Wednesday, January 23, 2013

spicy crockpot cheeseburgers

This oddball recipe is a total winner. Pinky swear.

I guess these really are more like sloppy joes than cheeseburgers, but I've always had an averse reaction to the name "sloppy joes." It conjures up hazy and negative memories of elementary school cafeterias. "Sloppy" is just not a cute word.

So I'm calling these cheeseburgers. And telling you that you need these in your life as soon as possible.

Spicy Crockpot Cheeseburgers (adapted from How Sweet Eats)
serves 4

you'll need:
1 lb. ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
couple dashes of cayenne (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
a few dashes of hot sauce (I used Frank's)
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into cubes, plus more for topping
4 hamburger buns, buttered and toasted

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic, beef, salt, pepper, and cayenne and cook until meat is crumbly and browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add beef to slow cooker and add milk, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and cheese, stirring well so that everything is combined. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so.

Serve on buttered, toasted buns with more cheese (always) and whatever additional toppings you like. Enjoy!


  1. I'm obsessed with my crock pot lately! I'm always looking for new recipes to try in it. This one looks delish!

    1. Oh my goodness, ME TOO. I feel like every meal I've been making lately comes out of that thing. Let me know if you try these! :)

  2. Love this recipe, and I reeeely love the "more cheese" bit.

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