Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Meatballs are a regular staple in our house because we all love them, they freeze beautifully and they work great with so many different sauces. (Not to mention when I’m prepping a lot of ground beef for the freezer, making meatballs is a great way to quickly use up some of the meat.)

The idea for these meatballs came to me when I was trying to think of a good, all-in-one meatball recipe that I could have in the freezer for quick meals for the kids. Those types of meals are so crucial for me because they allow my husband and I have to have guilt and stress-free date nights, whether at home or not. We can eat a special meal just for the two of us while the kids get their own special meal. It works out perfectly.

However, in the case of these meatballs, they looked just too good so we all ate them for dinner. They definitely pack all the taste of a bacon cheeseburger into a simple meatball. These will definitely be made again and again!

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 c. oats or bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. ketchup
  • 2 T. mustard
  • 1/2 t. each paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and pepper
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes (about 24)
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, diced, crisped and de-greased

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except cheese and bacon. Combine with hands.

2. Using about a golf-ball sized amount of meat mixture, press flat on a plate or countertop. Place one cube of cheese and a bit of the bacon in the center and roll meat into a ball around the cheese and bacon.

3. Place meatballs on a baking sheet and press any of the leftover bacon into the top of each meatball.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until meat is fully cooked.

Serve with your favorite burger toppings for dipping, if desired.

14 thoughts on “Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

  1. Oh yummy! These look so good! What a fun way to use up hamburger. This is recipe is definitely going to find it’s way on my March menu! Thanks!! 😀

  2. Looks so yummy!! I wish I could eat cheese. I bet I could do this without the cheese and use grilled onions and it would still be like a bacon burger…hmm. Neat idea.

  3. I know I’m late to this party having just looked here from the ‘best of 2010’ but I wanted to tell you what I plan to do with this recipe

    I rarely make ‘meatballs’ anymore – I take the meatball mixture and press it onto a cookie sheet, score into small squares with the pizza cutter and bake – rescore and freeze or pop in sauce

    So this would work well for a flat spread of meat mixture, sprinkle on cheese and bacon, then another layer of meat mixture – I’d likely bake without scoring so the cheese doesn’t all exit – then score as it cools and flash freeze so I could take a small amount at a time out – great idea though 🙂

  4. I made this recipe this past week. I love the idea, was simple to do and had plenty of left for leftovers.

    My biggest beef would be the way all of our breaths smelled after eating it, with the itailian seasoning and garlic powder… (haha, yes, bad breath)! I will make this recipe again, but think I’ll go with my own seasonings like I do for our burgers when I make those.

    Thanks for the idea and the recipe!! 🙂

  5. I made these for a church meal this weekend. They were delicious. I’ll definitely being adding these to the rotation.

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