Burger-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

I TOLD YOU THERE WAS A REASON TO MAKE LOTS OF POTATOES IN YOUR SLOW COOKER. IMG_7988

Sorry to yell.  I’m just kind of obsessed.  

The other day I told you how great baked potatoes turned out in the crock pot, and I’m telling you RIGHT NOW that if you make a bunch all at once then keep them wrapped in the fridge for weeknights you can have tons of fun stuffed-tater dinners in mere MOMENTS.  Like this one!

I took a burger and used the potato as a bun.  It was super duper delicious, and very easy to make. 

You need baked potatoes, first and foremost.  How you bake yours is up to you – there are a few options in the printable recipe below.  Other than that, you need ground beef (it’s a burger, kids) and any toppings you like!  This was originally going to be Cheeseburger Baked Potatoes, and then I realized AS I WAS COOKING that I had no cheese so….dairy free!  Go us.  Because I’m a moron.  IMG_7950

So, really all you need to do for this is heat up your baked potato in the microwave or oven and make the ground beef filling.  Then you build your burger!  For the beef, heat a pan to medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil and add the beef. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper and break it up a bit with a spoon. You can add any other flavors you like such as onion, garlic, or Worcestershire sauce, but I like plain ground beef with all the other flavors we’re using here!  Break up the meat and let it sit for a few minutes at a time to get nice and crusty, then stir and keep crumbling the pieces. IMG_7968

While the meat is browning, prep any toppings you’d like for your burger!  This would also be a place to get out some cheese if you remembered to buy any.  Sigh. IMG_7969

The ground beef is done after 10 minutes or so, and look how crispy and lovely!  Taste it, and add more salt and pepper if needed. IMG_7970

Now, scoop some of the ground beef into the potato…if you like melty cheese you could put some in the potato under the beef!IMG_7972

Now, top the beef and potato as you’d like, and BOOM.  Dinner.  Healthy as you’d like it to be (spinach…avocado…ground turkey instead of beef), but with a great burger flavor from all the toppings. IMG_7985

I like this especially because you don’t need a ton of beef like in a burger, you can pretend that the toppings are a salad, and baked potatoes are good for you when they aren’t covered in butter and sour cream!IMG_7979

The possibilities for this, of course, are endless.  I love burgers with just lettuce, tomato, pickles, and ketchup, but sriracha, mayo, blue cheese, bacon crumbles….ANYTHING, really, would be lovely with this. IMG_7986

Enjoy these!  Make them your own, and bring me one with cheese since I apparently can’t buy it for myself. IMG_7988

Burger-Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 whole baked potatoes, fully cooked
  2. 2/3 pounds ground beef
  3. salt and pepper
Burger toppings of your choice, 1/2 cup or so each
  1. shredded lettuce
  2. sliced onions
  3. pickle slices
  4. ketchup
  5. mustard
  6. mayonnaise
  7. chopped tomatoes
  8. shredded cheddar cheese
  9. crumbled cooked bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the beef with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and cook, crumbling as you go, for 10 minutes until the beef is browned, crumbled, and cooked through. Taste, and add more salt if needed.
  2. To assemble, split a baked potato in half and fill with ground beef. Top with any other desired toppings.
3 baking potato options
  1. Crock Pot: Wrap potatoes in foil, place in crock pot. Cover, and turn to low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Oven: Wrap potatoes in foil, bake at 425F for 1 hour until cooked through.
  3. Microwave: Prick potatoes all over, wrap in a damp dish towel. Microwave 15 - 25 minutes until cooked through.
  4. All components (potatoes, toppings, meat) can be made in advance and stored separately. Reheat the potatoes in the oven for 10 minutes at 425F and microwave the ground beef before eating.
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