Give this simple keto and low-carb cheeseburger pie recipe a try on busy weeknights. It's a gluten-free version of the popular impossible pie made with traditional baking mix.
With my busy schedule, I like do most of my cooking on the weekends. Then I either freeze leftovers or refrigerate them for quick meals during the week. Low carb casseroles and keto soups are some of my favorite make-ahead keto freezer meals.
Perhaps freezer-friendly low carb recipes can be the subject of future posts? There are a lot of meals that can be frozen for later. And this delicious cheesy ground beef dinner pie is definitely one to add to the list!
You may have heard of the Bisquick impossible cheeseburger pie recipe. It was a favorite of mine back in my high carb days. That's why I reworked the original recipe into one that uses low-carb flours instead of Bisquick mix.
This recipe is my take on the original Betty Crocker recipe for Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie recipe. My recipe calls for ingredients I usually have on hand and it’s fast to prepare on those busy nights after work. And it’s a great dish to make when you’re craving some keto McDonald’s food.
Why you'll love it
My family is really picky... but everyone loves cheese. So I can get away with serving them delicious keto meals like this cheesy ground beef pie just about any time. It’s one of those recipes like my bacon cheeseburger casserole that can be served to the whole family even if they also aren't following my ketogenic lifestyle.
This low carb version of the Bisquick impossible cheeseburger pie is perfect dinner on a busy night. Another benefit is that the dish freezes really well. So if you are only cooking for one or two, just put the leftovers in the freezer for a quick and use it as a convenient dinner later.
The best thing about this recipe is it’s made with common ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
Beef is the most popular ground meat for a burger. To keep this dish on the healthy side, I use lean ground beef, but if you need the fat, by all means use 80/20 instead. In fact, you can use any ground meat in this pie, including turkey, venison, and chicken.
Chopped onion is cooked with the meat to add in some flavor. You could use onion powder or dry onion flakes instead. Fresh garlic or garlic powder work well too.
To keep the pie low in carbs, a blend of almond flour and coconut flour are used. If you don’t care for coconut flour, all almond flour can be used instead. You can also replace both with Carbquik if you aren’t gluten-free.
The flour needs liquid to prevent a dry pie. I like to use almond milk but coconut milk is a great alternative. You can also use a 50/50 mix of heavy cream and water.
The eggs are what bind the pie together. They add in some additional protein and nutrients too.
Shredded cheddar cheese is preferred, but you can use crumbled cheese like blue cheese or feta. The type of cheese used is totally up to you. I used a mild white cheddar but other cheese goes well too. Gouda, Swiss, Blue, and Monterey Jack cheese all go well with a hamburger.
If you were to skip the cheese (I wouldn't), then this would just be a... hamburger pie instead!
I like to top the pie off with cut tomato. But you can top it off with your favorite burger toppings instead. Bacon, dill pickles, ketchup, and mushrooms are some popular ones to try.
Note: You'll find all the exact amount used with the full ingredient list in the recipe carb at the end of this post.
- Don't brown before topping. If adding tomatoes and or other toppings, remove the pie before it starts to brown. Then adding your toppings and sprinkle additional cheese on top for best results. Return to oven until top layer has browned.
- Add a crust. Although it’s not needed, you can definitely add a traditional crust to the pie. My keto pie crust without sweetener would work well for the recipe.
- Use the broiler to brown up the top quickly after adding your toppings.
To make this simple keto cheeseburger pie, just follow these easy steps.
Prepare the ground meat
The ground beef mixture is cooked first. In a large skillet, cook beef with onion over medium heat. It takes about 8 to 10 minutes for the meat to brown.
Then, the beef mixture in spread out evenly in a pie plate. I like to use a 9.5-inch glass pie pan for this cheeseburger pie.
Prep the egg mixture
While the meat is cooking, you can prepare the egg mixture and heat oven to 400°F.
The coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, almond milk, and eggs are then blended in a medium bowl. This mixture is poured on top of the ground beef mixture and allowed to soak in.
Next, the grated cheese is sprinkled on top. Then pie is then baked in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes.
Add optional topping
The optional tomatoes are added at this point if desired. Other cheeseburger condiments like sugar free ketchup or pickles can also be added into the pie.
For extra cheesy goodness, you'll want to sprinkle additional shredded cheese over the toppings.
After adding optional toppings, the pie is baked for another five minutes. The gluten free cheeseburger pie should be a nice golden brown when taken out of the oven. If needed, the broiler can be used to brown up the top quickly.
That's all there is to making this gluten-free option to the popular Bisquick cheeseburger pie recipe!
There’s a lot of room for modification in this recipe so feel free to add your favorite seasonings or veggies. If you want a bacon cheeseburger pie, just add in crumbled cooked bacon to the meat mixture.
Green beans or spinach would be nice additions. Or add in some bacon, mushrooms, and other popular burger toppings.
You can also reduce the number of eggs if you wish or add some chia gel.
You can enjoy this cheeseburger pie for any meal of the day.
It goes well with a garden salad or cup of keto vegetable soup when serving at lunchtime.
Want some other easy dinner recipes to make on busy days? Here's a few of my favorite budget friendly low-carb ground beef recipes that my entire family likes to eat.
- Paleo Korean Ground Beef is the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
- Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet Recipe is an easy skillet dinner that can repurpose your leftover cauliflower rice.
- Low Carb Crack Slaw is made easily with a coleslaw mix and ground meat.
- Mexican Zucchini and Beef is a simple dish that can be made mild or spicy.
- Hamburger Beef Stroganoff whips up with just a few ingredients for a hearty dinner.
- Cook beef and onion in skillet over medium heat until meat is brown, about 8-10 minutes.
- Spread beef mix into pie plate and sprinkle in salt.
- Mix together coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, almond milk and eggs.
- Pour the egg mixture evenly over the meat. Sprinkle about 1 cup of cheese on top.
- Bake at 400°F for about 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with optional tomato if desired and remaining cheese. See recipe notes for other possible toppings.
- Bake an additional 5 minutes.
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Post updated in February 5, 2022, with additional recipe information and photos. Originally published October 2014.