This recipe for cheeseburger loaded baked potatoes makes a quick and satisfying dinner for two any night of the week.
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Beef Checkoff and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
I’m popping in to make some Sinful Nutrition history. Not only am I posting on a SATURDAY, but this is also the very first meat-based recipe to grace this space.
When I saw the opportunity to create a recipe for The Beef Checkoff through Recipe Redux, I knew this was it. The time to break the plant-based mold, and make room for foods of all age, ingredient, and recipe orientation. #RecipeWins
As many of you may know I recently started incorporating meat back into my diet after being a vegetarian for about 9 years. You can read the whole story of why I decided to here.
While chicken is still my tried and true fallback, I try to incorporate beef into the rotation at least every couple of weeks, since it’s one of the greatest source of iron. There is some significant research that shows eating high-quality protein within calorie goals can help you lose and/or maintain a healthy weight, and support a healthy metabolism.
Some of the more remarkable benefits of eating protein throughout the day include feeling satisfied after a protein-packed meal, which helps reduce mindless eating as well as helps build muscle and reduce body fat. You can find more about the research and benefits here.
I find myself still pretty intimidated when it comes to making meat-based dishes that I don’t just throw in a crockpot and hope for the best. So I knew I had to make something simple enough, that even a converting vegetarian could do it.
When I think beef I think burger. I never find myself craving a giant steak, but there’s something about the scents of a a fired up grill during the summer that makes me want a burger RIGHT NOW.
And loaded baked potatoes are just plain delicious. And epic. Epically delicious.
I actually think the tater looks like a bun, and I may or may not have treated it as such, and manhandled that cheeseburger loaded baked potato like a boss. Let’s just say I’m glad you weren’t there to find out the answer.
- 2 baking potatoes
- 1/2 lb 90% lean ground beef
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- chopped tomatoes
- shredded lettuce
- Rinse potatoes and pierce with a knife. Cook in microwave for 10-12 minutes, or until tender.
- Meanwhile, cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned.
- Drain off excess fat, and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Mix in shredded cheese until melted.
- Slice each potato down the middle lengthwise, and add 1/2 beef mixture to each.
- Top with additional cheese, and preferred burger toppings.
Make it a great day!
What’s your favorite burger toppings?
Any favorite beef dishes?