What tastes like a burgers-and-fries lunch, eats like a restaurant meal, yet is shareable like an appetizer? These Quick and Easy Loaded Cheeseburger Fries!
You are going to L-O-V-E this recipe.
Start with delicious oven-baked fries.
When it comes to loaded fries, some might say it’s all about the toppings. But if you’re not starting with awesome fries, then you’re missing a key part of the equation. So choose your favorite frozen french fries.
Tip: Waffle fries are actually great for scooping. So, while I personally love the traditional taste of the straight cut fries, you may want to try the waffle fries if you’re serving this more appetizer style. You can’t go wrong either way. You can always grab a fork if you need to. No rules here!
Next come the toppings.
We are topping these fries with everything we would put on a burger!
You’ll brown and cook the ground beef in a pan, everything else just needs to be chopped, sliced, or diced and it’s ready to go. This dish is ready to serve in less than 20 minutes!
Enjoy these loaded fries as an appetizer, snack or dinner.
Since we’ve got a complete trifecta of meat, veggies, and a starch — these loaded fries are a meal in itself, not just a side dish. So you can absolutely serve this recipe as dinner or as a hearty appetizer. It’s a perfect dish for family game nights, sports watching, and movie nights or as an after-school snack.
Serve plated, in a cast-iron skillet or platter.
You can have everyone reach in and grab bites of these fries, restaurant-appetizer style, or have everyone scoop portions onto their own plate to enjoy as a meal. Choose what works best for you and your family. Fewer dishes or less of a mess might be the deciding factor.
What ingredients are needed to make these Loaded Cheeseburger Fries?
We talked about fries, so let’s talk a bit more about the toppings. As you might expect, everything you’d find on a hamburger is what you can put on these loaded fries.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe: frozen french fries, ground beef, steak seasoning, nacho cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion (red or white), and dill pickles. You can even add ketchup and mustard too if you’d like.
Just like with a burger, you may decide to take it up a notch and get creative with your toppings. So, some optional topping ideas include avocado slices, bacon bits, and sauteed mushrooms.
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Quick and Easy Loaded Cheeseburger Fries
- 1 lb McCain Quick Cook Crinkle, Waffle or Straight Cut French Fried Potatoes
- 1 lb ground beef
- ½ tsp Chicago steak seasoning or salt and pepper
- ½ cup nacho cheese more or less to taste
- ½ cup grape tomatoes halved
- ¼ cup dill pickle slices
- ½ cup shredded lettuce
- ¼ cup sliced red onion
- Optional condiments: Ketchup and/or mustard
- Optional toppings: sliced avocado, bacon bits, mushrooms
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Spread frozen fries in a single layer on a dark, non-stick baking sheet or shallow baking pan. Bake according to the instructions on the packaging (no flipping required!). Waffle Fries: 8-10 mins. Straight and Crinkle Fries: 10-13 mins
- While fries are baking, cook ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat, adding steak seasoning or just salt and pepper as desired. Cook until all meat is brown then drain and set aside.
- When fries are done, arrange them on a platter or serving skillet leaving open space in the center. Add cooked ground beef to the center.
- Drizzle fries and beef with nacho cheese sauce then layer on shredded lettuce, halved grape tomatoes, red onion slices, and pickles. Add ketchup and mustard if desired plus bacon and avocado slices if you'd like to include those optional toppings.
- Serve hot! Offer individual plates and a spatula for transferring to the plates or serve as finger food.