Crock Pot Cheeseburger Fries with Special Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Cheeseburger Topping:

  • 2 lbs ground beef (80/20 or 85/15 for best flavor)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce (omit Tamari for gluten-free)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Fries:

  • 1-1/2 lbs frozen french fries (choose your favorite cut)
  • Homemade or store-bought seasoned salt (optional)

For the Cheese:

  • 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

For the Toppings:

  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  • Finely minced white onion

For the Special Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced white onion
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

Instructions:

Prepare the Special Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, combine all Special Sauce ingredients. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. The sauce tastes best if made ahead of time.

Cook the Cheeseburger Topping:

  • In a 6-quart or larger slow cooker, add the ground beef and chopped onion. Crumble the beef as it cooks.
  • Once the meat is mostly browned, add the beef broth, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Tamari (or soy sauce), salt, and pepper.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours, breaking up the meat with a spatula a few times during cooking.

Prepare the Fries:

  • Follow the package directions to par-cook the fries in your oven or air fryer. This makes the fries crisp under the topping without overcooking.

Assemble the Cheeseburger Fries:

  • Layer the partially cooked French fries in a serving dish.
  • Top generously with the cooked cheeseburger mixture.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the hot meat and fries.

Melt and Serve:

  • To melt the cheese quickly, place the assembled fries under your oven broiler for a minute or two. Watch closely to prevent burning.
  • Top with chopped tomato, minced white onion, and plenty of Special Sauce. Serve hot with extra sauce on the side!

Tips:

  • Customize the Toppings: Add other classic burger toppings like extra pickles, lettuce, ketchup, or mustard.
  • Get Creative with Fries: Substitute waffle fries, sweet potato fries, or tater tots for different variations.
  • Make-Ahead: The cheeseburger topping and Special Sauce can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for a convenient meal during the week.

Enjoy your delicious and crowd-pleasing Cheeseburger Fries!

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