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This quick and easy Cheeseburger Braid is a fun way to change up the weeknight meal routine! Top with your favorite cheeseburger toppings to customize to your liking!

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A cheeseburger braid with pickles, ketchup and mustard next to it.

Ya know what I love about braids? They look so pretty and nobody would know how easy they truly are to make!!! Maybe that’s why MILLIONS of people have been watching this braid tutorial on Instagram…

I’ve created SO many different braids (and you know there’ll be more to come!). The Pizza Braid is a great change-up for pizza night and Taco Tuesday will never be the same without the Taco Braid!!

And when it comes to breakfast, I’ve got you covered. Not sure I could pick a fave between the Breakfast Braid and the Raspberry Danish Braid….so I’m giving you both! 😉 Ok, now back to the new kid on the block….the Cheeseburger Braid!!

Ingredients Needed to make a cheeseburger braid - pizza crust, cheese, ground beef, sesame seeds, egg, black pepper, salt and minced onion.

Ingredients Needed

  • Ground Beef
  • Minced Onion
  • Salt & Pepper – Or seasoned salt
  • Pizza Dough – I use the refrigerated pizza crust from the grocery store
  • Cheese – You can use Cheddar slices, American slices, shredded cheese, etc. Whatever you’ve got on hand that sounds good on a cheeseburger!
  • Egg – This will be used for an egg wash that’ll help give the braid a lovely golden brown color when baked.
  • Sesame Seeds – Optional, but such a fun way to give it the classic “cheeseburger” appearance!
  • Condiments – What’s a cheeseburger without all the condiments?! More on that below!

How to Make A Cheeseburger Braid

You’ll start by cooking some ground beef in a skillet. If there’s a decent amount of excess grease, drain it and discard.

Ground beef cooking in a black skillet.

Next you’ll season your ground beef. I like to add minced onion, salt and pepper. You can also use your favorite burger blend!

Now we’re ready to build the braid. Unroll the pizza dough and press it out into a nice rectangle. Cut the long sides of the rectangle into about 12-15 strips. Each strip should be about inches long, leaving plenty of room in the center for the filling.

A pizza crust rolled out to a rectangle with strips cut on each of the two sides.

Time to load it up! First, you’ll spoon the seasoned ground beef into the center of the dough.

Seasoned ground beef in the center of a rectangle of pizza dough.

Then, add the cheese.

Cheddar cheese slices laid on top of ground beef to make the filling of a cheeseburger braid.

And then you’ll take one strip of the dough at the top of the rectangle and cross it over the meat and cheese. Repeat, alternating sides until the braid is complete.

Cheeseburger braid ready for the egg wash.

In a small dish, you’ll whisk together the egg and water to form an egg wash. Brush this over the braid and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Use as many or as few as you’d like.

A cheeseburger braid with egg wash and sesame seeds on top ready to go into the oven.

Depending on your oven the thickness of your braid, it’ll take between 18-22 minutes to bake. Bake until it’s a nice golden brown and the filling is hot!

What Condiments Should I Serve with a Cheeseburger Braid?

  • Ketchup and mustard is a given!
  • Some people like mayo on their burger, so that can be used, too.
  • Pickles or pickle relish.
  • Lettuce & tomatoes, if you’re willing to eat with a fork! 🙂
Cooked cheeseburger braid with condiments on the side.

Fun Burger Braid Variations

Bacon Cheeseburger: Add 1/2 cup of cooked and crumbled bacon into the braid before baking.

Jalapeño Cheddar Burger: Add sliced jalapeños (fresh or canned) to the meat mixture and add extra cheddar cheese OR cheddar and pepper jack!

Patty Melt Burger: Add sautéed onions and/or mushrooms and some Swiss cheese to the braid.

Two slices of a cheeseburger braid on a white plate.

Other Quick & Easy Meal Ideas

Cheeseburger Braid

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
6
This quick and easy Cheeseburger Braid is a fun way to change up the weeknight meal routine! Top with your favorite cheeseburger toppings to customize to your liking!

Equipment

  • One Sheet Pan

Ingredients
 

  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • One 13.8 ounce tube refrigerated pizza crust
  • 4 slices Cheddar or American cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, pickles, etc, to serve with the braid. Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet; drain the excess grease.
  • Return the skillet to the stovetop and add the minced onion, salt and pepper.
  • Stir and cook for a couple minutes; remove from the heat.
  • Unroll the pizza dough onto the parchment paper and press into a rectangle.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut each side of the braid into about 12 strips.
  • Spoon the ground meat mixture over the center 1/3 of the pizza dough.
  • Place the slices of cheese over the meat.
  • Fold the strips of dough over the filling, alternating sides.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon of water; brush the egg wash over the dough.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  • Slice and serve warm with condiments, if desired.

Notes

Like extra cheese??  Add four slices before you add the meat for an extra layer!
Going for Bacon Cheeseburger vibes?  Add 1/2 cup of crumbled bacon over the ground beef!

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.4g | Protein: 18.3g | Fat: 19.4g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.6g | Trans Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 1.3g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 0.11mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 1.3mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Anita Draves says:

    Asking redgardi g this as well as taco braid. Can I make the day before and just reheat?

    1. You can bake it and then reheat it. However, I prefer making the filling the day prior then assembling and baking right before it’s enjoyed! ~Kelsey