Healthy Cheeseburger Bites

I don’t know about you, but I could eat cheeseburgers all day, every day. Unfortunately, that’s kinda 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 cheeseburger bites than 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.

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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.

Each cheeseburger bite 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. Since nobody wants to read High Protein, Low Carb, Low Calorie Bunless Cheeseburger Bites, I’m sticking with healthy.

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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 use any ground meat. 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 this, it’s probably best to stick to a leaner cut of meat for this recipe.

Breadcrumb Substitutes

If you need a gluten free option, others have successfully used gluten free breadcrumbs as well as crushed chicharrones or pork rinds. You could also use something like the crushed tortilla chips in my Taco Bites

How to Make These Healthy Cheeseburger Bites

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

What to Serve with Your Cheeseburger 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: 

Final Notes

All righty, that’s all ya need to know. When you try these healthy cheeseburger bites, I wanna 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. 


  • 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)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F 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. 


  • 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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118 thoughts on “Healthy Cheeseburger Bites”

  • I make these every week either for dinner or as an appetizer for a gathering! My go-to because they are low carb/cal and taste great!

  • If I need to omit the breadcrumbs and the Parmesan, what could I used in stead? Crushed pork rinds maybe? Just the unflavored protein powder? Thanks!

    • You’ll need something to provide the structure the breadcrumbs and parmesan would provide. I bet crushed pork rinds would work fine, but you may need a bit more if you’re comparing gram for gram. If you’re good with the cheddar, you could double up on that in addition to the pork rinds. Also, you could always scale back on the liquid ingredients to reduce the need for structural ingredients. Hope that helps!

      • Made these with pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs and they were perfect! I did omit the mustard and pickles though, so not sure if that makes a difference. I would suggest cooking the beef to maybe medium doneness on the stovetop because they dried out in the oven. Totally up to you and how done you like your burgers. Thanks Mason for this recipe!

  • These are a favorite of mine. I usually make a batch for lunch and use full size silicone muffin cups and they pop right out. I’ve also made this using cheddar and bbq sauce instead of the ketchup, mustard, and parm (really just throw in whatever i have in the fridge) and they were awesome!

    • So… I got ahead of myself and didnt cook the beef first. I’m so used to making meatloaf for my family… Hoping they turn out fine. Using the mini muffin pan so they are pretty small and shouldn’t take long to cook.

  • These were super easy to make. My kids loved popping these in their mouths. It’s a great item to pack in their lunch boxes too. I will double or triple the recipe next time to have leftovers!

  • I made these for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and they are amazing! I’ve been looking for some easy macro-friendly recipes that I can make once a week for my protein boost and these fit the bill. I even got compliments from my wife on the flavor!

    Definitely will be using this recipe again!

  • I love, love, love these cheeseburger bites! They are a hit with the whole family. I always make a triple recipe so I can share with the guys at the gym too. They are so easy to make. Great for a quick snack or make a meal with a salad.

  • Loved these with a side of jasmine rice and I used turkey instead of beef… definitely a fan favorite with the kiddos

  • My family loved these. Our kids are in a lot of activities so I assembled this in the morning and had them in the muffin tin and put plastic wrap over the top and the only had to pop it in the oven at night for a quick meal before basketball practice. Great for left overs as well!!! These will be in a normal rotation at our house!!!

  • This is quite possibly my favorite recipe EVER! Everyone I make it for loves it too – it has become something I make at least once a month! Plus, you can even throw it in a casserole dish if you’re in a hurry and not wanting to fool with a mini muffin tin. Win win!

  • This is my all time favorite recipe of Mason’s!
    I now make these weekly and have tried a few different combinations. However—My first try was a semi disaster but they actually tasted ok after I chipped them out of my old school steel mini muffin pans. I originally used Quest Protein multi-purpose baking mix instead of the bread crumbs and this was a huge mistake! Apparently protein multi-purpose baking mix is NOT the same thing as unflavored whey protein powder. Lesson learned—I literally had to throw the pans away because they were never coming clean again. Next I bought new silicone mini muffin pans and my life changed!
    Using the new silicone muffin pans, I’ve been making them regularly with either ground beef or ground turkey using NOW Sports unflavored Whey Protein powder instead of the bread crumbs. The ground turkey does not produce the true cheeseburger flavor but they are still tasty. These bites are really delicious & an amazing snack with great macros! My whole family loves them!!!

  • These are by far my favorite recipe! I was skeptical at first cause I love a good burger. How can these be even close?! But take my word they are the best. Super easy to make, my husband makes them and he is the type of person that could burn water.
    If we have leftovers and I take them to work everyone asks what they are and for the recipe.
    We add spicy pickles to give it a little kick and some extra flavor.

  • I FINALLY made these for the first time this week and they were amazing! Such an easy recipe to make for quick week night dinners. I can’t believe how much they tasted like an actual cheeseburger!

  • I have made these a few times and they’re awesome. Just be careful not to use some mega cupcake pan or you’ll have gigantic bites like I did the first try. Literally every recipe on this page is awesome. I try at least one of Masons recipes a week and haven’t been let down yet.

  • Made these last weekend and this is where I replaced the breadcrumbs with almond flour. They only have 0.5 net carbs per bite. I found them a bit dry but I’m sure it was due to replacing the bread base in it. Going to try them again using breadcrumbs and see the difference. Thanks for the recipe!

  • My favorite recipe so far! Satisfies the cravings for a cheeseburger! I did sub bread crumbs with the protein powder and it worked out great! Didn’t taste the powder at all. Texture was great! I made these for my meal prep and they reheat very well too!

    • Hi Crystal! Just curious, did you do a gram per gram swap with the unflavoured protein and breadcrumbs? Love this recipe, but keen to get more protein in each serve.

  • I made these for dinner and my whole family loved them. I have 3 boys that are very picky eaters and they all agreed to make them again!

  • I really want to try these. However I am wary because I dont like eggs. Do they taste eggy or smell like eggs? Thanks!

  • Could you use vital proteins collagen powder instead of unflavored protein? Just trying to use what I already have. These look delicious!

    • I haven’t tried this one personally with collagen, but I’ve seen others make my recipes that call for unflavored protein with collagen successfully. Also, you don’t need either for these unless you’re wanting to add extra protein.

    • I don’t think you’ll be able to roll them into balls in their raw form. You could always bake it as a casserole if you have a larger baking dish, though. Hope that helps!

  • I never leave reviews, but I feel a huge need to leave this review. WOW. wow wow wow. Doesn’t even begin to cover it! I was feeling super bored with my typical healthy dinners and wanted to spice things up. This is hands down my new fav. Amazing! Much better than ordinary cheese burgers!

    One request! A meatloaf bite version would be killer. Mason, grace us with your creativity and give us a healthy meatloaf please! 😊

    • We make these in a 12-muffin tin all the time. (It’s actually my preferred method, I think.) Bake time is only a few minutes longer.

  • Has anyone tried a substitute for eggs? I’ve recently found out I have a high intolerance so am trying to avoid

  • We needed an appetizer for an early evening reception. I was looking for the sweet things when my husband said “can we make something with protein?” We added a Teaspoon of onion powder and 1/4 tsp salt. We arranged them prettily around a bowl of ketchup. They were a big hit. Simple to make with ingredients we had on hand.

  • Made these tonite… so good… used turkey and they turned out great… my husband liked them which is amazing… I had gastric sleeve so these work great… thank you

  • I never leave comments on recipes but had to come back and say YES these are as good as all the other reviews say. My husband and 4 kids loved them too! Followed the recipe exactly but added onions. I cooked 12 in a mini muffin pan for the kids and 6 in regular for myself and husband (took these out 10ish minutes after the minis).. They were PERFECT. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  • So good for lunches especially if you have to eat quickly (yay retail!). I recently worked with a nutritionist and she nixed red meat so I have made these with ground chicken as well. If you use chicken- use a few less (20-40g) off egg whites, they don’t mix as well as they do with the ground beef. I have had these every week for months now! Pair them with SWP fries or his carrot fries!

  • These are a weekly go-to for me!! So simple and delicious! No modifications needed but I do usually make them in a full size muffin tin vs the small 😊

  • This recipe is a staple in our home! Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger!? Having it broken down into a bite is perfect for little mouths too, which my daughter loves! I lessened the mustard since my husband isn’t a fan and substituted ketchup, which works perfectly! Love this recipe!

  • These taste like legit cheeseburgers. Love making them and are good to make it for a large crowd too. They are pretty satisfying and leave you full too. I like making them with fries made in the air fryer.

  • This recipe never disappoints! Super tasty and with the mini muffin size, it is always to easy to make them fit into my macros. I do use 2% cheddar cheese instead of fat free so that they are a little more moist and gooey. Delicious!

  • I could literally eat these for every day of my life and I wouldn’t be mad. So good! I’ve done them mini and also put them in larger silicon muffin tins (tins? Not so much but you know), and just cooked longer. I usually make these along with carrot fries

  • These are delicious! I make these every week only I use a muffin pan so that they are bigger! So easy to make and they are the perfect grab and go snack for my teenage sons and their friends! They grab them after school on their way to practice, games or work!

  • These are one of my favorite Mason’s recipes! We’ve made them in the jumbo muffin tins and they are perfect for meal prep!

  • This is my FAVORITE Mason recipe!!! It is always my go to when I don’t want to think about dinner and keep track of my macros. I always have the items on hand naturally so it’s quick to whip up! I also like to add jalapeños!

  • This is a frequent request from my teenage son.
    We do leave out the pickles. I have to double or triple. I also use a large cookie scoop and cook on baking sheets covered with parchment paper.
    These freeze and reheat well(air fryer or microwave both work well)
    Great for dinner or grab a few for healthy quick snack.

  • These are a family favorite! My 12 year old requests these weekly! I’ve made them turkey as well and they taste just as great! I always double the recipe to make sure there are leftovers!

  • Very recently made these but I substituted ground venison for the beef. They were perfect for a quick meal!

  • I skipped the ketchup (added some extra mustard to makeup for the loss of a moist ingredient) and added extra pickles because that’s how I like my cheeseburgers! They turned out delicious and my husband loved them dipped it ketchup!

  • Super easy to prep, I replaced the bread crumbs with pork rinds but otherwise kept everything the same. I like what the pickles add but if you are unsure you could always do half with, half without. I actually cooked these in donut trays, creating cheeseburger donut bites. 🙂

  • Literally my favorite thing to make ever (non dessert wise) I’ll eat them for lunch a lot at work because I’m lazy and don’t leave the office. Or because I spend my lunch hour and the gym and eat at my desk. So simple, easy, absolutely delicious 🤤 best day of my life was finding mason on IG cause I love all the foods

  • These taste just like the first bite of a fresh made burger. First time I made them as regular size muffins and they reheat beautifully for breakfast all week. Second time I got lazy and just dumped everything into an 8×8 pan and then cut them into squares for breakfast the following week. Both systems work well and make for an easy breakfast.

  • The easiest meal prep recipe IMO! Depending on my macros, I like to use ground turkey and fat free cheese. I loved them dipped in sugar free ketchup. It’s like a burger without the guilt!

  • One of the EASIEST recipes ever, and soooo delicous! My picky eater 3 year old daughter kept asking for more all week long! The flavor combination was excellent! Can’t wait to make them again!

  • These cheeseburger bites were a family hit; they are great addition to a game day plate. Any side sauce is great for dipping; honey mustard, bbq sauce, ketchup, blue cheese dressing. Our game day plate includes sauerkraut and bacon on the side of these delectable bites.

  • If you have not made these before, MAKE THEM NOW! This may be my very favorite recipe of all time. Even my picky mother loves these! I always make a double batch when I cook these and try to freeze some IF they don’t all get eaten (which doesn’t usually happen). I also add onions to mine (frozen because easy!). Most of the time I even just stick this in a casserole dish and cut it in slices – it tastes like Krystal burgers to me! Also good with ground turkey, I usually do a mix of ground beef and ground turkey, especially when making a double batch! YUMMIEST recipe ever.

  • I loved this one! I used a 12 ct muffin pan and went for it. I also added more ketchup to dip in, with fries of course. This was one of my favorites!

  • These are amazing! I use ground turkey and can’t even tell it’s turkey it tastes just like a burger . Just don’t make the same mistake I did and make a double batch the first time.

  • Stop what you’re doing right now and make these cheeseburger bites!!! You will not be disappointed. I truly think I could eat these every single day and not get tired of them. They are THAT good. It’s like I just whipped my car into the local sonic! And it’s so easy too. Just throw everything in the bowl, mix it up, put it in the oven, and voila! Seriously, you need to make this ASAP.

  • The REAL OG! A staple in our house. So easy to make and everyone in my house eats them which is a plus. I’ll eat them alone, crumbled on a pizza, in a wrap, etc

  • These are the best! I’ve made them multiple times and have shared this recipe with others. My go to for a cheeseburger craving without the bun. I have also added in some ranch seasoning packet to change it up a bit when I want to make it more than once in a week!

  • I would give this more than a 5/5 if possible. This recipe was so simple and the amount of flavor you get in each bite is almost unreal. It was like biting into a full cheeseburger each bite. I will definitely be making these again. I used relish instead of diced pickles and they worked great!

  • Another recipe to add to the rotation. So easy and good. A no-brainer for anyone looking tp meal prep but is short on time. Plus, check out Mason’s Amazon shopping list. This is how I found the silicone muffin pan-a complete game changer!!

  • Absolutely will become a staple, especially for game days! So easy to make, crispy, and cheesey. I personally used turkey meat with 90/10 macros and used full fat cheddar, which made the macros 3F/2C/6P and 62 calories each! I’ll probably leave out the pickles in the future as I’m not a huge pickle person, but definitely going to be making these more!

  • Hi mason, what flavor or brand of breadcrumbs do you recommend using? I’m going to make these this weekend! Thanks!

    • You’re only using 1/2 cup which has around 40ish grams of carbs. The breadcrumbs and carbs are the only real source of carbs in the recipe and when you make 24 burger bites, that comes about to about 2-3 grams of carbs per bite. Hope that answers your question!

  • These are sooo easy and delicious! They reheat great all week for an easy meal prep, as most of these recipes do!

  • These are so simple and delicious! We use deer meat mostly but very versatile with beef or turkey if preferred. I also like adding my sour mustard pickles give it an extra yum factor!

  • Tried this recipe for the first time earlier this week, and definitely a new favorite! They are LITERALLY cheeseburger bites, very surprised how well they came out. I have a 2 year old that is extremely picky and I struggle with incorporating protein in her diet… she loved these! I will for sure be making these regularly now. Thanks for such awesome recipes!

  • These were great. Very easy ingredients and my kids loved them too. The pickles make them stand apart from other similar recipes. The best part is that we get the macros to this recipe.

  • I Finally made these and they did not disappoint! I ran out of regular mustard and had to use Dijon instead, but kept everything else the same and they were incredible! My five year old asked me to not eat them all 🙂 I froze some and thawed during the week for lunches and they were just as great. I used a regular cupcake pan so only made 12 servings opposed to 24 but i kept the same cook time. Love these!

  • I made it the way it says the first time and somehow my mustard haters could “taste” is but now i do no pickles and no mustard and they are still AMAZING! I love them for a snack at work when i need to hold myself over till lunch or dinner and they are great cold!!! Absolutely recommend!

  • I love these!! I typically do ground turkey and egg whites substitutes. I love to meal prep them and eat with rice/potatoes and green beans. Perfect for meal prep and they heat up so good!

  • I feel like these bites are a great go to and sub for a burger. I always make sure to have some on hand. I am not a ketchup fan, so I only put about half of what’s called for. I’ve also used different cheeses based on what I have in hand. And my hubby hates pickles do I leave those out. They still taste great. These were my go to on kids sports event nights. I can hear them up in microwave from frozen and eat them in the car on the way to a basketball game. Which helps me avoid the concession stand. Saves money and calories. At home I like to dip them in bolthouse ranch. When counting macros, I can get sick of chicken, so these really hit the spot! Thanks Mason!

  • These were a weekly STAPLE for me when I was teaching (before COVID). I use ground turkey instead but still tastes great. I often crave salty snacks over sweet snacks, so when I would pack these to eat as a snack it would really satisfy me. I only have a 12 muffin pan so I would just “log” 2 of the mini ones instead. I LOVE these.

  • One of my favorite Mason dishes!! Really easy to make and great for an appetizer for a party. I made these multiple times for events and they are a huge hit every time! I swap out the fat free cheddar and use a lite cheese trio blend from Trader Joe’s (mostly because I can never find fat free cheddar). These are definitely a go to when I’m stuck for ideas!

  • I’m always looking for simple delicious recipes to make meal prepping a breeze! These are a breeze to make and have become a go to for me!

  • I loved this recipe! So food as a finger food and appetizer! I cut two in half and put in between a carbquick biscuit to make a “hamburger”!! Sooo delicious! Love your page and recipes.

  • Subbing for Celiac

    Ok so I have to modify every recipe that i make with gluten free ingredients because I have Celiac disease. I’m going to do my best to leave as many reviews as I can on all of the recipes I’ve tried (there’s a lot), with subs that did and didn’t work. For this one I subbed in Schar Gluten Free Bread Crumbs and it worked out great! Even my fiance didn’t notice anything. I think it has to do with the other flavors working together. Sometimes gluten free subs can taste sandy or grainy, but not here! Schar is a reliable brand – for 30 g you get 130 cal, 4 fat, 21 carb and 2 protein. Maybe not the best macros, but you do what you gotta do for great snacks!

  • These are simple and delicious! I have made this recipe with both omitting the breadcrumbs and using Ritz-type cracker instead. Also will jazz up the spice factor with using chopped jalopeno in place of pickles!

  • We were looking for something new for dinner at the last minute and found this recipe and decided to give it a try. First, I had everything I needed at home during these quarantine/social distance times! These burger bites are so easy to make and were a filling but macro friendly meal with some veggies on the side. Perfect for leftovers too! This is our new go-to meal!

  • So, omg. These are my absolute favorites! I don’t cook the meat first, so I just cook them about twice as long. Also, I use a regular sized muffin tin, not a mini one. I also use GF breadcrumbs and they come out amazing EVERY dang time. My favorite Mason recipe, hands down!

  • Most favorite thing to make/prep for meals for the week. So yummy and easy with sim ppl e ingredients. Gotta try them with pickles especially, sometimes I sub pickle relish if I’m out of dill pickles and it’s still delish!

  • Love these but my muffin tin does not. So hard to clean. I know you use the silicone ones. I have one kind but while cleaning is better, they are stained. What do you do to keep yours nice?

    • I try to wash mine immediately after using, but I’ve never had many issues with staining. I don’t use them all that often, though. If you’re not already, you could try making these larger in a 12-muffin tin or mold. That makes cleaning a bit easier.

  • These exceeded my expectations. They taste just like little sliders. I like to serve them with home made French fries for a slightly lower carb burger & fries. I also made them in a regular muffin tin to make each bite bigger. The bake time was still the same

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