Make the “impossible” possible with my Cheeseburger Pie with Bisquick recipe! You’ll be setting the table for a beautiful, beefy pie molded into a perfect pie crust without having to touch a rolling pin!
Impossible Cheeseburger Pie with Bisquick makes dinner on one of those impossibly busy weeknights doable on a tasty scale. While “impossible pie” to me means one that materializes in thin air right when the hunger bug strikes, this recipe is pretty darn close to being just that easy. A savory, beefy cheesy masterpiece that produces a tender crust, without all the temperamental mixing and measuring you need to do for traditional pastry, can be yours with just a few kitchen staples, a happy thought or two, and a sprinkling of pixie, I mean, Bisquick dust.
Bisquick, that ubiquitous baking mix that makes biscuits and Saturday morning pancakes a snap, introduced the “impossible pie” on the back of its boxes sometime in the 1970s. The premise was making an “impossibly easy” dessert where the Bisquick settled to the bottom during the baking process and built its own crust without any need to fuss and fight with an actual pate brisee (French makes “pie crust” sound better, non?).
Needless to say, that first impossible coconut pie was a hit, and Bisquick ran with it, introducing other desserts and savory recipes that would be adopted and adapted by home cooks everywhere looking for another way to simplify supper time. One of those recipes is this Bisquick Impossible Cheeseburger Pie, and it’s a favorite at my house!
The dish really is simple, practically “impossible.” My version is similar to Betty Crocker’s impossibly easy cheeseburger pie, but mine has extra seasoning to make the filling even more rich and flavorful, plus mine has a nice cheesy topping.
The “meat” of the dish really is just that – a flavorful ground beef, seasoned with onions, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce (a requisite ingredient anytime I’m cooking with beef). This waits patiently in your pie plate to be covered with the “impossible” solution, which is simply a little Bisquick mixed with milk and eggs. It’s like a dense pancake batter that will slowly find its way past all the flavorful beef and make a nice cut-able crust. Yes, seriously.
If you’ve ever made your own pie crust, you know just how finicky the dough can be. The amount of water can vary by state, by city, and even by the amount of moisture floating around in your house. Unless you have some crazy monitor for that sort of thing, you’re basically at the mercy of some minute amount of water that could very easily send your pie crust into the soggy zone.
Why serve this in a crust at all? Well, it’s easier to serve for one reason, and the Bisquick impossible crust reminds me of a cross between an actual pie pastry and a shorter, almost biscuit-like product. This works really well with the beefy filling since it retains its structure but still absorbs some of the beefy goodness from the filling. Truly, nothing works like the Bisquick does, so if you want to make cheeseburger pie without Bisquick, you’ll have to pull out your flour, butter, and ice water and make a cheeseburger pie with pie crust.
Pillsbury offers some interesting alternatives for changing up the recipe a bit (and incorporating a few Pillsbury products). The Pillsbury cheeseburger pie recipe puts an actual pie crust on top of the beef before baking, sort of like a beef pot pie. There’s also a version of cheeseburger pie with crescent rolls, either on top or lining the dish as a makeshift crust. I love crescent rolls, but the bottom crust in particular just isn’t as substantial as the filling needs. There’s also cheeseburger pie with biscuits, where canned biscuits serve similar duty, but again they don’t have that cakey crumb that works so well in this pie.
(If you need a gluten-free version, skip the impossible batter and try this cheeseburger pie with mashed potatoes on top – basically a shepherd’s pie, or make the cheeseburger pie low carb by melting 4 tablespoons of cream cheese into the warm beef mixture and substituting 4 eggs and ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream for the impossible batter.)
Ain’t nothing like the real thing, though, so definitely try my version of the Bisquick cheeseburger pie before you go off making this recipe your own. I think the flavors and textures work perfectly in this dish and will help you work a little “impossible” magic in your own kitchen!
Beef – 80/20 beef is the typical ratio for ground chuck (80% lean and 20% fat). You don’t want to mess too much with the fat content in this dish so it stays nice and juicy, but you can substitute something close, like ground round.
Freezing – If you’re a fan of making extra and/or freezing some for a quick supper sometime in the future, you can put the pie(s) together and store them tightly covered, unbaked, in your freezer for up to a month. When you’re ready to put this meal on the table, just uncover the dish and bake the frozen pie for about 50 minutes (you can tint the top if it starts to get too brown).
Feed a crowd – If you want to stretch out the meal a bit, you can double the impossible concoction (Bisquick, milk, and eggs), and fill up a 9” x 13” pan instead. You can also make cute little individual pies by baking this in muffin tins! Mix all the ingredients, then fill a lightly greased pan with a scant tablespoon of the Bisquick batter, ¼ c. of the beef filling, then another tablespoon of the batter. They’ll need to bake about 30 minutes, cool for 5, then be taken out to cool another 10 minutes to avoid any impatient mouth burning.
Fillings/Toppings – Make this a bacon cheeseburger pie by adding about 6 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon to the beef before adding the Bisquick batter. Some impossible cheeseburger pie recipes add ketchup, mustard, or even dill pickle relish to the filling to emulate an actual cheeseburger. I like to save those things for garnish since no two guests are exactly alike when it comes to hamburger fixin’s. Some toppings I CAN get behind are sliced tomatoes (either added after baking or before that sprinkle of cheese). You can also top the pie with French fries or Tater Tot Crowns, baked on top of the pie (under the cheese) or cooked separately and sprinkled on top before serving.
- Yield: 4-6
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
Bisquick Impossible Cheeseburger Pie Recipe
- Ground Beef, 80/20 - 1 Pound
- Onion, Chopped - 1 Large
- Cloves Garlic, Minced - 2
- Worcestershire Sauce - 1 Tablespoon
- ????Salt - 1 Teaspoon
- Black Pepper - 1/2 Teaspoon
- Bisquick - 1/2 Cup
- Whole Milk - 1 Cup
- Eggs - 2 Large
- Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated - 1 Cup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onions, garlic, Worcestershire Sauce, ???teaspoon salt, and pepper over medium heat, until beef is brown and there is no longer any pink, about 10 minutes. Remove excess fat. Pour cooked beef into prepared pie plate.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together topping ingredients. Pour over beef mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake in preheated oven until until top is golden, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.