Every time we visit Springfield, Illinois we have to eat one of their famous horseshoes. The cheese sauce is a little different depending on where you stop to eat, seems everyone has their own way of making it. But we love them all. If you only use one slice of bread and one hamburger patty it is called a ponyshoe. This recipe can also be made with chicken tenders in place of the hamburger patties.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 servings


  • 1 (9 ounce) bag frozen french fries

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 4 slices bread, toasted

  • ½ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • hot sauce to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spread french fries out on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

  2. Meanwhile, divide the ground beef into four equal parts and form into patties. Fry the patties in a large skillet over medium-high heat until well done, about 4 minutes per side.

  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Cook while stirring constantly for 4 minutes to cook out the flavor of raw flour. Gradually whisk in the half-and-half so that no lumps form. Bring to a simmer then remove from the heat and add the cheese; stir until melted. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste.

  4. Place 2 slices of toasted bread onto 2 dinner plates and top each slice with a hamburger patty. Top each patty with cooked french fries. Pour the cheese sauce on top of everything and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

2057 Calories
154g Fat
81g Carbs
88g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 2057
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 154g 197%
Saturated Fat 88g 439%
Cholesterol 494mg 165%
Sodium 2385mg 104%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 29%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 88g
Vitamin C 25mg 123%
Calcium 1370mg 105%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 1518mg 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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