Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
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The most delicious snack or game day party app, Cheeseburger Egg Rolls are filled with the taste of a juicy, flavorful cheeseburger and dipped into “special sauce” for the full experience! They’re easy to pan fry on the stove top or quickly cook in the air fryer.
Whether you’ve had this delicious appetizer at Disney World or tried the spring roll version at Cheesecake Factory, you’re going to love this at-home recipe recreation!
Thank you to my friends at Cabot for sponsoring today’s post!
Super cheesy, super flavorful and super easy to make, these cheeseburger egg rolls are the perfect appetizer for a game day spread, party or weekend snack! They’re filled with my favorite Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and my signature steak seasoning.
Whether you’ve tried this appetizer at Cheesecake Factory, at Magic Kingdom in Disney World, or you’re trying them for the first time at home, I guarantee you’re going to fall in love!
Cheeseburger egg rolls can be pan fried on the stove. They can also be cooked in an air fryer or the oven, for a lighter version of the popular appetizer.
Want to spice them up a bit? Add a drizzle of hot sauce in the filling! In the mood for a bacon cheeseburger? Toss some bacon bits in the cheeseburger filling!
There are so many ways that you can make them your own, but one thing is for sure, you don’t want to skimp on the cheese! The cheesiness of the filling, paired with the crunchy texture of the egg roll is a match made in heaven!
Table of contents
Ingredients you’ll need
- Olive oil – another vegetable oil can also be used, like avocado, sunflower or canola oil.
- Ground beef – I prefer to use 80/20 ground beef for this recipe. It adds just the right amount of fat to make it juicy and flavorful, while not making the filling too greasy.
- Steak seasoning – my steak seasoning blend is easy to mix up in just 5 minutes, with only 6 ingredients. Click on the link for the full recipe. If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t worry, you can also simply season the filling with salt and pepper.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese – This rich and creamy cheese takes this recipe from great to O-M-G cheesy heaven! Click here to find out where you can buy this scrumptious cheese in your area.
- Egg roll wrappers – you’ll find these refrigerated, usually in the produce section of the grocery store, near vegan items like tofu and soy chorizo.
- Vegetable oil – for pan frying or deep frying the egg rolls. If you’re cooking the egg rolls in an air fryer, or the oven, you can simply use your favorite cooking spray.
- Thousand island dressing – this is the “secret sauce” that most burger chains put on their burgers. For this recipe, we’re dipping the egg rolls into the sauce for the perfect finish!
The full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts are listed at the bottom of this post.
Step by step instructions
How to make the filling
- Grate the entire 8 ounce block of Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
- Saute diced onions in a skillet on the stove.
- Add the ground beef to the skillet, cook and crumble, until browned.
- Drain any grease from the skillet, then season the ground beef with steak seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Combine the ingredients and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and add 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese to the skillet.
- Stir all of the ingredients together and your egg roll filling is ready to go!
How to make the egg rolls
- Place an egg roll wrapper on a work surface with one corner pointing towards you. Add 1 tablespoon of the remaining shredded cheddar cheese to the middle of the egg roll wrapper.
- Top with 3-4 tablespoons of the cheeseburger filling. Fill a small bowl with water. Dip your finger into the water, then brush the edges of the egg roll wrapper with water to help seal the egg rolls.
- Fold the corner of the egg roll wrapper closest to you over the cheeseburger mixture, and tuck.
- Fold the sides in.
- Roll tightly, set aside, then repeat steps 1-4 with the remaining egg rolls.
- To pan fry the egg rolls, heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large skillet, or dutch oven, over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the egg rolls to the pan, 4-5 at a time, depending on how big your pan is. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and bubbling on the outside of the egg roll.
How to make them in an air fryer
To make them in an air fryer, place the prepared egg rolls in an air fryer basket and spray with cooking spray. Cook at 400°F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time.
The texture of the air fryer cheeseburger egg rolls is more similar to the outside of a spring roll. It’s still very crispy (as seen pictured above), but with a different type of crispy texture than that of a pan fried egg roll
Air fryer egg rolls are a great option for a healthier way to eat the popular appetizer. Eliminating the oil that the egg rolls are fried in will cut down on 41 calories per egg roll, 5 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat.
How to bake them in the oven
Don’t have an air fryer? No problem! Use your ovens convection option instead.
Preheat the convection setting on your oven to 400°F. Place the egg rolls on a wire rack, on top of a baking sheet. Spray the egg rolls with cooking spray. Place them in the oven for 10-12 minutes to bake.
Oven baking the egg rolls will give you a similar result in texture to the air fryer method, seen pictured above. Another healthier option for cooking the egg rolls, instead of frying them.
Tips and tricks
- Always make sure to drain the grease from the ground beef, after it’s cooked through. Not draining the grease from the cooked ground beef will result in a greasy filling and will make the egg rolls soggy.
- Always make sure the oil is hot before pan frying the egg rolls. Adding the egg rolls to cold, or even warm oil, will mean that the egg rolls sit in the oil for longer not cooking and will also result in greasy, soggy egg rolls. To test if the oil is hot, place a drop of water in the oil. If it immediately sizzles, the oil is hot and ready for the egg rolls.
- If you want to make bacon cheeseburger egg rolls, add 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon to the cheeseburger filling. You can also add 4-5 slices of uncooked, chopped bacon to the skillet before the onion. Allow it to cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the onion and let it cook in the bacon grease. After 5-6 minutes, add the ground beef and cook through, then drain all of the grease from the bacon burger mixture, before adding the seasonings and cheese.
- The steak seasoning in the recipe can be replaced with 1 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon black pepper.
Frequently asked questions
- How long will leftover egg rolls last in the refrigerator? Leftover cooked egg rolls can be stored in a zipper bag, or airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- How do you reheat leftover egg rolls? To reheat the leftover egg rolls, I recommend using an air fryer or the oven. In the air fryer, reheat at 400°F for 3-4 minutes. In the oven, place them on a wire baking rack and into a preheated 400°F convection oven for 4-6 minutes.
- Can you make the egg rolls in advance? Yes. The cheeseburger egg roll filling can be made up to 3 days in advance, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to assemble. The egg rolls can be assembled, and stored in the refrigerator up to 4 hours in advance.
- How many calories are in a cheeseburger egg roll? If you air fry or bake the egg rolls, they are 228 calories each (without the dipping sauce). If you pan fry the egg rolls, they are 269 calories each, also without the dipping sauce.
What to serve with them
While the egg rolls pair perfectly with “secret sauce” (aka thousand island dressing) if you’re not a fan, or want to try switching things up, try serving the cheeseburger egg rolls with any of the following dipping sauces.
- Ranch dressing
- BBQ sauce
- Avocado ranch dressing
- Honey mustard
- Spicy cheese sauce – for even more cheesy goodness!
- Sriracha mayonnaise
And to make a seriously cheesy appetizer spread, try pairing the egg rolls with these other recipes featuring Cabot cheese!
- Everything Bagel Cheddar Cheese Ball
- Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
- Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs
- French Onion Dip Queso
- Waffle Fry Nachos with Green Chili Cheese Sauce
Be sure to visit CabotCheese.coop for even more cheesy recipe ideas and to learn where to find their products at a grocery store near you!
Cabot is 100% owned by family farms throughout New England and New York. That means that each time you purchase Cabot products, 100% of the profits go back to the hard-working farmers that help make the worlds best cheddar! Support a farmer and eat delicious cheese, that’s a win in my book!
Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup diced onions
- 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon steak seasoning, or 1 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 8 ounces Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 12 egg roll wrappers
- ¼ cup vegetable oil, for frying
- thousand island dressing, optional – for dipping
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat.
- Add the onions and cook for 5-6 minutes.
- Add the ground beef, crumble and cook until browned, approximately 5-6 minutes.
- Drain any grease from the skillet, then season the ground beef with the steak seasoning and worcestershire sauce, simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
- Place an egg roll wrapper on a work surface with one corner pointing towards you.
- Add 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese in the middle of the wrapper, then top with 3-4 tablespoons of the cheeseburger mixture.
- Fill a small bowl with water. Dip your finger into the water, then brush the edges of the egg roll wrapper with water to help seal the egg rolls.
- Fold the corner closest to you over the cheeseburger mixture, and tuck.
- Fold the sides in.
- Roll tightly, set aside and repeat with remaining egg rolls.
- Pour the vegetable oil in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add 4-5 spring rolls to the skillet.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the opposite side.
- Remove from the skillet and place on a wire rack to cool, or a plate lined with paper towels.
- Repeat until all of the egg rolls are cooked.
- To make the egg rolls in an air fryer:
- Place the prepared egg rolls in an air fryer basket and spray with cooking spray.
- Cook at 400°F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time.
- To bake the egg rolls in the oven:
- Preheat the convection setting on your oven to 400°F.
- Place the egg rolls on a wire rack, on top of a baking sheet.
- Spray the egg rolls with cooking spray.
- Place them in the oven for 10-12 minutes to bake.
- Leftover cooked egg rolls can be stored in a zipper bag, or airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- To reheat the leftover egg rolls, I recommend using an air fryer or the oven. In the air fryer, reheat at 400°F for 3-4 minutes. In the oven, place them on a wire baking rack and into a preheated 400°F convection oven for 4-6 minutes.
- The cheeseburger egg roll filling can be made up to 3 days in advance, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to assemble. The egg rolls can be assembled, and stored in the refrigerator up to 4 hours in advance.
- The nutritional information provided does not include the optional Thousand Island dipping sauce. If the egg rolls are prepared in an air fryer or baked in the oven, therefore eliminating the need for the 1/4 cup vegetable oil, the calories, fat and saturated fat will be reduced by 41 calories per egg roll, 5 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat.
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