Sloppy Cheeseburger Recipe

Anyone that knows me knows that cheeseburgers are my favorite food. My husband blames my love of cheeseburgers for his spare tire. This sloppy cheeseburger recipe is adapted from a Trim Healthy Mama cheeseburger pie recipe.

When you ave young kids in the house you have to load them up on carbs. They need them to grow just like I don’t need them to lose. By changing the thickness for the recipe I created the perfect cross between a cheeseburger and a sloppy joe for the whole family.

Sloppy cheese burgers are fun for the whole family

I love cheeseburger pie because the flavor is oh so satisfying and now I may be known for sneaking a bun with this recipe. Hey, I am breastfeeding and some carbs are a good way to boost breast milk supply. While I would love to say this is a frugal meal I would be lying. For a frugal dinner give Frugal Instant Pot Fajitas a try.

Sloppy Cheeseburgers

I make this recipe work when we find a good sale on ground beef or even ground turkey. Like burgers on the grill in summer this dish can get expensive fast if you don’t find a good deal.

Seeing I find meats on sale and stock that way cheese is usually the big sale I am looking for. Ibotta and coupons are great for finding deals on the shredded cheese and cream cheese.

When shopping sales keep in mind you can freeze cream cheese to use in this recipe. For our large family we buy in bulk and have to triple this recipe

What you need:

  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 pound cream cheese
  • 1 pound shredded cheese of choice (I like cheddar)
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon butter or bacon grease

How to make Sloppy Cheeseburgers

Sloppy Cheeseburgers make a fun meal for the whole family.

Start by chopping and sauteing the onion and garlic. I like to use a bit of bacon grease for things like this but if you do not save your bacon grease for other uses then you can use a little butter.

Brown your ground beef in with the garlic and onions. This will help the flavor really get into the meat and all of that onion and garlic will help you fight off illness.

Chop up the cream cheese and mix into the ground beef as it melts.

Mix in the shredded cheese after the cream cheese becomes creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix until you have a sloppy joe consistency.

Serve on buns with all of your favorite burger toppings.

While this is not as good as grilling a burger out this is a fun option for wintertime burgers.

What to serve with sloppy cheeseburgers

Tortilla Chips: Serve your sloppy cheeseburgers with a side of crispy tortilla chips. They provide a satisfying crunch and can be used to scoop up any extra cheesy goodness.

Sweet Potato Fries: Crispy sweet potato fries complement the rich and savory flavors of sloppy cheeseburgers. They add a touch of sweetness and offer a delightful contrast in texture.

Onion Rings: Create a classic burger joint experience by serving your sloppy cheeseburgers with a side of crispy onion rings. The combination of the onion rings’ crunch and the cheesy burger is simply irresistible.

Steakhouse onion chips: If you are like me and do not like the soggy center of onion rings but enjoy the flavor you will love these easy-to-make steakhouse onion chips.

Coleslaw: A refreshing and creamy coleslaw can provide a cool contrast to the warm and cheesy burger. The combination of textures and flavors creates a balanced and satisfying meal.

Pickles: Add some tanginess and crunch to your burger experience with a side of pickles. Whether it’s dill pickles or bread and butter pickles, they complement the richness of the cheeseburger.

Seasoned Fries: Opt for seasoned fries like garlic fries or Cajun fries to add an extra layer of flavor to your meal. The seasoned coating pairs well with the cheesy and meaty elements of the sloppy cheeseburgers.

Ways to spice up this recipe

Spicy Kick: Add a touch of heat by incorporating diced jalapeños or chipotle peppers into the ground beef mixture. You can also top the burgers with spicy sriracha mayo or pepper jack cheese for an extra kick.

BBQ Fusion: Give your sloppy cheeseburgers a BBQ twist by mixing barbecue sauce into the ground beef mixture. Top the burgers with caramelized onions and serve them on toasted onion buns for a smoky and sweet flavor profile.

Mediterranean Delight: Infuse the burgers with Mediterranean flavors by adding chopped sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and a sprinkle of dried oregano to the ground beef. Serve the burgers on toasted ciabatta buns and accompany them with a side of tzatziki sauce.

Bacon Lover’s Paradise: For a bacon-infused twist, mix cooked and crumbled bacon into the ground beef mixture. Top the sloppy cheeseburgers with crispy bacon strips, and consider adding a dollop of maple bacon aioli or a slice of smoked gouda cheese.

Veggie Twist: Substitute a portion of the ground beef with diced mushrooms, black beans, or lentils for a vegetarian-friendly option. Season the mixture with cumin, paprika, and chili powder for added flavor. Serve the veggie sloppy cheeseburgers with avocado slices and a side of sweet potato fries.

Gourmet Upgrade: Elevate the sloppy cheeseburger experience by using gourmet cheeses such as blue cheese, brie, or goat cheese instead of cheddar. Add caramelized onions, arugula, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction for a sophisticated touch.

International Fusion: Experiment with global flavors by incorporating spices and ingredients from different cuisines. For example, add curry powder and mango chutney for an Indian-inspired twist, or use teriyaki sauce, pineapple, and grilled onions for an Asian fusion variation.

Are sloppy cheeseburgers, not your thing? Try these homemade sloppy joes or these Not Your Father’s pulled pork sandwiches.

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