ordering the same size.
  • Cheese: Mozzarella cheese isn’t as bad as many other cheeses, but it’s still fattening. If you want to reduce calories and fat, avoid cheese stuffed crust, don’t get extra cheese and avoid goat’s cheese and other cheeses. You can also skip on the cheese altogether, but then it wouldn’t be pizza!
  • Toppings: Don’t stress too much over the toppings. We find that people try to convince themselves that the fat and the calories are in the toppings. They avoid the cured meats and get the plain cheese and think they are reducing their intake, not realizing that the toppings account for a small portion of the calories and that extra cheese is often added to plain pizzas.
  • Sides: Opt for a salad or a light potato side if you want to keep the calories down. Dough balls and the bread snacks can be as calorific as the pizza, and the same goes for wings.

In general, Papa John’s nutrition is what you make of it. As you can see on our Papa John’s nutrition tables, there are low calorie options on the menu. You just need to order them and avoid the temptation to go full-fat and high-calorie.

Papa John’s Specials

There are many Papa John’s specials added to the menu every now and then. These include seasonal extras that come and go, and specials that stay for a little longer. The Papa John’s Cheeseburger Pizza was a part of this (more details below_, and one of the ones that stuck around. Others have been less of a success and have gone.

If you enjoyed a pizza that is no longer on the menu it might mean that it just didn’t prove popular enough, otherwise it would still be there. Don’t worry though, because in most cases you can still make it. If they have the ingredients separately then just make your own and add them. If they don’t have a specific ingredient then ask them for it. Yo might be pleasantly surprised.

Papa John’s Toppings

One of the things that makes Papa John’s so different is the fact that they don’t charge for extra toppings, so you can go crazy and turn those pizzas into the sort of pies you can find at Donato’s Pizza, where edge-to-edge is the style. As we mentioned above, Papa John’s nutrition is more about dough and cheese than toppings, but you will need to watch out for some of them.

Here are a selection of Papa John’s toppings you can find in all locations.

  • Anchovies
  • Beef
  • Bacon (including Canadian Bacon)
  • Chicken
  • Italian Sausage (and Regular Sausage
  • Pepperoni
  • Peppers (Green, Banana, Jalapeño)
  • Three Cheese Blend
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Ranch Sauce
  • Chicken BBQ Sauce
  • Since Alfredo Sauce
  • Olives (Ripe and Green)
  • Pineapple
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms

Papa John’s Vegan

Papa John's Vegan

There are plenty of veggie toppings at this chain and you can also skip the cheese to make sure that the topping is vegan, but what about the crust? You might be surprised to learn that many pizza crusts sold at popular chains are not vegan.

As it happens, Papa John’s do have a vegan pizza base and are one of the only one that does. This is something that even the likes of Pizza Hut and Domino’s have struggled with, so this is a great choice for vegan diners. The sauce and the original hand-tossed pizza base are the vegan options, so providing you don’t order the cheese and you stick with this base, then you’ll be good.

You may also be surprised (and delighted) to learn that the garlic dip is vegan! It may not look, smell or even taste like it is, but we have it on good authority that it is. If that’s not enough to put a smile on your face, then we don’t know what is.

Papa John’s Cheeseburger Pizza

You may have heard of pizzas that come with cheeseburger crusts, mini-burgers that do away with the standard crust and offer a unique experience. These often sound better than they are. In truth, they are just not practical. They create a mess and if there are actual burger patties in there as there often are, then it’s just too much to take.

It’s not too dissimilar to the hotdog stuffed crust pizza we discussed on the Pizza Hut secret menu, and it will leave you just as full and ready to explode. However, the Papa John’s Cheeseburger Pizza is nothing like that. Instead, it is a pizza that combines all of the elements of America’s favorite American fare with their favorite Italian fare.

This pizza is not available at all locations and it hasn’t been available for a long time. But if you can find it at your nearest Papa John’s location, then we recommend you go for it. The Papa John’s Cheeseburger Pizza combines pieces of beef, tomatoes, chicory-smoked bacon, pickles and burger sauce, all of their usual tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese topping.

There’s a lot to like here, and there is even more to like when you order it with the Papa John’s cheesy bread sides.

Does Papa John’s Have a Gluten-Free Pizza?

Papa John's Gluten Free

There is a gluten-free pizza at Papa John’s. It is one of the few pizza chains out there that actually offers one of these. The Papa John’s gluten-free pizza is the Ancient Grains Pizza. This still tastes great and it also has the consistency you would expect of pizza. It’s not exactly the same and we would still prefer a “real” pizza any day, but if you can’t order a “real” pizza then this is your best alternative.

The Papa John’s Ancient Grains Pizza combines grains like quinoa, sorghum, teff and amaranth. Only one of which we have actually heard of, but all of which sound delicious…

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