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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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