25+ Cheeseburger Recipes That'll Satisfy Your Comfort Food Cravings
You could say that cheeseburgers are one of the most perfect foods in existence—we certainly think so. The marriage of juicy ground beef and American cheese, paired with your accoutrements of choice (Pickles! Tomato slices! Lettuce, if you like it!) and layered into a warm, buttery bun is an unparalleled union. In fact, the cheeseburger makeup is so flawless, it seamlessly transitions to other food environments, like pasta, casserole, and even salad. We’ve rounded up our best cheeseburger recipes from classic grilled sandwiches to comfort food twists like cheeseburger nachos.
Grilled Cheeseburger Nachos
It was determined in our test kitchen that it is legitimately impossible to be anything other than happy while eating these cheeseburger nachos—do with that information what you will. The cookout-inspired food mashup is as perfect served as a fun, grilled snack for guests (especially during tailgating season) as it is an easy, throw-together meal to use up leftovers from a weekend get-together. So while the cheeseburger recipe provided here does produce an extremely moist and flavorful patty, you can certainly use leftover cooked burgers if you already have them on hand. Same idea applies to the nacho toppings; we went with a blend of typical Tex-mex toppers and backyard cookout accouterments, but you can vary things up however suits you. Your baking sheet will only be on the grill for a few minutes (just long enough for the cheese to melt) so you shouldn’t experience any issues with the pan warping or taking on grill marks. However, for easy clean-up, you can certainly go ahead and wrap your pan in aluminum foil.
Turkey Cheeseburger Sloppy Joe
Smoked Gouda Burgers with Horseradish Butter, Grilled Onions, and Arugula
The Cheeseburger Salad
Classic burger elements become a fast, fun salad--a deconstructed take on a diner favorite. Instead of four burger patties, we cook just two, then chop and sprinkle them over the top. A handful of crushed potato chips adds crunch. Kick up the dressing with a pinch of ground red pepper.
Smashed Bacon Cheeseburgers
Smashed burgers are made for outdoor grilling because they tend to smoke up the kitchen. Each pressed-down patty spends less than five minutes on the grill, so cook them in batches so you can get them on and off the grill quickly. These burger patties are pressed down on a hot griddle to make them thin with crispy edges. You’ll need a flat spatula without holes to smash them properly.
It’s an age old question: Pizza or burgers? With these Pizza-Stuffed Burgers, there’s no need to choose. Feel to apply the burger-stuffing technique used here to incorporate all of your favorite pizza toppings—from switching up the cheeses to bringing in additional veggies, this is a recipe that’s worth making your own.
Emily Nabors Hall's Cheeseburger Pizza
Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Burgers
How do you make jalapeño poppers even better? By surrounding them with beef. These jalapeño popper stuffed burgers have tons of cheddar flavor and just the right amount of spice to take things to the edge. Smaller jalapeños work better here, especially since they have a good heat level. Make things fancy with an onion roll instead of regular hamburger buns.
Big & Tasty Cheeseburger Hand Pies
Enjoy these cheeseburger hand pies made with beef and Pillsbury® Big & Flaky crescent dinner rolls - a tasty dinner that's ready in 30 minutes.
Smashed Double Cheeseburger Sliders
Beach BBQ Burger
This is the sweet-savory burger of your dreams. The two meat mixture is key here: The sirloin and has clean, distinctive flavor, while the chuck provides fattiness and keeps the burger juicy.
Even the pickiest of eaters will love this cheesy-beefy dish. Quick and nutritious; recipes just don’t get much better than this! Perfect after a long day, it only takes 25 minutes to have dinner on the table.
Cheeseburger Cresent Casserole
All the classic flavors of a cheeseburger are here in a super-quick casserole. Serve it up in just 30 minutes.
Satisfy your burger craving with a meatless mushroom stacker topped with Gorgonzola cheese.
Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers
This recipe for blue cheese-stuffed burgers is sure to be the hit at your dinner table. Bursting at the seems with melted cheese, these patties are one-of-a-kind. Breadcrumbs and eggs hold together the concoction and add a rich depth of flavor. Serve with a side salad, grilled veggies, or potato salad. One online reviewer says, "My wife and I love grilling these burgers in the summer. We serve with oven-baked sweet potato fries."
Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole
This family-friendly recipe celebrates two of our all-time favorite foods in one tasty package. Not to mention, Cheeseburger Pizza is such a fun way to use ground beef when you’re stuck in a weeknight dinner rut. Of course, you could also use grilled burgers and onions in place of the ground beef if you happen to have cookout leftovers; just chop ‘em up and toss ‘em on for a time saving trick. You can find fresh pizza dough in the bakery section of many grocery stores, but canned pizza dough should work just fine in a pinch. Par-baking the dough makes for a perfectly crispy final product.
Cheesesteak Burgers with Pickled Peppers, Onions, and Cucumber
Quick pickles add tangy crunch to our fresh riff on the cheesesteak sandwich. Avoid overworking the meat when you mix and shape the patties; you run the risk of making them tough.
Take all of the glory of a bacon cheeseburger topped with caramelized onions and served with French fries (and ketchup, of course), wrap all of it up in fluffy eggs, and pal, you have yourself one heck of a cheeseburger experience. This ridiculously delicious omelet is appropriate served at any hour of the day and is an excellent use for leftover burger fixin's, if you have them. Note: This recipe provides for 3 times as many burgers and caramelized onions as you'll need for a single omelet. If you don't use them for additional omelets, you can always enjoy the leftovers as regular ol' caramelized onion burgers.
Feta-Stuffed Burgers with Grilled Onion on Sourdough
For a cheesy, Mediterranean spin on your next grilled burgers night, these feta-stuffed burgers are the perfect solution. Served on warm, hearty sourdough bread along side crispy, succulent grilled onions, these beef patties are the ultimate summer time dinner. Top with a yogurt tzatiki sauce, fresh herbs, and other crispy veggies of your choosing. Your next barbecue cook out just got a fresh makeover that's hard to beat.
The Classic Burger
Sink your teeth into a delicious restaurant-style, hamburger recipe made from lean beef. Skip the prepackaged patties and take the extra time to craft up your own, and that little extra effort will be worth it. To make cheeseburgers, about 1 minute before burgers are done, top with sliced cheese; continue cooking until cheese begins to melt.
Mac and Cheeseburger
Mac and cheese gets heartier, and possibly even more family-friendly, when you stir ground beef and fire-roasted tomatoes into the cheese sauce. Make sure to drain the tomatoes so the sauce doesn’t get too thin. We call for whole-grain rotini, but any short pasta shape will work here; just do try to go whole-grain for more nutrition. This budget-friendly dinner costs less than $9. If you don't have dry mustard (used for added depth), stir in a teaspoon of Dijon.
Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Shallots
Tender, golden shallots lend a lovely sweetness to this classic cheeseburger.
Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
This might sound strange, but as it turns out, a golden-crisp egg roll stuffed with beef, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and mayo might just be one of the most delectably genius things we've ever made. This playful appetizer is reminiscent of everything you love about fast food--but unlike a fast food cheeseburger fix, you actually know what's going into it. You can find fresh egg roll wrappers in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.
Spicy Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers
These burgers feature cheddar cheese that melts between two patties instead of on top of one. However, mixing chipotle pepper purée with the ground meat before stuffing the patties adds a deliciously spicy kick to the burgers themselves. Have tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, mustard, and mayonnaise on hand for guests to dress the hamburgers as they please.
Our take on this guaranteed family favorite saves more than 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, and nearly 670 milligrams of sodium over the leading fast-food cheeseburger pizza.
If there’s anything that says grade-A comfort food better than a bacon cheeseburger-inspired bake, we don’t know what it is. This family-friendly casserole is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to serve dinner for a crowd (the recipe is easily doubled or tripled). Feel free to swap the American cheese slices for whatever type of cheese you prefer, such as cheddar or Swiss.
Smashed Chili Cheeseburgers
Our healthier take on a beach-side burger, these patties have a delectable seared crust but are juicy inside, especially if you use a screaming-hot cast-iron skillet.