Instant Pot Hamburger Deluxe Stew

This lip-smacking recipe takes a hamburger deluxe (with or without cheese) and deconstructs it into a stupendous stew! It is, without question, one of my new favorite recipe an is sure to please kids and adults of all ages – especially since it’s as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. Whether you top it off with diced dill pickles, red onion or simply more cheese, this Hamburger Deluxe Stew is what’s for dinner.

Hamburger Deluxe Stew
Adding olive oil to pot
Begin by adding some extra virgin olive oil to the pot and heating it up.
Sliced carrots and diced red onion
Then, add in some diced red onion and sliced carrots (I know, carrots aren’t common with burgers, but this is a stew and they will provide a fabulous sweet tome – so go with it).
Sautéing carrots and onion
Sauté the veggies for a few minutes.
Adding ground meat to pot
Next, add in a ground meat of your choice (be it beef, pork, veal, a mix of the three OR a plant-based meat such as Beyond of Impossible brands).
Sautéing meat with veggies
Sauté until the meat is crumbled.
Adding Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke to pot
Next, we’ll season up with some liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce. Sauté and let the meat simmer in it for a few moments.
Adding broth to pot
Add broth…
Adding diced tomatoes to pot
…canned diced tomatoes…
Adding ketchup to pot
…ketchup (yes, ketchup. This IS a hamburger stew, afterall – and, like my Gumbo, TRUST ME on this as it will liquidize under pressure, lacing the stew with wondrous flavor)…
Adding brown sugar to pot
…and dark (or light) brown sugar.
Stirring pot
Stir well, secure the lid and cook under high pressure.
Adding tomato paste to pot
When done, we’ll put the finishing touches into this stew. Add a can of tomato paste…
Adding shredded cheese to pot
…shredded cheddar (you can leave it out should you wish to make it dairy-free)…
Adding diced pickles to pot
…and, optionally, diced dill pickles (because to me, no burger is complete without them)!
Adding pickle juice to pot
And, to give this soup a little more savory to the sweet carrots, ketchup and brown sugar, let’s add in some pickle juice while we’re at it!
Adding seasoned salt or Creole seasoning to pot
Lastly, add some Creole seasoning or seasoned salt to give it that final flavor bomb.
Finished pot
Look at how pretty!
Stirring pot
Give everything a good stir until the tomato paste and cheese are melded into the soup.
Soup in bowl
Ladle the stew into bowls and top with additional pickles, red onion and cheese if you wish. This REALLY makes it deluxe!
Man showing stew
Now look at that beautiful burger in a bowl.
Man eating stew
Slurp.
Man looking very surprised
And this is the exact reaction that should follow.
Man looking very happy
Pure foodie joy!
Instant Pot Hamburger Deluxe Stew
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Instant Pot Hamburger Deluxe Stew

Instant Pot Hamburger Deluxe Stew

This lip-smacking recipe takes a hamburger deluxe (with or without cheese) and deconstructs it into a stupendous stew! It is, without question, one of my new favorite recipe an is sure to please kids and adults of all ages - especially since it's as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. Whether you top it off with diced dill pickles, red onion or simply more cheese, this Hamburger Deluxe Stew is what's for dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large (or 3 medium) carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick disks
  • 1 red onion, diced (with some reserved for topping, if desired)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (NOTE: the less lean, the better. I used a meatloaf mixture of ground beef, veal and pork but you can make this vegetarian by using a plant-based meat such as Impossible or Beyond brands)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth (you can also use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, plus more for topping (optional)
  • 1 cup diced dill pickles along with 1/4 cup of their juices, plus more for topping, optional (I used a 20-ounce jar of Claussen kosher dill "sandwich slices" for easy dicing)
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun/Creole/Louisiana seasoning (I use Tony Chachere’s) OR seasoned salt

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot and hit Sauté and Adjust so it’s on the More or High setting. After 3 minutes of heating, add the carrots and onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the meat and stir until crumbled, another 3 minutes.
  2. Add the Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke and stir into the meat and veggies while deglazing the bottom of the pot to get any browned bits up. Allow to simmer for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the broth, diced tomatoes, ketchup, and brown sugar. Stir well, once again scraping the bottom of the pot, making sure it's free and clear. Secure the lid, move the valve to the sealing position, hit Cancel, and then hit Pressure Cook or Manual at High Pressure for 10 minutes. Quick release when done.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste, cheese (is using), diced pickles with their juices (if using), and Creole seasoning (or seasoned salt). Stir until fully combined. Ladle into bowls and serve topped with more cheese, red onion and pickles, if desired.

Jeffrey's Tips

Leaving the cheese out will keep this dairy-free.

Claussen pickles are always found in the refrigerated section of your market (usually in or near the dairy section).

If you want wan element of potatoes in this stew, simply use 1 - 1 1/2 pounds of baby potatoes (either red, yellow and/or white about the size of ping-pong balls), leaves the kins on and quarter them. Add in Step 3 just after stirring the pot and before pressure cooking.

Feel free to add any other toppings you see fit - especially if you want to dunk a buttery, toasted brioche hamburger bun into it!

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Sue

    We’re not big on dill pickles unless in potato or macaroni salad…wondering how bread and butter pickles would work. We love to eat them with our burgers!

  2. Nicole T

    I made this tonight with 1.5 lbs of gb! Did everything except at the end added some auntie Nonos seasoning and then a little auntie Nonos firecracker seasoning! So good!

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