Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Quinoa Bites Recipe

Yields: About 24 mini bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons mustard (yellow or Dijon, optional)
  • 2 large eggs + 2 egg whites

Instructions

1. Get started

  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and grease two 12-cup mini muffin tins very well with nonstick spray.
  • Cook the quinoa: Rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer. Combine the quinoa and chicken broth in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool.

2. Cook the meat

  • Bacon time: Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Crumble when cooled.
  • Brown the beef: Drain off most of the bacon grease, leaving a thin layer in the pan. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add Worcestershire: Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and let the beef cool slightly.

3. Combine ingredients

  • Big mixing bowl: In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cooked ground beef, crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, pickles, ketchup, mustard (if using), eggs, and egg whites. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.

4. Bake the bites

  • Fill ’em up: Scoop the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin tins, filling to the top.
  • Bake: Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and set.
  • Let them cool: Allow the bites to cool slightly in the muffin tins before serving.

5. Serving Tips

  • Serve warm with your favorite burger toppings like ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
  • For a fun presentation, use small toothpicks and create mini-burger flags!
  • These bites freeze well. Freeze individually, then store in a freezer-safe container for a quick and easy snack or lunch.

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