Cheeseburger Meatballs

These Cheeseburger Meatballs are perfect for appetizers or a fun dinner! This meatball recipe tastes just like biting into a cheeseburger, without the bun!

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Cheeseburger Meatballs are a ground beef appetizer with cheese and reilsh

Why We LOVE These Cheeseburger Meatballs!

For one, the taste is unbelievable. These meatball taste just like a delicious, juicy cheeseburger in one tasty bite! The other reason we love this recipe is because it works perfectly for both appetizers AND dinner!

Ground beef recipes like this one are staples to keep on hand. Because we always seem to have ground beef in the refrigerator or in the freezer, right? You can make so many dinners and appetizer recipes using ground beef, these meatballs are going to be in your constant rotation.

I mean, tell me what kid isn’t going to love these meatballs for dinner? And if you’re looking to make the kids happy AND you’re following a low carb diet? This meatball recipe only has about 1 carb per meatball, even with regular old breadcrumbs in them.

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How To Make This Meatball Recipe

This is such an easy recipe to make, which makes it an awesome appetizer. You can make these cheeseburger meatballs ahead of time and then warm them up in the oven or microwave. We’ve also made them and kept them on low in a slow cooker for parties or tailgating.

Start out with a few ingredients in a mixing bowl…ground beef, relish, ketchup an egg and Lipton Onion Soup Mix.

Cheeseburger Meatballs have all the ingredients of a loaded cheeseburger

Next comes the cheese. These meatballs are going to be oozing with cheese when they come out of the oven, in the best way possible.

Roll the beef mixture into meatballs (you can use a cookie scoop to get them all the same size) then place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Cheeseburger Meatballs is an appetizer recipe that bakes in 15 minutes

After about 15 minutes in the oven, you’ve got the most delicious appetizer or dinner recipe ever. We’ve been making these meatballs for years and I can promise you, there are never any left behind!

Can You Freeze These Meatballs?

Yes, you definitely can. Bake the meatballs, let them cool completely and then put them into a container or resealable freezer bag. When you’re ready to heat them up again, pop them into a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until they are warmed through.

Cheeseburger Meatballs are a ground beef appetizer recipe that cook in 15 minutes

Try serving these meatballs with Thousand Island dressing for dipping, ketchup, Ranch or even our super popular AWESOME SAUCE!

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Cheeseburger Meatballs are a super tasty, low carb appetizer!

Cheeseburger Meatballs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 meatballs 1x

This fun meatball appetizer recipe is like biting into a loaded cheeseburger…This meatball recipe is perfect for appetizers or a fun dinner!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon or yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons sweet or dill pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup regular or seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Thousand Island dressing or Awesome Sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  2. Add all the ingredients (except the dressing) to a large bowl and mix together well.
  3. Roll into meatballs roughly the size of a golf ball. You can use a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop to help make them all the same size.
  4. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with Thousand Island dressing or Awesome Sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

You can make these meatballs ahead of time and then warm them up in the microwave or in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

If cooking from frozen, place the frozen meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes until warmed through.

You can also keep these meatballs warm in a slow cooker set to the “Low” or “Keep Warm” setting for parties.

  • Category: appetizers
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: appetizers, appetizer recipe, meatball recipe, low carb appetizer, beef recipe, ground beef recipe

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47 Responses
  1. heidi

    this is so easy and im excited to try these!! i’ll be the bestest wife an momma if i whip these outta the oven!! thanks for posting this!! and i love that its stuff you always have on hand!!

  2. heidi

    i added peppers an onions to the mixture and a few more breadcrumbs..so totally about a cup..its was really messy chicken..let em sit in fridge fer awhile before forming them to cook tonite..that should help..

  3. Teresa

    Dan , Do you think these could be kept warm on low in a crock pot or would all the cheese ooze out. Would like to take to a party where a stove would not be available to baking there.

    1. Dan

      Teresa, this recipe is perfect for keeping warm in a slow cooker! We’ve done it many times. Yes, you might get some cheese oozing out…but that’s all good, right? But seriously, they keep very well, you shouldn’t have any problems!

  4. Rebecca

    These are awesomely delicious. No joke. They’re so good that my husband requested them for his upcoming 40th birthday party. Can’t wait to have them again, and I’ll definitely be doubling the recipe!

  5. Judy

    I Made them using ground turkey with 8 grams of fat. Turned out GREAT!! Love them!!! But, why is the nutritional stats so far off? I will make them often!! So good.
    Judy

    1. Dan

      It is way off, it was an old recipe and I haven’t yet gotten a new nutritional recipe card yet. But I’m glad you liked them!

        1. Dan

          If you’re making a whole recipe ahead of time then reheating, the oven would be your best bet. I’d say about 350 for 20 minutes if coming from the refrigerator. But heating them up a few at a time just to eat works just fine in the microwave!

    1. Dan

      Do you have pickles that you can chop up really fine? That will work too. It won’t mess anything up at all, but the relish gives a nice flavor.

  6. Mimi

    I personally hate relish, especially sweet relish, but love dill pickles. I used oat bran instead of bread crumbs, as we are at the lake and I had none, and steak sauce in place of worcestershire for the same reason, and dumped in a tablespoon or so of blue cheese dressing for extra moisture, just because I had some. They were really good. I served them along with hamburger dill slices so one could spear one along with a meatball. My grandson loved them. The concept is wonderful. One can be as creative as they want. Thanks for sharing.

  7. BObbie

    I just made these tonight, and they were so good!! My family loved them! I can’t believe I’m just now discovering these and this website! I had to change up a few things, I was out of onion soup mix (hubs is recovering from surgery so I can’t run off to much). I made my own, beef bullion, onion powder, garlic powder, I added steak seasoning, season salt and siracha! I didn’t have any bread crumbs so I turned croutons into breadcrumbs. I made a huge batch and froze another pound of the mix. They are that good!!! Thanks!

    1. Dan

      So glad you liked them Bobbie – we make them all the time! They’re great to warm up in a slow cooker for parties. Hope your husband recovers well!

  8. Maggie

    The box contains two envelopes which are 1 oz each. So I’m still confused as to whether I use one or two envelopes. Sorry for my confusion.

  9. Robin

    These are delicious! I made them larger and got about 24 out of the recipe. People were asking me for the recipe at the party and sending me texts asking for it after. I highly suggest at least doubling the recipe because people can’t stop eating them! I made thousand island dressing using Greek yogurt to go with them for dipping. I definitely will be making these again.

    1. Melissa

      I made these for a party last night and they were GONE in ten minutes! Everyone complimented them and asked for the recipe. Delicious and easy to make, these meatballs will be my go-to party app from here on out! I have enjoyed looking through all of the recipes on your site.

      1. Dan

        Thank you so much Melissa! These meatballs are one of our favorites, too. I hope you get a chance to try out some more recipes over the holidays!

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