Cheeseburger PieBy Todd • Apr 30th, 2010 • Category: Burger Blog
As the primary chef in our household, I’m the one responsible for putting dinner on the table on a nightly basis. And with a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old in the house, finding meal options that actually get eaten can be a challenge. But I’ve never had a complaint when cheeseburger pie is on the menu.
This quick and easy community version of the classic cheeseburger was supposedly a favorite on the slumber-party circuit before this newfangled dish called pizza really exploded in popularity in the 1950s. And to this day, it is still one of Betty Crocker’s all-time most requested recipes.
Mine started with a thawed pie crust from the frozen-food aisle (c’mon, really, who has time to make a pie crust from scratch?) and a pound of browned (and drained) ground beef. I used a 90/10 sirloin blend, which is leaner than I would EVER dream of using for real burgers, but baked into a pie, the grease would have nowhere to go and result in a soggy crust. I mixed in a little chopped onion, some salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tablespoons of Bisquick to help firm things up a bit. I spooned the meat mix into the crust and sprinkled on top some canned (and drained) mushroom slices and diced tomato. Over it all, an egg-and-cottage-cheese concoction, and then a layer of shredded cheese. I used standard cheddar, but also added some Swiss.
After 30-45 minutes in a 375-degree oven, it was 8 slices of heaven, just waiting to be plated.
Like meatloaf, this is one of those dishes that should sit for a few minutes before you go cutting into it. And also like meatloaf, the leftovers rock.
While the pie is plenty good on its own, a little finishing sauce never hurt anyone. (Think of it as the just-melted ice cream on your apple pie a la mode.) Ketchup and mustard fans can go to town with their condiment of choice; I prefer a healthy slathering of A.1. steak sauce:
There are countless versions and variations of cheeseburger pie, many of which can be found right here in our own recipe vault. Just like a real cheebie, this one can be doctored to suit your particular topping tastes or customized to use up whatever you have in the fridge. Bacon, avocado, French-fried onions, salsa, the list could go on forever. And it goes without saying that any kind of cheese you want to try will lend its unique flavors to this dinnertime slam-dunk.
Cheeseburger pie will never again be the go-to dish for a houseful of hungry teenagers, as it was pre-WWII. But for the cheeseburger chowhound in the mood for something different, or the busy family in need of a Tuesday night supper savior, this meaty meal really is easy as pie.