Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and meatballs seem to be our fallback meals around here. Ground beef — especially from the grass-fed side of beef we buy each year — is always a kid-pleaser no matter what method is used to cook it. But, when the kids and I were given the opportunity to try and redefine the cheeseburger with the help of Kraft cheeses, we were thrilled to play along.

 

Delicious Bacon Cheeseburger Bites via www.RaisingLifelongLearners

 

We brainstormed different ways we could put a twist on the classic cheeseburger. And, since the kids are currently all about the “meatball fondue” that Brian invented during one of my trips, they decided that they wanted stuffed meatball-like mini cheeseburgers.

Bacon cheeseburger bites were born.

And, oh.my.goodness… They are delicious.

We used grass-fed beef, local pastured bacon from the side of pork we purchase in the fall, and a variety of cheeses. We had Velveeta slices, a block of Colby jack cut into cubes, and shredded Italian blend.

 

 

 

Ingrdients for Bacon Cheeseburger Bites via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

 

I put the beef in a bowl, and the bacon and cheeses into separate ramekins, and we started forming bite-sized meatballs.

 

Making Up the Bacon Cheeseburger Bites via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

 

While we formed the bites, we chatted about what would taste best together. Molly decided to make her bacon cheeseburger bites with Colby jack cheese and bacon. I put minced garlic, bacon, Italian seasonings, and Italian blend in mine. Trevor decided to put a little bit of each of the cheeses in his cheeseburger bites and leave out the bacon.

 

Bacon Cheeseburger Bites via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

 

The possibilities are endless.

Once we stuffed all of the bite-sized burger balls, we fried them on the stove until they were beautifully browned and cooked through. You can hear the fantastic sizzle we had going by checking out the video we made on Instagram.

 

Sizzling Bacon Cheeseburger Bites via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

 

These burger bites were so incredible. We’ll definitely be making them again.

If you had the opportunity to create your own version of the perfect cheeseburger, what would your twist be?

Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.