Gluten-Free Horseshoe Sandwich Recipe – The Pride of Springfield, IL!

I first included this recipe in my eBook, but I figured more people would discover this awesome sandwich if I put it on my blog as well, so here ya go!

Visitors to Springfield, Illinois often ask what they need to experience when they visit the city.  You will hear many of the same answers: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, New Salem, Lincoln’s Tomb, Dana Thomas House, and…eat a horseshoe!

Now, you are probably wondering, what exactly is a horseshoe?!  It is only the greatest, and most artery-clogging, food contraption known to man.  First, you start with some Texas toast on the bottom of the plate.  Next, the bread is topped with the meat of your choice.  Hamburger is the most common choice by far, but you can try such things as corned beef, buffalo chicken, walleye, turkey, and Italian sausage.  Then, French fries are placed on top of the meat and bread, pretty much covering them.  And last, but definitely not least, cheese sauce is poured on top of everything!  Pretty impressive culinary creation, eh?

gluten free horseshoe sandwich recipe

I have not been able to enjoy the horseshoe for two reasons since becoming gluten-free: a) the Texas toast and b) the cheese sauce usually has flour in it.  Now, I’m sure my waistline and cholesterol levels are thanking me from abstaining from from horseshoes the past couple of years, but I have been getting the itch to make a gluten-free version of this exquisite treat.


Gluten-Free Bread and Burgers

Gluten-Free Bread and Burgers

Gluten-Free Cheese Sauce Cooking, Fries in Background

Gluten-Free Cheese Sauce Cooking, Fries Fresh Outta the Oven

Fries on Top of Burger and GF Bread

Fries on Top of Burger and GF Bread

Cheese Sauce On! Gluten-Free Horseshoe is Done

Cheese Sauce On! Ready for Action!

Another View Before it Hits my Belly

Another View Before it Hits my Belly

The Recipe

Ingredients (makes one big horseshoe):

  • 2 pieces of gluten-free bread, toasted
  • 2 burger patties, about 1/3 lb each
  • 6 oz. of French fries
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1 cup shredded white (or yellow) Cheddar cheese


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spread fries out on a baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes, or however long the package recommends.  Remove when they are a golden brown.

2.  While the fries are cooking, form your ground beef into two even patties.

3.  In a large skillet on medium-high heat, cook the burgers – about 4-5 minute per side, until all the pink is gone.  Remove from the skillet and put on top of your toasted gluten-free bread.

4.  Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat.  Whisk in the gluten-free flour.  Cook , while stirring constantly, for about 3-4 minutes.

5.  Add in the milk and dash of salt and pepper.  Stir consistently until the sauce thickens.

6.  Add the cheese and stir occasionally until it is melted.

7.  Put the fries on top of the burger/bread.

8.  Pour cheese sauce over everything.

9.  Eat up!

2 Responses to Gluten-Free Horseshoe Sandwich Recipe – The Pride of Springfield, IL!

  1. Amy November 28, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    YUM! Looks great! D’arcy’s needs to serve these, along with their gf pizza!

  2. Crysta December 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Thank you so much! As a gf Springfield native, I have really missed having a horseshoe. I wish some restaurants would serve this!

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