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Cheeseburger Cups Recipe

Cheeseburger Cups Recipe

A terrific recipe for moms with young kids and busy lives, this simple, inexpensive dish is made with handy ingredients and takes just a short time. Best of all, kids will go absolutely crazy for these darling dinner bites! —Jeri Millhouse, Ashland, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup cubed process cheese (Velveeta)


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • 2. Press each biscuit onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin cup. Spoon beef mixture into cups; top with cheese cubes. Bake at 400° for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled pastries in a freezer container, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, thaw pastries in the refrigerator for 8 hours. Reheat on a baking sheet in a preheated 375° oven until heated through. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 440 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 1142mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 27g protein.

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ajsod User ID: 3307495 271792
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

"This recipe is a family favorite! It's quick and easy! I like to serve it with steamed broccoli or green beans and sometimes French fries. The freezing option works out well too when I prepare freezer meals."

chickluvs2cook User ID: 3328929 252480
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"Made these as something fun for my toddlers...they loved them. Didn't use Velveeta - shredded cheddar - and they turned out great."

cmrgroom User ID: 8301408 244007
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"Super! Used honey mustard because it was on hand and used shredded cheese instead since I didn't have Velveeta. Loved this recipe and will use again!"

Stephdeming User ID: 8712444 242632
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"Amazing! BOTH my kiddos loved it and that's saying something! :) Will definitely make it again."

Jurypresident User ID: 8718759 242630
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"Great recipe, my fiance and kids loved it. I kind of revised it a tad, I replaced the biscuit with jumbo pasta shells. Turned out awesome!! Will make again."

Docpinder User ID: 8711140 242369
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"Pretty good recipe , quick and easy. My second time making it."

domo_allygato User ID: 8698936 241794
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"We don't even have kids but we love these! Cut the brown sugar a little bit and usually add a little bit of sriracha or other hot sauce. Going to try to find a way to make little appetizer bites out of these with smaller biscuits."

stilstra User ID: 8692693 241522
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"Amazing! Saving this recipe! Definitely cut the brown sugar down to 1tbs. I added some diced onion too."

Tastetester15 User ID: 8683920 240910
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"Everyone loved them! Really simple to make. I made them with dinner biscuits, a little more brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce, and a little seasoning salt. I would definitely make this again."

stephburrow23 User ID: 8604253 237874
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Excellent! These were incredibly easy to make and were so tasty."

Magieraville User ID: 8587759 237795
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"Was not a hit at our house! ??"

googie12 User ID: 7288754 236994
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"My husband loved them!"

toby736 User ID: 8591031 235795
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"Just made these in a bite size version (smaller muffin cups for appetizers). Can they warmed up in the microwave?"

Foncheez User ID: 8580459 235352
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"My kids loved them & so did I. I typically make a recipe exactly as written the 1st time and will only review it as written. I hate it when people make changes to a recipe and then give it a poor rating - it's ridiculous. However, I am making an exception to my rule this time because I think this recipe deserves another FIVE star rating and my changes were small (just personal preferences) & as written I think it would be great too. Based on other reviews, I reduced the brown sugar to 1 tablespoon & I added a SMALL amount of chopped onion and garlic to my hamburger meat while cooking. When I assembled them, I was sure I was screwing them up. They didn't look pretty at all. But when completed, they tasted great. Oh, I also didn't use velvet because I don't like it - I used a shredded Colby/Cheddar combination. Next time I think I will just add the shredded cheese to the meat mixture so it doesn't make such a mess on the pan. This will definitely go into the family rotation for those busy, active week nights of sports, music lessons and homework. FIVE STAR!!"

BKraushaar User ID: 8578755 235236
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"I love making these and my family loves them! I put a little pickle juice and chop up pickles in the meat mixture, it adds a little crunch and great flavor!"

Dnpop User ID: 8483299 233072
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"Yum!! This is easy and delicious! I added some kosher salt and pepper to the meat mixture (after cooking and combining ingredients), and diced up some onions to cook with the beef. I've made this twice now and shredded cheddar works great too (if you don't like the idea of using Velveeta!)."

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 232731
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"This is a decent weeknight dinner. I do think I could've put a bit more cheese on it though. I could only find 10 oz biscuits, so I wasn't sure if the biscuits would be too small but it all worked out well. Even after I made a dozen there was still some meat leftover. Not a big deal, we will just use it to make a sort of sloppy joe sandwich. My 2 year old toddler even liked these, and he hates everything."

apsimon23 User ID: 8242616 230051
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"I added about 1/2c of chopped onion and 1 clove of minced garlic to the ground beef while I was cooking it. Delicious recipe - my whole family of picky eaters enjoyed it!"

angcy User ID: 1160970 227560
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2015

"Delicious and easy. Toddler boys, in-laws and husband love the recipe."

debmac User ID: 2893805 224403
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"Family was totally amazed by this. I can see different variations coming out of this."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 219313
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"Our kids are now out of the house but we still make these because they are so darn good. We use 1/4 cup of ketchup and a 1/4 cup of chili sauce to jazz it up a little. You can also chop up a little onion and sweat with the beef. I also cut the brown sugar to 1 tbl."

Betty47 User ID: 1613208 218374
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"This sounds so good, but I do have to say now with the price of ground beef, it is not as inexpensive as it used to be, which is so sad because ground beef used to be the cheapest meal."

Krzy4quilts User ID: 6887718 216255
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"I made these for Halloween dinner and they were such a hit that I've made them three more times since. I added a dill pickle slice between the meat and cheese which finished off the full burger flavor. The meat flavor is perfect as is, but I have used both cheddar and velveeta cheese on separate occasions - Velveeta cheese seems to be everyone's favorite so I will stick with that. This is a keeper and very quick and easy to make."

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 215488
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"This was easy and so delicious."

deezley User ID: 8148537 214451
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"Thought these were simple and good! Only used what I had on hand, so I made simple biscuits from scratch and used ground turkey. I didn't have Worcestershire so I did soy sauce instead, and omitted the brown sugar, since I'm not a BBQ sauce person. Also added garlic, onion and fresh parsley while sauteeing the meat. Fed 2 adults and three kids under 6. Everyone was happy. :) will definitely make again."

aHackingsHoney User ID: 7429364 115833
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"Lip smackin' good, kid approved, easy meal... a general crowd pleaser. Would be a super fun appetizer assembled in a mini cupcake pan. Substituted shredded colby jack and reduced the sugar to 1 tbsp...just right."

mbaulch User ID: 7600486 167825
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"I doubled the recipe and used 1# beef 1# pork...super easy. I'd probably eliminate the sugar and use relish next time."

JamieCole User ID: 2026451 183500
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"I used to make these when I was young for my family of 8, and will make them for my grandchildren now - the smaller size is easier than giving a whole burger to a small child, and is easier to eat. I use dried minced onion while browning the meat. I made the biscuit dough myself - a simple Bisquick recipe will work, and also helps if you need to halve or double the recipe. Also, if you would, like just substitute your favorite BBQ sauce for the ketchup, etc., 1/2 to 3/4 cup should be enough, and use whatever shredded or cubed cheese you like. Add a salad or favorite vegetable on the side and your meal is ready! By the way, mommamae, the brown sugar would be part of a homemade BBQ sauce, which is what is being done here. and as others have noted, the amount used is flexible, and there are many alternatives. I noticed that you didn't mention actually making this recipe - which is what a review is supposed to be. I wouldn't dream of telling anyone else what they should be eating, and always wonder why some people make snarky comments about foods they personally don't like or wouldn't eat."

Bonito User ID: 1630276 102095
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"I love this recipe as do my kids - it is so easy and it is like a sloppy joe that is in a cup - really good."

flutterbyeknight User ID: 7680689 145151
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"FANTASTIC!!! Decreased brown sugar to 1Tablespoon and it was plenty sweet. Added onion to browning meat. Instead of cubed "Velveeta" I used shredded Colby Jack cheese. Absolutely YUMMY! Husband loved it and daughter is making it tomorrow night. Nice & easy! Thankx!"

mommamae User ID: 7326980 145150
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"What in the Sam Hill is brown sugar doing in this recipe! When was the last time YOU put brown sugar on YOUR cheeseburger! No wonder kids are overwieght these days!"

Schemer User ID: 5262887 106923
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"These were SO good! I cut the brown sugar down to 1 tbsp and added diced onion and onion powder and used colby jack cheese cubes that I had on hand instead of Velveeta (taking note of the sodium comments left by others here). I also used 3/4 lb. of ground beef and that seemed to be the perfect meat-to-biscuit ratio. I served these with french fries, which definitely does not make for the healthiest dinner, but it is fun to splurge occasionally! Everything turned out perfect and my husband, kids, and I DEVOURED every last one! I can't wait to make them again!"

IslandChickadee User ID: 7611946 102092
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"My picky husband loved these, although, I would probably use only 1 Tbsp of brown sugar. I used my own tea biscuit recipe, which makes 12 biscuits. Used maxi muffin tins. Set one biscuit in each tin, then used a floured glass to make the well of dough. Had slightly more (18oz) hamburger, but the ratio of sauce to meat was fine. I used all the meat in the 12 biscuits, and put half a slice, folded, of velveeta cheese slice on each one before baking them at 425' for 10 min. Cooked perfectly. Definitely a keeper."

sddeck User ID: 7279512 117896
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

"My husband and 2 children under the age of 3 devoured these buns. Excellent with side salad or veggies & dip."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 145149
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"Very good and fun! Great dinner for a quiet Friday night with some crinkle cut French fries. Love these!"

CCaudron User ID: 7470314 167824
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"quick, easy, and budget friendly. I cook for two and it was easy to reduce ingredients. I used small tubes of biscuits and half of everything else. Did use shredded cheese (variety of types for different moods). Great. Will do again"

LeanneBosch User ID: 7427912 172254
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"LOVE LOVE LOVE This recipe!!

Family devoured them instantly!
Super easy to make"

JBoomsma User ID: 5553624 187040
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"Didn't even have to ask the four year old to eat once. That's a winner!"

bubblez1981 User ID: 7085980 183499
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"This was quick and simple. Everyone from Nana to the youngest of my 4 (which two are very picky eaters) children loved this. We will definitely be making this again."

mom of 3 busy boys User ID: 5963024 167823
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"My family loved this recipe. I crumbled bacon and put shredded cheese instead of velveeta. Definitely will make this again!!"

fireside335 User ID: 1179431 166494
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012


Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 102091
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"These are so simple & quick to make. Loved them. I used 1/2 cup bbq sauce instead of ketchup and omitted the sugar & worcestershire sauce. My grocery store was out of biscuit dough so i used flakey rolls instead - worked nicely."

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 185639
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"ps, I see the person below me asking if anyone has made these in mini-muffin tins. I did both. 12 regular and about 4 or 5 leftover which I made mini ones out of. Tasted the same, and though I meant to cook them for less time, I accidentally left them both in the same and they were just fine."

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 183494
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"My hubby had a bunch of guys over for a football party today and they ate these (along with a bunch of other football friendly food). Anyway, they couldn't stop raving about these. I used the 'plain biscuits' recipe found on this site. A keeper made exactly as is, but yes: great potential for variation."

fireside335 User ID: 1179431 102088
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

"Has anyone made these in mini muffin tins or is it just for regular size muffin tins?"

Ohio46 User ID: 6664480 185637
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"I have been making these for my family for years. A simpler way is to use the hamburger browned with onions and use pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. There are many variations if you use your imagination. I have used shredded chicken, beef, or pork with BBQ sauce or teriyaki sauce. Shredded meats with gravy (leftover or canned) and add in peas or leftover veggies of any type. This is a great way to use little dibs and dabs in the fridge."

TalmageA User ID: 6822565 117892
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"This is very tasty and very kid friendly. The mess and clean up are also minimal. I did not use velveeta because, well, I don't like the idea of processed cheese. I also did not give it full starts because the meat to biscuit ratio is off and I ended up with leftover meat even though I dug deep wells. All said and done I will absolutely make this again my 2 year didn't quibble a bit and began shoveling it in right away. I'm thinking potluck or pre-trick or treating dinner. Yummers!"

arnoldoce User ID: 6762607 211100
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"My kids liked it. Gasp! I didn't really like the brown sugar in it because I just don't like sweet meat but I was still good."

[email protected] User ID: 1143380 117888
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"easy and good"

kat83 User ID: 2934264 117887
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"This is so good!"

orionaimee User ID: 4826249 166493
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"This is a great recipe for kids and fast too!"

kimnorris User ID: 1664504 101323
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Loved them. I make them once a month or so."

janeirv User ID: 3750102 183543
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"These are great, very easy to make! I saw a lot of comments about the high sodium, try subsitituing the velveeta with a low sodium cheddar. Velveeta has 400mg of sodium in one ounce!"

olliemom User ID: 5636461 183490
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"This was very very good! During dinner my husband and I came up with multiple variations that we could make. My 2 year old loved this recipe as well. Not thrilled about the high sodium level but next time around I will adjust ingredients to lower the amount of sodium."

kfetch User ID: 80291 166492
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2011

"Made these tonight. Hubby and I loved them! I don't know what took me so long to make them. This is definitely a keeper!!"

kpmorrow User ID: 3444729 106920
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"I love this recipe. I also add onion. I replace the ketchup with barbecue sauce and omit the brown sugar (the bbq sauce has enough sugar). The high sodium is mostly from the biscuit mix so I either make my own or when in a hurry, butter bread slices (using whole wheat or whole grain) and press each slice into the muffin cups."

TNGal77 User ID: 5671403 167821
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"Loved this recipe! It was so easy to make. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and put in some low sodium soy sauce since I was out of Worcestershire and it worked out just fine. Paired it with some corn and green beans to round out the meal. For those complaining about the sodium, there are ways to cut it down some. Use ground turkey instead of ground beef, use Worsestershire sauce that's low sodium, and use low fat cheese instead of Velveeta. For those on low sodium diet, they usually know some tricks on how to lower the amounts in recipes."

henderson.mel User ID: 4027958 183542
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"Love this recipe! It is easy to change to accomodate all types of dietary challenges."

DianeScrapsAlot User ID: 1780731 101322
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"I made homemade biscuit dough! They were delicious and so easy!!!"

alleymama User ID: 3162195 183541
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"Why do all reccires have so much sodium in them? some of us can't have it. And I didn't make it."

hoslerjd User ID: 4016118 185635
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"LOVE LOVE this recipe and so does my brother. I like to add chopped onions to the burger while browning I also cut back the brown sugar to 1 tablespoon. When I make them for my boyfriend I use crescents instead since he likes them better. A must try, so delicious!!!!"

abloss User ID: 5985364 101321
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"Loved them, very easy and enjoyable. And kid friendly... which is a plus at my house."

bentleyk User ID: 5703099 166490
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"Everyone in our family loves this dish! easy."

karatemom203 User ID: 5806462 183540
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"These were delicious when they were hot out of the oven and just as good as leftovers the next day!"

jkl337 User ID: 1475537 101320
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times and we love it. Simple, fast and tasty."

dcalcat User ID: 39882 166489
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"I liked this better than my old standby "Farmhouse Muffins". I like onion in my ground beef, so I added to this recipe and loved it. This is a keeper and I plan on taking this to our next potluck. I have also made this using the mini-muffin tins with half of a biscuit in each. Perfect finger food."

ruschca21 User ID: 5350267 166487
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I can see where this recipe would be great for kids. It was quick and easy with very little clean-up. However, it was very bland and lacked flavor. I just wasn't very impressed..."

kmb549 User ID: 5576848 117886
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"Very good, plus it's fast and simple to make! Just be careful of the cheese melting over the top and onto your pan."

LadyMichigan User ID: 4391003 183476
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"Made these the other night, but got sneaky added a bit of celery, onion, corn, and peas, got those veggies right by them."

llewy80 User ID: 5393751 167816
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"My whole family loved it! Made it while staying with my mom and she was impressed that I actually cooked a good dinner."

bbopalua2 User ID: 1310411 115821
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"very enjoyable dish. Did a few things differently. added salt and pepper to beef after draining it. didnt add any sugar or worcest. sauce. only less than 1/4 catsup & 2 squirts of mustard. instead of muffin cups used 9" square baking dish, lined with crescent rolls. added 1/4 cup of shredded cheese to bottom, then put in beef mixture. topped with1/3 cup of cheese. but next time will add on top of beef mixture 1 medium onion, sliced then sauteed . then cheese"

jamagone User ID: 407493 126365
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"The kids loved them!"

julia.ann User ID: 4554763 115820
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"Everyone enjoyed this recipe, but we think it is more of a "sloppy joe with cheese cup" than a "cheeseburger cup". To make it taste & seem more like a cheeseburger, I made these changes. I seasoned the ground beef like I normally season my hamburgers, pressed meat into thinnish1.5" patties & cooked them about 3/4 of the way. In the muffin tin, I layered HALF of a biscuit, the mini patty, chopped quick sauteed onions, small squirts of desired condiments, cheese, remaining half of biscuit. This didn't add alot of time & the cups really felt like cheeseburgers!"

shoe_princess8 User ID: 1028187 145148
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"We love this easy meal. We used half the brown sugar though. Was a little too sweet the first time we made it. Also, will put cheese down in the cups as it melted on my pan instead of the cups."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 185634
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"Very tasty! We did not use the mustard, because we don't care for it."

amimilam User ID: 4094447 185550
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"This also works great with ground turkey and sloppy joe sauce!! I used large biscuits and a jumbo muffin pan for a bigger portion size. An inch of string cheese in the middle was also a nice surprise for the kids! This is a very versatile recipe and is great for experiment with ingredients that your family likes."

ReneeC___NCalif User ID: 106192 145146
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"Sounds like an interesting snack."

nott818 User ID: 1584703 183474
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"These were delicious and the family loved them. However, when the cheese melted, it went over the edges of the muffin pan instead of down into the filling. Not sure what I did wrong--I think I'm going to put the cheese on the bottom next time and see if that works better."

a387834 User ID: 4103884 172250
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"I loved this recipe! It did not make enough for my family of four but only because it was sooo good. Next time I will make double and I did not use the mustard because we generally do not eat it and it still came out great! Will make over and over."

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