Super Bowl Food: Cheeseburger Filo Squares

Cathy from Noble Pig was craving a Big Mac. Sauce included. But she wanted a lighter version of the real thing and she also wanted it to be more of an appetizer. This recipe is the result. It was fun to make and fun to eat. But is it lighter than a Big Mac? Hmmmm. Not at all sure about that. There's a whole lot of cheese and butter in there! 

The filo crust instead of a bun is genius, no question. And her sauce is fabulous. Maybe better than the real thing. Perfect for Super Bowl snacking, isn't it? The thing is, you do have to serve it right away; it can't sit around waiting. 

Cheeseburger Filo Squares with Copycat Big Mac Sauce

From Cathy at Noble Pig

7 sheets filo dough, thawed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded 
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1-3/4 pound ground beef, (85/15 lean)
1 bag (16 oz) shredded iceberg lettuce
1-1/4 cups diced dill pickle
1 cup diced onion
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
salt and black pepper to taste
12 slices American cheese

Copycat Big Mac Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup hamburger relish (it's sweet-found next to the pickle relish)
1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking tray (rimmed 11 x 17 works best) with parchment paper and spray paper with cooking-oil spray. 
Lay 1 sheet filo on paper and brush lightly with a little melted butter. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Repeat layering 5 more times (with filo, butter and cheddar), pressing each sheet firmly so it sticks to sheet below. Lay the last filo sheet on top, brush with remaining melted butter, and sprinkle on remaining cheddar cheese. Set aside. 
Heat olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat, cook meat until just cooked. Remove from heat and stir in pickle, onion, lettuce and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Stir mixture until lettuce wilts and then drain through a sieve. 
Place American cheese slices on top of dough. Leave a little edge. Place meat mixture on top of cheese and bake for 20 minutes until edges are golden brown.
While squares are baking combine all ingredients for the copycat Big Mac Sauce and place in a squeeze bottle.
Once filo is done baking, drizzle with sauce and cut into squares with a pizza cutter. Serve immediately.


  1. A great idea! Those squares look ever so scrumptious.



  2. Barbara look really delicious!

  3. Good Morning Barbara!

    Funny you should be posting this recipe today. I just happen to wake up craving a breakfast sandwich this morning, also in the "Mac" family. Why oh why I don't know:) I may have just had my fill, and a stark reminder, of how home made is always better.

    This sounds delicious. Thank you so much for sharing...

  4. Well, I don't know if these would be lower calorie but surely better tasting than a mac! I love the crispy filo idea with the cheesy-beefy good topping. I can see why you made it... it would be perfect for a Super Bowl snack.

  5. Definitely for Super Bowl fare-Nice! With cheese and beef you cannot go wrong.


  6. I've been wondering what to take to my local Super Bowl party!

    Now I know....

  7. I will need to make these for the Knight. He LOVES a big mac. I find it to be too much of everything but do enjoy a taste...

  8. Hmmm, Very interesting. I have a feeling that this is delicious. Will try it. Thanks Barbara.

  9. this is so fun, it sounds delicious!!

  10. Hi Barbara,

    The squares look really tasty and thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Have a wonderful weekend


  11. Hi Barbara....thanks for sharing this recipe. In reading the recipe I noted that there was no mention when to add the lettuce...you might want to clarify that the lettuce is added along with the pickle, seasame seed, etc. There is mention in the paragraph re the lettuce wilting.

    Thanks - plan on making this for Super Bowl. Judy - Texas

  12. well, this is a new use for phyllo dough! very delicious, barbara!

  13. It looks so great.. I wish there is a way to take a food from our computer instead our fridge :D

  14. oh my goodnes...this sounds wonderful....one of the things i love about super bowl parties is people bring some of the neatest new foods to try...might try and pull this one off for ours and see what they think...smiles.

  15. Somehow, I don't think these will be sitting around waiting for long. :) Oh my, this sure elevates the Big Mac. YUM!

  16. Hello Barbara! Boy, Super Bowl or no Super Bowl these look amazing. I need some good American food and this ought to do the trick. Thank you as always. I hope you had a super Christmas and New Years? Still can't wrap my head around the fact it's 2013. Wishing you all the best in lovely FL.

    Cheers x Deb

  17. Oh my, those look delicious! I used to love Big Macs when I was in college :) These could be better than pizza!

  18. Well thanks to both of you, I'm now craving a Big Mac. I think these little bites sound wonderful Barbara. Thanks for posting the idea.

  19. What an interesting concept! I don't really crave Big Macs but sometimes hubby likes them so this would be good to keep up the sleeve :D

  20. I have never made or had anything like this...but anything with filo dough must be great!

  21. What a great idea, Barbara!Love the sauce.

  22. It sounds yummy - but not necessarily lo-cal. Still, perfect for Superbowl munching!

  23. Yum! These squares look great...love the idea of making the copy cat Big Mac sauce...and they are perfect for the Super Bowl!
    Have a great week Barbara!

  24. Anything is perfect for the Superbowl.

  25. I suppose it just gives the impression of being lighter? Hmm either way definitely perfect superbowl food!

  26. OMG.. that’s ultra sinful and I LOVE it!!!!

  27. This is perfect! We are having a Superbowl party on Sunday and I was trying to figure out what to make... I will be stealing this recipe to make, for sure!

  28. They are totally indulging Barbara! Delicious!

  29. Very interesting and delicious pictures.

    rsa course



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