Quick Cheeseburger Pie


“Pie dough takes the place of the bun in this nifty recipe. First, the dough is patted into the pie tin. The savory filling is a mix of ground beef, onion, garlic, cheese, milk, pickle juice, and a bit of flour. The pie is then baked in a hot oven and more cheese is sprinkled over the top as it bakes.”



  • 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 4 tablespoons cold water

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup dill pickle juice

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles

  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. To Make Pat-in-Pan Pastry: In a medium bowl, mix 1 1/3 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles tiny peas. Add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring with a fork after each addition. Mix lightly just until pastry almost cleans sides of bowl. Pat into bottom and sides of an 8 inch pie pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  3. To Make Filling: Crumble ground beef into a large skillet and saute over medium heat for 1 minute. Add onion and garlic. Continue to saute until onion is browned, about 10 minutes. Drain grease from mixture.
  4. Sprinkle beef mixture with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup flour. Stir in pickle liquid, milk, pickles, and 1 cup shredded cheese. Spoon mixture into pastry shell.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining 1 cup cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes, until pastry is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.