Cheeseburger Baked Potatoes (Throwback Recipe)
This is one of my favorite recipes of all time! It is great for stretching a pound of beef to feed more people. It makes a great meal to take to a friend because it is naturally gluten free and is super easy to make dairy free (just leave off the cheese.)
- 6 Potatoes (Russet, Sweet, or both)
- 2 Tbl Olive oil (optional)
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1 Medium onion
- 2 tsp Coarse Sea Salt (divided use) *
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- 8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese (omit for dairy free)
- ½ C Chopped dill pickles
Preheat oven to 450.
Scrub potatoes and poke the skin of each potato 5-6 times with a fork or the tip of a knife. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place pricked potatoes on foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over potatoes and cover with another sheet of foil. Seal the foil around the edges and place pan in oven. (Alternately- You can skip the pan, oil and salt and place the potatoes directly on the oven racks) Bake potatoes for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile- Chop or puree the onion (I usually puree the onion because my kids revolt if they find a piece of onion). Brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet over high heat with 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon ground pepper until cooked through. Sometimes brown bits start to accumulate in the pan. To keep it from burning you can add a couple of Tablespoons of water and scrape up the browned bits. I have very lean beef and often have to do this two or three times as the meat cooks.
Slice the cooked potatoes lengthwise and top with the meat mixture, diced pickles, cheese and onions. Drizzle with mustard if desired.
I usually make some russet and some sweet potatoes. To give the sweet potatoes a little head start, I sometimes microwave them on high for five minutes before putting them in the oven.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 569Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1219mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 34g
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.
Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active teens. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. Check out her YouTube Channel or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.