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Cheeseburger Bites

Cheeseburger Bites


This post has not one, but TWO recipes. I bet you’re Super pumped about that (get it? Because they’re Super Bowl recipes? Don’t hurt yourself laughing now, it’s just a truly crappy pun!). 

It is now less than two days away from the Super Bowl. And those football truffles I made the other day? Well, it's a good thing I was planning on making another Super Bowl recipe, because those sure did not make it to Super Bowl weekend, let alone to the Super Bowl party. I send one snapchat of the truffles, and all of the sudden there’s knocking on my door and my truffles disappear one by one. Perks of living on a college campus, I suppose—there’s always someone hungry and willing to eat! 

Okay, okay. I’ll be 100% honest: they may not all be gone. I may or may not have reserved a tiny top secret stash for my consumption only, but the status and location of that stash is classified information, information that is protected as seriously as if it were the key to the survival of humanity itself. 

Maybe a little dramatic? Yeah, probably. But if chocolate isn’t deserving of drama, I don’t know what is.


Perhaps luckily for humanity, today I wasn’t making chocolate. Today, I made Cheeseburger Bites to take to a Super Bowl party on Sunday (disclaimer: to ensure their survival until Sunday, there were no snapchats taken nor sent).

And these babies are seriously yum. So yum. They’re basically everything you love about a classic American cheeseburger: tasty ground beef, gooey cheese, crunchy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, etc. But all in one scrumptious bite! They're pretty quick to whip up and easily transportable, but still taste amazing, making them a perfect Super Bowl appetizer and/or snack. 

I will level with you, though: I was a dum dum and forgot to buy a tomato for this recipe, so in the pictures you will see that I substituted it with a red bell pepper. In real life, though, use a tomato! Don’t be a dum dum like me (unless, of course, you prefer bell peppers to tomatoes. In which case: 1) me too, and 2) go for it, knock yourself out with bell peppers).

This recipe ends up making a lot more meat/veggies than necessary. You have 3 options here: 

  1. Save leftover meat/veggie mixture to use in a different recipe. For example, it would be delicious in red pasta sauce!
  2. Buy an extra can of crescent rolls, and make double the amount of cheeseburger bites!
  3. Keep scrolling down to the bottom and check out bonus recipe #2, Simple Taco Salad!

I'm not huge fan of tacos (you gotta catch me in the right mood and fill it with the right things), nor of salads (once again, mood- and content-based). However, if you're heading to a Super Bowl party with tons of hungry people, even I have to admit that a big bowl of taco salad is just the ticket. 

All right. Get your cheeseburger on and enjoy the big game, party people.

xoxo Alexa


Cheeseburger Bites

Makes: 13 cheeseburger bites

Takes: 40 minutes

The Characters:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can of crescent rolls
  • 1/3 bell pepper
  • Shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 dash of paprika (optional)
  • 1/3 bag shredded lettuce
  • Favorite burger condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc.)

The Saga:

  1. Put olive oil in a skillet and roll to spread around. Place skillet on burner and turn to medium heat.
  2. Dice onion and tomato, and dump into skillet. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Add ground beef to the skillet, crumbling with a spatula as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to taste, and an optional dash of paprika, and stir into vegetables and beef. Cook until beef is browned, about 12 minutes. 
  4. Preheat oven to 350°, or according to (dough) package instructions.
  5. Take dough from packaging. Knead to remove factory-made perforations.
  6. Roll out dough on a floured surface. Continue to roll until dough is thin, only about 1/4 in. thick. Use a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass to cut out circles. Form extra dough into a ball, roll out again, and repeat the process until all the dough has been made into circles.
  7. Dice bell pepper.
  8. Place a small spoonful of the meat mixture on a dough circle. Place two diced bell pepper pieces on top, and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Make dough into a little bowl by pushing the filling downwards and pulling the outside of the dough circle up, and close the dough over the top, pinching it together. Place on a baking sheet with the closed side facing up, and sprinkle a little more cheese on top. Continue to do this with all the dough circles. Note: As you close the dough into a bite, some of the filling is bound to fall out. Don't worry about that!
  9. Place cheeseburger bites in oven and cook for about 12 minutes, or until dough is golden brown. Begin checking at 9 minutes.
  10. Serve cheeseburger bites warm and on a bed of lettuce. Dip into your favorite burger condiments! My fav is ketchup.


Simple Taco Salad

Makes: 4 servings

Takes: 5 minutes

The Characters:

  • Leftover cheeseburger bites beef and vegetable mixture
  • 2/3 bag shredded lettuce
  • 2/3 bell pepper
  • Shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla chips (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Guacamole (optional)
  • Corn (optional)

The Saga:

  1. Pour leftover beef and vegetable mixture from making cheeseburger bites into a bowl.
  2. Add shredded lettuce to the bowl.
  3. Dice the rest of the bell pepper and add it to the bowl.
  4. Sprinkle shredded Mexican cheese on top.
  5. Add a few spoonfuls of salsa.
  6. Mix everything together, and now you have a simple taco salad! Serve as a salad, or serve with tortilla chips (to use as scoops).
  7. If you want to zazz it up a bit, you can add any of these things to the salad: broken tortilla chips, a dollop of sour cream, some guacamole, corn. 

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