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Crockpot cheeseburger dip is the perfect appetizer for a game day party, a cozy movie night in, or any occasion. Packed with ground beef, bacon, cream cheese, and your favorite burger toppings, this creamy dip tastes like a classic cheeseburger in dip form! (Stovetop instructions are included, too.)
Crockpot Cheeseburger Dip
I enjoy making crockpot dip recipes, such as slow cooker buffalo chicken dip, slow cooker spinach artichoke dip, and this slow cooker cheeseburger dip recipe. The slow cooker cooks the dip perfectly and keeps it warm for serving. That’s why slow cooker dip recipes are great for parties when you want to spend time with guests and not worry about the food.
If you prefer, you can also make this delicious dip on the stovetop. I will include the instructions for both methods below.
Why You’ll Love This Cheeseburger Dip Recipe
- Easy Recipe: Simple, straightforward steps perfect for cooks of all levels.
- Family-Favorite: Classic cheeseburger taste in a creamy, dippable form.
- Versatile: Ideal for game days, holidays, or any gathering.
- Convenient: Easy cooking and keeping warm for serving.
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Ground Beef – For a leaner option, try ground turkey or chicken.
- Red Onion – Substitute white or yellow onion if needed.
- Minced Garlic – In a pinch, use 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder instead, although I highly recommend fresh minced garlic for the best taste.
- Ketchup – Because every cheeseburger needs ketchup!
- Stone Ground Mustard – Offers a robust, slightly spicy flavor. You can use Dijon mustard as an alternative.
- Dill Relish – Made from chopped dill pickles, it adds a tangy and slightly sour crunch.
- Bacon – Turkey bacon is a good alternative for a lighter version.
- Canned Petite Diced Tomatoes (Undrained) – Use regular diced tomatoes if you can’t find petite diced. Just chop them up a bit to make them smaller.
- Cream Cheese – Gives the dip its creamy texture.
- Cheese – I use a combination of sharp cheddar and Colby Jack. I highly recommend using blocks of cheese and shredding it yourself as opposed to the pre-shredded kind. For replacements, medium or mild cheddar work well instead of sharp cheddar. You can also use Monterey Jack, Colby, more cheddar, or even Velveeta instead of Colby Jack.
How to make Cheeseburger Dip in a Crock Pot
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Step 1: In a large skillet, heat the ground beef and onion over medium. Cook until the ground beef is cooked through and the onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Drain excess grease, if necessary.
Step 2: Add in the ketchup, Dijon mustard, and relish and stir well.
Step 3: Transfer the cooked mixture into the slow cooker and stir in the bacon, tomatoes, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and half of the Colby jack cheese.
Step 4: Cover and cook on low, stirring every 20-30 minutes, for 2-3 hours or until everything is melted and well combined.
Step 5: Sprinkle the remaining Colby jack on top. Cover and allow the cheese to melt for few minutes.
Step 6: Transfer to a serving bowl or turn your crockpot to the “warm” setting to keep the dip warm and serve from there. Garnish with additional chopped bacon and/or scallions, if desired. Serve the cheesy dip with tortilla chips, pita chips, bagel chips, or your favorite dippers.
Refrigerator: Store cooled, leftover dip in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat.
Freezer: Freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Reheating: Add a bit of milk while reheating to maintain smoothness and consistency.
Tips for the Best Cheeseburger Dip
- Drain excess grease from the beef to avoid a greasy dip.
- Cut cream cheese into small cubes for quicker melting and easier stirring.
- Stir the dip occasionally while cooking to prevent sticking and burning.
- Use high-quality freshly shredded cheese for smoother melting. Pre-shredded cheese contains elements to keep it from clumping, often making it harder to melt into a smooth dip.
- If the dip thickens too much, add a little milk to adjust the consistency.
- Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, green onions, or dill pickles for added color and freshness.
- Serve with sturdy chips, as something like potato chips may not hold up to the hearty cheese dip. Tortilla chips or pita chips are great options.
- Spicy Cheeseburger Dip: Add a bit of chili powder, red pepper flakes, or a can of diced green chiles to the ground beef mixture for a spicy twist.
- BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Dip: Stir in 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce with the ketchup for a smoky, BBQ taste.
- Cheeseburger Dip with Sour Cream: Stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream after the dip has fully heated. It adds a creamy tanginess, enhancing the overall flavor.
Follow steps 1-2 above then reduce heat to low and add the remaining ingredients. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese melts and everything is heated through. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Cheeseburger Dip Recipe FAQ
Yes, you can prepare the dip a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat it in the slow cooker or oven before serving.
A 4- to 6-quart crockpot is perfect for this bacon cheeseburger crock pot dip recipe. It provides enough space for all the ingredients and proper heat distribution.
Yes, you can use ground pork. It gives the dip a slightly different flavor but just as delicious.
Yes, you can easily halve the recipe. Use half of each ingredient and follow the same preparation steps.
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Crockpot Cheeseburger Dip
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 cup diced red onion
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup stone ground mustard
- 3 ½ Tablespoons dill relish
- 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
- 15 ounces petite diced tomatoes undrained
- 8 ounces package of cream cheese cubed
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese cubed or shredded
- 8 ounces Colby jack cheese shredded and divided
- In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium heat, using your spoon to break up the ground meat as it cooks. When the beef is browned and the onion is translucent add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Drain excess grease, if necessary.
- Stir in ketchup, mustard, and relish.
- Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker. Add bacon, tomatoes, cream cheese, cheddar, and half the Colby jack cheese. Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes, until melted and combined.
- Sprinkle remaining Colby jack cheese on top, cover, and let melt for a few minutes.
- Serve in a bowl or set your crockpot to "warm" and serve from the crockpot. Garnish with additional chopped bacon and/or green onions, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite dippers.