Get ready to devour these tiny BBQ Burger Bites!
These mini burgers are filled with bbq sauce, onion, cheese and bacon all in a golden and crispy crescent cup.
All the flavors of a juicy bacon cheeseburger in a bite-size pocket!
BBQ Burger Bites
Not only can you make these tasty little bites as a quick appetizer, but we also love to serve these bacon cheeseburger bites as a main dish too!
Here’s the best part! You only need 6 ingredients to make this simple and delicious recipe. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients located in the recipe card below…
- Crescent Roll Dough – found in the refrigerated aisle
- Meatballs – use my homemade version or frozen for an easy fix
- Onion – I like to use a sweet onion for this recipe
- BBQ Sauce – try my homemade blend or your favorite store brand
- Cheese slices – marbled cheddar is the best for this or try pepper jack for some kick
- Bacon – thick cut slices
How To Make Burger Bites
These burger bites with bbq sauce and cheddar cheese are so simple to make.
CUT CRESCENT DOUGH Start by cutting your crescent dough into small squares and placing them in a mini muffin tin. You should grease the tin with non-stick spray prior to lining.
COOK MEATBALLS Combine the meatballs and onion in a saucepan and cook until heated through, then toss in the bbq sauce and cook until warmed. Meanwhile pre-bake the crescent dough so they’re partially baked.
FILL BURGER BITES Fill the dough with a half of a meatball and a little sauce with onions. Then top with a little slice of cheese. Pop them into the oven to finish baking and let the cheese melt.
TOP WITH BACON Once they come out of the oven, top them with a little slice of crisp bacon to finish it off. Everything is better with bacon, right?!
Can You Prepare Ahead?
Since these are an appetizer, it’s always nice to be able to prepare them ahead of time. Here is what I would do in order to get the best results…
Prepare the burger bites up until the last bake. Pop them in the fridge (covered) and just before you’re ready to serve finish them in the oven. You may need to bake them a little longer so they get heated through.
How Long Do They Last?
If you’re preparing ahead of time, I would only prepare up to 24 hours ahead.
You can always reheat the cooked burger bites in the oven or air fryer, but consume within 3 days for best results.
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I can’t wait for you to take a bite of these tasty burgers! I know you’re going to love them!
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BBQ Burger Bites
- 8 oz tube refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup onion, minced
- 12 meatballs, thawed and halved
- 1/4 cup bbq sauce
- 2 oz marbled cheddar cheese slices, cut into 24 pieces
- 4 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 24 pieces
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with non stick cooking spray. Separate dough into 4 rectangles; pinch perforations to seal. Cut each rectangle into 6 squares. Press each square in bottom and up side of mini muffin cup. Bake 6 minutes. Remove from oven. Using handle of wooden spoon, immediately make 1 1/2 –inch indentation in center of each cup.
- Meanwhile sauté the onions in 1 tsp of oil until tender, then combine the meatballs, bbq sauce and 1 tbsp. of water in the skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir until heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Place each half of the meatballs into the crescent cups, cut side facing up. Top each cup with a slice of cheese. Bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown. Cool 1 minute, then remove cups.
- While they are finishing baking, render bacon pieces in a skillet until crisp. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Top each cheeseburger bite with a piece of bacon and serve warm. Enjoy!
You indicated that you haven’t been able to find a decent restaurant in “Canada”, but admit you live in a small town and have not been all over Canada. Do you know how geographically large and diverse Canada is? I admit the bowl of French onion soup left something to be desired but I also noted that there is not one piece of your recipe that’s made from scratch. Pilsbury crescent rolls, store-bought frozen meatballs and BBQ sauce?
I don’t believe recipes need to be made from scratch in order to taste phenomenal. Not everyone has time to make homemade crescent dough, but I’m sure homemade would taste great in this recipe as well. 🙂
My thoughts exactly! The issues that you suggest represent “Canada” can be found in towns and cities across the globe. And the drink refills that you mention are a huge contribution to the US’s obesity problem so it is probably best if you sip your drink.
It seems a dichotomy that you say, “I may be a little more attune with what good food is than your average bear” but still continue to use processed foods in your “homemade” cooking. Tasting phenomenal without poisoning yourself with crap is possible.
WHERE in Canada do you live? You can’t paint the whole country with one brush and actualy your article was quite insulting. I live in Edmonton and we have some of the finest restaurants that I have ever eaten at and I have eaten at many places all over the world. Try to be a little more diplomatic or maybe you are just the kind of person who is never pleased with anything.
I’m definitely not a super picky person, but when I pay over $7 for a cup of French Onion Soup, I expect it to be a little bit more appetizing than what was presented to me. I haven’t been all over Canada so I can’t speak for all of Canada, but I can speak for my small town. I have literally been to ALL the restaurants here and they are all about the same, subpar establishments. I’ve never been to Edmonton, though I know where it is, and it’s a MUCH larger city than mine. So I would hope there are better places to eat there. Send me some of your recommendations and when I visit I’ll check it out! 🙂
Those BBQ bites are total eye candy compared to that French onion soup! I don’t blame you for not touching it, I wouldn’t have either!
These look yummy and fun!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
That’s just crazy. That was soup? It looks like a hunk of meat. I’d die if I couldn’t eat out and have 27 refills of soda, BTW. It’s my eating out splurge!
Carol at Wild Goose Tea
You come up with the most ingenious quickie little recipes. I am always surprised. This is definitely a kid winner too. I have a couple of picky eaters in my sphere of influence now.
you sound like me. I am from New Orleans and my partner is French and we move every 3 years to a different French embassy. After 9 years in countries not known for their cuisine( for a reason), we are now back in France in a small village with horrible restaurants. We never eat out. I love to cook, but it can be tiresome. love your blog!
Definitely not just your small town. I live only 45 minutes out of Manhattan, NY and the quality of the restaurants here is just plain awful. Whenever I make the comment that this area is “culinar-ily” challenged someone will tell me how great a particular place is and insist that we should go there. Like Pollyannas we go out hoping this time will be different, but it never is. The food is generally overpriced, and boring, each restaurant a carbon of the one down the block – “American Bistro” or “Red Sauce Italian.” I suppose I should be grateful, the awful food served in restaurants around here forced me to expand my repertoire to Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines for a change of pace.
Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)
What a neat idea! Would love to try these!
I am not sure that your restaurant experience is exclusive to Canada; here in California I have become very disenchanted with dining out as well. Sure, they will seat you quick (so longs as it isn’t a holiday, or weekend, or dinnertime) but they make you wait forever to order and the entrees don’t even come together. More & more of the “signature dishes” are processed foods, I can taste the difference between scratch and processed (besides Sam’s, Costco & even Target sells –Olive Garden Dressing, Red Lobster Biscuits, PF Chang’s Entrees, TGIFs appetizers and more). They are quick to refill your drinks though because that is about the only thing that stops rioting. For me, I am there to eat, not to drink soda etc. And don’t get me started on tips–everyone I know tips 15-20% because they don’t want to look cheap. TIpping is supposed to be what ensures good service, that’s how the restaurant gets away with paying below poverty hourly wages. We get better service when we order for curbside pick-up because the server throws in extras to get a tip.
For people who know how to cook and enjoy eating–staying home is most times the only way to get a decent meal.