This Bacon Cheeseburger Pot Pie recipe is quite possibly my most incredible creation yet. A cheeseburger pie with bacon as the crust instead of pastry. The original idea was only potatoes and cheese, but after a short discussion with a couple of friends, it was decided more could be done with this dish.
The most challenging part in making this Bacon Cheeseburger Pot Pie is getting the bacon laid out correctly in the pan. Start in the middle with the first piece and when you put the next piece in, place the opposite end of the bacon strip down and offset it by an inch or so. Of course, bacon slices are not uniform, and the left side of the slice can be much broader and thicker than the right. By flipping the slices over each time, you will end up with a more even surface to work with. That is also the idea of offsetting every other piece. If you start every piece in the middle, you will have a huge mound of bacon in the center that will not cook evenly by the time the entire pan is covered.
When putting the dish into the oven, place the pan on a lined baking sheet. There will be many greases that will result from baking the ground beef and bacon, and the last place you want it to end up in the bottom of your oven. You will also need to place something on the top of the dish while baking–a heavy pot lid, another skillet, or an oven-safe plate. This will keep the bacon from shrinking and curling up as it bakes. Enjoy making this Bacon Cheeseburger Pot Pie!
Bacon Cheeseburger Pot PiePrint Recipe
- 2 pounds of bacon
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 4 large russet potatoes, sliced thinly
- 16 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 green or red bell pepper, diced
- 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon of black pepper
- 2 teaspoons of Cajun spice mix
- Fold a piece of parchment paper in half multiple times until you end up with a triangle that cannot be folded any further. Place the point in the center of a 10-inch skillet and press down so that it lays flat against the bottom and side of the pan. Using a pair of scissors, cut the paper evenly with the edge of the pan.
- Unfold the parchment and press it down into the bottom of the pan. Place the first piece of bacon in the pan, starting at the center, ensuring it lays flush with the bottom and side. Drape the bacon over the side. Place the next piece of bacon in the pan, starting with the opposite end and moving it toward the edge of the pan by an inch. Overlap the edges of the bacon slightly so that the pan will be entirely covered at the end.
- Alternate in this pattern until the entire pan is covered.
- Starting at the edge, place a ring of potato slices on the bottom of the pan and move inward until completely covered. Sprinkle a portion of the salt, pepper, and Cajun spice mix over potatoes.
- Spread 1/4 of the diced onions and peppers over potatoes.
- Sprinkle 1/4 pound of the ground beef in the pan.
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over ground beef.
- Continue with three more layers precisely like the first. As you get to the top of the pan, move the layers inwards in a pyramid-like form. Place one last layer of potatoes on top over cheese and season with remaining salt, pepper, and Cajun spices.
- Beginning with the last piece of bacon added to the pan, fold the bacon over the filling and move around the pan until everything is covered.
- Make sure no filling is visible, and the bacon is even.
- Place pan on a lined baking sheet that is large enough to catch the overflow of bacon grease. Place a heavy, oven-safe object on top to keep bacon from shrinking and curling up as it bakes.
- Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit-preheated oven for 2 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and carefully drain grease from the pan. Remove weighted object from the top of the pie. If bacon sticks, use a spatula to separate.
- Place a plate larger than the skillet on top and carefully flip the pie onto the plate to remove it from the pan. Remove parchment paper and blot grease. Using the serving plate, place it over the pie and flip again, so the top of the pie is now face up again.
- Carefully slice into pieces and serve.