Cheeseburger pie

Like many kids who grew up in the 80’s/90’s and liked spending time in the kitchen, my first cookbook was the Alpha Bakery Children’s Cookbook. I remember my grandma ordering it for me from the back of a bag of Gold Medal flour. I remember how happy she was to give it to me when it came in the mail –  and how excited I was to look through a cookbook with recipes made for children, complete with colorful cartoon illustrations and large font. I still have this book on display with the rest of my cookbook collection, and I proudly whip it out when I feel like cooking a blast from the past.

the alpha-bakery, the OG of cookbooks.

My favorite alpha bakery recipe was called “Quick Cheeseburger Pie”. I absolutely loved it, and I still do. But as I got older, my taste changed a bit. I’ve made quite a few modifications to an already great recipe, adding in some extra flavors and making the dish more bold.



1 lb. of lean ground beef

1/2 of a large white onion, diced

1 tsp. of minced garlic

3 Tbsp. of A-1 steak sauce

1/2 tsp. of black pepper

1/4 tsp. of salt

1/4 cup of flour

2/3 cup of pickle juice (dill)

3/4 cup of dill pickle chips, diced

3/4 cup of grape tomatoes, diced

1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 frozen deep-dish pie crust, thawed



  1. Poke holes in the thawed pie crust and place it on a baking sheet. Bake the crust in a 400 degree F oven for 11-12 minutes. Set aside to let cool.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the beef. Add the garlic, onion, A-1, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in the pickle juice, diced pickles, and diced tomatoes.
  5. Turn off the burner, and gently fold in 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  6. Scoop the filling into the pie shell, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar.
  7. Pop the pie back in the oven for 7-8 minutes, still at 400 degrees F. The cheese should be melted and gooey. Dig in!!!
    cheeseburger pie
    because we all want a close-up of this amazingness



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