Lighter Bacon Cheeseburger Dip


Lighter Bacon Cheeseburger Dip is decadent and mouthwatering, but lighter than traditional creamy dips!

Lighter Bacon Cheeseburger Dip |

In the past the idea of Sunday Funday sounded more appealing to me in name rather than in practice. Sure, sipping beers while watching football games at a sports bar, or spending the afternoon at the movies sounded like lots of fun, but the thought of waking up on Monday in a fog and/or having nothing prepared for the week kept me mostly home-bound at the tail end of the weekend for years.

What a lame existence, right?!

Over the past year or so I’ve come to my senses and tried to expand my horizons by getting out and about on Sundays. Movies, shopping, exercising, hanging out with friends and family – life is too short to stay home worrying about Monday, which is coming whether I’m ready for it or not.

Last week the boys and I headed over to a friends house to watch some NFL and let the kids play together. In between dominating a slightly too competitive game of carpet hockey against Ben and a 4 year old, I sampled yummy pumpkin beers (have you tried O’Fallon’s? Tastes like pumpkin bread!) and snacked on a tasty, creamy Cheeseburger Dip which I just knew could be easily lightened up without sacrificing flavor.

Behold, Lighter Bacon Cheeseburger Dip!

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Lean ground beef is mixed with classic cheeseburger fixin’s like ketchup, mustard (which is optional for you mustard haters!) and cheese, then combined with 1/3 less-fat cream cheese in place of full fat, plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, and a whole lot less bacon than the original recipe called for. Calm down, there’s still plenty of bacon!

The result is a thick, creamy, and hearty dip that tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger – only lighter. You’ll love it!

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Start by getting that aforementioned bacon sizzling away. Chop 4 slices bacon (compared to the original recipe’s 10!) then cook in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain then discard the bacon grease (or save it if that’s your thing.)

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I know I say this every time but it bears repeating – pour your bacon grease into a foil-lined bowl then crumple and throw away when it hardens. Easy!

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Turn the heat up to medium-high then in the same skillet brown 3/4lb 90/10 ground beef with 1 large chopped shallot and 2 minced garlic cloves. Finally, stir in 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoons ketchup and 1 Tablespoon mustard. 

You CAN taste the mustard in the dip, so if you have mustard-haters in your house just skip it!

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Pour the ground beef mixture into a large bowl then add 4oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese and 4oz plain non-fat Greek yogurt. You cannot go wrong with these two substitutions in this dip. The taste is the same for less fat and calories!

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Add 1/2 cup each shredded mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheese, and 3/4 of the cooked bacon. 

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Mix until combined then scoop into a 9″ pie plate and top with 1/4 cup more mozzarella and cheddar cheese.  

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Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes, or until hot, golden brown, and bubbly then top with the remaining bacon, chopped scallions, and fresh tomato. Throw some chopped lettuce on there if you please…I just have a thing about not loving hot lettuce. You understand!

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Lighter Bacon Cheeseburger Dip


Lighter Bacon Cheeseburger Dip is decadent and mouthwatering, but lighter than traditional creamy dips!


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 3/4lb 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 large shallot or 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 4oz 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4oz plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • Toppings: green onions, tomato, lettuce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside then pour out bacon fat from skillet and discard (or save.)
  2. Turn heat up to medium-high then add ground beef, shallot, and garlic to skillet. Season with salt and pepper then cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain if necessary then return to skillet and stir in ketchup, mustard, and worcestershire sauce. Pour ground beef mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Add cream cheese, Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup each mozzarella and cheddar cheese, and 3/4 of the cooked bacon to the bowl then mix to combine. Spread in a 9" pie pan then top with remaining cheese. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Top with remaining bacon and optional toppings then serve.


Adapted from HyVee Seasons Magazine.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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This dip is great piping hot out of the oven, or cooled down more towards room temperature. Serve with chips and veggies for football games, parties, potlucks, or your next Sunday funday! Enjoy!

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  1. Did you say baconnnnnn? I’m in!

  2. Kathy 10.15.2013

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  3. You can make cheeseburgers into a dip! What will they think of next. If you like pumpkin beers my favorite is made by a brewery called Southern Tier, the beer is PumpKing.

  4. Lisa 10.15.2013

    Bwahaha… green yogurt! Easy typo fix, but a much needed laugh on an early Monday morning. :)

  5. C. 10.15.2013

    Yum! So colorful too.

  6. Maureen 10.15.2013

    You had me at bacon….and mustard. Lots of mustard!

  7. Mallory 10.15.2013

    Yum, I will be trying this soon!

  8. Kerry 10.15.2013

    All you had to say was BACON and I am sold. This sounds like the perfect dip! Love it!

  9. Anne Weber-Falk 10.15.2013

    Lining a bowl with foil for the hot grease. DUH! Why didn’t I think of that. Thank you. Love the baby smiles. So sweet.

    • Gloria 10.16.2013

      This tip about bacon grease is great! I never know where to put the grease after frying bacon.I always used a old coffee can too but didn’t like keeping it around.
      The dip sounds yummy!

  10. Dee 10.15.2013

    Pickles? Gotta have pickles with a bacon cheeseburger.

  11. i need to stop reading food blogs this week while i’m on my detox. this is torture.

  12. Lauren 10.15.2013

    Headed to Old Navy and snagged myself a new pink vest, which totally made my wknd. Also, one of my co-workers just announced her pregnancy and when she said she needed a baby app I passed along the one you mentioned. Thanks for the variety of great recs!

  13. I am a Midwestern girl, how have I not heard of this?! Nonfat Greek yogurt is probably my favorite way to lighten up things. This sounds phenomenal!

  14. Looks delicious! I’m with you on the Sunday Funday thing. I love hanging out on Sunday but it can be tough not being prepared for the week! :)

  15. Amanda 10.15.2013

    Have you tried O’Fallon’s Peach Wheach? It is out of control good. I pretty much stock pile on the pumpkin kind because Hyvee only has it for about 2 months.

  16. Nichole C 10.15.2013

    I need this dip in my LIFE! Yummy!

  17. Stacy 10.15.2013

    This dip looks fab, but I really want to thank you for the stupendous tip for the grease–lining a bowl with foil. What an easy way to do it! Can’t believe I never thought of it…

    • Tracey 10.15.2013

      Or save the bacon grease in a small cup and use it the next a.m. to fry your eggs in. D-lish!!
      I don’t actually fry bacon too often so to have a littel bacon flavor to my egg the next day is just another yummy treat.

  18. Best Cho-recipe I’ve seen in a while, this looks so so delicious Kristin!

  19. Betsy 10.15.2013

    O’Fallons is so good, I went to so many stores to find it this year!

  20. karen 10.15.2013

    Thank you so much for the foil bowl trick for the grease. I always kept it in a coffee cup then just throw the cup out when it was full. Now I don’t have to buy cheap cups anymore. I love you!

  21. Jen 10.15.2013

    Have you tried the new greek yogurt cream cheese instead of the 1/3 less fat? It is to die for. A little sweeter, but very good. Kroger brand stores have it, not sure which branch of grocery stores have it in Iowa.

  22. I could drown myself in this! And I love the lightened up option with Greek yogurt!

  23. YES. PLEASE. That is all ;)

  24. April 10.16.2013

    You have the BEST food photography!

  25. Tamara 10.16.2013

    Ooh, yay!! I was really hoping there would be a recipe associated with that dip when you mentioned it the other day. :) This sounds fantastic!

  26. Lightened up and with bacon, that’s the ticket!

  27. Yum! This looks amazing!

  28. Karla 10.16.2013

    I usually don’t comment but I love love your recipes. Today I picked the Holiday edition of Better Homes and Gardens and you are in it! What a nice surprise! Congrats :) (p. 8, No Bake Butterscotch Bars).

  29. Nancy Degner 10.16.2013

    Yummmmm! Love the idea of making a great flavor combination healthier. Maybe a few chopped dill pickles on top??

  30. Oh yum!! I always have big plans for Sunday and then just end up on the couch. I kind of like it though.

  31. Shirley Wood 10.17.2013

    Goodness gracious! I’m going to create some reason to make this for my family! Printing it now!

  32. Wow! What a delicious dip. My sister made your lightened up buff chicken dip and we’ve all been raving about it!
    PS I nominated you for the Liebster blog award:

  33. Hi Kristin! This looks great!! I will definitely have to make this in the next few weeks! Quick question though, is there a reason you tend to use shallots in your recipes (especially lately) instead of just using say, half an onion?

  34. WOW! I could eat this as a meal. Looks amazing.

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  36. Whitney 01.14.2014

    It could be lightened up even more using low fat cheese and ground turkey instead of beef. I just made this for my office potluck tomorrow and from what I tasted, it is amazing!!! I might have to make another batch just for my family!

  37. Marcie 03.19.2014

    Can you make this ahead and refrigerate then finish in the oven the next day?

    • Kristin 03.20.2014

      I think that’d be fine! I might tack an extra few minutes onto the baking time since everything will be cold. Better yet, I’d let the baking dish sit on the counter for 15 minutes before baking. Hope that helps!

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  39. yolanda 05.10.2014

    this sounds awesome! do you think it would work in a crockpot?

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  43. Leandra 09.07.2014

    Tried this recipe and it is so yummy

  44. Douglas Kelly 01.29.2015

    Great photos and recipe! Good one to try for the big game this weekend.

    Only negative comment I have is the use of aluminum foil as your fat receptacle. I won’t even get into the use of a reusable resource (recyclable) in this way. But if anyone makes juice from concentrate, those cans are great to pour your fat in. Keep it in the freezer until full and toss. Very little metal for the land fill.

    In the winter, it’s fun with kids time – if you have some bird food in a can in your pantry. As you put in the liquid fat, add a couple teaspoons of bird feed. Then as you get toward the middle of the can, add a piece of yarn. Cut the can off when full and hang the suit feeder in the trees in the back yard. Free bird feeder! Of course, this works best in the cold months north of the Mason Dixon line.

  45. MK 02.28.2015

    I made this for lunch today and it was awesome! I added some diced up dill pickles on top after baking. Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be making this again.

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