Cheeseburger Pie

Ok, I admit I wasn’t keen about this recipe at first. It all started with a project that my son’s life skills math class was doing where he had to plan a meal for our family on a budget. He had done some research at school and, with the coaching of his teacher, he had landed on a subscription site she belonged to and had gotten a recipe for something called “Cheeseburger Pie.” He was excited to serve us. When I first looked at the recipe contents and the proportions he was being coached to make to feed our family of five, I became very concerned. But he was sold and so I needed to make this work.

Personal appalling moment turned teaching moment — I used this as a chance to talk about fat content of products as well as calories and other ingredients. He and I looked at what the recipe requested and how to read side labels. It was originally written with mayonnaise and cream. We compared that with the benefits of yogurt and milk and how that would add up differently with the cheese than originally planned. We also talked about appropriate portions and amounts in the recipe for serving. 

So all in all, this has become a favorite of theirs; I will agree it’s pretty good and a way to make a form of “hamburgers” without them grilling or frying individual burgers. We tend to eat this as a meat, but you could put your portion on a bun and chow down as a sandwich as well.

Serves 6-8


9 x 13 baking dish and 12 inch frying pan

Cooking spatula or large spoon

Knife and cutting Board


  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 + ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 + ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 ounces shredded cheese
  • In small bowl whisk:
    • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 2 large eggs
    • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Cooking spray


  • Chop onion into small dice.
  • Split cheese into two even piles
  • Lightly spray baking dish with cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Heat frying pan over medium high.
  3. Add oil to pan when hot
  4. Cook onions 3-5 minutes in frying pan.
  5. Add salt and pepper and stir.
  6. Add ground turkey to pan. Cook, breaking apart, until no longer pink.
  7. Turn off heat; remove mixture and place in baking dish. (Leave any liquid in frying pan.)
  8. Add one part of the cheese to meat and mix. Spread out evenly.
  9. Pour the yogurt mixture over the meat evenly.
  10. Sprinkle the other cheese part on top.
  11. Bake 35 minutes until bubbly.
  12. Remove from oven and turn oven off.
  13. Serve.

Adapted from

pdf version of recipe >> Cheeseburger Pie

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