I’m super conflicted today.

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I feel like this recipe is so totally weird yet at the same time I can’t WAIT to tell you about it. Never did I ever think that putting ground beef in a crockpot with cheese and then slapping it on something bread-like could be so perfect.

But it was.

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It is so easy. I mean, so easy. I clearly don’t even have words to describe it.

I guess I’m sort of boring today. It might be because I had such an eventful weekend, honestly. I guess anything can be eventful for me since the highlight is usually listening to the John Tesh radio show (I’m the oldest person in the universe) but what can you do?

I may be boring but at least I’m full.

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What makes these sandwiches are the buttered and toasted buns. I am all about these thick and hearty wheat buns at my local grocery and um, by 8am yesterday morning they were gone. No where to be found. Is there a bun bandit running around? I ended up using the ones above and covering them in butter then toasting them and I just have to say that this is like the best winter meal, ever. The unphotogenicness does nothing to describe just how good this was. Super simple and so freaking delicious. I think I already said that.

I mean it.

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Crockpot Cheeseburgers

Yield: serves 6-8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3-4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

3 pounds 93% lean ground beef
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons mustard
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into cubes + more for topping
buns, lettuce, tomato and any other burger toppings you may want!

Directions:

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil. Add onions, cooking for 2-3 minutes until soft, then add garlic. Add in beef, salt and pepper and stir, just cooking until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add beef to a slow cooker along with milk, ketchup and mustard, stirring well. Add in cubed cheddar, mixing to coat. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on low, stirring once every 30 minutes or so, especially on the edges.

Serve on buttered + toasted buns with additional cheese and toppings.

[slightly adapted from food.com]

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Oooh and PS: just add more cheese. Just do it.

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78 Responses to “Crockpot Cheeseburgers.”

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    Amanda — December 10, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    I love you. This may possibly be the greatest idea ever. I am so making this for dinner.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 10, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    my boyfriend would go ape nuts over this. he’s obsessed… read: OBSESSED with sloppy joes and well, we have a cheesy version of it all here. Hmm.. maybe thinking of doing these with ground turkey. unphotogenicness… stop. you managed to make them look very appealing Jessica, even at 7am. :)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 10, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Cool idea! Never thought of burgers in a crockpot! I’ll try this, this up coming weekend!! Have a great week!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 10, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Hehe these sort of remind me of sloppy joes, but minus the sauce (who needs sauce when you’ve got cheese??) Speaking of bun bandits, I was at Costco this weekend and as usual, checking out other people’s carts because I’m nosy and like to know what others buy in bulk. I kid you not, one guy had a cart about 80% FULL of buns. Other items included some mustard and a box of cereal. Clearly he’s not a believer in low carb diets. Ok, randomocity finished!

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2012 @ 10:09 am

      hahahah!

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    little kitchie — December 10, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    welp, i know what i’m making for dinner tonight!

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    lauren @ the talking kitchen — December 10, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Ground beef in the crock pot. Cheese? You are genius.

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    Kim in MD — December 10, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Yum- this is sort of like cheesy sloppy joes!

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    Rachel — December 10, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    Reminds me of childhood sloppy joes! Looks yummy for a cold day

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    Niki — December 10, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    When I saw the title (& even though its past midnight here) I just had to click and see for myself. I so feel like this right now after the Regina Spektor show tonight. Perfect ending to a perfect day it would be.
    Sweet Dreams.

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    court — December 10, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    this looks like a classier version of a Maid-Rite sandwich…but of course with cheese because it’s you :) MAKES MY DAY!!

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    Drew @ Catfish & Caviar — December 10, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Love this idea! Looks so simple!

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    Katherine R. — December 10, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Those look so yummy! I can’t wait to try. Nothing beats the ease of a crockpot meal. Also, as a child I used to request that John Tesh played any time we were in the car…I now feel slightly less alone!

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2012 @ 10:09 am

      …at least you were a child…

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    shannon — December 10, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    perfect.perfect.perfect.
    definitely trying these!

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    Milisa @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 10, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Mercy! What a fantastic idea! We raise our own beef so we practically live on cheeseburgers and I never thought to use the crockpot. You are my hero of the day!

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    Teresa — December 10, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I love a good loose-meat sandwich! We call them taverns, or maid-rites, here in Iowa. I’ve heard that they are a Midwest thing, so thanks for sharing them with the rest of the world!

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    Karly — December 10, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    We call these Maid-Rite burgers (not sure if these are a regional thing or not?) and just had them for lunch yesterday! So good! We skip the crockpot step though. :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 10, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Definitely the most creative use of a crockpot Ive seen in ages! And toasted, buttered warm buns are the best!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 10, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    And this – THISRIGHTHERE – is why I love you!

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    Allison @ Foodie Heart — December 10, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    I would have never thought to make cheeseburgers this way.. but I think I like it! It’s like a sloppy joe without the sloppy? Or the joe? I’m confused. Ha! Anyway, sounds fun and different and I am definitely going to try it. Love me a good cheeseburger.

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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — December 10, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I love how these burgers are a mix between a dry sloppy joe and a burger. It looks like it just fell apart in your hand, which is the definition of delicious for all things delectable. Add some bacon in there and this has my name written all over it :).

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    Kacy — December 10, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I do not see anything weird about this. On the contrary, it makes me very happy.

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    Michelle — December 10, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    You know who is never questioning your brilliance? This girl.

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    Jennifer — December 10, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    We always called these scrambled hamburgers. Love them!

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    JoAnn C. — December 10, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Been making these for about two years using ground turkey and one sweet Italian sausage. Oh my!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — December 10, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    Oh wow! Why have I never thought of this!? Definitely not boring, must make these ASAP they look & sound amazing, I would lock myself away and not let my boyfriend have any!

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    Steph — December 10, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    I don’t even know if my beef would make it to the bun. I might just throw some cheese in the pot and get out a spoon. Is that wrong?

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    Briana — December 10, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    They do look delish! Thanks for a great website! I stumbled upon this a few weeks ago and now I’m on it every day!

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    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — December 10, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    These burgers look amaze-face. And that bun seems so fluffy.. did you make that too? Perfect for a good burger.

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — December 10, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    So these are pretty much like Sloppy Joes except….not sloppy. Cheesy Joe’s? I like it!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — December 10, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    I listen to John Tesch all the time. Ill be your old lady friend.

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    Stephanie — December 10, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    I like how the one you photographed with the tomato and lettuce is not the one you actually ate. Also you know what would make these better is if you melted some velveeta in there as the cheese to bind all the meat together so none gets away. Maybe not velveeta but some kind of melty gooey cheese.

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    Sabatino — December 10, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    I might actually attempt these tonight! They look like complete comfort food. I’m putting on my stretchy pants and nestling in with some How I Met Your Mother.

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    Amanda @ The Unfamiliar Kitchen — December 10, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    I think its time I actually buy a crock pot. You’ve just convinced me.

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    Shea Goldstein — December 10, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    These look fabulous!! Great weeknight dinner – can’t wait to try.

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    Joseph — December 10, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    only one thing could possibly make this better…..BACON!!!!!!

    I’d probably dd in some Hormel real bacon bits to turn these into crockpot bacon cheeseburgers XD

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    Joseph — December 10, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    *put in…not sure how I got “dd”…..too many rumballs this season perhaps…:P

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — December 10, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    You managed to make this look pretty darn awesome! I love meals like this that you can pull out when you have ‘no groceries’.

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    Amanda — December 10, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    John Tesh Radio Show FTW! Sometimes Intelligence for Your Life is a highlight for me too. :) Can’t wait to try these! As a Maid-Rite girl, I can’t believe I never thought of this. Thanks for sharing!

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    Betty Jo — December 10, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    My mom used to make these when we were growing up, but she always used velveeta cheese and added a little bit of mustard. So good!

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    Sarah — December 10, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    Alright. You twisted my arm. Give me one.

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    Sogol — December 10, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    Hey Jess – love your recipes and energy! This is exactly what one might need on a Monday night or any night. One question – what size crock pot do you use?

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    Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — December 10, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    Oooh, this is my husbands kind of meal! He’s love this, and making it in the crockpot just makes it even better! Love it. :)

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    Kathleen — December 10, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    These sound wonderful to me. The perfect easy dinner during the crazy holiday season! I think the photos are adorable!!!

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    Sarah | The Cyclists Wife — December 11, 2012 @ 2:40 am

    All I can think of is Adam Sandler, “Sloppy Joe, Slop-Sloppy Joe, Yeah”.
    http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/lunch-lady/1354913/
    Oh. And now I’m hungry! These look delish!

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    Kelly — December 11, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    YUM!!! Even at 5:30am these look good!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 11, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    delish– I will always add more cheese!!

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    Mark Cobb Law Group — December 11, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    What a great idea–sometimes the best ideas are the most simple (and the most overlooked). Thanks for suggesting a crock-pot cheeseburger!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — December 11, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    I feel conflicted about these too! Half of me is thinking weird and the other half is saying, “You just happen to have all these ingredients, dinner?”

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    Stephanie — December 11, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    These make me think of the show “Roseanne” when they opened up their “loose-meat sandwich” diner. Anyone?

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    Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine — December 12, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    These look delicious and SIMPLE!

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