Crockpot Cheeseburgers

Craving the taste of juicy cheeseburgers without the hassle? Look no further than these mouthwatering Crockpot Cheeseburgers. Perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends, this recipe delivers all the classic flavors of a cheeseburger with minimal effort. Just toss the ingredients into your slow cooker and let it work its magic while you go about your day. Let’s dive into how to make this irresistible dish.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • Buns, for serving
  • Cheese slices, for serving
  • Pickles, for serving


  1. Prep the Beef Mixture: Start by heating olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lean ground beef and diced onion. Cook until the beef is browned and no longer pink, and the onions turn translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds until fragrant.
  2. Transfer to Slow Cooker: Once the beef mixture is cooked, transfer it to your slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then, stir in the cubed Velveeta cheese, ketchup, and mustard until everything is well combined.
  3. Slow Cook to Perfection: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 3 to 4 hours. Remember to stir the mixture occasionally to ensure even cooking and to distribute the flavors evenly.
  4. Serve and Enjoy: Once the cheeseburger mixture is cooked to perfection, it’s time to serve! Scoop the cheesy beef mixture onto buns and top with additional cheese slices and pickles for that classic cheeseburger experience.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 420
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 105mg
  • Sodium: 780mg
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 32g

Serving and Storage Tips

Serving Tips:

  1. Customize Your Cheeseburgers: Set up a DIY cheeseburger bar with a variety of toppings like lettuce, tomato, onions, bacon, or avocado. Let everyone build their ultimate cheeseburger creation.
  2. Side Dish Pairings: Serve your Crockpot Cheeseburgers with classic sides like fries, potato salad, coleslaw, or a crisp green salad for a well-rounded meal.
  3. Party Appetizer: Transform these cheeseburgers into bite-sized sliders by using mini buns or slider rolls. They’re perfect for parties, game days, or any gathering where finger foods are a hit.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover cheeseburger mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Freezing: You can also freeze the cooked cheeseburger mixture for longer storage. Place it in a freezer-safe container or resealable bag, and it will keep well for up to 2-3 months.
  3. Reheating: When ready to enjoy again, simply reheat the refrigerated or frozen cheeseburger mixture in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through. Add fresh toppings and serve on buns for a quick and satisfying meal.
  4. Note: While the cheeseburger mixture can be stored separately, it’s best to assemble the burgers fresh when serving for the best taste and texture.


  1. Turkey Cheeseburgers: Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey for a lighter alternative. Follow the same cooking instructions, adjusting the cooking time as needed.
  2. Veggie Cheeseburgers: Make it vegetarian-friendly by using a plant-based ground meat substitute or a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms and black beans. Add extra seasonings and spices for flavor.
  3. BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers: Add a smoky twist by incorporating cooked bacon pieces and a drizzle of barbecue sauce into the cheeseburger mixture. Serve with crispy onion rings for extra crunch.
  4. Spicy Jalapeño Cheeseburgers: Kick up the heat by mixing diced jalapeños or green chilies into the beef mixture. Top with pepper jack cheese for an extra spicy kick.
  5. Hawaiian Cheeseburgers: Add a tropical flair by topping the cheeseburgers with grilled pineapple slices and teriyaki sauce. Serve on toasted Hawaiian buns for a sweet and savory flavor combination.
  6. Keto-Friendly Cheeseburgers: For a low-carb option, skip the buns and serve the cheesy beef mixture over lettuce wraps or alongside cauliflower rice. Top with avocado slices and sugar-free ketchup for added flavor.
  7. Breakfast Cheeseburgers: Enjoy cheeseburgers for breakfast by adding cooked breakfast sausage or crumbled bacon to the beef mixture. Top with a fried egg and serve on English muffins for a hearty morning meal.
  8. Mediterranean Cheeseburgers: Infuse Mediterranean flavors by mixing chopped olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese into the beef mixture. Serve on toasted ciabatta rolls with tzatziki sauce and fresh arugula.
  9. Tex-Mex Cheeseburgers: Give your cheeseburgers a Tex-Mex twist by seasoning the beef mixture with taco seasoning and adding black beans and corn. Top with salsa, guacamole, and shredded cheese for a fiesta in every bite.
  10. Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburgers: For a meatless option, replace the ground beef with grilled portobello mushroom caps. Top with melted cheese and your favorite burger toppings for a satisfying vegetarian meal.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

1. Can I use a different type of cheese in this recipe?
Absolutely! While Velveeta cheese melts beautifully and adds a creamy texture, you can experiment with your favorite cheese varieties like cheddar, American, or Swiss for a different flavor profile.

2. Can I cook this recipe on high heat instead of low in the slow cooker?
It’s not recommended to cook this recipe on high heat as the cheeseburger mixture may not cook evenly and could become dry or overcooked. Slow cooking on low heat ensures tender, juicy cheeseburgers every time.

3. Can I prepare the beef mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it before cooking?
Yes, you can prepare the beef mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 24 hours before cooking. This is a convenient option for meal prep or when planning to cook the cheeseburgers later in the day.

4. Can I freeze the uncooked beef mixture for later use?
While it’s best to cook the beef mixture before freezing, you can freeze uncooked beef mixture in a freezer-safe container or resealable bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before cooking in the slow cooker.

5. How can I adjust the seasoning to suit my taste preferences?
Feel free to adjust the seasoning levels according to your taste preferences. Add more salt, pepper, or other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or chili powder for extra flavor.

6. Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
Yes, you can easily make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free buns or serving the cheeseburger mixture over lettuce wraps or gluten-free bread alternatives.

7. Can I add vegetables to the beef mixture?
Absolutely! You can add diced bell peppers, mushrooms, or grated carrots to the beef mixture for added flavor and nutrition. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the vegetables are cooked through.

8. Can I double the recipe?
Yes, you can double the ingredients to make a larger batch of cheeseburger mixture. Make sure to use a larger slow cooker and adjust the cooking time as needed.

9. How long will the cooked cheeseburger mixture keep in the refrigerator?
The cooked cheeseburger mixture will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container.

10. Can I reheat the cheeseburger mixture in the slow cooker?
While you can reheat the cheeseburger mixture in the slow cooker on the warm setting, it’s quicker to reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop for individual servings. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking and ensure even heating.

With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep, these Crockpot Cheeseburgers are a game-changer for busy families craving a satisfying meal. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a weekend gathering, this recipe is sure to please everyone at the table. Plus, the hands-off cooking method means you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying delicious, homemade food with your loved ones. Give it a try and watch as it becomes a staple in your meal rotation!