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Cheeseburger Meatballs

Get game-day ready with a new easy appetizer idea that everyone will love! Cheeseburger meatballs are bite-sized morsels of juicy meat and melty cheese that are topped with your favorite burger toppings and served with a side of dipping sauce!

cheeseburger meatballs on skewers
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Cheeseburger Bites

This cheeseburger meatball recipe is a cross between my hamburger recipe and my homemade meatball recipe! If you’re like me and love serving mini appetizers for gatherings big and small, then these cheeseburger-stuffed meatballs are about to become your new party platter showstopper! Add some pigs in blanket to your appetizer list for more delicious finger food!

I use all ground beef and they turn out super moist but you can use a combination of beef and pork if you like. They’re lightly seasoned and stuffed with cheese then baked until brown and the cheese is oozing out of them.

Serve them with a bit of lettuce, a pickle, a cherry tomato, and a dollop of easy burger sauce on top and you’ve got the perfect meatball-sized burger to add to your appetizer tray!

cheeseburger meatball on wooden board

How to Make Cheeseburger Meatballs

  1. Combine meatball ingredients and roll them up into balls.
  2. Add a cube of cheese in the center and wrap the meat around securing the cheese inside.
  3. Place meatballs on a prepared sheet in a preheated oven for 17-20 minutes until no longer pink.
  4. Allow them to rest before serving.

Tips for Making Them

  • Do not overmix the meat mixture.
  • Be sure to not only line the baking sheet with foil, but spray as well, so the meatballs don’t stick and fall apart.
  • To ensure even browning, flip the meatballs over halfway through cook time.
  • Resting the meatballs before serving allows the juices to redistribute throughout, so they’re nice and moist.

A Low-Carb Snack!

As adorable as these are served as an appetizer, they can also be great for low-carb snacking or as a protein-packed afternoon snack for the kids!

cheeseburger meatballs on wooden board

Variations & Substitutions

  • You could use another cheese besides cheddar. Mozzarella, gruyere, Monterrey Jack, or blue cheese would be delish!
  • If you don’t have fresh garlic and onions, use garlic powder or onion powder instead.
  • For some heat throw in some red pepper flakes.
  • Crisp up some bacon and add a portion of a strip on top to make them bacon cheeseburger meatballs.

Favorite Dipping Sauces for Serving

We kind of drool over this burger sauce, but you could also use:

cheeseburger meatball on a skewer

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Cheeseburger Meatballs

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Get game-day ready with a new easy appetizer idea that everyone will love! Cheeseburger meatballs are bite-sized morsels of juicy meat and melty cheese that are topped with your favorite burger toppings and served with a side of dipping sauce!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef , could sub with half ground pork
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4-6 ounces cheddar cheese , cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 24 cherry tomatoes , for serving
  • 24 pickle slices
  • iceberg lettuce , for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Combine the meat, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, garlic, onion, black pepper and parsley in a bowl. Stir just until combined, do not over mix. Add a Tablespoon or two of water as needed to keep a wet mixture. 
    beef and breadcrumbs in bowl
  • Cut cheese into 24 cubes about 1/2" in size. Use a medium cookie scoop or spoon to scoop the meat. Then place a piece of cheese in the center and wrap the meat around the cheese. Form into 1 1/2"  balls and place on the pan. 
    hamburger with cheese in the middle
  • Bake uncovered for 17-20 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle. Turn halfway through, so the bottoms don’t brown. 
    cheeseburger meatballs on baking sheet
  • Allow meatballs to rest 5 minutes before serving. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and hamburger sauce.
    cheeseburger meatballs on skewers

Notes

Sauce: Dip in my favorite burger sauce.
Substitutes
  • You could use mozzarella cheese or shredded cheese as well.
  • You can use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder if you do not have fresh garlic and onions.
  • If you’d like to add a little kick, feel free to add in some red pepper flakes in the meat mixture. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2meatballs | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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