Cheeseburger Loaded Waffle Fries

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These cheeseburger loaded waffle fries are beyond hearty & delicious and couldn’t be easier to make!

When I tell you I could dive face-first into these, I’m speaking from experience. They’re ridiculously tasty and come together in 30 minutes! Follow me…

cheeseburger loaded waffle fries serve don baking paper on baking tray

Cheeseburger Fries

Cheeseburger fries take fries and turn them into a whole darn meal. Is it necessary to combine two things that are usually served side-by-side anyway? Not really. But it tastes so flippin’ good when you do 😛

Before we get to the fries, we’ve got a little prep to do first.

Burger sauce

This will be drizzled over the top at the end. Whilst many supermarkets now sell burger sauce, I like to whip up some Homemade Burger Sauce (because it’s too easy not to). You can easily make this ahead of time too.

Minced/Ground Beef

This makes up a large part of the topping, so you’ll want to spruce it up a little so it’s not dry and bland. Here’s what I recommend adding:

  • Beef Stock & Worcestershire Sauce – These add a rich, beefy flavour and prevent the meat from coming out dry.
  • Flour – This will thicken the liquid and turn the beef juicy, not watery.
  • Seasoning – Garlic powder, salt and pepper will do the trick. Nothing fancy needed!

Process shots: add burger sauce ingredients to bowl (photo 1), stir to combine (photo 2), fry beef (photo 3), stir in additions and simmer until thick (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to prepare cheeseburger fries

Loaded Waffle Fries

Whoever invented waffle fries needs several pats on the back. The amount of waffle fries I could eat in one sitting is horrifying.  Besides being tasty, they’re also the perfect shape for our cheeseburger fries, because they create the perfect ‘podium’ for the toppings.

Cooking the fries

I actually like to cook the whole thing in the air fryer, just because they fit perfectly in mine. You can just as easily cook them in the oven though. In both cases just make sure they’re on baking paper for an easy cleanup!

What kind of cheese should I use?

I go for a trusty Cheddar. You could use classic processed cheese slices, but they don’t melt particularly well, especially in the air fryer. If you’re in the US I imagine Monterey Jack would also work great.

Process shots: add fries to baking paper in the air fryer (photo 1), cook (photo 2), add beef (photo 3), add cheese then cook (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make loaded waffle fries

overhead shot of cheeseburger loaded fries on baking tray

Cheeseburger Loaded Fries FAQ

Where do I find waffle fries?

I get my waffle fries from Morrisons in the frozen section. You can also get refrigerated waffle fries from Sainsbury’s, which are next to the refrigerated pizzas. These come in 300g packs, so you’ll need two. I’m sure other supermarkets will sell them too.

Can I use regular fries?

Yes! The beef just won’t sit quite as well on top, but for all intents and purposes they’ll work just fine.

Can I use different toppings?

You can certainly use different toppings to the ones I have chosen – just picture your perfect burger and sprinkle over the toppings!

close up shot of loaded cheeseburger waffle fries on baking paper

Serving Cheeseburger Waffle Fries

The toppings I go for are burger sauce, pickles/gherkins, tomato, onion and a pinch of sesame seeds.

I actually created these as part of a ’30 days of 30 minutes dinners’ series I’m doing on Instagram, but they’re obviously perfect for a Game Day/Finger Food scenario.

For another cheeseburger twist check out my Cheeseburger Burritos! For more waffle madness check out my Waffle Cowboy Pie!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these loaded waffle fries shall we?!

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How to make Cheeseburger Loaded Waffle Fries (Full Recipe & Video)

close up shot of loaded cheeseburger waffle fries on baking paper

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Cheeseburger Loaded Waffle Fries

These cheeseburger loaded waffle fries are beyond hearty & delicious and couldn't be easier to make!
Course Finger Food, Party Food
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 766kcal

Equipment

  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Large Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Baking Paper
  • Large Baking Tray

Ingredients

Cheeseburger Fries

  • drizzle of Olive Oil
  • 500g / 1lb Minced/Ground Beef (12% or less works great)
  • 1 tsp Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Salt, Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 120ml / 1/2 cup Beef Stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1x 550g/1.2lb bag of Frozen Waffle Fries (see notes)
  • 150-200g / 1 1/2 – 2 cups freshly grated Cheddar

Toppings

  • Tomato, finely diced
  • Gherkins/Pickles, finely diced
  • Onion, finely diced
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Burger Sauce

Instructions

  • Air Fryer (option 1): Place baking paper in the base of the air fryer, ensuring you leave enough around the sides to be able to pull out the fries at the end. Spread out the waffle fries and cook for 12 mins on 'max crisp' (240C/460F), shaking a couple of times during. Alternatively, use your preferred setting and cook until hot & crispy.
  • Baking (option 2): Spread the fries out on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cook to package instructions (typically 200C/400F for 15-20mins).
  • Whilst the fries are cooking, add a drizzle of oil to a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the beef and break it up with your wooden spoon until browned. Stir in the flour, salt, garlic powder and black pepper, then stir in the stock and Worcestershire sauce. Continue frying and stirring until all the liquid gets soaked up and the beef is juicy and no longer watery.
  • Top the cooked fries with the beef, then sprinkle over the cheese. Cook for another 3-4 mins (air fryer at 190C/375F, oven at 180C/350F) or until the cheese melts. If using the air fryer, lift the baking paper and place the fries on a tray, then add your preferred amount of each topping.
  • Tuck in and enjoy!

Video

Notes

a) Waffle Fries – I get my waffle fries from Morrisons in the frozen section. You can also get refrigerated waffle fries from Sainsbury’s, which are next to the refrigerated pizzas. These come in 300g packs, so you’ll need two. I’m sure other supermarkets will sell them too. 

b) Air Fryer – I have a pretty big air fryer, so they fit perfectly in one batch. If you have a dual air fryer just split the recipe between the two and then serve together at the end. If you’ve only got a small air fryer consider cooking the fries in two batches. You could then stack the fries with the beef and cheese in two layers as you would nachos. 

c) Toppings – You can use your favourite burger toppings – bacon, avocado, jalapeños or even shredded iceberg lettuce would work great!

d) Burger Sauce – I use my Homemade Burger Sauce recipe but a lot of stores will sell pre-made burger sauce.

e) Calories – Just the fries, beef and cheese (no toppings) divided by 4.

Nutrition

Calories: 766kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.45g | Protein: 44.48g | Fat: 47.57g | Saturated Fat: 17.785g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.109g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19.156g | Trans Fat: 1.279g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 1829mg | Potassium: 940mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1.24g | Vitamin A: 543IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg | Calcium: 350mg | Iron: 4.64mg

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