I hope you’re not already getting sick of football food because I have something fun today. Enter: Meatball Burgers.
These are the cutest little things ever you guys! I’ve probably said that about a dozen other things before but at this moment I can’t think of anything cuter than a miniature cheeseburger, can you? If you’re into spicy food than these are so your thing. My brother, the one I’ve told you practically drinks his hot sauce, loved these. Actually, all of the boys did. They are all asking me to make them again. I’ve never figured out the connection with spicy food and anything male that moves (You know, as opposed to anything male that doesn’t move.) Sorry, I resort to movie references when I run out of things to write. Anyone know what that’s from?
The nice thing with these is that the meatballs are gluten-free and low carb. I made more balls than buns so there were some for my dad who doesn’t do carbs. Win win!
I’m also hoping that you guys aren’t sick of burgers either because I already have another burger recipe that I’m excited to share soon.
These are perfect for serving at your next party. They could be made ahead of time and ready to go for some fast snacking.
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 1 teaspoon buffalo wing sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
- 1/2 teaspoon dill
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- cheddar cheese slices, cut into 1 inch squares
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (or whole grain flour. I used my favorite blend with seeds in it.)
- Combine yeast, sugar, and water in a medium mixing bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes to let the yeast react. Add other ingredients and mix until it starts to form a dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 - 10 minutes. It should be smooth and resilient. Grease a medium bowl and place dough inside. Flip in bowl to cover all sides with oil and cover with towel or plastic wrap. Put in warm place to rise until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll dough into about 20 - 24 balls (about the size you would do for cookies) and place a few inches apart on a parchment lined baking tray. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until tops are browned. Remove and cool.
- Line a baking tray with foil. Combine all ingredients for meatballs in a large bowl and mix well. Form into small (about 1 1/2 inch) balls and place on tray. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F (70 C). Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes. Toss meatballs with buffalo sauce in a large bowl.
- Cut buns in half and layer with lettuce, then meatballs, then cheese. Place toothpicks in burgers to hold the tops on and serve immediately.