Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites

Air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites are one of those recipes your air fryer was made for! That’s right, it’s a super easy appy. These bacon burger bombs are a great appetizer for any occasion, whether you’re watching the game and don’t want to take your eyes off the screen or you just want to rustle up a quick and easy air fryer appetizer. Whether you call the bacon wrapped meatballs or meatloaf balls, you will agree that they taste AMAZING!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.

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Bacon wrapped meatballs with cheddar and sesame seeds are as hearty and satisfying as they sound. Try these meatloaf balls if you want a quick air fryer appetizer which requires very few ingredients.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites Ingredients

You only need 6 main ingredients to make these bacon burger bombs, along with some salt and pepper. You will need ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, bacon, and sesame seeds. Feel free to use any kind of ground beef, although I find 80% or 90% lean to be the best.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.

Anything lower than 75% is going to be high in fat, and the fat will simply drip through the meatloaf balls and shrink them, so don’t choose the fattiest for this recipe. As for the cheese, you can swap the cheddar for any other cheese you happen to like. Anything would work in this easy appy, even blue cheese or Swiss cheese. So pick any kind of cheese you love to pair with beef.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.

Center-Cut Bacon vs Regular Bacon: What’s the Difference?

A lot of brands offer center-cut strips of bacon which is between 25 and 35% lower in fat than traditional bacon. But what exactly is it? Well, center-cut bacon is just regular bacon that’s had the fatty ends removed. So if you’re using it in a recipe where the added fat is a good thing (think filling for breakfast taco or spaghetti carbonara) you can use either kind.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.

However, if you’re wrapping meatloaf balls in it, such as in this air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites recipe, that’s different. With bacon-wrapped anything, you want the bacon to stay in place and not melt away!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.

Both kinds of bacon taste identical, but if you’re wrapping something in bacon, then center-cut is the best option. Try center-cut bacon when you next make bacon-wrapped green beans and you’ll see the difference.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These meatloaf balls are a great game day appy.

How to Make these Bacon Burger Bombs

You’re going to love how easy these air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites are to make. The first thing to do is mix the beef with egg, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper for the meatloaf balls.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These meatloaf balls are a great game day appy.

Next shape the meat mixture into 6 equal-sized portions. Cut the cheese into cubes then pop one inside each meatball. Now make them into bacon wrapped meatballs by wrapping a slice of bacon around each one, securing with a toothpick or tucking the ends in.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These meatloaf balls are a great game day appy.

Air fry the easy appy for about 12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Finally sprinkle sesame seeds over each one and serve hot with ketchup and mustard for dipping.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These meatloaf balls are a great game day appy.

Bacon Wrapped Meatballs FAQs

Can you make air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites ahead?

Wondering whether this air fryer appetizer can be prepared ahead of time?
You can assemble these a day ahead but don’t air fry them until you’re ready. Prepare them until the wrapping in bacon stage and then keep them covered and refrigerated. You can then cook them the following day and they should come out just as tasty.

Can I use ground pork or ground turkey instead of the beef?

These meatloaf balls are definitely open to variations, you’ll be pleased to learn. Ground beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or a blend of ground meats is going to work just as well, so pick your favourite.

How do you store and reheat leftover bacon wrapped meatballs?

It’s worth making more of this easy appy that you think you’ll need. That’s because bacon burger bombs can be stored and reheated. Keep leftovers in a Ziploc bag or sealed container for up to 3 days and reheat them in the air fryer or oven on a low setting or in the microwave.

Freezing them is another option if you do this before adding the bacon. Arrange the meatballs on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze. Then you can transfer them into a Ziploc freezer bag. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator, wrap them in bacon and proceed with the recipe.

Air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites are one of those recipes your air fryer was made for! That’s right, it’s a super easy appy. These bacon burger bombs are a great appetizer for any occasion. Perfect for when you want to rustle up a quick and easy air fryer appetizer. Whether you call the bacon wrapped meatballs or meatloaf balls, you will agree that they taste AMAZING! These tasty air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites are perfect if you love meat, cheese and bacon! #appetizer #appy
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These meatloaf balls are a great game day appy.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxobella, shares a recipe for air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites. These bacon burger bombs are a tasty air fryer appetizer.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 980kcal
Author: Bella
Air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites are an appy recipe to try! These bacon burger bombs are a great appetizer for any occasion. Whether you call the bacon wrapped meatballs or meatloaf balls, you will agree that they taste AMAZING!
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Ingredients

  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper coarse
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ Cup bread crumbs
  • 4 Ounces cheddar cheese block
  • 1 Pound bacon center cut
  • 2 Teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Combine ground beef, salt, pepper, egg, and breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl. Thoroughly mix.
  • Cut cheese into ½” cubes.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to form equal sized burger bites. Roll the ground beef mixture between your palms and form into a ball. Make a small divot in the center, then place the cheese cube inside. Form the ground beef around the cheese.
  • Wrap each burger bite with bacon. Tuck the ends of the bacon in as you wrap, or secure with a toothpick.
  • Place burger bites in a single layer in the air fryer and cook for 12 minutes. Stop halfway through to flip and evenly crisp the bacon.
  • Sprinkle burgers with sesame seeds and serve with ketchup and mustard to dip.

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Nutrition

Calories: 980kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 98g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 42g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 719mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

These tasty air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites make a perfect snack for any occasion. This is a quick and simple air fryer appetizer which is full of flavour and perfect if you love meat, cheese and bacon!

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  1. Marissa Patterson wrote:

    5 stars
    My son would love these!

    Posted 3.25.22 Reply