Slow Cooker Sunday: The easiest cheeseburger sandwiches you'll ever make

Nov 15, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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I'll never understand the plain burger people versus the cheeseburger people. My husband is one of the former. You know, that freak who orders burgers without cheese. Why on Earth would you ever want to bite into a burger without the melted deliciousness of cheese? I truly don't get it!

For us normal people (aka cheese lovers), fortunately there's a way to enjoy everything we love about a cheeseburger straight out of the slow cooker. It's kind of like a sloppy Joe and cheeseburger meet in one gloriously cheesy, ketchup-y concoction.

These easy slow cooker cheeseburger sandwiches require just a few minutes of prep to brown the meat, and then into the slow cooker they go for a couple of hours. This one is so easy and the cooking time so short that you could actually throw this together after work and still have it ready for a 7 p.m. dinner. Cheeseburger win!

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Slow cooker cheeseburger sandwiches recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 2-3 hours | Total time: 2-3 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces cubed yellow cheddar or American cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 4 rolls
  • Tomato slices and American cheese slices, for serving


  1. Into a large skillet over medium-high heat, pour the olive oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes, until softened.
  3. Add the beef, break it up into small pieces with a spatula, and cook until browned.
  4. Transfer the beef mixture to a slow cooker.
  5. Add the cubed cheese, salt, pepper, milk and ketchup, and stir to combine.
  6. Cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.
  7. Spoon the mixture onto the rolls, and garnish with tomatoes, American cheese slices, lettuce and/or any other desired burger toppings.

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