There’s been a ground beef shortage in our area the past few weeks. I never knew how much I’d miss ground beef when it is hard to find!
I’m imagining that soon people will find themselves with freezers full of ground beef. Maybe they purchased too much, maybe they purchased a side of beef from a farm….but soon you all will be wanting new things to do with that ground beef.
I came across this recipe for Impossible Cheeseburger Pie in an old church cookbook and new I needed to share it with you. Just in case you remember your mom or grandma serving hamburger pie and needed a taste of home. I believe it originated from Betty Crocker and dates back to the 1970s.
What is Bisquick impossible pie?
Bisquick impossible cheeseburger pie is a classic recipe that was first shared on the back of a box of that famous biscuit mix.
What is cheeseburger pie made of? It’s a mixture of ground beef, cheese, eggs and Bisquick mix to hold it all together. There’s no need for a pie crust, although I’m sure you could add one if you’d like.
Why we love this Impossible Cheeseburger Pie Recipe
It is comforting. This is old fashioned food that you grew up on.
It uses pantry staples. Ground beef, cheese, eggs, biscuit mix.
It is kid-friendly. Who doesn’t love cheeseburgers??
Not many leftovers. When I make casseroles in a 9×13 baking pan, it takes us several days to eat it and the kids just get tired of it. This bakes in a 9-inch pie plate so it makes a small batch.
Ready in 45 minutes. Quick dinners are the best!
How to Make Impossible Cheeseburger Pie
Bake. Preheat the oven to 400º Fahrenheit. Spray a 9″ round deep dish pie pan (or cake pan) with cooking spray.
Brown. Using a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef (or ground turkey) and the onions together until the beef is no longer pink and the onions are translucent. Drain off any fat. Add in the minced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Layer. Spread the beef mixture in the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.
Mix. In a small bowl, whisk together the Bisquick mix, milk and eggs. Pour evenly over the beef and cheese.
Bake. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
How do you know when the beef pie is done? The middle of the pie should feel set and the top look golden brown. You can also insert a knife into the center of the pie and it should come out clean with no eggy-ness on it.
Can you make this gluten-free?
Yes! Use gluten free Bisquick in order to make this gluten free. Use the same amounts and bake for the same time.
Variations on Impossible Pie
Although this easy dinner is a comforting classic, here are some fun variations:
Make it a cheeseburger! Top with dill pickles or pickle relish, a drizzling of ketchup and mustard, diced onions, tomato and lettuce for your favorite cheeseburger flavors.
Mexican: Use 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning in the ground beef. Top with sour cream, guacamole and salsa.
Italian: Use 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning to the ground beef. Switch out the cheddar cheese for mozzarella cheese. Serve with a side of pizza sauce.
Buffalo Chicken: Use ground chicken and add ½ packet of ranch seasoning mix and ¼ cup of buffalo sauce. Make the rest of the recipe the same.
Triple Cheese: Love cheese as much as we do? Add more to the top. Try monterey jack, swiss, or an Italian cheese mixture.
What to Serve with Cheeseburger Pie
Bring the family together around the table. This recipe goes great with:
Preheat the oven to 400º Fahrenheit. Spray a 9" round deep dish pie plate (or cake pan) with cooking spray.
Using a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and the onions together until the beef is no longer pink and the onions are translucent. Drain off any fat.
Add in the minced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Spread the beef mixture in the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.
In a small bowl, whisk together the Bisquick mix, milk and eggs.
Pour evenly over the beef and cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the middle of the pie is set and the top is golden brown. A knife inserted in the center should come out clean.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
The calories shown are based on the pie being cut into 8 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of impossible pie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**
I love this recipe, thanks for sharing it! It’s no longer on the box. I like to slice tomatoes and put them on the top, with garlic salt and Italian seasoning, when it’s nearly done cooking, put on additional cheese and toss back in the oven until cheese melts and starts to brown. It comes out like a pizza burger. Delicious!
This was delish! My husband and sons loved it. Plus it was very simple to make. I added about 2 TBS of ketchup for added flavor. Great for a week night dinner. Thanks!
I have made this in the past. It is very good. You can vary the ingredients especially if you have little ones. I like to serve this with shredded lettuce and chopped tomato and maybe even a little dill pickle relish. It’s always a hit and economical to make. If you can’t find beef you can always substitute turkey or chicken. Hard to believe it forms a crust but it does. Thanks for reminding me of this “forgotten” recipe.
I have been cooking this for years the same way. I suggest placing thinly sliced tomatos on top . One for each serving.
I followed this recipe to a T and it turned out more like a quiche than a cheeseburger pie. I then sought out this recipe on the Betty Crocker/Bisquick site and found they only use 2 eggs. I definitely want to try this again because I hope to obtain that more biscuit bread-y consistency and not egg-y, but I’ll be trying it with just 2 eggs.
I remember these from the 70’s. You can get more ‘Impossible Pie’ recipes on the Bisquick website. Great family meals!
We really liked this. I had a 1/2 lb of sausage to use, so I used 1 lb ground beef with the sausage. It went together so quickly. I will definitely make this again.
Your my favorite cooking family. 💓
Is this Bisquick mix for making biscuits or pancakes? My box says just add water? Do i still add the milk and eggs?
Hi just want to say thanks for the best ever cinnamon rolls my husband and son love them .I’ll never try any other .only one bad thing ,they are habit forming .thanks again.
lOVE THIS RECIPE. Do you have any more dinner impossible ideas. Just found huge box of Bisquick. Thank you.