Calling all cheeseburger lovers. You won’t want to miss this Ground Beef Cheeseburger Frittata! It’s the perfect combo of classic cheeseburger flavors, all in delicious frittata form. Plus, it’s a wholesome and filling meal that you can enjoy any time of the day – brekkie, brunch, lunch, or dinner!
- What is a Frittata?
- Why You’ll Love This Simple Frittata
- Recipe Ingredients
- How to Make a Cheeseburger Frittata: Step-By-Step Instructions
- Recipe Substitutions
- Recipe Variations
- Expert Tips
- What to Serve with Frittata for Bunch?
- Nutrition Tips: The Potential Health Benefits of Eggs
- More Favorite Breakfast Recipes
- Printable Recipe Card
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Pin Recipe for Later
What is a Frittata?
A frittata is a versatile Italian egg-based dish, similar to a crustless quiche. It typically consists of eggs, vegetables, cheese, and sometimes meat. The ingredients are combined, spend a little time on the stovetop, and are finished off in the oven until they’re fluffy and golden brown.
One of the things I love most about whipping up a frittata is how easy it is to customize. And they’re a fab way to use up those leftover ingredients hanging around in your fridge. Throw together just about any veggies, meats, or cheeses with some seasoned eggs, and you just know dinner’s gonna be pretty darn good.
This Ground Beef Cheeseburger Frittata is inspired by my love of a good cheeseburger and because I wanted a brunch recipe that was a little different from the norm. It has all the flavors of a classic cheeseburger, and I’m happy to say this baby always goes down a storm. It is, hands down, one of my favorite ever frittata recipes!
If you’re looking for brunch recipes, you’re in the right place. Check out my Coconut Blueberry Wholemeal Muffins, Wholemeal Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Cream, or a hearty but Healthy Full English Breakfast.
Why You’ll Love This Simple Frittata
This Ground Beef Cheese Burger Frittata is:
- Loaded with health benefits. With both beef and eggs providing plenty of protein, it’ll keep you feeling full for longer. But that’s not all – this frittata is also loaded with flavorful veggies like onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and gherkins. And when served with salad leaves, you’re getting a ton of vitamins, minerals, and fiber to support your body’s daily functions and aid digestion.
- Quick and easy. Frittata is a great option if you want something that’s easy to make and doesn’t require too much prep work.
- Family-friendly. Both kids and adults will love this cheesy beef burger frittata.
- Low-carb. If you need a delicious low-carb option for you or your friends, this Ground Beef Cheeseburger Frittata is the way to go!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious Ground Beef Cheeseburger Frittata:
- Eggs: The star ingredient in a frittata has to be the eggs! I use large free-range eggs.
- Ground Beef (Beef Mince): The star ingredient in a cheeseburger, and now this delicious frittata. I use 95% lean ground beef (5% fat beef mince).
- Burger Seasonings: My beef flavor boosters include dried onion, garlic powder, and a pinch of sea salt flakes and pepper. Simple, but it’s all you need!
- Vegetables: Whenever I order a burger, 99% of the time, it comes with sautéed onions, gherkins, crispy lettuce, and fresh tomato slices. So that’s exactly what’s going into this frittata.
- Favorite Cheeseburger Toppings: When I think about the toppings on a typical cheeseburger, it has to be yellow mustard and, of course, the cheese. If you’re waiting for me to say ketchup – I’ve purposely not added it as an ingredient, as you get a tomato hit from fresh tomatoes. But if you want, go for it and add a squirt of ketchup! It can only be a good thing! A couple of points to mention:
- Cheese: I’m using small cubes of cheddar cheese, so you get little hits of cheesiness in every mouthful. You can, of course, use shredded cheddar cheese if you prefer. To achieve that classic flavor of a cheeseburger, I would sprinkle cheese over the top of the uncooked egg mixture to get that melty cheese layer.
- English Mustard: I’m using English mustard powder as it contains no added sugar. But you can sub with any yellow mustard you desire.
- Side Salad: I like to serve this frittata with a simple side salad. These nutritious greens add an extra portion of veggies and lots of additional nutrients to the meal.
How to Make a Cheeseburger Frittata: Step-By-Step Instructions
Here’s how to make a Cheeseburger Frittata in six simple illustrated steps:
- Cook Beef
Put an ovenproof cast-iron skillet over a medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the ground beef (beef mince), onion, salt, and pepper, and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic powder. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes until the beef is cooked through. Then spread the browned ground beef into an even layer across the bottom of the pan.
- Egg Mixture
Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the parsley, English mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Beat together until well combined.
- Add Veggies
Add the shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and gherkins. Stir to combine.
- Pour Egg
Slowly pour the eggs over the beef mixture, distributing the veggies evenly.
- Add Cheese
Top with small chunks of cheese.
Place skillet into a hot oven and bake the frittata for about 15-20 minutes until the egg has set and it’s golden brown on top. Remove the frittata from the oven and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Then, slice into six, plate up, and serve with the simple salad. Enjoy!
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Need ingredient substitutes or want to switch things up? I’ve got some ideas for you:
- Ground Beef: You can easily replace ground beef with ground chicken, pork, or lamb.
- Cheese: Switch up the cheddar cheese with any other melty cheese you like.
- Make it Vegetarian: Remove the beef from the recipe and replace it with your favorite vegetables. Mushrooms, peppers, or sweet potatoes are all good options. You can also use your favorite vegetarian cheese instead of cheddar.
- Bacon Cheeseburger Frittata: Add some crispy bacon for a smoky flavor.
- Turkey Burger Frittata: If you prefer turkey burgers over beef burgers, swap the ground beef (beef mince) with ground turkey (turkey mince).
- Spicy Bean Burger Frittata: Replace the ground beef with a 14oz (400g) can of black beans. First, drain the beans, and give them a rinse. I like to mash half the beans and then keep the remaining half whole for extra texture.
1. How to Avoid a Soggy Frittata
Watery ingredients like tomatoes, lettuce, and gherkins can cause a frittata to become soggy if we’re not careful. To avoid this and still achieve that cheeseburger flavor we’re looking for, all you need to do is pat the lettuce and gherkins dry before adding them to the egg mixture. And finally, deseeding the tomatoes removes tons of excess liquid. For best results, please don’t avoid this step!
2. Distribute Ingredients Evenly
Before adding the egg mixture, ensure the beef is spread evenly across the bottom of the pan. Then, slowly pour the egg into the skillet so that the vegetables are equally distributed throughout. That way, there’ll be a little bit of everything in every bite.
3. Use a Non-Stick Ovenproof Skillet
The secret to making the perfect frittata starts with the right skillet. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is a great way to go because it can handle both stovetop and oven cooking. And it distributes heat nicely and evenly. Plus, a well-seasoned cast iron pan is naturally non-stick for easy slicing and serving. I mean, is there anything more frustrating than cooking a lovely meal only for it to get stuck to the bottom of the pan?
And, of course, a non-stick skillet makes for super-easy clean-up. I like to use an enameled cast iron skillet (see photos) that doesn’t need any pre-seasoning! How awesome is that!?
Bake the frittata until it is fully set – if it is still slightly jiggly, it hasn’t cooked through.
After removing it from the oven, let the frittata sit for a few minutes before you cut it. This will make it easier to lift from the pan.
What to Serve with Frittata for Bunch?
When it comes to brunch, frittatas are always a crowd-pleaser. But what should you serve alongside this deliciously tempting egg dish to create the perfect spread? Well, I’ve got some fantastic ideas for you!
Now that the frittata itself is sorted, how about a stack of pancakes, waffles, French toast, or muffins to go alongside it? If it’s more savory options you’re looking for, try some smoked salmon, breakfast potatoes, or a seriously tasty Bubble and Squeak!
Nutrition Tips: The Potential Health Benefits of Eggs
Eggs are one of the most versatile and healthy foods on the planet. Not only are they delicious, but they also offer many health benefits. For example:
- Eggs are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, essential vitamins, and minerals.
- Eggs also contain important antioxidants that can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. [Source]
- Eating eggs has also been linked to improved brain function [Source] and a reduced risk of heart disease. [Source]
- Because of their high protein content, eggs may help you feel fuller for longer, which can be incredibly helpful if you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. [Source]
More Favorite Breakfast Recipes
If you love this Cheeseburger Frittata, then you’ve got to try these Easy Spinach Feta Egg Cups next! Alternatively, here are some of my all-time favorite breakfast recipes.
- Blueberry and Hazelnut Porridge
- Healthy Full English Breakfast
- Pineapple Passion Collagen Smoothie
- Black Forest Fruits Chia Pudding
- Coconut Blueberry Wholemeal Muffins
- Ultimate Scrambled Eggs
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Ground Beef Cheeseburger Frittata
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- Large Ovenproof Non-Stick Skillet, or enamel-coated skillet
- Kitchen Spatula
- Large Mixing Bowl
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ lb (240 g) 95% lean ground beef (5% fat lean beef mince)
- ½ onion, thinly sliced
- ½ teaspoon onion powder, or onion granules
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder, or garlic granules
- pinch sea salt flakes
- pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 10 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon English mustard powder
- pinch sea salt flakes
- pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 1 baby gem lettuce, finely sliced, pat dry with kitchen towel
- 2 tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
- ¼ cup (75 g) gherkins , I use Biona refined sugar-free gherkins. Pat dry with kitchen towel.
- ½ cup (75 g) cheddar cheese, chopped into small cubes
- 1 heaping cup (80 g) salad leaves
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- Prepare: Gather your equipment and prep your ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400ºF/200ºC/gas mark 6.
- Season Beef: Put an ovenproof skillet over a medium heat and add the extra virgin olive oil. Add the ground beef (beef mince) and onion, and cook for about 5 minutes. Now add the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes until the beef is cooked through. Then spread the beef into an even layer over the bottom of the pan.
- Egg Mixture: Meanwhile, in a large bowl, crack the eggs and add the parsley, English mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Beat together until well combined. Now add the dried shredded lettuce, diced and deseeded tomatoes, and dried gherkins. Stir to combine. Then, once the beef is cooked through, slowly pour the egg mixture into the pan, distributing the veggies evenly. Top with the cubes of cheese.
- Bake: Transfer the frittata to the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the egg has set and it's golden brown on top.
- Simple Salad: While the frittata cooks, dress the mixed salad leaves with extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
- To Serve: Slice the frittata into six, and serve with the simple salad. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
Nutrition Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. For accuracy, we recommend you calculate using the exact ingredients and brands you used.
Frequently Asked Questions
As the term “healthy” means different things to different people, my best advice is to enjoy frittata in moderation as part of a varied and balanced diet. Incorporating a variety of foods into your meals will help keep you feeling satisfied and nourished. Feel free to use the nutrition panel in the recipe card as a guide to see if this recipe can fit in with your personal nutrition goals. Happy eating!
This frittata is best served immediately as it contains watery vegetables that don’t freeze and thaw particularly well. That said, it IS possible to freeze this frittata, and it can be a great way to save time and have a ready-to-go meal on hand when you’re in a rush. Just be sure to cool the frittata down to room temperature and place individual slices into a freezer-safe airtight container or wrap tightly in plastic wrap before freezing. When ready to eat, thaw the frittata in the fridge overnight and then reheat in the microwave.
Yes, you definitely can! Just cover it with tin foil and pop it into a 350°F (180ºC) oven for about 12-15 minutes or until it’s heated through. Alternatively, pop it in the microwave for 3-6 minutes or until piping hot
Are you craving some egg-filled goodness but want to know the difference between strata, frittata, and quiche? Let’s break it down. Strata is an American breakfast casserole with layers of bread and cheese, vegetables, and sometimes meat, bound by an egg-custard-like mixture. Frittatas are similar to a crustless quiche. They originate from Italy and contain eggs, vegetables, sometimes meat, and sometimes cheese. Cooking often starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. Finally, quiches are French in origin. They have a flaky crust and a creamy custard-like filling that usually contains cheese, meat, and vegetables. And there you have it, three different egg dishes that can satisfy your cravings in their own unique way.