Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cheeseburger Meatball Grilled Cheese

Cheeseburger Meatball Grilled Cheese

Here’s a confession: I’m picky about leftovers.  There.  It’s out and I’m no longer going to be embarrassed by the fact that sometimes I just don’t like leftovers.  My husband will eat nearly anything leftover and I do admit that the older I get, the more open I am to various leftovers.

This post, however, is about foods that are amazing leftover.  Foods like: meatloaf; chili (even better the second day); lasagna; black bean burgers (leftovers = quesadilla); pizza; spaghetti; and cheeseburger meatballs

Cheeseburger Meatball Grilled Cheese

You might have guessed by now that this post is about leftover cheeseburger meatballs, in the form of a grilled cheese.  You might also know that I have a thing with sandwiches, and particularly with grilled cheese sandwiches.

So it was an absolute no-brainer for me when it came to using up the leftovers of Monday’s meatballs.  This grilled cheese made the most mouth-watering lunch I’ve had in a while.  The meatballs were amazing by themselves but then when I smashed them between buttery bread and more cheese? Lunchtime euphoria.  Seriously.

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Cheeseburger Meatball Grilled Cheese

Yield: 1 sandwich

Total Time: 15 min

A round-two recipe for Cheeseburger Meatballs: Cheeseburger Meatball Grilled Cheese.

Ingredients:

1 Tbs. butter
2 slices whole wheat bread
5-6 cheeseburger meatballs, halved
2 slices of cheddar cheese
1-2 Tbs. copycat "special sauce" (recipe in the link above)

Directions:

Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread.

Place one slice of bread, butter side down, in the heated skillet, place a slice of cheese on top and then line with the meatballs. Place the other slice of cheese on top of the meatballs, top with the "special sauce" and then place the other slice of bread on top, butter side up.

Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until the bread is golden and toasty and the cheese is melted.

Cheeseburger Meatball Grilled Cheese

 

 

37 Responses to “Cheeseburger Meatball Grilled Cheese”

  1. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — January 23, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Oh, dear. You took those gooey things to a whole new level of awesome. You’re killing me! This is a must make. :)

  2. #
    Kim | At Home With Kim — January 23, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    Meatballs in GRILLED CHEESE??? Genius! I have a special day coming up where I’m treating myself. All food will be calorie free. :) Ummm, this would make a great lunch! Love this!!!

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    Tracey — January 23, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    I have to run to the store today to grab a few things and I’m totally buying the ingredients to make myself grilled cheese for lunch. Your pictures have me craving it so badly!! Love this use for the leftover meatballs :)

  4. #
    Amanda — January 23, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Genius. I too have a slight aversion to leftovers, and this is the perfect solution!

  5. #
    Kathryn — January 23, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    You’re not alone – my boyfriend is exactly the same way which means all the more for me! I’m pretty sure that he would deem this an appropriate use of leftovers though, it looks amazing!

  6. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 23, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    As a self-proclaimed grilled-cheese-aholic… this is my JAM!!

  7. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 23, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Gracious these look amazing! I want one for lunch – uh, now!

  8. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 23, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Cassie, I’m exactly the same! Most of the time ill skip the leftovers but my wife will eat them 3 days later. What gives? I love your manly sandwich!!

  9. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 23, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    GAH! I want to tackle you hug you right now! These cheeseburger grilled cheese look AH-mazing!

  10. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 23, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Such a simple, but BRILLIANT idea. Why didn’t I think of this?!

  11. #
    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — January 23, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    This looks amazing, Cassie! It reminds me of a cheeseburger I used to eat at Ruby’s Diner that was flattened (almost to the point of being a grilled cheese). Yum!

  12. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 23, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    bah! leftovers are my favorite!! Looks great.

  13. #
    Audra@the-baker-chick — January 23, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Man Cassie- at 10 AM all I want that sandwich! Those meatballs on their own are to die for, but this combo looks pretty amazing. Way to re-purpose!

  14. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — January 23, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    It’s the circle of life! All in one perfect grilled cheese sandwich! Love this use of leftovers, Cassie! I would want to waste a single one of those lovely meatballs!!!

  15. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — January 23, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    Ok, just want to clarify: I would NOT want to waste a single meatball!! (And I clearly can’t type.)

  16. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 23, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    I don’t like leftovers either. This is so clever and looks incredible!

  17. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 23, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    I want, I need, I must have! I think this is the best way to use up the leftover cheeseburger meatballs. You are a genius Cassie. PS: I love leftover chili!

  18. #
    Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — January 23, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    Cassie I LOVE how you used those leftovers! That sandwich looks like serious business. :)

  19. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 23, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    This may be the PERFECT way to use up leftovers!

  20. #
    Aggie — January 23, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    I’m weird about leftovers too. I love this recreation!! You could pretty much put anything in a panini and I’ll be happy. :)

  21. #
    carrian — January 23, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    :( How sad to be leaving, but what a fun adventure! LOOOOOVE The grilled cheese. Good mercy, I love it. Pinning that sucker.

  22. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 23, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    What a perfect grilled cheese!

  23. #
    Sandy @ RE — January 23, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Have to say – never had one of these. Sounds YUMMY!

  24. #
    Angie — January 23, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    You’ve taken grilled cheese to a whole new level, wow!

  25. #
    JulieD — January 23, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Oh mannnn, hello these look delicious!!

  26. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 23, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    It’s official I love you even more.

  27. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 23, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    omg. i’m DROOLING. this is such a great way to use up leftovers!! and no worries – i’m picky about them too :\

  28. #
    luv what you do — January 23, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    oh no you didn’t!
    That is one awesome looking sandwich and I don’t usually even eat meatballs : )

  29. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 23, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    Have to try this soon! Great idea!

  30. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 23, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Ha! I rarely eat the leftovers either — good thing my hubby does.

  31. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 24, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    That looks so insanely delicious, I can’t even begin to tell you! But…I am a total fan of leftovers. I can’t bear to throw away perfectly good food. And I double alot of our meals, just so we HAVE leftovers! Such a time saver with kids and busy schedules!

  32. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 24, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    I can’t look away. They are so compelling. I think they will haunt my dreams until I make them.

  33. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 24, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    This is a perfect way to use remake leftovers!

  34. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 24, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    Cassie, this is brilliant! A brilliant, ooey, gooey, use for those yummy meatballs!

  35. #
    Baking Serendipity — January 24, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    My husband loves leftovers, and always eats them for lunch…I like smaller lunches and always miss out. Definitely working this into our meal plans next week!

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