Cheeseburger Bread Boat

A slice of the cheeseburger bread boat being dipped in the burger sauce.

This cheeseburger bread boat recipe is perfect for tailgating or for a gameday appetizer. And just in time for playoff baseball as well! Even better, they are super quick and easy to make. Plus they don’t get your fingers all messy!

These are a riff on the sausage bread boats that were super popular to make recently. And it’s easy to see why. They only need a handful of ingredients and cook up very quickly. They can be cooked indoors or outdoors as well.

Cheeseburger bread boats plated on a board next to a baseball and bat

Equipment Needed

You won’t need anything fancy for this recipe. A grill or griddle and a nice spatula are all you will need. I cooked these on my Weber griddle, which I highly recommend if you don’t have a flattop.

Cheeseburger bread boats face down being cooked.

Tips For Getting The Best Cheeseburger Bread Boat

Here’s a few tips to get the most out of this recipe.

  • Preheat the cooking surface – make sure you give plenty of time to preheat your griddle or grill. We want that meat to sizzle!
  • Season the ground beef – A good sprinkle of salt and pepper is all you need. And don’t forget it!
  • Don’t over-cheese it! – The cheese is supposed to highlight the dish and not become a goopy mess.
  • Careful flipping – The cheese does act like a glue but still be careful when flipping over the bread boats on the grill.
  • Make that burger sauce! – The sauce is really what makes this recipe awesome. You could just use ketchup but you would be missing out.

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Cheeseburger Bread Boat

A cheeseburger appetizer done in under 10 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread boat, cheeseburger, cheeseburger bread boat, cheeseburger stuffed bread boat
Servings: 4
Cost: $10


  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20)
  • ½ pound grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 sandwich rolls
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the burger dipping sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar or rice/white wine/red wine
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dill relish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Set up griddle/grill/pan for medium heat.
  • Slice the sandwich rolls in half and remove most of the inside bread.
  • Place a layer of cheese inside the bread boat and then stuff with the ground beef. Flatten the beef to be just above the lip of the bread. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread out a thin layer of oil and place the stuffed bread boat, face down on the cooking surface. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes or until the ground beef is well caramelized.
  • Carefully, flip the bread boat over and top with some more cheese. Cover and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes or until the top layer of cheese has melted.
  • Remove from heat, slice and serve with the burger sauce.

For the burger dipping sauce

  • combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.