Easy Hamburger Dip with Real Cheese

A quick and easy hamburger dip that everyone will seriously love. It’s really cheesy but doesn’t use any processed cheese so it has a real rich cheddar flavor.

Cheesy delicious Hamburger Dip that doesn't use processed cheese

So here’s what happened. I started taking my favorite easy Beer Cheese Dip to potlucks with me. And then people started requesting it specifically. Like, “It’s a potluck. You’re bringing that cheese dip, right? Please?? Please???”

I swear I must have made 10 batches over the holidays. And then you you know what happened? I got bored of it.

So last week when I was invited to an appetizer party and that dip was again requested, I said, “Sure. But I’m going to change it up a bit.”

Change it up I did! I made a Cheesy Hamburger Dip. It’s sooo good. It has lots of ground beef plus salsa for an extra ton of flavor. You can use a homemade salsa or one from the store. Spicy or mild, you pick.

The great thing about this hamburger dip is that it uses the same basic idea as that other now-forgotten recipe. The base is an easy flour and milk mixture. Then you add…wait for it…real cheese. Most hamburger dips call for processed cheese, a big chunk of the stuff. This one instead uses real shredded cheddar. It’s still creamy like the other versions but it has that real cheddar flavor instead of that processed flavor.

See, look how creamy and cheesy that is:

Ooey Gooey Hamburger Dip that doesn't use processed cheese.

Here’s the recipe. Have a great day!

Cheesy Hamburger Dip


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 cups (about 3/4 of a pound) shredded cheddar cheese



  1. In a medium sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the ground beef, salt and garlic powder. Cook stirring occasionally until cooked through, 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the flour really well. Slowly stir in the milk. Then stir in the salsa.
  3. Put the sauce pan over medium heat, stirring often until bubbling. Remove from heat. Add the cheddar 1 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition until it's melted in.
  4. Serve immediately. Or cover and refrigerate. Reheat in the microwave for 45 seconds at a time, stirring after each heat, until heated through. Or reheat on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently.


6 Responses to “Easy Hamburger Dip with Real Cheese”

  1. Del Turner — February 2, 2017 @ 10:16 am (#)

    Hamburger Dip looks like it would taste awesome!😊

  2. Jon — November 20, 2016 @ 4:29 pm (#)

    Looks amazing. Dumb question though, do you drain the ground beef after cooking? I can see it going both ways, and just wanna make sure.

    • Christine Pittman — November 21, 2016 @ 7:41 am (#)

      Actually, either way works. You’re using lean ground beef so there shouldn’t be much to drain. But if there is some liquid, do drain it off.

  3. Melissa A.` — November 15, 2016 @ 5:25 pm (#)

    I’m making this right now for a potluck at work tomorrow. Have you ever made this ahead of time and reheated it in a crockpot? I thought if I plugged it in when I get to work, it will be hot enough for lunch time.

    • Christine Pittman — November 16, 2016 @ 9:09 am (#)

      Melissa, Yes, I have done that. It works well. Just make sure you’re using the warm setting. If your slow cooker only has high and low, then use low but it won’t take very long to heat up. Check it regularly and give it a stir now and then. I hope it’s a success for your potluck!


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