Recently, we hosted a backyard barbecue and swim party, making homemade hamburgers and cheeseburgers, sausages, and hotdogs.
While the food was delicious and the party was super fun, doing the grocery shopping before the party was a bit more stressful because I really had no idea how many people I was shopping for. When we host parties, we’ve found that 50% of those invited won’t RSVP and 30% who RSVP won’t show up. This drives me crazy because I have to make a best guess when buying party food.
This time, I resisted the urge to overbuy just in case and bought almost the right amount of everything. The only thing we had leftovers of was salsa and hamburger patties. So I did pretty good. And, those hamburger patties were amazing if I do say so myself. With only ground beef, Weber Burger Seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce, they were so easy to make!
I’m a big believer in minimizing food waste, using up all leftovers, and reinvesting leftovers to create a whole new delicious meal, and there was no way I was going to let our leftover burgers go to waste. So we came up with this incredibly yummy and easy Cheeseburger Waffle Recipe to use our leftovers and make a new waffle.
Making Cheeseburger Waffles
Natalie and I love cheeseburgers. We have a tongues hanging out, drooling on the floor love of a good cheeseburger. While I don’t get to eat them anymore due to a dairy allergy I developed after Carter was born, I do cheat every once in a while and this was a definitely cause to cheat.
O.M.G. In terms of cheeseburgers and waffles, these Cheeseburger Waffles are one of the best things we have ever eaten.
About the waffle batter… There is nothing worse than having a savory craving and ending up with something sweet. For the Cheeseburger Waffles, I wanted the waffle batter to end up tasting like a typical burger bun. I wanted it savory, not sweet, and the solution that got me there was adding Weber Burger Seasoning to the actual waffle batter to give the Cheeseburger Waffles even more burger flavor and keep the waffle tasting more like a bun. It worked perfectly!
I then chopped up a few leftover burger patties and threw them into the batter with a cup of shredded cheddar cheese. It made the batter thick and really lumpy, but everything got coated in the batter really well. Next I added about a cup of batter to each of the waffle wells (I used a Double Belgian Waffle Iron) and waited anxiously. While cooking, the Cheeseburger Waffles made my kitchen smell heavenly and Natalie and her friend Alaina couldn’t wait to try the first bite!
When they finally came out of the waffle iron, I topped the waffles with barbecue sauce and we dove in.
We devoured the Cheeseburger Waffles in record time.
They were amazing. In fact, we’re having another party this weekend and I’m cosidering making Cheeseburger Waffles for the party instead of regular cheeseburgers!
Easy Cheeseburger Waffles
Kick your cheeseburgers up a notch by turning them into Cheeseburger Waffles! This delicious Cheeseburger Waffle recipe combines everything that's yummy about cheeseburgers and makes them way less messy to eat (and you don't have to feel guilty about requesting "no produce."
- Krustez Belgian Waffle Mix
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3 leftover hamburger patties, chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tblsp Weber Barbecue Seasoning
- Your favorite barbecue sauce
- Preheat the waffle iron on medium heat. Prepare the Krustez Belgian Waffle Mix according to the directions on the box.
- Chop three leftover hamburger patties up into small pieces.
- Add the chopped hamburger patties, shredded cheddar cheese, and Barbecue Seasoning to the waffle batter and mix until fully incorporated.
- Add the waffle batter to the waffle iron wells, being careful not to overfull them. (I use a Double Belgian Waffle Iron and it takes about 1 cup batter per waffle well.)
- When the waffles are done cooking, transfer the cheeseburger waffles to a cooling rack, then plate and serve topped with barbecue sauce.
This recipe makes three full-size waffles. BTW, these are VERY filling waffles! Consider cutting the waffles into triangles and serving each person two triangles.