Frito Chili Cheeseburger

A beast of a burger, piled high with a zesty chili con carne recipe, grilled onions, Fritos, shredded cheese and a juicy beef patty. This Frito Chili Cheeseburger Recipe brings two soda shop favorites together.

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It’s burger Friday!!! We’ve only got two left this month so I want to make sure they count.

Today I’m giving you the naughtiest burger in my beefy arsenal, the Frito Chili Cheeseburger.

I make no apologies for this bad boy. He is what he is, take him or leave him.

Just know, if you cast him aside for light summer dishes, you are sorely missing out.

Frito Chili Cheeseburger Recipe | #summer #recipe #cheeseburger #burger

This cheeseburger recipe is an ode to trips to the old Main Street soda fountain/drug store that once held a place of high regard in downtown Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where I grew up.

On special occasions, my dad would take me to Petrik’s Drugstore and lift me up on a stool at the soda fountain. We would order Vanilla Cokes and a Frito Chili Pie, or sometimes a Cheeseburger.

These were the best daddy-dates a little girl could remember. We’d talk about our week and munch on classic Americana offerings. We left hand-in-hand, with full bellies, toothy grins, and a Cow Tales candy.

When that little drugstore closed several years back, I was heart broken. It seemed like a chapter of my life had been permanently washed away.

So this cheeseburger recipe is dedicated to my dad, to Petrik’s Drugstore may it rest in peace, and to childhood memoires of Main Street America.

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This decedent towering chili cheeseburger starts with one fabulous chili con carne recipe.

The burger itself, doesn’t take very long to make, but do allow time to simmer up a great chili–it makes all the difference. You can make the chili several days in advance if you like, or make a larger chili con carne recipe one night for dinner and reserve some for these chili cheeseburgers later in the week.

The combination of old-fashioned beefy chili, with grilled onions, crunchy Frito corn chips, a perfectly grilled patty, and oozing cheese is something to experience.

I suggest you make them for somebody you love. Lifelong memories are sure to follow….

Frito Chili Cheeseburger Recipe

Yield: 6 burgers

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:2 hours

5 / 5 (5 Reviews)
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For the Chili Con Carne Recipe:

  • 4 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb. beef chuck roast or stew meat, cut into small chunks
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground chipotle chili
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 14 oz. can kidney beans, drained
  • 14 oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 a lime, juiced
  • 1 Tb. masa (corn flour)
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Chili Cheeseburger Recipe:

  • 2 lbs. ground chuck
  • seasoning salt
  • 1 large red onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 bag Fritos corn chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 6 hamburger buns


  1. Place the chopped bacon in a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Brown the bacon, then add the chopped beef roast, onions, and garlic, and cook another 5-8 minutes until the beef is browned on all sides. Stir occasionally.
  2. Add the spices and sugar to the pot, along with the canned tomatoes and beans. Add 1/2 tsp. of salt an 1/2 tsp. pepper. Stir and cover. Once the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, until the beef is very tender. (The smaller you chop the beef the faster this happens.) Once the meat is tender, add the masa and lime juice. Stir and allow the masa to thicken the chili for another 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Once the chili is ready, Preheat the grill to high heat. Separate the ground beef and form into 6 patties that are just slightly larger than the buns. Sprinkle both sides generously with seasoning salt.
  4. Grill the patties for 3-5 minutes per side. (I like mine a little pink, so three minutes per side is usually perfect.) Then grill the sliced  onion rounds for 1-2 minutes per side.
  5. To assemble: Place the grilled onions of the bottom bun, followed by the hamburger patty, a heaping scoop of hot chili, a hefty sprinkle of cheddar cheese, and a handful of Fritos. Place the top bun over the stack and press a little.
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51 comments on “Frito Chili Cheeseburger

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  3. Claudia | Gourmet Projectposted January 18, 2015 at 5:18 am Reply

    OMG, thanks for this recipe and idea: the perfect celebration for the end of our detox!

    Rating: 5
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  9. Anita at Hungry Coupleposted July 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm Reply

    I’m having trouble typing over the drool! I didn’t grow up with this heavenly creation but I think it’s going to need to happen in my kitchen!

  10. rachelposted July 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm Reply

    This is how I know we’re destined to be friends ;-)

    My very favorite restaurant burger is from a place in Corpus Christi, TX called Executive Surf Club – it’s hand ground beef cooked to perfection and topped with refried beans, salsa, onions, cheddar and fritos. I always add sliced jalapenos and guacamole.
    Fritos on a burger are delish!

    Love this :-)

    Rating: 5
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  12. Sara Howeposted July 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm Reply

    I’m excited to give this a try this week!! I have it featured on my menu plan for the week :) Feel free to stop by and check it out :)>Sara Howe

  13. Nutmeg Nannyposted July 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm Reply

    Mouth watering! This burger is insane, I love it and my husband would too :)

  14. Shainaposted June 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    With Fritos even!

  15. Chrisposted June 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm Reply

    It is hard to beat a great chili cheeseburger and this is a great chili cheeseburger! My favorite is a Carolina all the way burger (mustard, chili, onions, and slaw).

  16. Yvonne @ bitter bakerposted June 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Oh my, my mouth is watering. This looks amazing!!

  17. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted June 26, 2013 at 10:27 am Reply

    You’re killin’ me with this one. Yum!!!

  18. Heather Christoposted June 26, 2013 at 8:38 am Reply

    OMG Sommer- this is indulgence at it’s best! I love chips in my sandwiches- why not my burger!?

    Rating: 5
  19. valposted June 25, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

    This is the most delicious burger, ever.

    Rating: 5
  20. Sannyposted June 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm Reply

    Good Honk! I have NEVER replied to anything. BUT, put Fritos on top, excuse me let me get this call, it is Heaven.

  21. Russellposted June 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Awesome. I used to have frito pies for lunch all the time back in school. I’ve definitely got to give this a try.

  22. Amandaposted June 24, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply

    I love fritos on a burger. What a great recipe, can’t wait to try it out :)

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  24. Kocineraposted June 23, 2013 at 11:32 pm Reply

    That burger looks awesome! I’m already in love with Frito pie wraps, but I’ve never tried it in burger form. Sounds great!

  25. Lupeposted June 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm Reply

    the moment I started reading the recipe , I craved for this hamburger and the good old days .Our kids and their families are visitng for 4th of July . We will celebrate with this delicious reciepie. well written, thank you for sharing with us.

  26. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted June 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh!! I’m literally drooling all over :D

  27. Marian (Sweetopia)posted June 23, 2013 at 6:16 am Reply

    Sommer, what a creative burger! I love experiencing different textures at the same time, while I’m eating (I’ve always been a person who mixes my food, rather than eats separate piles, if you know what I mean!), and I just know I’ll love this burger!

  28. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted June 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm Reply

    I can’t even tell you how much I love this!

  29. Brynposted June 22, 2013 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Great burger and great story. I grew up in Claremore and spent a ton of time in Broken Arrow. Lots of softball tournaments, kens pizza and Brahms ice cream :)

    • Sommerposted June 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm Reply

      Well, it’s so nice to “meet” a fellow Okie. :)

  30. lori @ RecipeGirlposted June 22, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply

    Are you freaking kidding me, Sommer!!? This is brilliant. I love the idea of burger Friday for the summer. I’ll be checking in to see what you create, but this has to be the best one you’ll be sharing all summer. LOVE.

  31. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted June 22, 2013 at 9:14 am Reply

    This is pure genius, Sommer. Great idea!

  32. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted June 22, 2013 at 5:47 am Reply

    What a great burger, I have to make this for my guys.

  33. Julie @ Table for Twoposted June 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply

    This looks incredible, Jason would go nuts if I made this!

  34. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted June 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

    Your burger is perfectly timed with the first day of summer!

  35. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted June 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm Reply

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes to put chips on their burger ;)

  36. Nessaposted June 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Really heartwarming post! And the burger- oh my god I’m in love! :)

  37. nanascrivposted June 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Everyone should have one of these massive master pieces, but perhaps only once in a life time.

  38. Angieposted June 21, 2013 at 10:30 am Reply

    How fun! I love an inventive burger recipe!

  39. Brianne Collierposted June 21, 2013 at 10:27 am Reply

    I will be adding a hot dog to this too!!!! SO EXCITED!!!

  40. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted June 21, 2013 at 9:46 am Reply

    Heck, ya! Perfect for the long weekend here in Canada. :)

  41. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted June 21, 2013 at 8:37 am Reply

    I love the way your brain works! I want this.

  42. Tina | My Life as a Mrsposted June 21, 2013 at 8:33 am Reply

    Oh my word, girl!!! I wasn’t having any pregnancy cravings today until I saw THIS! MUST. Have. NOW! ;)

  43. Paula - bell'alimentoposted June 21, 2013 at 8:10 am Reply

    I love burgers, especially in the summer time!

  44. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted June 21, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    The Texan in me is freaking out right now. I must have this!!

  45. Mariaposted June 21, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply


  46. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted June 21, 2013 at 7:44 am Reply

    Those look so good! I am really digging the double serving of beef in these huge burgers!

  47. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted June 21, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    Ummmm yes.

  48. Tieghanposted June 21, 2013 at 6:08 am Reply

    Oh boy, this thing is a beast. A true guys burgers and my eldest broth would LOVE it it. LIke I think he would warship at my feet if I mad it for him. This is amazing and I will for ure be making it soon on our family vacay!

  49. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted June 21, 2013 at 5:32 am Reply

    Sommer, you had me at “the naughtiest burger”! Hey, if Bobby Flay can add potato chips to his burgers, you are in good company with your Frito Chili Cheeseburger! Mmm. The Big Lug and I are coming right over! xo

  50. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted June 21, 2013 at 5:20 am Reply

    A BEAST of a burger!!! yes!!!

    Rating: 5