Chili Cheese Burger Bowls Recipe

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Serenity Published: April 5, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Chili Cheese Burger Bowls

Amp up your usual burgers with these unique burger bowls! It’s made with a crispy cheese bowl, loaded with tender beef; all sandwiched between buns.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour



For Chili:

  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 1cupwhite onion,chopped
  • 2garlic cloves,finely chopped
  • 1lbground beef
  • 14.5oztomato,crushed
  • 6oztomato paste
  • 1tbsplight brown sugar,packed
  • 1tspsalt
  • ½tspground black pepper
  • 1tsppaprika
  • 1tbspchili powder
  • 1tspground cumin
  • ½cupwater

For Cheese Bowl:

  • 2⅔cupsparmesan cheese,grated

For Burgers:

  • 2lbsground beef,divided into 8 patties
  • salt,to taste
  • pepper,to taste
  • 1cupcheddar cheese,shredded
  • 8brioche burger buns


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot with a lid over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, until translucent.

  2. Add the ground beef and cook for about 7 to 10 minutes until browned. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt, ground pepper, paprika, chili powder, ground cumin, and stir to combine. Add water and stir.

  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  4. Set a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet. Place a metal 1-cup measuring cup upside down on top of the cooling rack.

  5. In a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat, pour ⅓ cup of Parmesan in the center of the pan and spread out into a thin circle, about 5 inches across. Without disturbing the cheese, melt for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden and fully melted.

  6. Once the cheese is fully melted, run a spatula along the edges of the cheese and shake the pan to loosen the cheese circle. Carefully slide the melted cheese over the inverted measuring cup to form a cheese bowl without touching.

  7. Set aside and let cool completely for about 10 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the Parmesan to make 8 bowls.

  8. Lightly grease a large skillet over high heat, then add the beef patties in batches, if necessary, and season generously with salt and pepper.

  9. Cook for 2 minutes without disturbing, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes, or until the internal temperature has reached at least 165 degrees F.

To Assemble:

  1. Place a bottom burger bun on a plate and put a cheese bowl on top. Lay a burger patty inside the cheese bowl and top with a spoonful of chili, a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese, and the top bun.

  2. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 887.99kcal
  • Fat: 57.87g
  • Saturated Fat: 25.16g
  • Trans Fat: 2.20g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23.12g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.64g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.74g
  • Fiber: 3.54g
  • Sugar: 9.13g
  • Protein: 57.04g
  • Cholesterol: 171.31mg
  • Sodium: 1312.61mg
  • Calcium: 833.98mg
  • Potassium: 990.21mg
  • Iron: 6.56mg
  • Vitamin A: 212.98µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.99mg
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