May 25, 2024

Calling all party people! These Mini Cheeseburger Bites are the perfect finger food to elevate your next gathering. They combine the irresistible flavors of cheeseburgers and fries into bite-sized perfection. Imagine crispy tater tots forming edible cups filled with savory ground beef, melty cheese, and smoky bacon – a flavor explosion in every bite!

Ingredients:

  • 48 frozen, bite-sized potato nuggets (like Tater Tots, thawed)
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese blend
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) and place a rack in the middle for even baking. Generously grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin to ensure easy removal later.
  2. Form the Tater Tot Cups: Arrange two thawed tater tots in each cup of the prepared muffin tin. Bake them in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until they’re warmed through and slightly crispy. Once baked, gently press down on the tater tots in each cup with the back of a spoon or similar tool, forming little edible cups. Leave the oven on for the next steps.
  3. Cook the Bacon: While the tater tots bake, cook your bacon to crispy perfection. In a cold skillet (preferably cast iron), cook the bacon slices over medium-high heat until browned and crispy on both sides (around 3-4 minutes per side). Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess fat. Once cool, chop the bacon into small pieces.
  4. Brown and Season the Beef: Discard all but about 1/2 tablespoon of the leftover bacon fat from the skillet. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the ground beef. Let it cook undisturbed for a minute to brown the bottom. Then, use a wooden spoon to break the beef into smaller pieces and cook it until just barely pink (approximately 6-7 minutes). Remember, it will finish cooking in the oven. Remove the skillet from heat and carefully drain any excess liquid or fat.
  5. Assemble and Bake: In a bowl, combine the cooked ground beef, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and Montreal steak seasoning. Let the mixture cool slightly (around 10 minutes). Then, stir in the chopped bacon and shredded cheese. Carefully spoon this flavorful mixture into the pre-formed tater tot cups, dividing it equally.
  6. Melt and Brown: Bake the filled tater tot cups in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the tops are slightly browned.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Let the Mini Cheeseburger Bites cool slightly in the muffin tin before transferring them to a serving plate. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for an extra pop of color, if desired.

These delectable Mini Cheeseburger Bites are sure to be a crowd-pleaser, offering 296 calories of deliciousness per serving!

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 296
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbs: 17g
  • Protein: 20g

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