Instant Pot Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Impossibly easy cheeseburger pie has been a favorite recipe in our family since I was little. The ubiquitous Betty Crocker recipe is delicious, easy to make and costs only pennies per serving. Imagine my delight when I discovered how easy it was to make this nostalgic dish in the Instant Pot (get yours here:!

It may seem as though making this recipe is pure kitchen magic, but it’s the dish’s down-to-earth goodness that keeps people coming back to this easy cheeseburger pie recipe year after year. This is one of those great dinners that the entire family will rave about. 

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This dish comes together quickly, so it’s perfect for a busy evening when you need a meal on the table with just a handful of pantry staples. And did we mention this is a one-pot meal? Having a dinner that comes together fast is only half the battle if it dirties every dish in the kitchen. This one-pot wonder is not only fast to assemble, it’s a snap to clean up.

The addition of chopped fresh spinach brings some much-needed vegetable mojo to this dish without disturbing the delicious flavor balance. Even my picky eaters say, “it doesn’t taste like spinach”, but if spinach isn’t your thing, feel free to leave it out.

This recipe is pure kitchen magic!


  • 1 lb ground beef, preferably 93% lean
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped spinach (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup baking mix (like Bisquick)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Additional shredded cheddar for garnish (optional)


  1. Add ground beef and onion to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function. 
  2. Brown the meat until no pink remains. Drain and discard liquids. 
  3. Spread beef in the bottom of an IP-friendly casserole dish (we love this one:, sprinkle with salt, then layer spinach (if using) and shredded cheese.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together baking mix, milk and eggs to form a thin batter. Pour evenly over the meat and cheese. Cover loosely with foil–do not seal.
  5. Rinse out the pot, then pour in one cup of water and insert the steam rack. Carefully lower the casserole on to the steam rack.
  6. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  7. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 20 minutes.
  8. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  9. (Optional) Sprinkle additional shredded cheddar and set under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
  10. Allow the casserole to set up for 5-10 minutes for easier serving.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.