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50-Calorie Cheeseburger Bites (Oven Baked Burger Cups)

I don’t know about you, but I could eat cheeseburgers all day, every day. Unfortunately, that’s frowned upon, for whatever reason. This bright side of this calamity, however, is that I’ve been forced to get creative with my cheeseburger love. And in this case, I’ve created healthy burger bites that have all the delicious qualities of a cheeseburger in a finger food shell.

Since the world healthy means something different to every person, I’ll clarify that these cheeseburger bites are healthy in my book because of their low calorie and high protein content. This is a protein-focused food blog, after all.

three photos cheeseburger bites

Each cheeseburger cup is the size of a mini muffin and contains 48 Calories, 6.8 grams of protein, 2.3 grams of carbs, and 1.3 grams of fat. So, I guess these would qualify as low carb cheeseburger bites as well. You can see where naming my recipes gets tricky.

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Ingredients for Healthy Cheeseburger Bites

You won’t need much for these cheeseburger bites. I’ll touch on the breadcrumbs and how you can substitute them below but first, I’d like to touch on the condiments and beef that will make up your cheeseburger bites.

The recipe calls for the standard ketchup, mustard, and pickle. If you want to leave pickles out, you can do so without needing to tweak anything else since they’re in limited quantity. On the other hand, if you want to remove the ketchup or mustard, you may need to add a bit more liquid or add some of the remaining condiments.

A recipe for high protein, low carb, and low calorie cheeseburger bites with all your favorite burger fixins packed in an easy to eat finger food. If you like cheeseburgers, you'll love these.

As far as the meat goes for your cheeseburger bites, you can swap beef for ground chicken or turkey if you’d like.

The only note I have here is if you’re going to use a fattier cut of meat, you may want to reduce the egg whites in the recipe since you’ll have some fat run-off during cooking. If you go with a meat below the 85/15 mark, you’ll want to keep an eye to ensure no fat is at risk of dripping off the muffin tin. Now that I say it, it’s probably best to stick to a leaner cut of meat for this recipe.

Related: 30 Macro Friendly Ground Beef Recipes and 25 Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes

Breadcrumb Substitutes

If you need a gluten free option, others have successfully used gluten free breadcrumbs as well as crushed tortillas chips or chicharrones (pork rinds).

How to Make These Healthy Cheeseburger Cups (Video)

Check out the video below for a look at how easy these cheeseburger bites are to make.

What to Serve with Your Burger Bites

I’ll mention a few higher protein side dishes or appetizers below, but my Wingstop Fries recipe, Air Fryer Carrot Fries, and Five Guys Cajun Fries recipes were the first that came to mind. If you’re unfamiliar with Wingstop fries, that’s okay. All you need to know is that they’re sweet, salty, and some of the tastiest fries you’ll find. And my version is a much lower calorie version that can be baked or air fried.

Wingstop fries, carrot fries, and cajun fries

More recipes to pair with your cheeseburger bites: 

And if you need a burger sauce, check out my spin on ShackSauce in my copycat Shake Shack burgers or the sauce from my low carb bacon cheeseburger skillet.

Final Notes

All righty, that’s all ya need to know. When you try these healthy cheeseburger bites, I want to hear about it. Take a picture of your creation and tag me on Instagram and I’ll be sure to share it with the world! I also appreciate feedback (good or bad) in the form of recipe reviews. Let me know how I can make this recipe or future recipes better.

A recipe for high protein, low carb, and low calorie cheeseburger bites with all your favorite burger fixins packed in an easy to eat finger food. If you like cheeseburgers, you'll love these.

Healthy Cheeseburger Bites

Yield: 24 burger bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Enjoy all the best parts of a cheeseburger without all the calories with these cheeseburger bites. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef, macros with 96/4
  • 3/4 C (184g) Liquid Egg Whites, or 4 whole egg whites
  • 1/2 C (56g) Fat-Free Shredded Cheddar
  • 1/2 C (56g) Shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 C (56g) Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 C (68g) Reduced Sugar Ketchup
  • 3 T (45g) Mustard
  • 5 small (50g) Dill Pickles, finely diced (relish may work here as well)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and spray a 24-muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Brown the ground beef (or meat of choice) in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. While the meat cooks, mix the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. After briefly cooling, add the cooked meat to the remaining ingredients, stirring until even.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the mini muffin tin, making sure to remove any excess between slots.
  6. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until muffin tops are golden brown. (For a standard size muffin tin, add 3-5 minutes to the bake time.)

Notes

  • Each cheeseburger bite has 1 Smart Point (blue plan).
  • Modifying ingredients may affect cook time. If the bottoms of the burger bites are still soft, extend the cook time by a few minutes. Be careful not to overcook (don't burn the tops). 
  • You can use any muffin tin you'd like but because people tend to ask, this is the one I use.
  • Per bite (recipe makes 24): 48 Calories | 6.8P | 2.3C | 1.3F
  • Per bite with full-fat cheddar: 54 Calories | 6.6P | 2.2C | 2.1F
  • If you're tracking your calorie intake, be sure to account for any additional condiments you top your cheeseburger bites with. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Burger Bites Serving Size: 1 Burger Bite
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 1.3gCarbohydrates: 2.3gProtein: 6.8g

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Adena

Thursday 15th of December 2022

My husband hates cheese. If I leave the cheese out does anything else need to be adjusted?

Mason Woodruff

Saturday 17th of December 2022

I wouldn't recommend these without the cheese.

Sharon

Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

How long would you bake them if using a standard muffin tin instead of the mini muffin tin? Excited to try these!!

Mason Woodruff

Friday 25th of November 2022

Others have said a standard muffin tin only adds a few minutes to the bake time.

Nicole

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

What’s the cook time if I use a regular size muffin tin as I do not have a smaller size.

Mason Woodruff

Friday 25th of November 2022

Adding a few minutes should do the trick.

Holly

Friday 14th of October 2022

I made these last night for my family. Everyone loved them asked to put it on repeat. Thank you!

Barbara Renaud

Saturday 25th of June 2022

These burger bites are fantastic! I think my grandkids would love them. I used lean ground beef, whole eggs, crushed tortilla chips, Dijon mustard, regular ketchup, sweet green relish and since I had just used up my Parmesan, I used cheddar & mozzarella cheese. They are simple to make. Thank you for giving me another way to cook ground meat. I know I’ll be making this recipe again soon.

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