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Chili Cheese Burger Bowls

Tasty Team


for 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion (150 g), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef (455 g)
  • 14.5 oz crushed tomato (410 g)
  • 6 oz tomato paste (170 g)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup water (120 mL)

Cheese bowl

  • 2 ⅔ cups grated parmesan cheese (295 g)


  • 2 lb ground beef (905 g), divided into 8 patties
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (100 g)
  • 8 brioche burger buns

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 615
    Fat 28g
    Carbs 52g
    Fiber 3g
    Sugar 13g
    Protein 37g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  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 until browned, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt, ground pepper, paprika, chili powder, ground cumin, and stir to combine. Add water and stir. 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 (240 ml) measuring cup upside down on top of the cooling rack.
  5. In a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat, pour ⅓ cup (35 g) 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 2-3 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. DO NOT TOUCH, it is extremely hot. Set aside and let cool completely, about ten minutes. Repeat with the rest of the Parmesan to make 8 bowls.
  7. Lightly grease a large skillet over high heat, then add the beef patties (in batches, if necessary) and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes without disturbing, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes, or until the internal temperature has reached at least 165˚F (75˚C).
  8. To assemble, 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.
  9. Enjoy!

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