A delicious stovetop cheeseburger dip made with all of your favorite burger toppings. This dip is best served with waffle fries or potato chips.
Cheeseburgers are an American staple. But sometimes they are difficult to serve to large gatherings. Enter: Cheeseburger Dip. This dip has all of the flavor and ingredients of a traditional cheeseburger. But it’s cooked on the stove in less than 30 minutes. Simply serve it with potato chips or waffle fries for a fun spin on burger night!
The key to a great cheeseburger dip is to not skimp on the flavor! I cook the burger in red onions and season it well with salt and pepper. Cheddar cheese, in addition to cream cheese for the creamy more dip-like texture, truly makes it taste like a cheeseburger. I also mix the key burger condiments, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and pickles, right into the dip itself. This burger dip is like eating a deconstructed Big Mac. It’s amazing!
- Ground beef (or turkey if you prefer turkey burgers)
- Red Onion
- Cream cheese
- Cheddar cheese
How to Make Cheeseburger Dip
Start preparing the dip by browning a pound of ground hamburger in a skillet or large frying pan. It’s important to start building flavor from the very beginning. Season the meat with plenty of salt and pepper. I also added red onion and garlic for even more flavor. Be sure to drain any access grease and fat from the pan.
Sub Ground Turkey
For those that don’t eat red meat, this dip is definitely still an option. Simply substitute a pound of ground turkey for the ground beef. Ground turkey has a similar composition to ground beef. Plus, once all of the dip ingredients are added together the flavor difference is barely noticeable.
Once the meat is fully cooked, it’s time for the cheese part of the cheeseburger dip! First, add 8 ounces of cream cheese. It helps the cheese melt faster and more evenly if you cut it into small cubes before adding it to the skillet. Next, add a cup of shredded cheddar cheese. You can use pre-shredded cheese or shred a block of cheese yourself. Personally, I find that block cheese that I shred myself melts more evenly and thoroughly.
After the cheese, it’s time for condiments! I personally can’t eat a cheeseburger without ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and pickles. Rather than add the condiments on top, I incorporate them into the dip. The ketchup adds a touch of sweetness, while the mustard has a more robust flavor. Mayonnaise adds a little acidity to the dish. And the pickles give it all a tangy crunch. Since all of these condiments are key for a good cheeseburger, you can’t make cheeseburger dip without them.
Big Mac Sauce Secret
Did you know that McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce is allegedly just pickle relish, mayonnaise, ketchup, and yellow mustard? It has such a unique flavor that I never quite believed it was that simple. Until I made this cheeseburger dip. This dip smells, and tastes, like a Big Mac! It’s uncanny how similar they are. Now, I’m totally a believer that those four ingredients make up the secret sauce!
After adding the cheeses and condiments, continue cooking the dip on low heat until the cream cheese is completely melted. Be sure to stir the dip frequently. Stirring helps the cheese to heat more evenly and melt faster. It also helps incorporate the condiments into the whole dip. That way every bite is packed with flavor.
A Layered Cheeseburger Dip
Once the cheese is completely melted, transfer the dip to a shallow baking or serving dish. Another option is to serve the dip directly from the skillet. The skillet will help the dip stay warm for a longer period of time. It’s also more fun visually! Just be sure that your guests don’t burn themselves on the hot skillet!
Top the cheeseburger dip with more shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, more pickles, and tomatoes. That way it’s exactly like a cheeseburger, without the bun!
Serve this delicious burger dip with Kettle cooked potato chips or waffle fries. Waffle fries have a large surface area capable of holding the optimal amount of dip. And what’s more classic than a burger and fries?
Sloppy Burgers on Bun
Looking for a fun idea for dinner? Serve this cheeseburger dip on hamburger buns for a fun spin on burger night. It’s like cheeseburger Sloppy Joe’s. It’s also amazing for feeding dinner to a large group of people. Rather than making a bunch of individual burgers, just make this dip in bulk.
Store any leftover cheeseburger dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I don’t recommend storing for more than 24 hours. When reheating the dip, remove the top layers of lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes. The toppings do not taste good reheated!
Try pairing Cheeseburger dip with other fun tailgate foods too! Maybe warm up some taquitos or try making Steak and Cheese Wonton Cups!
Stovetop Cheeseburger Dip
- 1 large frying pan
- 1 lb ground hamburger
- 1/4 cup red onion diced
- 1/4 cup dill pickles diced
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp yellow mustard
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 2 cups lettuce shredded
- 1/2 cup pickles diced
- 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
- Brown 1 lb of ground hamburger in a large skillet with diced red onion, garlic, salt and pepper
- Once meat is browned, add diced pickles, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard to the pan
- Cook on low heat until the cream cheese is completely melted. Stir mixture frequently!
- Once the cream cheese is completely melted, add the meat mixture to a shallow baking or serving dish.
- Top with remaining cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, pickles and tomatoes
- Serve with waffle fries or Kettle cooked potato chips