Monday, January 21, 2013

Cheeseburger Meatballs

Cheeseburger Meatballs

So, yes, maybe I have a thing going on with meatballs.  You guys seem to love them so I doubt we really have a problem, right?  I decided to do a little searching about the history of meatballs (nerd alert!) and I found out that nearly every region of the world eats meatballs in some form.

I don’t do much thinking about sports – not that I don’t like them – but other things take priority in our house.  Sports are fun, tailgating is more fun and (I’ve said this before), sports are more about the food than the actual game.  I know this is true for some of you, too.  So that one big, super football game that is coming up?  Well, here’s your appetizer: cheeseburger meatballs.

Cheeseburger Meatballs

Cheeseburgers are a tailgating must, am I wrong?  So I was brainstorming some tailgating recipes and my mind kept going back to a classic cheeseburger – you can’t have a tailgate party without cheeseburgers.  But how do I turn those into a bite-sized, travel-friendly snack?  Why not just throw all of the traditional cheeseburger toppings into some ground meat with an egg, seasonings and some breadcrumbs and call it a meatball?  B.i.n.g.o.

A few weeks ago I was received a load of new toys from Calphalon.  Included was an XL Digital Convection Oven.  You guys, Paul has never been so excited about a new kitchen tool as he was when we pulled this one out of the box.  I just so happened to be making the meatballs that very day and the oven was the perfect way to cook them.  It heats up so quickly, cooked the meatballs with a really even brown on all sides and my 9×13 pan fits in the oven – perfection!  I think Paul has used it nearly daily since we took it out of the box and just yesterday I said to him “I really love this little oven”!

Oh, and come back on Wednesday for a “round 2” recipe with these meatballs!

Cheeseburger Meatballs

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Cheeseburger Meatballs with Copycat "Special Sauce" Recipe

Yield: 24 meatballs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

A twist on a tailgating favorite: cheeseburgers. A savory meatball recipe with cheese, pickles, ketchup and onions and a "special" dipping sauce on the side.

Ingredients:

for the meatballs:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 package onion soup mix
2 Tbs. chopped dill pickles
1 Tbs. ketchup
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 egg
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

for the copycat “Special Sauce”:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbs. ketchup
2 Tbs. sweet pickle relish
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. distilled vinegar
3/4 tsp. onion powder
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix the beef, onion soup mix, chopped pickles, ketchup, garlic powder, egg, salt and pepper together until combined. Add the breadcrumbs and cheese and mix well. At this point the mixture should hold together very well. If it doesn't, add another 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs and mix, repeating until the mixture holds together, as if you were making a meatloaf.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 cookie sheet with non-stick spray. (I use a Misto sprayer.) Roll the meatballs into approximately 1-inch balls and place, evenly spaced, onto the baking sheet.

Bake in the 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through.

While the meatballs bake, mix the ingredients for the sauce and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cassie’s Notes:
Baking the meatballs helps to cut down on added fat of frying. I also used very lean ground beef for these as well. To cut down on fat even more, use ground turkey in place of ground beef. Note that if you use ground turkey, you will need more bread crumbs for the mixture to hold together.

Cheeseburger Meatballs

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72 Responses to “Cheeseburger Meatballs”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 21, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    You have a thing with meatballs and I am realizing I have a thing with smoothies. I’m sure there is a place we can go to get help, right? 😉

  2. #
    Tracey — January 21, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    These are such a fun appetizer idea Cassie!! The gooey cheese oozing out is killing me!

  3. #
    DessertForTwo — January 21, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    The perfect superbowl food! Thanks 🙂

  4. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 21, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    My husband just walked by and saw your post on my screen. Exact words: “When are you making THAT?!” Obviously, we are going to have a hit!

  5. #
    kita — January 21, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    A) Tailgating is more fun. And B) DAMN!

  6. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — January 21, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    I didn’t think cheese burgers could get any better!

  7. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 21, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    What a genius idea! I can always count on your for new meatball recipes..one of my favorite apps! These sound perfect!

  8. #
    katie — January 21, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    These look fantastic & perfect for super bowl! How exciting on your new “toys” as well. I have convection toaster oven and just love it!!!

  9. #
    Christy @ My Invisible Crown — January 21, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Oh Cassie these look so good! I love sausage balls although I rarely make them, but these I think I would like even better! 🙂

  10. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — January 21, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    Woah, woah, woah. These look mouthwateringly good. I don’t even like sports, but I’d watch them just to eat some of these!

  11. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 21, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    I’muna open my mouth and let you just throw in about 500 of these. Coo?

  12. #
    Lora — January 21, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    These look amazing! What a great idea to get al those flavors in one bite.

  13. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 21, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    My LIFE is a thing about meatballs — especially ones that taste like cheeseburgers! Oh my yum.

  14. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 21, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    You think anyone would notice if I just walked away with a whole tray of these?

  15. #
    Amanda — January 21, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    I want a convection oven. And these meatballs. Now. 🙂

  16. #
    Jill — January 21, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    I never thought of cheeseburger meatballs before. Yum!!

  17. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 21, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Is it wrong that I am craving these meatballs at 10 in the morning? These are perfect for a football party or just to make for my hubby. He would love these and devour them in now time.

  18. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 21, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Perfect Super Bowl food! I adore the pickles inside of the meatballs, cuz ya gotta have pickles with a cheese burger!

  19. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 21, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I have no words on this one, Cassie. I just wish we lived closer.

  20. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — January 21, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    I love the idea of cheeseburger meatballs! I have a thing for meatballs too 🙂 I’ll definitely keep these in mind for a Superbowl party – even if the Pats didn’t make it… :p

  21. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 21, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    ok Cassie…….. it is confirmed. I love you. 🙂 Kevin will go CRAZY for these!! I feel like I say that with each post. I also say I’m going to make everything you post and then am too lazy. These however, will be made. Ravens (our team) are in the super bowl and I need to make some killer snacks for it. These are on the menu!!! I think I’ll make some with ground turkey too.

  22. #
    rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 21, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Oh my gosh the oozing cheese is just insanely awesome!

  23. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 21, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    These look so tasty, Cassie!

  24. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 21, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    You are killing me lately. Last week I made 2 of your recipes…. I rarely actually make what I see in blog world…. and these I just have to make them. I am kinda flipping out over the cheese…

  25. #
    Angie — January 21, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    How cute are these? Love them!

  26. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 21, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    Meatballs are always a hit around here and cheeseburger sounds wonderful!

  27. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 21, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    What a fun twist on meatballs! I love it Cassie 🙂

  28. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — January 21, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Ohhh these would be a huge success in my house! And by success I mean… I’d eat ALL OF THEM!

  29. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 21, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Wow, I love this thing you got going on with meatballs! I could devour like 10 of these just as an appetizer!

  30. #
    Karly — January 21, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    I’m going to open my mouth and I want you to just toss these little guys in one by one, mkay?

    Seriously. I make cheeseburger meatloaf all the time…how did I never think to turn that into a meatball?!

  31. #
    luv what you do — January 21, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    My boyfriend would love those. I think he’d lick the screen if he saw them. Ha ha!

  32. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 21, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    this is seriously the most perfect way to have a cheeseburger without all that drippy mess during a football game or any sport on the tv…can you pop a few in my mouth?!

  33. #
    carrian — January 21, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    OOOOZZZING cheese?!!!! HECK HECK!!! Love these!

  34. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 21, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    GIMMEEEEEEE! Oh, Cassie, these meatballs are epic!

  35. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 21, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    These are so fun! I want them right now!

  36. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 21, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    What a fun idea! I am all over just about any flavor meatball I can get!

  37. #
    Susan — January 21, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Is it just me, or would these make perfect, little, mini sliders too? Can’t wait to try them!

  38. #
    Cass @foodmyfriend — January 21, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    What a creative little recipe! Love this for impending Super Bowl party 🙂

  39. #
    a farmer in the dell — January 21, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    Brilliant! My super bowl party attendants thank you in advance!

  40. #
    Jess — January 21, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    Meatballs are so “in” right now…actually (as your scholarly research suggests), maybe they were always in and I’m only just now noticing. 😉 In either case, these look fantastic – so perfect for football season munching!

  41. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 22, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    What a great idea for a meatball and a game day snack!!

  42. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 22, 2013 @ 5:52 am

    LOVE this idea! These look so perfect for any time, especially football time. And I’m with you – it’s totally about the food 🙂

  43. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — January 22, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    Great appetizer for the big SB…or for any day! 🙂

  44. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 22, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    My hubs would gobble these up without batting an eyelash. Looks great!

  45. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 22, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    These look stunning, Cassie!!

  46. #
    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain — January 22, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    omg this is a great idea for a superbowl appetizer! I am totally with you about football being more about the food than the game: I love playing hostess for it heehee. These are going to be an awesome addition to my munchies list 😀

  47. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — January 22, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I totally look up the history of food too, It’s so interesting! And I’m with you, football might as well be called foodball, it’s all about the food for me!

  48. #
    Ashley - baker by nature — January 22, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    I was just telling E last night that I wanted to make meatballs this week – totally trying this cheeseburger version!

  49. #
    Yvonne @ bitter baker — January 22, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    OMG, that looks seriously delicious!

  50. #
    Steph — January 22, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    I think these are the best thing I’ve seen all day. I want to skewer em up and dunk em in some spicy mustard!

  51. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — January 22, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    These are definitely happening at my next neighborhood happy hour! They look SO scrumptious, Cassie!

  52. #
    Baking Serendipity — January 22, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    I saw this on Pinterest before I even came here, and loved the sound of it! Definitely adding it to my Super Bowl wish list 🙂

  53. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 22, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    Hello SuperBowl food!! I don’t wnat to wait for Superbowl to devour these!!

  54. #
    Kathryn — January 23, 2013 @ 4:45 am

    Woah, I love a good cheeseburger and I love a good meatball. This sounds like the total best of both worlds!

  55. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — January 23, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Yes. Yum. Must make these!!

  56. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 24, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Ooooo…fabulous! What an awesome way to eat meatballs!!

  57. #
    JulieD — January 28, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    OMG I’m speechless!!

  58. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 30, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Whaaaat?! Why are these not a commonplace thing?! I’d never heard of these until now. Cheeseburger meatballs. It’s so… genius. They look amazing!

  59. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 1, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    These look amazing! I’m drooling! I’m not even a huge meat eater, but can’t resist a good meatball 🙂

  60. #
    Becky Sue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS — April 3, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    Not a fan of meatballs.. until tonite! made these.. oh my goodness GOOD!!

    • Cassie replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 11:26 am

      Thank you so much for the comment! So glad you liked them 🙂

  61. #
    Onita Mcchriston — May 22, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

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  62. #
    Amelia Schippel — March 2, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

    Wrapped in a third of a crescent roll after they are cooked for an additional 10min is amazing for those like me that like a little breading on their cheeseburgers. Then they don’t even need any dip!

    • Cassie replied: — March 4th, 2016 @ 7:47 am

      This is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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