Healthy Cheeseburger Bites

Healthy Cheeseburger Bites

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

healthy cheeseburger bites

And I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo above but adding a few strips of diced bacon could be a nice addition. 

How to Make Higher Protein Cheeseburger Bites

Check out the video below for a look at how easy these cheeseburger bites are to make. If you’re on desktop, it should already playing in your sidebar. 

Want to make even higher protein cheeseburger bites? You could always swap the breadcrumbs for unflavored protein powder. I made this swap in my high protein black bean burgers recipe, and people are raving about those!

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.

If you’re interested in using unflavored protein powder, I use Now Sports Whey Concentrate unflavored.

And if you’re hesitant to buy unflavored protein for the fear of not using it outside of this recipe, know that you can easily flavor it with stevia, cocoa powder, and other sweeteners. Most of my recipes call for vanilla protein powder and end up as totally non-vanilla dishes. Here are a few recipes I’ve made recently with unflavored protein:

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.
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Healthy Cheeseburger Bites

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

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy cheeseburger bites
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 burger bites
Calories 48 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

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 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. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • 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 popper (recipe makes 24): 48 Calories | 6.8P | 2.3C | 1.3F
  • Per popper 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 Facts
Healthy Cheeseburger Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 burger bites)
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2.3g 1%
Protein 6.8g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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.

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.
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.


14 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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