Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

The start of summer is also the start of family reunions, potlucks, cookouts, and picnics. What in the world do you take???? How about Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs!! These little gems are everything that a Bacon Cheeseburger is without the bun.

My brother has a get together every year for family and friends………..he won’t call it a family reunion because he is afraid no one will show up. Probably not true but………just to be safe we just call it The Bocker Bash.

I was under pressure this year to produce something for two reasons, one, last year I purchased my contribution…….thats right, I bought a fruit tray and a veggie tray at the local Wal Mart………I know “not good”. Two, now that everyone knows that I am writing a food blog, it goes without saying that I needed something food blog worthy!

Now, sometimes I over do things……..just a smig. I decided I would make a meat dish, a salad, and a dessert. The meat turned out……..the other two, not so much. I took them all and brought home empty dishes, but the other two recipes need work.

The Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs were a hit. I didn’t even get any at the bash as they were all gone by the time I got through the line.

So, what is in these little buggers you ask. All the the things you put on a bacon cheeseburger………bacon, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and French Fried Onions. I used bread and butter pickles, as they are a favorite but, you can use what ever pickle is the favorite at your house. Then stuff the whole thing with cheddar cheese cubes that melt inside……….yum!

BBQ sauce added the final touch. Feel free to make them without, but if you do you may be missing out! We love Sweet Baby Rays in all flavors, but use whatever kind your family likes best.

The other nice thing about this recipe is that you can make it and take it. I threw the meatballs into a crockpot and off I went. If you will not have electricity at your get-together, place the meatballs in a insulated carrier, or the really old fashioned way…………place your hot food in what ever serving container you want, line a box with newspaper or bath towels, and this will keep your food warm for several hours……….just long enough to show off your culinary skills.

So, next time you need a ‘take along’ dish, try our Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

  • Author: MartyBoyd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 meatballs
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2.8 ounce container French Fried Onions
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickles
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon regular yellow mustard
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese cut into 24 cubes
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, your favorite

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Combine ground beef, cooked bacon, eggs, fried onions, pickles, pickle juice, ketchup, and mustard in a large bowl until mixed throughly.
  3. Shape into meatballs using an ice cream scoop. You should be able to get 24 meatballs. Push one cube of cheese into each meatball, making sure to enclose the cheese inside the meatball. Place meatballs on a parchment cover baking sheet and bake at 375* Bake for 20 -25 minutes. If serving immediately transfer meatball to serving dish. Heat BBQ sauce until heated through and drizzle over meatballs. Alternately you can place the cooked meatballs into a slow cooker, pour BBQ sauce over meatballs and hold until serving time.

Keywords: ground beef, bacon, cheese, French Fried Onions, pickles, mustard, BBQ sauce

 

Beer Cheese Pretzel Burger

Beer Cheese Pretzel Burger

Pretzel Burger

I just couldn’t wait to post this!!!! I must say in all my years of cooking this is by far the best burger I have ever made!!!

The new craze is the pretzel bun, you see it on commercials and in restaurants………so, after the success of my post for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels:Copycat Recipe I wanted to find a way to use the recipe again. So, instead of pretzels………..pretzel buns. They were easy to make and turned out awesome.

I remembered hearing something about beer cheese from one of my cousins who used to live in ……….where else……..Wisconsin. If memory serves……which it doesn’t always at my age………..he said it was served with a burger.

Ok……so I had the bun, the burger, and the cheese, but what for the topping? I love grilled onions on a burger , and since I was only using part of a beer for the cheese, I figured I would use the rest for the onions. Yum!!!! The whole thing came together in total harmony. Now the only thing that may have made this just a bit more awesome would be if the burgers were grilled. Since neither Tim nor I are the “grill no matter the weather type” we did them on a flat griddle. Of course there is something to be said about a burger on a flat grill. “Flat-Top” burgers remind me of the old ‘Pro Shop” in Sterling, Illinois. They served up the best burger, until the unfortunate fire that destroyed the business. But, the memory can never be destroyed.

However you chose to prepare your Beer Cheese Pretzel Burger it will be a burger that you will not forget, and will make again and again……….I know we will!

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Pretzel Burger

Beer Cheese Pretzel Burger

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Burger
  • Method: cook
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • For the beer cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 bottle beer
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • For the beer-caramelized onions
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • Salt and garlic pepper
  • For the burgers
  • 2 burger patties cooked to your liking
  • 2 pretzel buns (I made mine from the my Auntie Anne’s Pretzels-Copycat recipe)

Instructions

  1. Beer cheese:
  2. Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat
  3. When it bubbles and foams, add the flour and whisk together to form a paste.
  4. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture turns from white to light tan.
  5. Gradually whisk in the beer and slowly add the cheese, continuing to whisk until you have a thick cheese sauce. Stir in hot sauce if using. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use (you may have to reheat it to top the burger).
  6. Beer caramelized-onions:
  7. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, then add the onions, sugar , and beer. Cook onions over low to medium low heat until caramelized, about 20-25 minutes.
  8. To Assemble:
  9. Place a patty on the bottom half of the bun.
  10. Dollop generously with warm beer cheese and top with half the caramelized onions.
  11. Top with the other half of the bun and serve with fries.

Notes

We used some of the beer cheese to dip our fries………

Prep and cooking time does not include making the pretzel buns.

Keywords: pretzel bun, burger, beer cheese, onions,

 

Hoisin Meatballs

Hoisin Meatballs

Hoisin Meatballs

So, one more week to go for the big day. In case you have been living under a rock you know I mean the Super Bowl!! As I have said earlier I am not a huge sports fan, but how can you not have a little excitement over the biggest game day of the year. Folks wait all year for the game, the commercials, and of course the food!!! People plan for their Super Bowl parties all year. Burgers, nachos, snacks of all kinds and of course…….Meatballs. I happen to think meatballs are the cornerstone of any party because who in the world does not like them! You can use any kind of ground meat, and flavor it in so many different way. My recent post of Chicken Enchilada Meatballs has been one of my most popular recipes to date. You may want to add them as part of your game day feast. But I also think these Hoisin Meatballs can be that surprise element that every host needs to have for any party……..you know that dish that no one expects but they end up loving. Give these a try. They are easy to make and can hold in a crock pot easily. Continue reading “Hoisin Meatballs”