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Cheeseburger Mini Muffins Recipe

Cheeseburger Mini Muffins Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

    creamers User ID: 8200460 217267
    Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

    "I've given this a 1 Star rating because there is an error in the recipe. The last time I checked, 2 cups is 16 ounces, not 8. Before I even try it, I would like to have the amount confirmed. Is it 1 cup of cheese which is 8 ounces, or 2 cups which is 16 ounces?"

    SouthernMaster User ID: 7668346 216090
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

    "I doubled the ground beef & reduced the cheese by half as recommended. I cut the ketchup to 1/3 of a cup. & added a couple of ounces of crumbled bacon bits as well. Still not much flavor."

    Bakeandrun User ID: 6385873 205103
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

    "I loved these muffins. I, too, followed the earlier comments and added twice the ground beef and half of the cheese. Yummy!"

    mrs._white User ID: 7182927 58713
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

    "I really enjoyed these "muffins"! They are a little dense, but I didn't mind it. I chose to skip the ketchup in the mix, since I wasn't sure how it would go over with my kids, so instead I added an extra 1/4 cup of milk. I also used a whole pound of burger, as other reviewers suggested, and I did lower the temp to 400. They were done in 20 minutes! Served with diced onions and tomatoes and ketchup and mustard for dipping! Yummy!"

    lorraz User ID: 235444 53691
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

    "Liked the flavor, but not the texture. Followed recipe exactly but they turned out dense, heavy and too dark. Why?"

    shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 130628
    Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

    "I had a spare 1/2 pound of ground beef and decided to make this recipe. My kids (and myself) couldn't get enough. I like that's more hearty than a regular muffin, but portable for road trips and busy days. I also like that the recipe made a lot (I made the regular sized muffins) so I had quite a bit left over to freeze. Will be making again!"

    Malinrose User ID: 4255698 80951
    Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

    "I used Velveeta instead of cheddar cheese. I think Next time I will add chopped fresh Jalapeno pepper. :)"

    kaic User ID: 6165382 43626
    Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

    "I made a batch of the regular-sized muffins today. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out great. They taste strongly of ketchup, so make sure you like that flavor. I like that it is a pretty economical recipe to make and will freeze for easy packable lunches. I'm going to try the previous reviewer's tip about doubling the meat and cutting down on the cheese."

    tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 58697
    Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

    "I've made these once before, exactly by the recipe - Very good!! My husband suggested I double the meat and use a little less cheese. Excellent, it seems more like a 'burger' with the added meat. This is a keeper."

    jzyla User ID: 4738888 130615
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "I was skeptical of this recipe at first - they didn't look too 'pretty' and I thought they might be dry. They are AWESOME. I made them for my husband's 'fight night' party and the boys gobbled them up in minutes and then begged for more. Now my husband requests that I make them monthly and freeze them so he can take them to work and pop them in the microwave. You can really taste the ketchup and mustard!"

    ccdaisirose User ID: 5508049 58628
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

    "I made these today for lunch and they were good but I used a ound of meat and still felt that there could be more. I will use more meat next time, my husband liked them so I will make them again."

    tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 64781
    Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

    "I spoke too soon on this recipe. My husband loved them, and he convinced me to try them the next day - after all the flavors combined, and I have to admit, they were really good. He wants me to make them again for him, and I am happy to enjoy them too."

    tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 46835
    Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

    "I made these exactly as the recipe reads. They were nice and moist, but I felt they lacked flavor. I would prefer more hamburger,onions, less ketchup and use a more flavorful sauce."

    cookadoodle User ID: 5230300 64780
    Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

    "great looking and great tasting muffins. didnt have mustard but didnt notice as my ground beef was heavily seasoned. the more ground beef and cheese you use the less floury the muffins will taste."

    whispurr User ID: 4431844 135634
    Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

    "I added a little extra mustard just because I love mustard but other than that I made them just as the recipe is written. I put the hamburger in the food processor and chop it up small so it would be evently distributed in the muffins. I was concerned that they would be dry but they are very moist and flavorful just as they are. I made them regular muffin size and cooked them for 19 minutes. My husband and I both love them!"

    marika_the_beadmaster User ID: 4589018 205102
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

    "I made these when I first saw them in magazine, and I fell in love with them!!! Been a long time since I made them unfortunately, but going to head to the kitchen right now and make me some! mmmm"

    queenmommy User ID: 4247322 107502
    Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

    "These muffins are one of the few dishes my kids ask for. I've been making them regularly since I first saw the recipe in 2006 and like to double the recipe for plenty of extras to pop in the freezer."

    [email protected] User ID: 1896982 35913
    Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009


    hwabick User ID: 3222990 86093
    Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

    "Just made these today and I followed the ideas of the previous comment. I did twice the meat and added taco seasoning to it. The kids loved them!"

    jules.i.m User ID: 1847310 80943
    Reviewed Mar. 12, 2008

    "These were pretty good, but the muffin tasted very floury and it over powered the hamburger. I think I will use more hamburger next time and cook it with a hamburger seasoning. Still going to make them again. I also added real bacon bits."

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