Onion Cheddar Hamburger Recipe – Dinner Under $10

Yummy Onion Cheddar Burgers

This is a favorite in my house. There is nothing like cheddar oozing out of a good hamburger when you bite into it. By putting the ingredients on the inside I have also found this eliminates a good bit of burger shrinkage. The patties actually balloon up as it cooks instead of shrinking.

A good bit of the ingredients are also things we always have at the house, and lets all be honest, there is nothing like a nice juicy homemade hamburger!



Cheap Under $10 Grocery List

  • 1 pound Ground Beef, $3.99
  • 1 Box Lipton Onion Recipe Secrets, $1.29
  • 1 Small Onion, .63
  • 1 loaf Bread, $1.29
  • 1 8oz Block Cheese, $2
  • Seasonings on hand
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Hamburger Seasoning



Prepping and Cooking Your Onion Cheddar Hamburgers

  1. In a medium bowl add ground beef, seasonings, and one packet of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion mix. Mix with hands until all seasonings are equally throughout the ground beef.
  2. Grab 1/3 – 1/4 a pound of ground beef and flatten on plate.
  3. Dice Onion
  4. Slice half the block of cheese.
  5. Add 2 slices of the cheese and 1 tablespoon of onion to the center of the flattened ground beef.
  6. Fold the ground beef edges over the middle tucking the onion in first. Continue folding and shaping until no cheese or onion is visible. Then shape the patty into a circle with your hands.
  7. Continue this until all of your ground beef has been used.
  8. Refrigerate your patties for 1 hour. If you don’t they will crumble when being cooked. A nice cold patty will stay shaped in the pan better as it cooks.
  9. One hour later heat a pan on the stove at medium heat.
  10. Add the burger patties to the pan carefully and cook 5 minutes each side. Do not flip more than needed.
  11. While your patties are cooking toast your bread. You can always add a bit of better and garlic powder to the outsides of the bread before toasting for even more flavor.
  12. Assemble you burgers and devour!!




What Makes This Recipe So Cheap?

First of all I like to make sure everyone knows that I am in rural, southern USA. Prices are awesome compared to other parts of the country, however with frugal shopping you can find similar prices just about anywhere outside of the major cities in the USA.

I like buying my ground beef in bulk when I find a sale for $2.99 a pound at the grocery store. This time though I wanted to try out some 90/10 ground beef being sold at a locally owned discount food business. They get meats locally and I like the idea of knowing where my meat is processed. This turned out to be a good buy.

I know some people prefer using actual hamburger buns. Personally I think they are a huge waste of money. They usually get soggy just as quick as regular sliced bread, and I always feel like I can’t use them for anything else. Regular sliced bread though is $1.29 for store brand, I can toast it up with some garlic powder on it, and I can use the rest of the loaf for anything I want.

For most of my recipes I assume whoever will be cooking them has the basic seasonings around the house. As someone who cooks often I have an entire seasoning cabinet over my stove. For the basic seasonings I will not include them in costs or in the shopping list because I assume you already have them, and if you don’t you should if you plan on cooking at home on a regular basis.

Similarly I don’t add in “add on ingredients” such as lettuce on these type recipes. I hope that if you eat at home you have these things for other uses. I only included bread on this list because of how much would be needed to make 4 burgers. Why? Most people have bread in their home, but we need 8 slices to make 4 burgers, so in case you’ve used half your loaf you will need to replace it.

If I will be using a lot of one ingredient then it goes on the list to buy.


Southern Bacon Hoppin’ John’s Recipe

Every year I see post after post on social media talking about Hoppin’ John’s followed by the inevitable “What are Hoppin’ John’s” questions. Well Hoppin’ John’s in their true fashion are a southern, southeastern to be more exact, New Years traditional food. Personally, I like to eat it year round. It is filling, easy to make, and in true southern ways, it is greasy and bacony! The recipe changes depending on who you ask, however I was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and while I know the long, home made version of this, my recipe here will be the one you do if you don’t want to spend the day cooking. So let me start with saying, if you want to spend the night soaking peas,  and an hour cooking rice be my guest. My New Year Day is better spent playing with the kids and shooting fireworks!

While this is a great New Year’s dish, it is a great meal year round.






  • 1 1 lb Pack of Bacon
  • 1 Can of Black Eye Peas Rinsed
  • 1 Red Belle Peppers
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 cup sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 3 bags of cook in bag Rice






Cooking Instructions

  • Cook all of the bacon and place in the refrigerator to cool while cooking the rest of your ingredients
  • Save 2/3 of the bacon grease
  • Cook rice according to package instructions
  • While Rice is cooking dice onion, garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms
  • Add leftover grease to large pan
  • Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms to grease and saute for or 5 minutes or until tender
  • Leave all grease in pan
  • Add rinsed black eye peas to the veggies during the last minute of sauteing
  • Add cooked rice to the pan with the sauteed veggies and peas
  • Once bacon has cooled crumble or cut into 1 inch piece
  • Mix in bacon
  • Stir fully while on low heat for 5 minutes
  • Serve



Again, you can always cook your peas and rice the long home cooked way, the outcome may be ever so slightly better. On regular days when I cook this I will often use regular rice. I have only home cooked the peas once, and the outcome was so minimally better that I decided not to go that route again. This is a dish we cook at least once every couple of months. Tasty, filling, not all that healthy, but we could do worse! I hope you enjoy. If you aren’t use to southern greasy food, this may not be your thing, and that is ok! If you like southern bacon flavored dishes though, give it a try!


Fast and Easy Chili With Beans

Chili with beans recipe

Ingredients For Quick and Easy Budget Chili:


1 15.5 oz can kidney beans

1 15.5 oz can chili beans

1 Teaspoon Spike Onion Seasoning

1 Big 28 oz can of whole or diced tomatoes (2 cans of rotel can be substituted)

1 Large bell pepper any color

1 drained can sweet corn (or one cob cut)

1 large onion minced

3 cloves of garlic minced

1 pre-mixed packet of chili powder + 1 tsp chili powder

1 pound ground beef



 Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time: 

15-20 Minutes


4-6 People


Cooking Instructions:

Mince Onion and Garlic

Dice Bell Pepper Make sure you seed the pepper. Throw away or store seeds, but do not add the seeds to the recipe.

Add ground beef to a 5 quart pot and brown for 2 minutes.The ground beef should have produced some grease for the pan by now, so add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Finish browning beef with the onion, garlic, and pepper.

Add all canned items with juices except the corn. Make sure you drain all juices from the canned corn.

Slowly stir in the seasoning packet, Spike Onion Seasoning, and chili powder.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring every couple of minutes.

Serve with crackers, bread rolls, baked potatoes, cornbread, fritos, cheese, or yogurt. 


This is a very basic chili recipe for nights when cooking from scratch or making a big meal simply isn’t an option. 


As a stay at home mom I usually have time to make scratch meals, but since the kids have gotten older and we have more errands to run around to this has become a great quick fix. It’s also super cheap so when I am feeding 2 boys who eat like grown men it helps stretch the budget a bit more. 

easy chili recipe




Best Affordable Food Chopper

We have a small homestead, with a huge garden. I cook every night using veggies from our garden. Slicing, dicing, shredding, are all things that take up more time than it should at dinner time, but we like to use our garden veggies. I was a little reluctant about trying out the Brieftons Food Chopper, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by it’s abilities.

I have to say that this is one of the best kitchen items I have ever owned!! Last night we diced onions, bell peppers, Jalapenos, lettuce, and tomatoes. We were having burritos so I wanted it finely chopped. It was so easy to use, my 5 year old daughter did all of the chopping and even shredded the cheese! Even better was that this thing has a draw sting pull like a lawnmower. So my 5 year old actually loved getting to help with it!

What You Need to Know :

-You can chop just about everything in it!

-Chop, Shred, slice, you name it!

-The divider in the 2 side container does not leak through to the opposite side.

-Easy pull string does the chopping. Easy enough to pull even with arthritis.

-Cleans easy with minimal effort.

-Interchangeable top is easy to remove.

What You Get For Your Money :

– A twin bowl with divider

– Lid with a pulling cord

– 2 chopping rotators

– 2 mixer attachments

– Julienne insert, slicer insert, shredder insert and grater insert

– Safety food holder

This thing is great. I have never had a chopper that I actually felt like helped more than it slowed me down. This is the first time I have ever had a chopper that I like. Most of them make you almost chop the item completely before you can ever even put something in it. So I love this Brieftons Food Chopper!

Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe


Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce is a staple in our house. Once made we use it in spaghetti, salsa, sloppy joes, on burgers, and so many other ways. Below is a recipe to make your own homemade habanero hot sauce!


  • 1 pound Habanero
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce, Your Choice of Flavor
  • 1 Medium Onion, I prefer Yellow or Vidalia
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 6-8 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 12 Cups Water, Only 1/2 cup or less will actually go in the sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive OilI prefer a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce to add in.

Put Your Gloves on or You Will Be Sorry!!!!!

  • If you ignored the above notice I will say it again, PUT YOUR GLOVES ON even if you are a tough hot shot! Or don’t, then tell us how that goes in a couple of hours when you touch your eye or worse if you’re a guy, when you go to the bathroom!
  • Remove all stems from your habaneros.
  • Add them to 12 cups of water in a large pot whole. No need to seed you want this to be hot. You also do not need to chop them since you will be throwing them in the blender after you are done boiling them anyway!
  • Boil them for 30 minutes, stirring often. Make sure your area is ventilated and if you are sensitive you might even want to wear some protective glasses.
  • While your hananeros are boiling chop your onion into blending size pieces. For my blender I only need to quarter them.
  • After your habaneros have boiled drain the water. You will notice the habaneros have actually retained a small amount of the water (up to a cup) inside of them. This is OK.
  • Add all ingredients to the blender and pulse until your desired consistency.
  • Add to jars and refrigerate. Enjoy your homemade Habanero hot sauce!
In the blender. Look at all those lovely spicy seeds!
In the blender. Look at all those lovely spicy seeds!

Easy Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe!

While this homemade habanero hot sauce recipe does have a several ingredients, it is still super easy to make. I made mine while doing other chores in the kitchen this morning. Please do not ignore my warnings about gloves and ventilation. While it could lead to just funny mistakes, well funny for those around you, it could also lead to a trip to the emergency room. No matter your experience level in dealing with hot peppers you should still be cautious.

This homemade habanero hot sauce will last for months in your fridge. Personally mine never lasts long, but that is because I eat it all before we have long enough to test how long it would stay good in the fridge!

What Can You Add Your Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce To?

There are many great things you can do with your new hot sauce. It will give instant heat to just about anything you cook.

  • Add it too broth in soups
  • Add a teaspoon or a few teaspoons to your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Use it in Chili base
  • Add to marinades for steak or chicken
  • Mix some into your ground beef while making burger patties.
  • Add to spaghetti sauce for an extra bite
  • Drip onto eggs
  • Add a tablespoon to your grits while they are cooking.
  • Mix into macaroni and cheeseYour really just use it as you would any other hot sauce except you will be using it in more moderation, unless of course you are like me and like everything you eat to be super spicy!

Hot Sauce Just Isn’t Hot Anymore, but This One Is!

When my husband tried this habanero hot sauce he took too large of a bite. He then proceeded to start sweating, taking his shirt off, and running his whole face under water. So we nicknamed this one “Get Naked Habanero Hot Sauce”

I use my husband as the scale for heat, since to me a habanero isn’t hot, and he has informed me that I am crazy because it sets his mouth on fire! So since he has all of his “hot” taste buds still I use him as my scale most of the time to decide how hot something actually is. He likes heat, but much past a Jalapeno and he is running for the milk! Habanero hot sauce really gets him!

Somewhere along the way of me being a kid chomping down Tijuana Mama Hot sausages from the gas station and eating Jalapenos right off the bush to being an adult who goes through about 8 bottles of Tabasco a month I lost my “hot” taste buds. Nothing is hot anymore! So I started making my own hot sauces. Most of my recipes for hot sauce fill up two Ragu 26 oz jars. I have not started canning this yet, mostly because I go through it so quickly buying large amounts of peppers (far more than I am growing yet) to make canning worth it for me. These 2 jars typically last me a week or two. So I am making it often.