Cowboy Burger Recipe

alexia disclosureOne of my favorite easy hamburger recipes. Cowboy burgers are the best!

It’s a delicious burger but better! I’ve mentioned my Cowboy Burger in my What’s For Dinner weekly menu posts but today I’m finally sharing how to make this yummy sandwich for yourself! #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias

Cowboy Burgers super yummy and easy twist on the normal hamburger.

These are so quick they are perfect for a easy weeknight meal. You can even cook the burgers on the grill on the weekend. Just bake up some delicious sweet potato and regular potato fries to pair with the burgers and you’re good to go with a yummy meal.

Cowboy Burger Recipe


  • Hamburger Patties
  • Steak Seasoning
  • Cheese Slices
  • Onion Rings
  • Lettuce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Avocado


  1. Bake onion rings (and fries if you’re using those) according to the package directions.
  2. While the onion rings and fries bake, toast the sourdough bread (unless you prefer soft bread you can skip this step).
  3. Spread your favorite BBQ sauce onto one side of each slice of bread.
  4. Cook your hamburger patties. I put frozen patties directly on a hot skillet, sprinkle with steak seasoning, and flip to cook both sides.
  5. Place cheese on patties right after you flip them so they will melt while the meat finishes cooking (I like to use Havarti but whatever your family likes will work).
  6. Add lettuce to your bread, then the patties with cheese, then slices of avocado, and finally the onion rings.

Cowboy Burger and Fries

Serve the Cowboy burgers with a generous side of sweet potato fries and regular fries and you’re good to go with an easy tasty meal full of all natural ingredients. I used Alexia Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt, Smart Classic Crinkle Cut Fries and on the burgers I used Alexia Crispy Onion Rings which I found at Walmart. They are nice to have on hand since they are high quality and so versatile and easy to use. I’ve seen people use the fries in breakfast hash, stuff the onion rings, and even more. Learn more about Alexia on their Facebook and Pinterest pages.

Alexia frozen french fries and onion rings at Walmart

This burger is one of the meals that we have all the time. I hope you like it too! What are some of your favorite burger toppings?

Super delicious and easy Cowboy Burger recipe

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Block Party: Awesome Bread Recipes

10 Awesome Bread Recipes to try

10 Awesome Bread Recipes

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Tiffany here hosting from Making the World Cuter today! It’s starting to feel like spring here in Central Oregon…at least for this week! I am in a baking mood and have been wanting to make some yummy bread, so I thought I’d feature a few delicious looking bread recipes today. I am also busy making lots of fun things for Easter, I would love for you to come over and see what I’ve been up to!

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30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Love this shepherd's pie recipe. fast and easy great for St. Patrick's day or Pi Day

Shepherd’s Pie has always been one of my favorite meals. It’s one of those dishes that everyone in the family loves. In fact today when the nieces came over (after they had already eaten their own dinner) they begged for some of my Shepherd’s Pie claiming it was their favorite. I’m happy to report that Teddy and the hubby also gobbled down their servings. The recipe I’ve got for you today is even better than the standard recipes though since it uses a few shortcuts making this a great weeknight meal. #WeekNightHero #CollectiveBias

Hands down the best and easiest Shepherd's Pie Recipe

And as a bonus with tomorrow being Pi Day and St. Patrick’s Day just next week this easy 30 minute Shepherd’s Pie recipe will help you be totally festive without any of the stress of some of those more involved recipes.

30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

30 minute shepherd's pie recipe. Must keep for St. Patrick's Day and Pi Day

  • 1 lbs. ground beef
  • Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking Savory Portobello Mushroom
  • 2-3 medium carrots
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1/2 C milk, warmed
  • 1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut the potatoes into cubes and boil until tender to a fork.
  2. In a separate skillet while the potatoes are cooking chop the carrots into bite sized pieces and cook with the ground beef until beef is browned.
  3. Add in Savory Portobello Mushroom soup and simmer until carrots are tender to a fork. Taste and add any salt and pepper if you want. Set aside.
  4. Once the potatoes are cooked drain the water and then add the potatoes back to the pot. Add 1/2 a carton of Creamy Herb and Garlic with Chicken Stock to your potatoes as well as the milk. Mash together. Taste and add in more milk, soup, or salt and pepper to your desired texture and flavor.
  5. Pour your beef mixture into an oven proof dish (I like to use a 8×8 glass casserole dish or a bread pan).
  6. Next pour your corn on top of the beef layer.
  7. Spoon your potatoes on top of the corn.
  8. Finally sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Broil until the cheese layer is golden brown. Serve with pride.

Easy freezable or make ahead 30 minute shepherd's pie recipe

Alternatively you can cover the Shepherd’s Pie with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat it. I made mine last night and then today baked it at 400F for about 20 minutes just until everything was hot inside and then I broiled it to get the cheese delicious and browned. You don’t need to preheat the over just stick it in there.

This is a keeper! Quick and delicious shepherd's pie recipe.

You can also freeze this before cooking. It’s a perfect dish to keep in the freezer for those nights you just don’t feel like doing anything or the next time a friend is sick or has a new baby in the house.

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I used Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking that I found at Walmart to make the recipe even faster. They are perfect for when you’d normally use canned condensed soup but I think with WAY more yummy flavor. So much easier than my normal many herb and reducing wine and so on that I normally do for Shepherd’s Pie. Grab the $0.75 off of 1 coupon valid for 1 month starting 3/13/2015. That makes these just a bit over a buck. I’m excited to try all the rest of the flavors too which is your favorite? Learn more about Campbell’s on their Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

the best shepherd's pie recipe. So quick and easy. Great addition for St. Patrick's Day and Pi Day

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The Best Crock Pot Corned Beef Recipe

This is how I cook my corned beef (in the crock pot) for St. Patrick's Day every year and it works great!

We wait all year to have this meal in my family. Ever since I was a little girl we would celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Corned Beef and I LOOOOVED it. I would wear my giant green pin that said “A Wee Bit Irish” and look forward to Corned Beef and Cabbage and green lemonade for dinner. We still get together for this treat every year.

hands down the best and easiest corned beef recipe for the slow cooker

Growing up I never knew it could be so easy to make corned beef but today I’m sharing the absolute easiest recipe for corned beef that you can make right in your crock pot. And if you want you can can even cook the potatoes and cabbage right there with it but I personally like to do those separate.

Crock Pot Corned Beef Recipe

How to make corned beef in the crock pot. Perfect for St. Patrick's day!

  • 1 package corned beef
  • 1 1/2 C Water

Place the corned beef in your crock pot. Top with the seasoning pack that comes with the corned beef. Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of water into the packaging the corned beef was in to get the last bits of flavor that stuck and pour that on top of your the beef. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Best crock pot corned beef recipe. So easy and turns out great every time

So easy right? Now if you also want cabbage you can just throw it on top during the last hour of cooking or what I prefer to do is boil the cabbage with a big ladle or two of the cooking juices from the corned beef.

Love this recipe for crock pot corned beef. So easy and delicious perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Want other great recipes for the crock pot? Check out this delicious Fancy Beef recipe for the slow cooker.

Must try this fancy crock pot beef recipe

And don’t forget my crazy easy and scrumptious crock pot Lasagna Soup recipe.

My new favorite soup recipe. Crock Pot Lasagna Soup (freezable) - Rae Gun Ramblings Super easy Lasagna Soup recipe for the crock pot (freezable) - Rae Gun Ramblings #GameTimeGoodies #shop #cbias

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Crock Pot Fancy Beef for Two (or more)

Great fancy beef and vegetables for the slowcooker

I’ve rediscovered my crock pots and it’s awesome. It started with this delicious fancy beef for two recipe. I was trying a recipe my mom had made but I didn’t really check before I started and did way more improvising and ingredient swapping than recipe following but it was so good I’m totally hooked.

My new favorite crock pot recipe delicious beef and vegetables

Last week I used my small slow cooker twice and it was great. I’m going to try and make at least one crock pot meal a week because they turned out SO good. This is technically a roast recipe but it tastes like something I’d order at a nice trendy restaurant not your same old same old crock pot roast.

The beef recipe every crock pot owner needs. SOOOO good!


  • 1-2 TBS Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 2 C Baby Carrots
  • 2 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1 TBS Garlic, minced
  • 3 Sprigs Thyme
  • 1/2 C Red Wine
  • 1 C Broth (I used chicken since that’s what I have on hand)
  • 4 oz Tomato Sauce (don’t tell but I used 1 packet boboli pizza sauce since I keep forgetting I have them and need to use them up, but regular tomato sauce should be fine).
  • 1 TBS Brown Sugar
  • 1 TBS Soy Sauce
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 0.75 lbs piece of Beef Chuck Roast cut into two pieces
  • 1-2 TBS Flour
  • Salt and Pepper

Super yummy beef crock pot recipe for two


  1. Saute onions, celery, and carrots until onions are transparent in vegetable oil.
  2. Add in garlic and time and cook for a few minutes. Scoop out and place into the bottom of the crock pot.
  3. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  4. Season the flour with salt and pepper and dredge the beef in the flour.
  5. In the same pan that you cooked the veggies brown the all sides of the beef and then place on the veggies in the crock pot.
  6. Add wine to the pan to deglaze and reduce the wine by half.
  7. Add in tomato sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, and bay leaves.
  8. Stir and pour over the beef in the crock pot.
  9. Cook on low 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Must try this fancy crock pot beef recipe

This recipe makes 2 hearty servings but can easily be increased if you want to use a larger roast and have left overs. But if you’ve been here before you know that we don’t really do leftovers so…. I like to serve this with mashed potatoes super yummy.

Super yummy balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Want more delicious recipes for the crock pot? Check out my delicious Balsamic Cherry Beef Crock Pot Recipe.

Katniss Lamb and plum stew

And also my Hunger Games inspired Katniss Lamb and Plum Stew (which you can make with beef instead of lamb). Crock pot beef recipe that every home cook needs in his or her recipe box!

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Crock Pot Balsamic Cherry Beef Roast Recipe

Super yummy balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m on a crock pot kick and this this balsamic cherry beef roast recipe might be one of my favorites yet! I’ve been trying to use my crock pot a few times a week to help us cut down on eating out and it’s been great. This recipe I’m sharing today has some prep but it comes out tasting like an expensive dish from your favorite restaurant!

Great crock pot recipe! balsamic cherry beef roast for the slow cooker - Rae Gun Ramblings

I had some frozen cherries that I used but I bet it would work just as good with canned or fresh cherries. The recipe is written to make 2 large servings since we’re really bad at eating leftovers but you can just increase the recipe if you have more people to feed.

balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe. This is so good! - Rae Gun Ramblings


  • .75 lbs Beef Chuck Roast
  • 1-2 stalk celery sliced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 C cherries pitted
  • 2-3 TBS oil divided (any kind of oil you want for sauteing)
  • 1/2 C balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 C red wine
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 C beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1 TBS flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe so so good - Rae Gun Ramblings


  1. Cut beef into two portions for individual servings. Set aside
  2. Heat 1 TBS oil in pan. Saute onion and celery until onion is transparent.
  3. Add in garlic and cherries. Cook for an addition few minutes. Transfer to crock pot.
  4. Season beef with steak seasoning. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece of beef in flour.
  5. Heat 1 TBS oil in pan and brown beef on all sides. Transfer to crock pot.
  6. Add red wine to pan, reduce and deglaze.
  7. Add brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, beef broth and Italian seasoning to the pan cook for a few minutes.
  8. Pour over beef and cherry/veggie combo in the crock pot.
  9. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.

delicious and easy balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

My favorite way to serve this is with some yummy and quick wilted spinach and mashed potatoes. I make sure to server it with the cooked down cherries and veggies and spoon some of the cooking juices over the meat when you serve it.

easy and super delicious balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m sharing this as a part of the monthly Foodie Extravaganza!


If this is your first time joining us, the Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient into recipes to share with you and this month that ingredient is a Valentine’s Day classic…cherries!

great recipe for slow cooker balsamic beef roast with cherries - Rae Gun Ramblings

Which means there are 17 delicious & unique cherry recipes waiting for you at the end of this post. Yay!  Be sure to check out the rest of these fantastic cherry recipes!

17 Delicious Cherry Recipes

SOOO good! balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot and slow cooker - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Coconut OREO Cookie Balls Recipe

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Coconut OREO cookie ball recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Have you ever made OREO cookie balls before? They are so easy and yummy. I put a spin on them and have some speedy coconut OREO treats to share today. I love them because they look super fancy and sharp no one will ever guess how stinking simple they are to make. #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias

Pom pm and football shape OREO truffles recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

I made a few different kinds. Since they are so easy it’s really simple to customize them for any occasion. I made a fancy (but oh so easy) version perfect for everyday or special events like say Valentine’s Day. And I also made a sporty batch with edible pom poms that you can make match your team colors as well as a fun little football. Perfect for the big game right?!

 How to make coconut OREO cookie ball truffles - Rae Gun Ramblings


  • 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted (I used white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 1 C Shredded Coconut (optional)
  • Food Coloring (optional)

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Make it!

  1. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  2. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  3. CUSTOMIZE it with coconut. You can color the coconut with food coloring and coat the balls while the chocolate is still wet or just add a pinch to the top!
  4. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

Share and enjoy!

yummy quick and easy coconut OREO truffles - Rae Gun Ramblings

Super easy. And if you want to make a football one just remember to shape it more football-ish instead of a round ball and after the chocolate coat sets you can draw lines on with white chocolate or do what I did and draw one long line and lay rows of coconut strips for the cross lines.

Fun football themed coconut oreo truffles - Rae Gun Ramblings

Quick and easy coconut OREO cookie balls - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Bacon Cheez-It Nachos Recipe

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super yummy nontraditional nachos - Rae Gun Ramblings

We’re kind of nacho fanatics at my house. Every nacho we see on a restaurant menu we have try. Not that I’d ever turn down your standard nachos but lately the fancier and more unusual the better. Today I have a super nontraditional nacho recipe to share since they few different kind of Cheez-It items as the base. These are so easy and yummy they are the perfect party food for when you don’t know how many people are going to show up. #BigGameSnacks #CollectiveBias

 bacon cheez it nachos fun twist on regular nachos - Rae Gun Ramblings

They come together really fast, like under 10 minutes tops, fast. Plus they are the type of thing you can customize for different pallets.

Cheez-It Nachos ingredients and recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Pringles Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips
  • Cheez-It Crunch’d Hot and Spicy
  • Cheez-It Grooves Zesty Cheddar Ranch
  • 1 C Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 C Blue Cheese
  • 2-3 Stalks Green Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 lbs Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Super yummy spin on nachos with cheez-it Rae Gun Ramblings What to Do

  1. Place a layer of tortilla chips over a cookie sheet.
  2. Top with the Cheez-It Grooves and the Cheez-It Crunch’d.
  3. Sprinkle with both kinds of cheeses.
  4. Top with chopped green onions and bacon.
  5. Pop in the oven to melt under the broiler. Watch it carefully since it can go fast. A minute or two is sometimes enough depending on how hot your broiler is. If you wanted to do personal sizes you could melt them in the microwave but for parties I think a big sheet pan is more fun and way faster.

So stinking easy right?!

Cheez-It Crunch'd yummy puffs of tasty cheese

I love this recipe because it brings a bunch of our favorites together. In addition to our nacho obsession, my husband is a snack food fiend. Multiple times a week he runs to the store and comes home with more snacks. I had to threaten him to stop him from eating up the ingredients because I knew I was going to be sharing this recipe. He’d already had the Cheez-It Grooves before but the Cheez-It Crunch’d are brand spanking new. They are the first puffs made with 100% real cheese. We found them at Walmart and decided to try the Hot and Spicy flavor. While there is a small kick I think even people who can’t handle much spice would be fine. They are like little cheesy air puffs with just the perfect amount of flavorful kick. Any ways I thought I’d give you a little info in case you’re looking at my recipe going what in the world are those :)

I hope you like the nachos I have a bunch of other versions I’m excited to share. Have you had any interesting nachos I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Quick and easy cheez-it nachos - Rae Gun Ramblings

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20 Minute Crab Cakes Recipe

20 minute delicious crab cakes recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I always think of crab cakes as one of those complicated foods but they are really pretty quick and easy to make. I’m excited to share my 20 Minute Crab Cakes Recipe with you guys today. This is perfect for setting out during a party or serving as a part of dinner!

Yummy and fast crab cake recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Crab Cake Recipe

  • 1 lbs Imitation Crab
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 3 tubes of crackers crumbled and divided
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Salt
  1. Combine all the ingredients reserving 1 tube of crackers crumbed.
  2. Form into patties.
  3. Roll the patties in the reserved cracker crumbs.
  4. Spray a pan with spray oil and cook over medium heat.
  5. Flip when browned on one side (just a few minutes on each side).

Yummy 20 minute crab cakes perfect for an easy dinner or as part of a party spread - Rae Gun Ramblings

This crab cakes are so quick and easy. They are perfect on a party buffet served with some yummy dipping sauce or on top of mashed potatoes or pasta for an easy dinner. Be sure to check out my tips and recipes for other fun party ideas.

Great ideas for Valentine's day or Game Day - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Recipes: The Best Cherry Coke, Cheese Stuffed Bread Sticks, and Pizza Bites

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Super fast and easy ideas for your Game Day party - Rae Gun Ramblings

Whether your munching in front of The Big Game, Game Night, or Date Night I have some quick and tasty treats so #PreparetoParty. Today I’m sharing how to make cheater cheese stuffed bread sticks perfect for dipping, fun shape pizza bites, my newest obsession, cherry ice cubes perfect for flavoring coke, and more.
Quick and easy football food ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love these ideas because they are perfect for dressing down or up. All together they make a great party spread but in different combos with various sides and veggies they can also be easy dinners. #CollectiveBias

The Best Homemade Cherry Coke

The secret to restaurant style cherry coke at home - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Cherry Syrup
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Coke
  • Ice Cube Tray
  1. Place a cherry in each ice cube slot.
  2. Add one pump of cherry syrup to each cube spot.
  3. Top with water.
  4. Freeze until solid.

When you are ready to serve pop a couple into a glass of Coke and enjoy. I only had a heart ice cube tray which I thought made it extra cute. How fun would these be for Valentine’s Day!

The secret to getting the perfect soda shop tasting cherry coke at home - Rae Gun Ramblings

You guys already know I’m a diet coke addict. I usually buy cherry coke zero but for fun (and let’s be honest for cuteness) I decided to make these fun cherry flavoring ice cubes and I have to say they are AH-mazing. Like I’m in love. If you like real cherry cokes like from restaurants with real flavorings this is as good. I’ve tried just the syryp and it doesn’t do the trick something about the cherries make the flavoring just right! They are so so easy to make too!

Easy Cheesy Bread Sticks and Fun Shaped Pizza Bites

Why didn't I think of t his before. Cheese filled bread sticks. Rae Gun Ramblings One of my nieces doesn’t like pizza but she’s happy to each cheese bread. So to make everyone happy I bought a DiGiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza then I just chopped off the crust called it cheese sticks and served it with some dipping sauce. While I was cutting up the pizza I figured it would be fun to make the pizza into fun shaped bites. Turn a regular frozen pizza into darling pizza bites with cookie cutters - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Stuffed Crust Pizza (I like DiGiorno)
  • Cookie Cutters

To make the bread sticks just cut off the crust straighten the cut edge and and cut into stick sized pieces. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (we like ranch). With the rest of the pizza use cookie cutters to make cute shapes. For game night you can easy make football bites. I found a “Easter egg” shaped cookie cutter works perfectly to get a good football shape.

Easy Valentine's Day idea. Cut a frozen pizza into heart shaped bites - Rae Gun Ramblings

And how fun would a whole heart themed meal be with little pizza bites as one of the components? In addition to these fun ideas I like to have Ritz crackers out with my favorite sliced cheeses and sausage or if I have some more time I’ll whip up a batch of my 20 minute crab cakes. These ideas were so quick and easy plus I was able to find the pizza, Ritz crackers, and coca-cola on sale at Walmart so that’s even more of a bonus!

Ritz Crackers and Coke

Appetizers and finger foods are my absolute favorite. I hope you like these quick easy ideas. My sister and I are already busy planning the menu for our big game feast. What are some of your favorite party foods?


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