This hot Cheeseburger Dip Football is sure to be the MVP of your Super Bowl party. It's loaded with bacon and cheddar cheese and tastes just like a big juicy cheeseburger.
What Super Bowl Party spread would be complete without a hearty dip? A meaty dip loaded with gooey cheese and crispy bacon will be the hit of any party especially if it is as festive as this Cheeseburger Dip Football.
I've made this dip three times trying to get the recipe just right and am so happy with the final recipe. I wanted a chunky cheeseburger dip that maintained the flavor of the burger and wasn't overwhelmed by the cheese and it took a few tries to get it just right.
This dip may not look seriously gooey like many dips but it really does taste like a cheeseburger with just the right balance of cheese, hamburger, and toppings.
Watch this video to see how to make cheeseburger dip and decorate it to look like a football.
salt, garlic salt, and black pepper
shredded cheddar cheese
I like to keep my cheeseburger dip rather simple but you can add any of these mixins.
- minced garlic
- dill pickles
- crispy onions
- pepper jack cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- and more
Whatever you like on your burger will taste great in this hamburger dip. I just recommend keeping the ratio of cheese to hamburger balanced for the best flavor.
Can you add too much cheese?
- Yes, I think so! If you add much more cheese than is called for in this recipe it will definitely overpower the flavor of the beef.
- When I made my first cheeseburger dip I added twice as much cream cheese and I even added an entire cup of mozzarella cheese. It was, in my opinion, just too much cheese.
- So, I eliminated the mozzarella cheese but kept the 8 ounces of cream cheese but I still felt the flavor of the cheese overwhelmed the hamburger flavor so I cut it back even further to just 4 ounces.
- If you love cheese and don't mind the flavor of the hamburger taking a back seat to the cheese then by all means add more cheese.
What kind of cheese to use?
- I used cheddar cheese because I like the flavor but any cheese you like will work fine just note that firmer cheeses like cheddar can get greasy when melted so the more you add to this dip the greasier it might become.
- You can use processed cheese, like Velveeta, if you prefer a creamier cheese dip that isn't greasy at all.
What kind of ground beef should I use?
- I personally like the flavor of ground sirloin so that is what I used, but I do realize sirloin can be twice as expensive as ground beef or ground chuck so use whatever you enjoy.
- Just note that if you use ground beef or even ground chuck you will need to drain off any excess fat before stirring in the other dip ingredients. Ground sirloin is so lean that there is so little fat that you won't need to drain it off.
Related: If you want a lighter dip, be sure to check out my Artichoke Pesto Dip Football.
- Cut ¾ pounds of bacon into small pieces.
- Place the bacon pieces in a large skillet and set over medium-high heat.
- Cook until crispy.
- Remove the bacon and all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the skillet.
- Season 1 pound of ground sirloin with salt, garlic salt, and pepper.
- Brown half of the ground sirloin in the hot skillet.
- Remove the browned hamburger from the skillet.
- If needed, add more bacon grease to the pan.
- Brown the remaining ground sirloin in the pan.
- I like to cook half of my beef at a time so that I can get the meat to brown nicely instead of steaming it.
- Add the other hamburger back into the pan.
- Stir in 3 tablespoons of ketchup, a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, and a teaspoon of yellow mustard.
- Then stir in ⅓ cup sour cream, 4 ounces of cream cheese, and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
- Once all the cheese has melted toss in ½ cup of diced tomatoes and stir just to combine. You don't really want to cook the tomatoes.
Making the dip into a football.
- Spoon the hot cheeseburger dip into a Ceramic Football Bowl.
- Spread it into an even layer.
- Top it with the bacon.
- Use sour cream to create the football laces.
- Pour the sour cream into a zip-top bag and snip off a tip.
- Pipe a line going across the football then add some laces going across that line.
- Serve immediately.
You can find football or oval bowls and even a football-shaped slow cooker on Amazon.
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What if I don't have a football bowl?
- You can serve this in any oval-shaped bowl. It will still look like a football if it's topped with bacon and has sour cream laces on top. I linked to some oval bowls above.
- You can even get a Football shaped slow cooker. It would be great to use to serve this hot cheeseburger dip!
- If you don't need it to look like a football then serve it in a small crock pot to keep it nice and warm throughout your party!
Can I make this dip in advance?
- Yes. Then you can reheat it in the oven or microwave using the instructions below.
To reheat the cheeseburger dip in the oven:
- Fill your ceramic football bowl with the dip and add the bacon then cover it and refrigerate it until needed.
- Before your party guests arrive heat the dip in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes until heated through then pipe on the sour cream laces and serve.
To reheat the dip in the microwave:
- Fill the football-shaped ceramic bowl with just the dip and cover it until just before serving.
- Then microwave the dip for 3 minutes, stirring after each minute, until hot and bubbly.
- Top the dip with bacon, add the sour cream laces, and serve.
Serve this dip with...
- tortilla chips
- sturdy potato chips (Kettle Chips would work well)
- little slider buns
- French fries (your guest can spoon the dip over the fries)
If you are hosting a football-themed party, you might like these other recipes.
See all my Super Bowl Party Food Ideas, here.
This hot cheeseburger dip served in a ceramic football shaped bowl is topped with crumbled bacon and decorated with sour cream football laces and makes a great appetizer for a Super Bowl party.
- ¾ pound bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 pound ground sirloin
- salt, garlic salt, and black pepper, to season meat
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- ⅓ cup sour cream, plus more for decoration
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into small cubes
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup diced tomatoes
Place the bacon pieces in a large skillet and set over medium-high heat.
Cook until crispy.
Remove the bacon and all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the skillet.
Season the ground sirloin with salt, garlic salt, and pepper.
Brown half of the ground sirloin in the hot skillet.
Remove the browned hamburger from the skillet.
If needed, add more bacon grease to the pan.
Brown the remaining ground sirloin in the pan.
Add the other hamburger back into the pan and reduce the heat to low.
Stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and yellow mustard.
Then stir in ⅓ cup sour cream, the cream cheese, and cheddar cheese.
Once all the cheese has melted toss in the diced tomatoes and stir just to combine.
Spoon the hot cheeseburger dip into a ceramic football bowl.
Spread it into an even layer.
Top it with the bacon.
Pour the sour cream into a zip top bag and snip off a tip.
Pipe a line going across the football then add some laces going across that line.