Fast Friday Cheeseburger Bowls

Fast Friday Cheeseburger Bowls

I’m really kicking myself for how this photo turned out during my video shoot…

I grated the cheese instead of slicing it so it over-melted. Which means you can’t really see the cheesy, oozy goodness. But trust me. It’s there.

These burger bowls are a big big favourite in our house on a Friday night. I love them because they’re so quick and it all just cooks in one pan – so minimal cleanup.

My Irishman loves the combo of the meaty beef and the buttery roast zucchini.

The boys love them because I serve theirs in soft butter brioche burger buns. #everyonehappy

And I must tell you – the roast zucchini with the cheese on it is so so good. Definitely my favourite part!

Fast Friday Cheeseburger Bowls
5 from 4 votes

Fast Friday Cheeseburger Bowls

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, modern
Keyword burger, cheese, cheeseburger bowls, zucchini
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 500 g (1lb) minced (ground) beef
  • 2 large zucchini (500g / 1lb), sliced
  • 250 g (1/2lb) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100 g (3.5oz) sliced cheddar
  • salad leaves or parsley to serve
  • mayonnaise to serve


  1. Turn your oven to 250C (480F). Place zucchini and tomatoes in a large roasting tray. Drizzle with a little oil and a pinch of salt. Roast for 5 minutes.
  2. Break meat into bite sized chunks and scatter over the zucchini and tomatoes. Roast for another 10 minutes.
  3. Stir. Scatter over cheese and cook for another 5 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and the cheese has melted.
  4. Divide between two bowls. Top with salad / parsley and a big dollop of mayo.

Recipe Video

WINE MATCH: A gutsy red like Shiraz, Cabernet or Zinfandel.

Variations & Substitutions

vegetarian – replace meat with extra veggies like eggplant, mushrooms and peppers. Or use chickpeas. And consider adding more cheese.

dairy-free – just skip the cheese and serve extra mayo. Or add some chopped bacon to brown instead of the cheese. Or for a lux version serve burger bowls with finely sliced prosciutto or salami.

more substantial (carb lovers) – burger buns! Or add torn sourdough chunks to roast with the meat.

more substantial (low carb) – extra mayo, roast nuts or almond burger buns.

more veg – see the vegetarian options.

different accompaniments – I’ve kept it simple just serving with mayo, but feel free to add any of your usual burger accompaniments. Pickles are lovely, or mustard and you could always go for some ketchup if you don’t mind the sugar. Oh and for me sauerkraut is a must!

different meat – any ground meat will work. Or try sausages or chorizo for something different.

old school burgers – replace parsley / salad with finely sliced iceberg or cos (romaine) lettuce.

different cheese – I’m keen to try it with crumbled blue cheese added at the end. OR feta would be good too. Any melting cheese will work in place of the cheddar.

different greenery – I like the parsley leaves but you could serve it on a bed of any cooked greens. And make sure you see the old school burgers’ option above. Shredded kale is a fave.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

minced (ground) beef – freeze it.

zucchini – will keep for 2 weeks or longer in a plastic bag in the fridge. To keep it even longer, cook sliced zucchini in a little butter until just soft then store in an airtight container in the fridge.

cherry tomatoes – either halve and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes (180C / 350F) OR just cook in a pan with a little olive oil. In either case store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few weeks. Or freeze the cooked tomato for longer periods.

cheese – most hard and melting cheeses will keep for weeks wrapped in waxed paper or baking paper and stored in an airtight container (or sealed ziplock bag) in the fridge. If you need to store for longer cheese can be frozen.

salad leaves / parsley – are highly perishable. My first path would be to use them for another meal (salad for breakfast!) but if that isn’t possible you can pop them in the freezer. They will wilt down but can then be used anywhere you’d use wilted greens. At least this way they won’t go slimy.

mayonnaise – unopened in pantry or once opened will keep for months in the fridge.

Prepare Ahead

Yes! Just cook as per the recipe but keep the parsley and mayo separately. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks or can be frozen. To serve, warm in the oven (200C / 400F) for 10-15 minutes or pan fry everything until hot.

Fast Friday Cheeseburger Bowls

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And whatever you do, have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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  • 5 stars
    I made this last night, and loved it. A few variations: cumin, oregano and basil. A little chilli. Chickpeas instead of beef. Feta AND cheddar. I didn’t have tomatoes, but had a tin of baby tomatoes, which worked well with the added juice. No mayonnaise needed. A hit in our household. Thank you for this delicious recipe. A great one to see us through autumn and winter.

  • 5 stars
    This was dinner tonight, as is (i.e. no adjustments). Really nice! I was amazed how quickly the zucchini roasted. I did serve the cooked over lettuce, which wilted it pleasantly. Will definitely make again on a time-pressed night. (Which would be almost anytime.)

  • Made this tonight. My husband loved it and so did I! Thank you for a lovely, simple, yummy recipe.

  • 5 stars
    Just made this tonight and it was delicious! Fast and yummy, it’ll be on repeat in our place! Thanks Jules

  • Hi Jules! Just wanted to let you know how superb your work is. I’ve been following you for a couple of years now, and I love your style, the various helpful tips, waste reduction strategies and of course; your recipes! Thank you for the amazing work that you do, and I wish you all the happiness and success.

  • 5 stars
    I loved this. Not only was it delicious, it was quick and easy.
    I started this in the frypan with the veg, then popped it in the oven for the meat. I added a little mixed herbs over the top and some mustard and pickle juice into the Mayo.

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