Savory Southern-Style Cheeseburger Pie

Cheeseburger Pie
Diana Rattray
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
386 Calories
21g Fat
14g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 386
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 1448mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 34g
Calcium 319mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're looking for a meal idea for a particularly busy day, look no further. This cheeseburger pie is a family tested and approved one-dish meal that is sure to please even the pickiest family.

A frozen pie crust or a refrigerated pastry sheet makes this pie super quick and easy. Or make a homemade crust if you have the time. This food processor pastry takes no more than about 5 to 10 minutes to fix. The ground beef and several typical cheeseburger toppings make it taste like a cheeseburger. The ground beef filling includes dill pickle slices, ketchup, and mustard. Shredded cheddar or cheddar jack cheese is the topping for this savory pie.

Serve cheeseburger pie with French fries or roasted potatoes, corn, and a tossed salad or coleslaw for an enjoyable family lunch or dinner.


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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon burger seasoning (or a steak seasoning blend)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup plain fine breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (or a favorite gourmet mustard)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 dill pickles slices (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese (divided)
  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell (frozen and thawed or homemade, unbaked)
  • Optional: fresh tomatoes (sliced)
  • Optional: 6 to 8 pieces of bacon (cooked)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for easy cheeseburger pie recipe
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  2. Pre heat oven to 375 F. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble the ground beef into the skillet and add the chopped onion.

  3. Cook until the onion is translucent and the ground beef is no longer pink, stirring constantly. Drain off excess fat.

    Pour off fat
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  4. To the beef and onion mixture, add the minced garlic along with the steak or burger seasoning, salt, pepper, and breadcrumbs. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

    Beef in skillet
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  5. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the mustard, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce.

    Whisk eggs
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  6. Stir in chopped dill pickle, if using.

    Stir in dill pickle
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  7. Stir the egg mixture into the cooled ground beef mixture.

    Add to beef
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  8. Add about 1/2 cup of the cheese and stir to blend.

    Add cheese
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  9. Pack the meat and cheese mixture into the pie shell and bake for 30 minutes.

    Pack meat and cheese
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  10. Top with the sliced tomatoes and bacon, if using, and then top with remaining shredded cheese.

    Top with tomatoes and cheese
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  11. Bake the cheeseburger pie for 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until cheese topping has melted and the crust has browned.

    Bake pie
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  • If you use seasoned breadcrumbs, we recommend reducing the salt to 1/4 teaspoon so that the salt flavor is not too much.


  • For a lighter version, make the pie with ground turkey thighs.
  • The recipe calls for cheddar jack cheese, but feel free to use American cheese, cheddar, or a blend of cheddar and mozzarella.