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Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs (Video)

These Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs have all the comfort food appeal of bacon cheeseburgers, without the carbs! And this recipe is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly (although definitely an occasional treat for South Beach!) Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

We’re less than a week ago from one of the biggest grilling holidays of the year for Americans, so I thought I’d remind you about these amazing Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs that were one of the hits of the summer last year! Like many Americans, I grew up thinking there was no food with quite the comfort food potential as bacon cheeseburgers, and I confess I still really like that flavor combination. So when the idea for Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs popped into my mind, I had to try it, even if this isn’t quite the kind of healthy food I try to focus on!

When I shared the idea with Kara and Jake, they both liked the sound of it, and I had to make it with both of them to get a version I wanted to share with you. The keeper recipe in this post has all the flavors I love in bacon cheeseburgers, and that includes dill pickles and burger sauce in addition to the beef, bacon, and cheese!

I will confess that these are a little tricky to make, with the hardest part being tucking the bits of cheese inside the meatballs before you put them on the grill. And some cheese will still ooze out, so you want to cook them on a grilling pan like the one I used to help cut down on the mess. But these are delicious! If you’re someone who likes those bacon cheeseburger flavors, please give them a try!

Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Season the ground beef with steak seasoning and black pepper. Cook bacon and crumble it and dice up dill pickles and cheese; then mix into the beef.

Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Now for the tricky part! Form into 1/4 cup meatballs, tucking the cubes of cheese into the center of the meatballs as you make them. Put formed meatballs into the fridge to chill for about 30-40 minutes to help them keep their shape on the grill. When you’re ready to cook, heat the grilling pan on top of the grill for a few minutes, then brush meatballs with olive oil as you put them on the pan.

Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Cook meatballs over medium-high heat, turning them with tongs about every 2 minutes so they get a little browned on all sides. Start checking with an instant-read meat thermometer after about 15 minutes and cook until the meatballs reach a temperature of at least 160F/102C.

Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Serve hot, with burger sauce on the side for dipping if desired! The sauce is not optional for me, and I used Hires Fry Sauce, which I’m happy I can buy at my local store. At my house it rarely gets used on fries, but it’s a favorite topping for burger patties!

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Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

These Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs have all the comfort food appeal of bacon cheeseburgers, without the carbs!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp. steak seasoning (Any brand that’s good on steak will work; see notes.)
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 6 slices very crisp bacon, crumbled (We used pre-cooked bacon and crisped it in the microwave, then blotted off the extra fat.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickle (Don’t use pickle relish; that will make the meatballs too moist.)
  • 4 oz. Swiss cheese, cut into very small cubes (Or use other cheese of your choice.)
  • olive oil for brushing meatballs
  • burger sauce or fry sauce for dipping meatballs (Optional but highly recommended; see notes.)

Directions:

  1. Crumble the beef into a plastic bowl and sprinkle with the steak seasoning and black pepper; add the egg.
  2. Crisp the bacon and crumble, dice dill pickles, and cut the cheese into small cubes.
  3. Add the crumbled bacon, diced pickles, and cubes of cheese to the ground beef and use your hands to gently combine ingredients. (Don’t over-mix; that will make the meatballs tough.)
  4. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out the beef mixture and then form it into a meatball, tucking the cheese cubes inside as you make the meatballs.
  5. Put formed meatballs on a small baking sheet and put them in the fridge to chill for 30-40 minutes. This will help the meatballs keep their shape on the hot grill.
  6. When you’re ready to cook, put the grilling pan on top of the grill grates to heat while you preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  7. Remove meatballs from the fridge and brush on both sides with a little olive oil to help prevent sticking.
  8. Put meatballs on the grilling pan to cook, turning them about every 2 minutes so they’re getting browned on all sides.
  9. Start checking for doneness after about 15 minutes. (We used an instant-read meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of at least 160F/102C. If you don’t have a thermometer like that and don’t want to buy one, you can cut open a meatball and make sure the inside is cooked through.)
  10. Serve hot, with dipping sauce for dipping meatballs if desired.
  11. These meatballs reheat well, so you may want to double the recipe to be sure you’ll have plenty left over to re-heat for another meal!

Notes:

You can make my homemade steak seasoning, but any brand will work. For a sauce I used Hires Fry Sauce, a Utah favorite!

I recommend using a grilling pan to cook meatballs on the grill and an instant-read meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Recipe created by Kalyn with recipe testing help from Kara and Jake.

Recipe created by Kalyn with recipe testing help from Kara and Jake.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Definitely these meatballs are higher in fat than what is recommended for the South Beach Diet, but personally I think having something like this for a treat once in a while is fine, especially if it helps prevent you from eating actual bacon cheeseburgers! Everything here is a low-carb ingredient and these meatballs should be fine for most other low-carb eating plans.

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26 comments on “Low-Carb Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs (Video)”

  1. I'm salivating just thinking about these meatballs! (And thanks for linking to my BLT turkey meatballs, too.)

  2. Do you know at what temp and how long if I was to bake these in my oven instead? Thanks – these look amazing!

    • Kelly I could only guess since I haven't cooked them that way, but I think the closest thing to grilling would be to cook under the broiler, turning often. I'm not sure on the cooking time; you'd have to watch them and see. I'd love to know how that works!

  3. Oh my goodness! The meatballs are all eye pricking. I bet I could not control my diet anymore 😀 It's time to have some delicious looking low carb meatballs now. Thanks Kalyn 🙂

  4. If we don't have a grill, could these be baked in the oven?

  5. I like this very much, especially the cheese in the meatballs, it sounds so delicious. Maybe I like to add some chopped onions and coriander. 🙂

  6. Wow!These look so good! Definitely going to try these tonight. Add a small salad and my exogenous ketone drink and I'll be one happy camper!

  7. These look awesome. I love the convenience of meatballs in that they freeze easily and can work as a topping over various side dishes. Can't wait to try!

  8. Hi.
    Was going to try this but was a little confused. You mention mixing in the cheese cubes with the hamburger (twice) and then go on to say that the cubes should be placed in the middle of the meatballs.
    Is it both ? In which case perhaps a mention that half (or however many) of the cheese cubes should be mixed in with the ground beef while the other quantity is reserved to be placed in the middle of the meatballs.
    (I'm planning on using well aged cheddar myself and perhaps adding some ground up red Thai chili to the beef for a bit of zest !)

  9. Sorry you're confused by it. All the cheese cubes are mixed with the meat. But when you cook the meatballs, you don't want a piece of cheese on the outside or it will just melt on the grill. So make meatballs and then where you see a piece of cheese that's on the outside, push it back into the center of the meatball so it's covered with ground beef. Some cheese will still melt out (as you can see in the photos) but that will keep it from melting too much and having all the cheese just run out. Hope that helps.

    • Thanks Kerry D for asking that– I had the same question. Kalyn this explanation was a helpful addition to the directions. We cook almost all meats on cast iron skillets, including burgers and might try it there! (albeit most likely messy!) Can't wait to taste one- sounds yummy!

  10. Just when I was looking for a bacon cheeseburger meatball recipe you post one. How awesome is that. I am going to New Mexico them up by adding green chilis.

  11. New to Keto and just found this awesome recipe. Do you know the carb, fat, protein count?

    • I don't calculate that information for a variety of reasons, but if you look after the printer-friendly recipe link where it says "nutritional information" I have links for two different ways you can get it.

  12. Amazing that with such a delicious ingredients yo can make a lo carb dish .

  13. I know it’s an old post, but I thought I’d mention this option in case others are interested: When I was a child, we used to make stuffed burgers like this, and I think that approach would solve the cheese-cubes issue. Instead of mixing cheese cubes throughout, just make larger cheese cubes, don’t mix them into the meat mixture, and just form the meat mixture around a cube. This will keep the cheese enclosed inside while you cook it, but the cheese will still melt, and it will taste the same, I’m sure, as interspersing small cubes throughout.

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