If you're a fan of bacon cheeseburgers, this burger balls recipe is the best! It's a simple way to make a fast dinner that combines the look of homemade meatballs with the taste of burgers! It's one of our favorite recipes to make!
Anytime I make this, it's always a bit hit. You can easily make this as a whole meal or add it to the menu for fun appetizers to serve as well. The next time that someone in the house is craving burgers and their favorite burger toppings, this is the recipe to make. There's nothing like that melty cheese inside these mini burgers shaped like little meatballs. And let's not forget that they're wrapped in bacon goodness!
This is one of those snack hack recipes that look like it took a long time to make but really didn't. But as any good cook knows, you never tell your secret of how you found the best way to make the best meal. Not only will this be a winning entree for meat eaters, but it's a grow low carbohydrate choice for anyone cutting carbs.
Speaking of delicious meals, be sure to check out my Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers for another really great flavor and dinner option.
Ground turkey - You can use any type of ground meat that you want. I like turkey because it's a lower fat content and less grease.
Garlic Salt - This gives the meat a lot of flavor. You can also just use salt and garlic powder.
Onions - I like using a sweet onion here, but a red onion would work great as well. Just be sure that it's a good size since you're stuffing the ingredients inside.
Bacon - You can't go wrong with bacon. You can use thick cut bacon, maple bacon, or even turkey bacon if you want. Just be sure to cook it until it's crispy and golden brown.
Cheddar Cheese - This is my favorite type of cheese, but you can use any block or piece of cheese that you'd like.
How to make this Burger Balls Recipe
Step One: Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees and spraying a baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
Step Two: In a mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey meat and salt.
Step Three: Halve an onion and fill that onion with turkey meat. Add a cube of cheese and some more ground turkey, and then top with the other half of the onion. Wrap the entire onion with two pieces of bacon.
Step Four: Put the pan in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes until all the meat is thoroughly cooked and the bacon is crispy.
Make beef meatballs - If you want your bacon cheeseburger meatballs to be made with ground beef instead of turkey, use that instead. Just know that you will have more grease coming from the ground beef and a higher fat content when consuming. I use turkey because it's a lean meat.
Use varied seasonings - A simple way to change the flavor is to change the seasonings. You can mix in onion powder, onion soup mix, black pepper, and any other flavors that you would like. You just have to mix it right into the meat.
Change the type of cheese - While I like using cheddar cheese, you can use any type of cheese. This is what makes making your own recipes fun. If you don't have cheese cubes, you can also use cheese curds or even slices of American cheese folded to fit inside this great recipe.
Do I need to add anything to the meat mixture to help make it stick together while cooking?
The cheese is really the main binding agent that helps with that, but you could always add some bread crumbs into the meat mixture if you would like. Just add them to a large bowl with the ground meat, and combine with your fingers. You don't have to add a lot, but a little bit is fine.
What are fun side dishes to eat with this cheeseburger meatball recipe?
I'm a big fan of treating appetizer recipes like this as fun to eat! You can pair this dish with french fries, a side salad, or even just get a great burger sauce or special sauce and dip the burger balls right into them. Thousand Island dressing is a really good choice!
Don't forget to add your favorite toppings as well! Fresh ingredients like a cherry tomato, lettuce, a red onion, and even some fresh cilantro are all great choices to have. Basically, anything that you'd add to a burger, you can add here.
- 1.5 lb ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 large onions peeled, halved, and separated into layers
- 12 oz bacon
- 4 oz cheddar cut into 12 cubes
- Preheat oven to 400. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl combine the ground turkey and garlic salt.
- Take an onion half and fill it with ground turkey. Press in a cube of cheese. Top with more ground turkey and another piece of onion. Wrap the whole thing with 2 slices of bacon.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and the bacon is crisp.
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