Cheeseburger Mini Muffins Recipe
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Cheeseburger Mini Muffins Recipe

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I invented these cute little muffins so I could enjoy the flavor of cheeseburgers without resorting to fast food. I often freeze a batch and reheat however many I need. They're also great as appetizers. —Teresa Kraus, Cortez, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 121 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the ketchup, milk, butter, eggs and mustard; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the beef mixture and cheese.
  3. Fill greased miniature muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 425° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 5 dozen.
Editor's Note: Muffins may be baked in regular-size muffin cups for 20-25 minutes; recipe makes 2 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Mix gently to avoid dense muffins.
  • These also are great with ground pork or turkey.
  • For the most flavor, we recommend using sharp cheddar.
  • Originally published as Cheeseburger Mini Muffins in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p29

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    karlaskitchen User ID: 2792593 267406
    Reviewed May. 28, 2017

    "Not as good as I expected. These were more like ketchup muffins than cheeseburger muffins. Not a do over for our family."

    Sandy User ID: 7717537 260379
    Reviewed Jan. 27, 2017

    "Hi - I just found this recipe and plan on making it tomorrow, but I only have the regular size in muffin tins. I think that filling them 1/2 full, and baking at 350 for 45 minutes would be about right, but I'm not sure. any input would be appreciated. Please disregard this post, as I reread the recipe, I discovered my answer."

    Roxy User ID: 9055722 260376
    Reviewed Jan. 27, 2017

    "This recipe went directly in the trash. It is so bland and dense. What a waste of time and food!"

    kathygetchell User ID: 4020426 238996
    Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

    "I had to have something to bring to a Cub scout potluck supper. The boys & their parents couldn't get enough of them. Everyone asked me for the recipe. They are great for school lunches as well."

    Bigamous User ID: 8042508 220994
    Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

    "I made the recipe as called for but my husband does'nt like cheese so I left it out. I thought they were delicious. I also made regular size cupcake. Next time I will add more ground beef."

    walkercadillac User ID: 7529843 220901
    Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

    "These are delicious, providing you use the right kind of ground beef. They taste amazing with raw pickles and tomatoes and condiments on top! One thing though: Opt for the grass-fed ground beef. Do not get the cheap ground chuck, it will make these taste gross."

    jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 218976
    Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

    "I made these exactly as written. When I finished filling the 48th mini muffin using a small scoop, I added a tablespoon or more of sriracha to the mix and filled about 9 regular sized muffins. The mini muffins were good, but the regular size ones that I added the sriracha to were awesome. I'm going to put them in the freezer and pull them out for the Super Bowl. DH said they tasted like cheeseburgers. I can see why others might add more beef, but I thought they were just fine as written for an appetizer."

    4steegarden User ID: 913705 217605
    Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

    "Family loved this - easy to make. I have 2 growing boys, so added 1 pound of meat instead of 1/2 to fill them up."

    TamiTheFoodie User ID: 8207098 217491
    Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

    "I made these according to the ingredients listed and have to say, as printed, these are tasteless, boring, and definitely don't taste like a cheeseburger in a muffin. This is a great idea but needs an ingredient overhaul."

    kathrynwitte User ID: 8125976 217275
    Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

    "To CREAMERS, 2 cups IS 16 ounces of LIQUID. For most shredded cheeses, it's 8 ounces. See all that AIR in the measuring cup between the pieces? Yeah, that's what makes it measure as 8 ounces."

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