There’s Frito pie, tamale pie and grasshopper pie, but all of those pale in comparison to cheeseburger-and-fry pie, a sloppy fork-and-knife affair that unites crispy potato shoestrings, ground beef with a pickle-spiked “secret” sauce and, of course, some melted cheese.
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In a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until brown and crispy. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Add the onion to the pan and cook until softened for 7 to 8 minutes. Add the beef, salt and pepper to the pan and, using a wooden spoon to break up chunks, cook until the beef is cooked through and browned for about 8 minutes.
While the beef cooks, make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, diced pickles and pickle brine. Spread the shoestring potatoes on a quarter sheet pan in an even layer. Top with the cooked beef, spreading evenly, then drizzle with the sauce. Spread the grated cheese over.
Preheat the broiler to high. Put the pan beneath the broil, about 2 inches from the heating element, and broil until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and top with the diced tomato and shredded iceberg. Serve immediately.
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