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.

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 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 infamous beer cheese dip 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.

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. 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.
This post originally appeared in January, 2016. It was revised and republished in January, 2019.
Easy Hamburger Dip with Real Cheese

36 Responses to “Easy Hamburger Dip with Real Cheese”

  1. Cassandra — January 12, 2020 @ 10:25 am (#)

    Could you replace the salsa with a can of Rotel?

  2. Sarah L — December 24, 2019 @ 10:24 pm (#)

    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.

    • Christine Pittman — December 30, 2019 @ 4:39 pm (#)

      Give it a try and compare, Sarah!

  3. Deborah Waddell — December 24, 2019 @ 9:14 am (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 30, 2019 @ 4:35 pm (#)

      Awesome, Deborah! I hope it was a hit!

  4. Mary Gardner — December 21, 2019 @ 1:43 pm (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 23, 2019 @ 1:19 pm (#)

      Thanks, Mary!

  5. Francine Anchondo — December 18, 2019 @ 8:27 am (#)

    Cant wait to make this.

    • Christine Pittman — December 18, 2019 @ 11:11 am (#)

      Enjoy, Francine!

  6. Saundra K. Warren — December 15, 2019 @ 8:25 am (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 17, 2019 @ 10:12 am (#)

      Enjoy, Saundra!

  7. Angelica — December 11, 2019 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    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 — December 12, 2019 @ 4:07 pm (#)

      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.

  8. Jaye Smith — December 10, 2019 @ 1:38 pm (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 12, 2019 @ 3:52 pm (#)

      Yay! Enjoy, Jaye!

  9. Cheryl — December 8, 2019 @ 10:23 pm (#)

    One of my all-time favorite dips.

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 11:28 am (#)

      Thanks, Cheryl!

  10. Jennifer Phillips — December 6, 2019 @ 11:54 pm (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 10:53 am (#)

      It’s fun to rediscover foods, isn’t it, Jennifer?

  11. Michael Coovert — December 4, 2019 @ 6:24 pm (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 5, 2019 @ 2:40 pm (#)

      Enjoy, Michael!

  12. Calvin — December 3, 2019 @ 9:43 pm (#)

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

  13. Debbie Yoder — December 3, 2019 @ 1:48 pm (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 5, 2019 @ 2:30 pm (#)

      Awesome, Debbie! We’ve got lots of great dip recipes if you need to switch it up!

  14. Sandy — November 30, 2019 @ 10:52 am (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:35 pm (#)

      Let us know how everyone likes it, Sandy!

  15. Sharon — November 29, 2019 @ 7:24 pm (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 10:44 am (#)

      Let us know how you like it, Sharon!

  16. Anne Taylor — December 24, 2018 @ 12:14 pm (#)

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

    • Christine Pittman — December 24, 2018 @ 2:15 pm (#)

      Anne, That’s wonderful to hear. Thanks for letting me know. Merry Christmas!

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

    Hamburger Dip looks like it would taste awesome!😊

  18. 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.

  19. 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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