BBQ Burger Bites

Get ready to devour these tiny BBQ Burger Bites! They’re mini burgers that are filled with bbq sauce, onion, cheese and bacon all in a golden and crispy crescent cup. BONUS – it’s just 6 simple ingredients!

BBQ Burger Bites

We’ve been living up in Canada for a little over a year now. It’s been a great experience, but there are still lots of things that I really truly miss from living in the States.

I’m going to say the #1 thing I miss are decent places to eat out.

Maybe it’s because I look at gorgeous picture of food all day, or the fact that food is my life, but I can’t help but feel deprived of a decent dining out experience every time my husband and I venture out for a date night.

BBQ Burger Bites

This last weekend was an experience that tops them all.

Let me just tell you some things you can expect when eating out here:

1. You wait FOREVER.

Whether it’s to have your order taken, have your food served to you, or to even pay your bill… expect long delays.

BBQ Burger Bites

2. Even though they offer free refills, don’t expect to ever get your cup refilled.

I can’t tell you how true this is across the board. Every restaurant my husband and I go to we have to sip our drinks because our server will either never come back for our entire meal, or offer a refill and just never bring one. #thirsty

BBQ Burger Bites

3. Expect to pay top dollar for sub-par food.

I get it. I live in a small, desolate town. Prices are high to make up for lack of consumers. Or is the lack of consumers because the food is dismal? Look, I may be a little more attune with what good food is than your average bear, but I’m pretty sure anyone with eyeballs would agree with me.

You first eat with your eyes, and if your French Onion Soup comes out to you looking like this -

soup

Your eyeballs will throw up.

I literally laughed when our server brought this out to me. For sure thinking some cameras would pop out from behind the dusty curtains and surprise me. Nope. That brownie looking thing floating in that murky cup was my french onion soup.

I couldn’t touch it. My husband took a bite and said it didn’t taste that bad, but I just couldn’t.

BBQ Burger Bites

Does that make me a food snob? Am I a horrible person for not wanting to eat something that looks like someone had an accident in a cup?

I kid you not, my husband and I got in an argument over this.

BBQ Burger Bites

He thought I was over reacting to the whole situation!

Over reacting would have been if I would have requested the “chef” to come out and take a look at the monstrosity that he served me, look at him straight in the face and said, “REALLY?!?!”

That didn’t happen. I just couldn’t stop laughing, and I think that probably made the server uncomfortable, but that soup was making me uncomfortable so I think we were even.

BBQ Burger Bites

My only saving grace was that I had made these BBQ Burger Bites earlier in the day and appropriately stuffed half of the platter in my face.

These little bites are absolutely delicious, plus they’re so simple to make you’ll be shocked!

BBQ Burger Bites

Let your eyeballs feast on these bad boys.

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BBQ Burger Bites

Yield: makes 24 bites

BBQ Burger Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 (8oz) tube refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 12 frozen, fully cooked Homestyle meatballs, thawed
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 2 (1oz) marbled cheddar cheese slices, cut into 24 pieces
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 24 pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with non stick cooking spray. Separate dough into 4 rectangles; pinch perforations to seal. Cut each rectangle into 6 squares. Press each square in bottom and up side of mini muffin cup. Bake 6 minutes. Remove from oven. Using handle of wooden spoon, immediately make 1 1/2 –inch indentation in center of each cup.
  2. Meanwhile sauté the onions in 1 tsp of oil until tender, then combine the meatballs, bbq sauce and 1 tbsp. of water in the skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir until heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Place each half of the meatballs into the crescent cups, cut side facing up. Top each cup with a slice of cheese. Bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown. Cool 1 minute, then remove cups.
  3. While they are finishing baking, render bacon pieces in a skillet until crisp. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Top each cheeseburger bite with a piece of bacon and serve warm. Enjoy!
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Oh, and this is what French Onion Soup should look like…

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

Amen.

Comments

  1. I am not sure that your restaurant experience is exclusive to Canada; here in California I have become very disenchanted with dining out as well. Sure, they will seat you quick (so longs as it isn’t a holiday, or weekend, or dinnertime) but they make you wait forever to order and the entrees don’t even come together. More & more of the “signature dishes” are processed foods, I can taste the difference between scratch and processed (besides Sam’s, Costco & even Target sells –Olive Garden Dressing, Red Lobster Biscuits, PF Chang’s Entrees, TGIFs appetizers and more). They are quick to refill your drinks though because that is about the only thing that stops rioting. For me, I am there to eat, not to drink soda etc. And don’t get me started on tips–everyone I know tips 15-20% because they don’t want to look cheap. TIpping is supposed to be what ensures good service, that’s how the restaurant gets away with paying below poverty hourly wages. We get better service when we order for curbside pick-up because the server throws in extras to get a tip.
    For people who know how to cook and enjoy eating–staying home is most times the only way to get a decent meal.

  2. What a neat idea! Would love to try these!

  3. LS Gourmet says:

    Definitely not just your small town. I live only 45 minutes out of Manhattan, NY and the quality of the restaurants here is just plain awful. Whenever I make the comment that this area is “culinar-ily” challenged someone will tell me how great a particular place is and insist that we should go there. Like Pollyannas we go out hoping this time will be different, but it never is. The food is generally overpriced, and boring, each restaurant a carbon of the one down the block – “American Bistro” or “Red Sauce Italian.” I suppose I should be grateful, the awful food served in restaurants around here forced me to expand my repertoire to Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines for a change of pace.

  4. you sound like me. I am from New Orleans and my partner is French and we move every 3 years to a different French embassy. After 9 years in countries not known for their cuisine( for a reason), we are now back in France in a small village with horrible restaurants. We never eat out. I love to cook, but it can be tiresome. love your blog!

  5. You come up with the most ingenious quickie little recipes. I am always surprised. This is definitely a kid winner too. I have a couple of picky eaters in my sphere of influence now.

  6. That’s just crazy. That was soup? It looks like a hunk of meat. I’d die if I couldn’t eat out and have 27 refills of soda, BTW. It’s my eating out splurge!

  7. These look yummy and fun!

  8. Those BBQ bites are total eye candy compared to that French onion soup! I don’t blame you for not touching it, I wouldn’t have either!

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