Horseshoes and the Best Cheese Sauce Recipe

Horseshoes and Cheese Sauce Recipe

Now, this is not weight-watching food in any way shape or form. There is nothing healthy about this meal. What I can say about Horseshoes is that they are so good! And so filling!

I mean, what is there not to love about a Horseshoe? We have hamburger, fries, a toasty piece of bread, all topped with what I’ve been told is the best cheese sauce ever. There is no point in adding a veggie here, unless you count the fries. And if you want to make yourself feel better, I give you permission to consider the fries in this meal a vegetable.

In the interest of honesty, this is technically a Ponyshoe. Horseshoes are generally made with 2 pieces of bread. But really, there is nothing small or light about this, so Horseshoe it is. That extra piece of bread might be pushing things.

horseshoes french fries

This is one of my kids’ favorite meals and they ask for it all the time. Of course, you should probably limit how often this is served. You might also want to make a salad for dinner the next night, just to balance things out. But enjoy it while you can, because you’re going to love it!

horseshoes hamburger

For a Horseshoe you will need hamburger, bread, and french fries. Now, again, generally Horseshoes are made with individual hamburger patties and you can definitely do that. But with kids, it’s easier for us to just break it up. The fries are frozen and go in the oven according to package directions.

horseshoes cheese sauce

Give the fries about 10 minutes in the oven first then start browning your hamburger. Also, begin the cheese sauce. Oh my word, the cheese sauce! For the best cheese sauce ever you will need butter, flour, milk, shredded cheese, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper.

horseshoes cooking

Melt a stick of butter over medium heat. Once melted, add 1/4 cup flour. Stir continuously for 4 minutes. The 4 minutes is important! If you do not stir continuously for 4 minutes, your cheese sauce will taste like flour and you do not want that.

horseshoe cheese sauce cook

Once the 4 minutes has passed, slowly stir in 2 cups of milk. Continue to stir often until it simmer. Don’t forget to check on your hamburger, too.

When the milk mixture begins to bubble slightly, add 2 cups or a full bag of cheese. We like a mixed bag, but get whatever you prefer. I would suggest sticking with orange cheeses, though, as they have more flavor.

horseshoe cheese sauce

Stir cheese until melted thoroughly. Add in a splash of Worcestershire and salt and pepper. Cheese sauce, done! Your hamburger and fries should be done, too.

horseshoes toast

Toast your bread.

horseshoes recipe plate

To plate, arrange a piece of toasted bread on bottom. Spoon hamburger, then top with fries. Drench with cheese sauce. Have heart attack. But it’s worth it!

Horseshoes and the Best Cheese Sauce Recipe

Horseshoes and the Best Cheese Sauce Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

The best Horseshoes and cheese sauce recipe!


  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 bag frozen french fries
  • bread, toasted
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cheese, shredded
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper


  1. Bake french fries according to package directions.
  2. Give fries 10 minutes, then begin to brown hamburger.
  3. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Once melted, add flour. Stir continuously for 4 minutes to cook out flour taste.
  5. Slowly stir in milk to make sure no lumps form.
  6. When milk mixture begins to simmer, remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until melted.
  7. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Toast bread.
  9. Plate and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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  1. Yum! This is the first time I’ve seen someone outside of Springfield, IL (where horseshoes originated from) ever talk about this dish. It’s one of my absolute favorites! Traditionally they’re made with a white American cheese sauce.

  2. Oooh – this is a new one to me. My family hails from Ohio, but I’ve still never heard of Horseshoes. I guess it really is an Illinois treat.

    I will have to pin this for future reference. Sounds like a great party food, too.

  3. Wow, I’ve never heard of horseshoes before. Your Horseshoes and the Best Cheese Sauce recipe looks delicious though. I might have to try it!

  4. Oh, I haven’t had a horseshoe since I moved away from Illinois and down south over 7 years ago. I need to make some soon.

    Southern Illinois girls unite!

  5. Okay, I have never heard of this before. But now… now it needs to get in my face! Even people watching their weight can indulge every once in a while. 🙂

  6. Heart attack is right – but a yummy one I must say! This reminds me some of the Hot Brown they make down in Louisville, that too is a dish that can cause a coronary!

  7. My grandfather owned the Leland hotel in Spfld, IL where recipe originated. I have the original cheese sauce recipe. Does anyone know why this horseshoe recipe was originated? I do!
    I have sampled many local horseshoes and the cheese sauce so far 😖
    Yes I have made it and it is spot on!!

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