Cheeseburger Meatballs

This is a simple recipe inspired by a small plate we had at a Japanese restaurant. They had all sorts of things on skewers: tomatoes, cheese, beef, chicken, and more. One of our favorite bites were these tiny meatballs with some melted cheese on top. I believe the cheese was American, and I was not entirely certain of the seasonings…but we really wanted to try it at home. What was interesting was the meat was ground chicken, and K liked it! Usually if it’s an item that is normally made with ground beef, he sees anything else as second rate. I was surprised he liked these so much, considering how they were a bit healthy.

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You can make these meatballs bigger, double the recipe, add something else, make without cheese…but these were super cute and super yummy with some fried rice I made on the side. K is the King of Fried Rice, but he drools over the eggs I make for it. Apparently I have developed good scrambled egg technique! The fact that it paired so well with fried rice (you could stir them together if desired) and the fact that it was inspired by an Asian restaurant is why I am listing this in my Asian section, even if there is nothing super Asian about it. For the fried rice, you can follow my recipe here and leave out the bacon.

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This recipe is super easy and something you could whip together in the morning, then finish quickly for dinner. That’s what I did, and I had dinner that night in under an hour (impressive for slow-movers like me and K).

Directions for Cheeseburger Meatballs

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (dissolved in as little water as possible)
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded or cut into small pieces

Mix all of the ingredients except for the cheese together. Use chopsticks or a fork to mix for a solid minute or two until the dough gets extra sticky and clumps together. Allow to marinate for at least an hour, or up to 8 hours, in a bowl covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

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Saute the meatballs in a small amount of oil in a pan over medium heat.

I used a little too much oil here. Live and learn!

I used a little too much oil here. Live and learn!

Pinch off pieces of the meat to make the meatballs before dropping them into the pan. Brown the meatballs in batches.

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I let mine sit on a paper towel after browning to keep them from being greasy.

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When the meatballs are almost ready, sprinkle the cheese on top and allow to melt.

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Directions for Cheeseburger Meatballs (without pictures)

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (dissolved in as little water as possible)
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded or cut into small pieces

Mix all of the ingredients except for the cheese together. Use chopsticks or a fork to mix for a solid minute or two until the dough gets extra sticky and clumps together. Allow to marinate for at least an hour, or up to 8 hours, in a bowl covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

Saute the meatballs in a small amount of oil in a pan over medium heat. Pinch off pieces of the meat to make the meatballs before dropping them into the pan. Brown the meatballs in batches. I let mine sit on a paper towel after browning to keep them from being greasy.When the meatballs are almost ready, sprinkle the cheese on top and allow to melt.

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8 thoughts on “Cheeseburger Meatballs

  1. Oh, I love this! We really like chicken sausages and this is kind of like that. A friend of mine just gave me a medley of spices yesterday because she knows I’m trying to incorporate more of that in my food…I can totally try different spices in this. It looks easy and delicious – my little one would love it; he is a huge meat eater! Thanks, Alyssa!

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