Sometimes, the foods that sound the strangest really are the best. For example, making a cheeseburger into a pie sounds like a totally weird idea, but I can assure you that this pie is not only the most delicious way to eat hamburger, but it’s also extremely versatile and ridiculously fast and easy, especially if you cook your hamburger ahead of time like I do.
This recipe is one that my mother used to make when I was a kid, as we always had a plethora of hamburger around the house and there are tons of different versions, depending on your personal preferences. I tend to make mine super cheesy. Mmmm.
For this recipe, I recommend using my awesome pat-in-the-pan crust recipe. It times out about perfectly if you make the crust first, then brown the hamburger while it’s cooking, drain the meat and let it cool a bit while you chop the pickles, then pop it all back in the oven. 40-45 minutes and you’ve got the perfect meal! It’s always a huge hit with my guests as well.
Anyway here’s the recipe:
- 1 lb hamburger
- ½ cup finely chopped onion (optional)
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ cup flour
- ⅓ cup dill pickle liquid
- ⅓ cup milk
- ⅓ cup chopped dill pickles
- 2 cups cheese** (American or Velveeta is best)
- Make your crust according to the directions. Preheat oven to 425 and precook the crust until it's just barely brown, usually 10 - 15 minutes. Set out to cool.
- Brown hamburger and onion* in a skillet until brown. Drain.
- Put hamburger mix in a bowl ans sprinkle with garlic salt and flour.
- Chop pickles and add to mix.
- Add one cup of the cheese to the mix***
- Stir in pickle liquid and milk, stirring thoroughly to coat.
- Spoon into pie crust and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Add remaining cheese to the top, then bake for another 5 minutes until crust is golden brown. Serve warm and refrigerate leftovers.
** If you are intending to add any additional ingredients like bacon, BBQ or ketchup, you may want to use less cheese. I prefer very cheesy pie myself.
*** I have found that velveeta cheese tastes best inside the pie while American on top gives it a more cheeseburger-like taste.
The variations of this recipe are pretty much endless. I’ve made it with bacon sprinkled on the top or reduced (or just left out) the cheese and added BBQ sauce instead. You can add ketchup or mustard to the top and I’ve even added bacon in the final step along with the cheese to make a bacon cheeseburger pie. Use your imagination!!