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.

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.

I often take my Beer Cheese Dip to potlucks with me. And then people started requesting it specifically. Suddenly, any potluck or party I went to, people wanted me to bring my famous dip with me. Sometimes there is too much of a good thing, so I decided I needed to change things up to rescue myself from dip boredom.

Cheesy Hamburger Dip

Change it up I did! I made a Cheesy Hamburger Dip. It’s so good. It has lots of ground beef plus salsa for an extra ton of flavor without a ton of effort. You can use a homemade salsa or one from the store. Spicy or mild, you pick to make this dip perfect for you.

The great thing about this hamburger dip is that it uses the same basic idea as that infamous beer cheese dip recipe. The base is an easy flour and milk mixture. Then you add real cheese, no processed cheese for this dip. 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 taste.

Make it in Advance

Want to prepare this dip ahead of your party or gameday? No problem!

Make the dip using the directions below, then let it cool down and put in the fridge. When you’re ready to enjoy it, 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.

Here’s the recipe. Have a great day!



Easy Hamburger Dip with Real Cheese

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8


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.


  • 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 saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the ground beef, salt, and garlic powder.
  3. Cook stirring occasionally until cooked through, 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in the flour really well. Slowly stir in the milk, then stir in the salsa.
  5. Put the saucepan over medium heat, stirring often until bubbling. Remove from heat.
  6. Add the cheddar 1 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition until it’s melted in.
  7. Serve immediately. Or cover and refrigerate and reheat when you’re ready.
This post originally appeared in January 2016. It was revised and republished in February 2021.
Easy Hamburger Dip with Real Cheese

40 responses to “Easy Hamburger Dip with Real Cheese”

  1. Ann says:

    Good Super Bowl food. I used chorizo and Rotel.   I wish I had read not to use preshredded cheese.   Ours was eaten so quickly it did not get gunky. I used 5 cheese Mexican cheese. 

  2. Gracie says:

    My review/comment: I was on the hunt for different and easy to make dips and saved this recipe about a month ago and kept thinking of it and finally got around to making it today as an easy lunch. I knew it would be easy and a quick lunch. 

    I used vegetable oil because I have no olive oil. I did not measure the oil and I used garlic salt as the 1lb of hamburger cooked without measuring and I used an extra table spoon of  flour because I like my dips on the thicker side, used a cup of milk and a mild cup of jar salsa and 2 cups worth of cheese was absolutely plenty, I do think a 3rd cup of cheese would be overboard.

    This was an easy lunch and I recommend it for parties or a quick lunch or dinner on your table that your kids will totally have fun with and enjoy. My 8 year daughter loved it. Served with tortilla chips and sour cream. 

    No need to drain anything as was asked above because you need some oil for the flour part. 

    I absolutely loved this cheesy hamburger dip. It will be great  for just a quick snack at home as well if you’re in the mood for a hassle free snack. Super easy to make. 

    Amazingly good! This from someone who likes quick and hassle free recipes. 

    Kind of reminded me more of sort of a hamburger gravy which I love, but made slightly different. 

    Thank you so much. We will enjoy this one now and then. 

  3. Cassandra says:

    Could you replace the salsa with a can of Rotel?

  4. Sarah L says:

    I was at a party just today and the hostess made a hamburger cheese dip. I know that she used velvetta cheese so I bet this recipe is better.

  5. Deborah Waddell says:

    I have a party to go to tonight, I’m taking this. Can’t wait to hear how everyone like it!

  6. Mary Gardner says:

    This sounds so delicious! I think my family would be thrilled for this to be on the table.

  7. Francine Anchondo says:

    Cant wait to make this.

  8. The big game is coming up soon, maybe something to try!

  9. Angelica says:

    I’ve never heard of hamburger dip, this sounds like a big bowl full of delicious! Do you serve it with just bread, or like, chips and crackers?

    • Christine Pittman says:

      However you’d like, Angelica! Bread works great, but if you prefer tortilla chips, go for it! Crackers might have a harder time scooping up the ground beef on this one.

  10. Jaye Smith says:

    i’ve been looking for a cheese dip and I’ve found it with this recipe. Folks just go nuts for it.

  11. Cheryl says:

    One of my all-time favorite dips.

  12. Jennifer Phillips says:

    Ohh I had this when I was young and forgot all about it, I love this stuff

  13. Michael Coovert says:

    This looks incredible.  I think zi am going to try it for our family Christmas dinner.

  14. Calvin says:

    Interesting recipe, sounds like a good idea. Starting with olive oil though.. hm

  15. Debbie Yoder says:

    This dip looks so good! Im always in charge of bringing the dip for get togethers,Im doing this recipe!

  16. Sandy says:

    This will make for an easy dip to make when we have friends over.

  17. Sharon says:

    Quick, easy, and so delicious! I’ll be trying this one!

  18. Anne Taylor says:

    I just made this recipe for tonight’s (Christmas Eve) Appetizer Night.  Outstanding!

  19. Del Turner says:

    Hamburger Dip looks like it would taste awesome!😊

  20. Jon says:

    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 says:

      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.

  21. Melissa A.` says:

    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 says:

      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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