Cheeseburger Skillet

by Susan on October 20, 2017

cheeseburger skillet

I came up with this dish because I realized I hadn’t pulled out my spiralizer in a while, and wanted to come up with something a little more creative than the traditional zucchini “noodles.” I’ve purchased butternut squash and sweet potato noodles at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s and thought I’d try to make my own.

Honest confession: they don’t give up the fight quite as easily as zucchini due to their more firm texture. They were delicious, though! As I was cooking dinner I was actually thinking that this dish would be just as delicious with frozen hash browns, not to mention quicker to make.

The key is the seasoning of the meat and whatever toppings you most enjoy on your cheeseburgers. For us that means plenty of pickles and tomatoes!

Whether you use spiralized sweet potato noodles or hash browns, this dish is naturally gluten-free. You could skip the cheese and simply change the name to “burger skillet” and you’d be good to go and dairy-free as well.

Cheeseburger Skillet

1 tbs. olive oil
1 lb. ground beef
1 tbs. onion powder (or 1/2 cup chopped onion)
salt, pepper & garlic powder
2 tbs. organic ketchup
1 tbs. Dijon or yellow mustard
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 cup diced or crushed tomatoes
1 cup organic chicken broth
3 cups either spiralized sweet potato or frozen hash browns (thawed)
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
burger toppings of choice (such as chopped pickles, tomatoes, minced green onions, diced avocado, crumbled bacon, shredded lettuce)

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and season with onion powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook until meat is no longer pink, using a wooden spoon to break it up.

Stir in ketchup, mustard, paprika and chili powder and cook for one minute more. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.

Add in tomatoes and broth and allow mixture to come to a low boil. Reduce heat and add potato. Simmer for 10 minutes or until sweet potato or hash browns are tender.

Sprinkle with cheddar and allow to melt before topping with garnishes of choice.

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