Meet my new obsession: cheeseburger meatballs!

cheeseburger meatballs with special sauce

Seriously, cue all the exclamation points.


Oh my gosh. I cannot even EXPLAIN how delish these are. Like… wow. 

I’m actually stumped for words.

ground beef meatballs stuffed with cheese

I have to tell you how this recipe came about! My cousin Lacy who works with me always gives me the best recipe ideas. If you have read the blog over the last decade or have any of my books, you know this. Some of my favorite recipes were born from her ideas and suggestions!

Right now, Lacy is nine months pregnant and juuuust about to have a baby – and she asked me what I thought about cheeseburger meatballs. Pretty sure she thought that maybe it was a weird pregnancy recipe craving or something. I don’t blame her, considering when I was pregnant with Max, I thought mac and cheese crostini sounded good. Hmmm.

mayo, ketchup, mustard, relish

I was on the fence for a second but decided we had to try it. Holy cow, was that the right decision. 

They are amazing!

P.S. head to instagram to see me make these today, step-by-step.

cheeseburger meatballs with special sauce

I’ve made cheese stuffed meatballs before. That’s nothing new. And while these cheese stuffed meatballs are super good, it’s the combination of everything that makes you lose your mind.

Cheeseburger meatballs perfection:

The meatball plus the sauce.

Plus the lettuce and tomato!

And the pickled onions.

All in one bite, together. DREAMY.

It reminds me of my cheeseburger chopped salad in the best way possible.

cheeseburger meatballs with special sauce

This combination is a flavor bomb in your mouth. It’s literally like eating a burger, minus the bun of course. Weirdly enough I occasionally LOVE a burger wrapped in iceberg. It’s so refreshing and crisp. 

When it comes to serving, I like to do a sweet potato fry or round. You can also do a regular fry, smashed potatoes or even roasted broccoli. Honestly, I think they are amazing on their own. And of course, I guess you COULD stick them on a bun if you’d like! Make a little slider or what not.

cheeseburger meatballs with special sauce

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cheeseburger meatballs with special sauce

Cheeseburger Meatballs

Cheeseburger Meatballs

These cheeseburger meatballs are stuffed with cheddar, drizzled with special sauce and served with lettuce, tomato and pickled onions. Yum!
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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs (you can sub GF crumbs or almond meal here)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 12 cubes of cheddar cheese, about 1-inch in size
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • shredded lettuce, for serving
  • sliced cherry tomatoes, for serving
  • pickled onions, for serving
  • pickles, for serving

special sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dill relish
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix! Form the mixture into meatballs about 1.5 to 2 inches in size - roughly the size of a golf ball.
  • Take the cheddar cheese cubes and stick one inside each meatball, forming the beef around it, sealing it so the cheese stays inside. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs in a single layer and brown on all sides, cooking for about 5 minutes total. If there is a lot of excess grease, you can remove the grease with a spoon. Do not worry if some of the cheese spills out!
  • Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the skillet and cover the meatballs with the grated cheese. Return the skillet to the oven for 1 to 2 minutes, just until the cheese melts.
  • Serve the meatballs immediately with the lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and special sauce!

special sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.

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cheeseburger meatballs with special sauce

Long live cheese.