Cheeseburger Pizza – two favorites combined!

Cheeseburger Pizza,  it’s two of the world’s favorite comfort foods combined for a perfect weeknight meal!  A delicious crust loaded with lean beef, bacon and of course tons of yummy cheese! Top it with all of your favorite cheeseburger toppings for a family favorite meal!

Somehow I am always finding ways to incorporate that yummy cheeseburger flavor into other dishes like Bacon Cheeseburger Pie and of course our favorite Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs!

A close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

The Best Toppings

Once the pizza dough is baked, cover it in whatever toppings you like best on either cheeseburgers or pizza. Really anything can be added or substituted in this recipe.

  • Sauces: pizza sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, ketchup, or mayo
  • Meat: ground beef, bacon
  • Veggies: green or red bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, or lettuce
  • Herbs: Chili pepper or flakes, dried oregano, basil, or garlic
  • Others: Pickled habaneros, black olives, sweet sandwich pickles

A cheeseburger pizza sliced on a cutting board.

To Make Cheeseburger Pizza

Now that you have your tasty toppings picked out let’s turn these simple ingredients into a tasty, crowd-pleasing dinner!

  1. Pre-bake the pizza dough and brown the ground beef with onion, garlic, and barbecue sauce (per recipe below).
  2. Top the dough with pizza sauce, ground beef mixture, and cheeses.
  3. Sprinkle with cooked bacon bits and drizzle with barbecue sauce and bake in a hot oven until cheeses are bubbling.

Allow it to rest for several minutes before cutting and serving. If your crowd has a large appetite, portion it out into servings of double cheeseburger pizza to play up the burger angle.

Top with your favorite hamburger toppings; a slice of tomato, onion, shredded iceberg lettuce, a drizzle of ketchup.

Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

Other Delicious Sides

Cheeseburger pizza is perfect for casual entertaining or busy weeknights. You don’t need too many side dishes to complete the presentation. Think fresh, crunchy veggies to cut through the cheesy, meaty richness. Broccoli slaw, cucumber salad or arugula salad with berries will provide the welcome contrast you might be craving after a few bites of cheeseburger pizza.

If it’s a special occasion, delight your guests with a fancy beverage such as white sangria, or strawberry lemonade. Or, keep your presentation and preparation fresh and unfussy by offering a simple pitcher of lemon water.

How to Reheat It

Leftover cheeseburger pizza can be refrigerated for up to four days.

  • In the oven: Wrap in foil to prevent the crust from burning and pop in a pre-heated 350°F oven for about minutes.
  • In the microwave: The crust will be soggy, but the taste will still be sensational! If you want to crisp up the crust, then place it on a rack over a cookie sheet for about 5 minutes after reheating.

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Cheeseburger Pizza

Top it with all of your favorite cheeseburger toppings for a family favorite meal!

  • 1 roll refrigerated pizza dough ((or homemade dough for one 12" pizza))
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • mustard and pickles for garnish ((optional))
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Unroll dough onto a parchment-lined pan and bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.

  2. Meanwhile, brown beef, onion, and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat. Add in 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce and cook until thickened (about 3 minutes).

  3. Spread pizza sauce over dough. Top with ground beef mixture and mozzarella cheese.

  4. Add red onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Drizzle with remaining barbecue sauce.

  5. Turn the oven up to 450°F. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

  6. Cut into 8 slices and garnish with your favorite burger toppings (mustard, pickles, ketchup).

Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza
Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.
Top image - cheeseburger pizza sliced on a cutting board, bottom image - close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

Chili Mac Skillet (One Pan Meal)

Supper never fails to satisfy when you serve this Chili Mac Skillet. This cheesy, meaty meal combines ground beef, macaroni, and cheddar cheese in a thick tomato sauce enriched with beef broth.

Make this your go-to recipe when you need to stretch your food budget and still put a smile on everyone’s face! Serve this hearty meal with a light tomato cucumber salad and a slice of garlic bread to soak up every last drop!

Chli Mac in a skillet topped with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese

What is Chili Mac?

Chili Mac is a fresh take on an American Goulash recipe, with a flavorful Tex-Mex flair, thanks to the addition of chili powder and herbs. Make it on the stovetop in a pot for an easy meal that’s a breeze to prep!

Ingredients for Chili Mac

Not only is the shopping, prepping and cooking for this homemade one pot meal super easy, but cleanup is a breeze too. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  •  Base: ground beef, beef broth, elbow macaroni
  • Toppings: cheddar cheese
  • Veggies: crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, garlic cloves
  • Sugar & Spice: parsley, basil, oregano, chili powder, beef bouillon cube, sugar

Substitutions

If you prefer, substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef and use chicken broth and bouillon. Penne pasta, rotini or shells will also serve in place of the macaroni. Add canned black beans, bell peppers or corn to stretch this recipe even more.

For maximum flavor and bite, use extra sharp cheddar. Pepper jack or Colby also work well in this recipe. Consider giving chili mac more of a Mexican vibe by getting creative with cumin powder, jalapenos, or chopped cilantro.

Ingredients to make Chili Mac in a large skillet

To Make this One Pan Skillet Meal

Follow these simple steps and you’ll have dinner on the table in a flash:

  1. Brown the ground beef with onion and garlic and drain off any fat.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the same pan (per recipe below) expect the cheese.
  3. Cover and cook until the macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.

Once cooked, adjust seasoning, top with shredded cheddar, a sprinkle of green onion or cilantro and serve.

An overhead image of chili mac ready to serve

Don’t Forget the Sides!

The beauty of one pot meals like this is that you don’t have to fuss too much with sides. Serve chili mac with tortilla chips or tangy panzanella salad for a welcome crunch.

Baked corn on the cob or tomato avocado salad are also tasty and light sides that will complement the stick-to-your-ribs heartiness of chili mac.

How to Reheat It

This is a terrific meal to make in advance to allow the flavors to deepen and develop. Chili mac will keep in the fridge for up to four days, or in the freezer for up to four months.

To reheat, thaw and then pop into the microwave until steaming hot. Or you can take it straight from the freezer to the oven and bake until bubbling hot throughout.

Macaroni Madness

Chili Mac Skillet

Creamy tex-mex infused pasta skillet!

  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3/4 pound dry macaroni noodles
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried parsley, basil and oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  1. Finely dice the onion (or grate with a cheese grater). Add onion, beef and garlic to a pan over medium heat. Cook until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cover.

  3. Stirring occasionally, let cook 13-17 minutes or until macaroni is cooked through (add a little bit of water if needed).

  4. Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve warm topped with cheese.

 

Chili Mac Skillet served in a white bowl and garnished with shredded cheddar and fresh parsley.
Chili Mac Skillet served in a white bowl and garnished with shredded cheddar and fresh parsley.
Top photo - Chili Mac Skillet served in a white bowl and garnished with shredded cheddar and fresh parsley. Bottom photo - Chili Mac cooked and ready in the skillet.

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite!  This makes the perfect weeknight meal.

Such a simple meal with all the flavor! Try these different variations of Korean beef in these recipes: Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry or Slow Cooker Korean Beef.

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

This right here is my boys favorite weeknight meal.  They beg me to make it every week.  Since we have been so busy with Lacrosse we have been having it every week.  It requires minimal ingredients and requires little effort to make.

Easy, minimal ingredients, and my kids devour it.  This meal became my new BFF.

The ground beef takes only minutes to brown but you still get that delicious Korean flavor in this meal.  The brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger combination is the best.

It helps take the flavor to next level with the simple kitchen ingredients.  The best part is that because we love Asian flavors so much I always have these ingredients on hand.  All I have to do is buy a pound of ground beef each week.

You guys are going to love this meal just as much as we do!  It is so delicious when served over rice and I even like to add some veggies to my bowl to make it a well rounded meal.

Sprinkle with some sesame seeds and freshly chopped green onions and you have about the easiest meal that you will ever make!  You will make this again and again!

How do you make Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls?

  • In a large skillet cook the ground beef and garlic breaking it into crumbles over medium heat until no longer pink.
  • In a small bowl whisk brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and pepper. Pour over the ground beef and let simmer for another minute or two.
  • Serve over hot rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

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What temperature should ground beef be cooked to?

The interior of a raw hamburger usually does contain bacteria, and is safest if cooked well done.The USDA sets the minimum safe temperature for ground beef at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you make this with chicken?

Yes! This is a great chicken flavor as well. Sauté your chicken with all the ingredients. Cook until it is no longer pink.

What is the best rice to use?

  • White rice
  • Brown rice
  • Jasmine rice

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Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite! This makes the perfect weeknight meal.

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups hot cooked white or brown rice
  • sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish
  1. In a large skillet cook the ground beef and garlic breaking it into crumbles over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. In a small bowl whisk brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and pepper. Pour over the ground beef and let simmer for another minute or two.
  3. Serve over hot rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

 

Grilled Steak Fajitas

These Grilled Steak Fajitas are a delicious summer meal made easy on the barbecue. Flank steak is marinated in a savory fajita sauce and served with sautéed peppers and onions in soft tortillas.

Fresh, easy and delicious, these flank steak fajitas are a fun dinner any time of year!

Grilled flank steak fajitas on a board with toppings

This post is sponsored by Mirum, all opinions expressed are my own.

Steak Fajitas are a great recipe to feed a crowd and loaded with flavor! They’re easy to make and fun to share with a collection of our favorite toppers like Homemade Salsa, sliced jalapenos and cheese!

Like many of you, I’m obsessed with spicy foods including toppers for fajitas (I could literally eat Queso Dip by the bucket full). Unfortunately, along with spicy foods (and summer grilling) comes heartburn. No fun for anyone. I’m not alone; Omeprazole ODT commissioned the “Prevent the Summer Burn” survey of 1,029 American heartburn sufferers and found that 42 percent categorize summer as the worst time for heartburn (and more than half of sufferers claim that outdoor barbecues worsens their heartburn).

I can assure you that I don’t let heartburn stop me from indulging in my summer favorites (like patio parties filled with barbecue ribs and of course steak fajitas)!

Always talk to your doctor or a licensed professional before taking a new medication.

We’re always on the go at this time of year. For me, the best part of summer is time spent having BBQs with our friends and neighbors (and drinking mojitos on the deck). Like 1/3 of sufferers, I find that heartburn can keep me from enjoying summer favorites (both foods and activities)! Being proactive and taking Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets (also referred to as ODT) daily helps keep heartburn at bay.

ODT can provide affordable relief to those of us that suffer from heartburn two or more days/week, and you can grab it at Walmart (or other retailers) while you’re grabbing your groceries! Find Omeprazole ODT at a retailer near you. If you’re like me, it’s not always easy to remember to take medication on time. Having tablets that can easily dissolve on the tongue means I can keep a stash in my purse and discreetly take them any time and any place (without water). Perfect for someone like me who is on the go all of the time!

Relief can come in as little as 24 hours. (It can take up to 1-4 days for full effect and is not for immediate relief). They’re so convenient, simply place the strawberry-flavored tablet on your tongue and let it dissolve (they’re the same small size shown on the box). Being able to take heartburn medication easily and discreetly makes summers easier and definitely more enjoyable… and allows me to enjoy my favorite summer foods like these steak fajitas!

Use Omeprazole ODT as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn. Do not take it for more than 14 days or more frequently than every 4 months unless directed by a doctor.

Best Steak For Fajitas

The steak we use for beef fajitas is usually flank steak or skirt steak. I love skirt steak, however our store doesn’t always have it so I more commonly use flank steak.

Fajita Marinade

The key to making the best fajitas is leaving time for the beef to marinate. Not only does it add flavor, but the acidity of lime juice can help break down the proteins in the steak, resulting in tender fajita meat. We marinate at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours.

If you’re using a more tender cut of beef (such as ribeye) you’ll want to reduce your marinating time to about 30 minutes.

How To Make Steak Fajitas

To make these steak fajitas:

  1. Marinate: Marinate the flank steak in the fajita marinade ingredients for 4-8 hours.
  2. Grill: Grill steak to medium rare (135-140°F) or to desired temperature. Remember let the steak rest at least 10 minutes before slicing to keep it extra juicy (while you cook the peppers/onions).
  3. Saute: Saute the onions for a few minutes over medium heat. Add peppers and spices, then saute an additional 3-5 minutes or until they’re tender crisp

Once rested, it’s important to cut the flank steak across the grain. You will see the direction of long fibers running down the steak, you want to be sure to cut across the fibers to ensure tender meat.

Sliced flank steak with peppers, onions and tomatoes for making grilled fajitas

Toppings For Steak Fajitas

When making steak fajitas, we put out an array of toppings to enjoy and let everyone dress them up the way they like! Place your steak slices and a spoonful of peppers & onions in soft tortillas and top with desired toppings: .

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Grilled Steak Fajitas

Tender steak slices are marinated in a savory fajita sauce and served with satueed peppers and onions in soft tortillas. 

Beef

  • 1 1/2 lbs flank steak (or skirt steak)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Vegetables

  • 1 white onion (sliced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (seeded & sliced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (seeded & sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

For Serving

  • 8 flour tortillas (8")
  • toppings as desired
  1. Combine beef, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Marinate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill the steak 7-9 minutes. Flip over and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or to reach desired doneness. Rest 10 minutes before slicing.
  3. Drizzle onions and peppers with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and cumin.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil to a pan and add onions. Cook 3-4 minutes. Add sliced peppers and cook and additional 3-5 minutes or until tender crisp.
  5. Slice steak across the grain. Fill warmed tortillas with steak, peppers and desired toppings.

 

Taking Omeprazole ODT is simple, 1 dose every 24 hours for 14 days.  Do not take Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets for more than 14 days and do not exceed more than every four months unless directed to do so by your Physician.

I am excited to have partnered with Mirum to bring you this belly warming recipe.  While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!
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Meatloaf Muffins (Quick Cooking)

Mini Meatloaf Muffins are a fun and fabulous twist on our favorite meatloaf recipe. They are the perfect for a weeknight dinner because they cook quickly and they’re great to pop into your lunch box.

Topped with an amazing sweet n’ zesty glaze, the meatloaf muffin recipe here is a cinch to make and perfect alongside your fave Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Plate full of meatloaf muffins.

Glaze for Meatloaf

I prefer a tomato based topping, a little sweet and a lot zesty. This recipe uses a bit of chili sauce which is not spicy. If you’ve never had it, it’s amazing… similar to a very zesty ketchup. It’s honestly my favorite part of meatloaf!

Favorite Meatloaf Toppings:

  • Zesty Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup chili sauce, 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Brown Sugar Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • BBQ Topping: combine equal parts bbq sauce and ketchup

Meatloaf muffin ingredients in a bowl.

How to Cook Meatloaf in Muffin Tins?

Cooking meatloaf in muffin tins is super simple. Substitute ground beef for ground turkey or chicken, and prepare the same way!

  1. Glaze: Prepare the glaze by whisking together ketchup, chili sauce and brown sugar and set aside.
  2. Prep: Dice the veggies and combine all ingredients well, with ½ the glaze mixture, reserving the other half for topping.
  3. Bake: Divide the mixture among the muffin wells, top with glaze, and bake!

Remove when done and allow to rest for several minutes before serving.

Two images showing meatloaf mixture being pressed into muffin tins and then topped with glaze.

How Long To Cook Mini Meatloaf

Another reason to love muffin tin meatloaf is that it cooks a lot faster than conventional meatloaf. It should take about 22 – 26 minutes in a preheated 425°F oven.

It’s a good idea to use a meat thermometer when cooking ground meat or poultry. Meatloaf muffins are done when the centers register 160°F for ground beef or 165°F for ground poultry.

Close up of meatloaf muffins on a plate with a bite out of one, garnished with parsley.

Can I Freeze Meatloaf Muffins?

This mini meatloaf recipe is practically tailor-made for the freezer, either as a make-ahead meal or for leftovers.

  • Freezing Cooked: After cooling, pack your cooked muffin tin meatloaf in freezer bags and remove as few or as many as you need anytime you want a convenient meal or snack.
  • Freezing Raw: You can also freeze muffin pan meatloaf raw for cooking later. Place the pan filled with the meatloaf in the freezer to harden. When hardened, transfer into freezer bags or containers.
  • Defrosting: For best results, defrost before reheating either in the refrigerator or by putting it in a sealed freezer bag in a cold water bath, changing the water every ½ hour until thawed through. Then, just pop them back into the muffin tins, cover with foil and reheat at 350°F for 20 minutes.

The best part about this easy freezer meals  – they’ll keep for up to three months! So make lots and save some for a busy day.

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Meatloaf Muffins

These easy meatloaf muffins are the perfect snack or quick dinner idea. Especially when making these ahead and freezing!

  • 1/2 onion (finely diced)
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 green pepper (finely diced)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste

Glaze

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a muffin pan and set aside.
  2. Combine glaze ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Cook onion over medium heat in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 5 minutes or until tender (this step is optional but produces a milder onion flavor). Cool completely.

  4. Combine all ingredients plus 1/4 cup of the glaze mixture. Mix until well combined.
  5. Divide mixture over 10 muffin wells. Top each meatloaf with 1 tablespoon glaze mixture.
  6. Bake 22-26 minutes or until cooked through and beef is 160°F. Rest 5 minutes before serving.

Mini meatloaf muffins are a quick and easy alternative to a classic meatloaf! Using muffin tins, ground beef, chicken or turkey and a brown sugar glaze you can create the best make-ahead meal! Perfect as a snack, lunch or quick dinner with mashed potatoes, this recipe is always a hit with the family. And baking in half the time of a normal meatloaf, it will be a hit with the chef as well! #spendwithpennies #meatloafmuffins #meatloafrecipe #minimeatloaf #dinner #snack #freezermeal
Mini meatloaf muffins are a quick and easy alternative to a classic meatloaf! Using muffin tins, ground beef, chicken or turkey and a brown sugar glaze you can create the best make-ahead meal! Perfect as a snack, lunch or quick dinner with mashed potatoes, this recipe is always a hit with the family. And baking in half the time of a normal meatloaf, it will be a hit with the chef as well! #spendwithpennies #meatloafmuffins #meatloafrecipe #minimeatloaf #dinner #snack #freezermeal
Mini meatloaf muffins are a quick and easy alternative to a classic meatloaf! Using muffin tins, ground beef, chicken or turkey and a brown sugar glaze you can create the best make-ahead meal! Perfect as a snack, lunch or quick dinner with mashed potatoes, this recipe is always a hit with the family. And baking in half the time of a normal meatloaf, it will be a hit with the chef as well! #spendwithpennies #meatloafmuffins #meatloafrecipe #minimeatloaf #dinner #snack #freezermeal

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs (in Homemade Tomato Sauce)

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs make spaghetti and meatballs extra delicious. Ground beef meatballs are stuffed with mozzarella and are especially luscious smothered in a homemade spaghetti sauce with a side of garlic bread.

Close up of a mozzarella stuffed meatballs with homemade tomato sauce on top. A bite is taken out of it.

How to Make Stuffed Meatballs

While there is a little more prepping involved in this recipe than with regular Italian meatballs, it is still super easy!  The rave reviews these meatballs earn will be well worth the effort.

How to Prepare Stuffed Meatballs: For this recipe, the stuffed meatballs are prepared separately from the sauce.

SAUCE

  1. Sauté diced onion in olive oil, and when softened, add the minced garlic.
  2. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and seasonings.
  3. Simmer uncovered or partially covered to thicken.

Four images showing the steps to prepare stuffed meatballs.

MEATBALLS

While the sauce simmers, the meatballs can be prepared and baked.

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all meatball ingredients except the mozzarella.
  2. Cut the block of mozzarella into small cubes.
  3. Wrap each cube with the meat mixture. Compress a couple of tablespoons of meat in one hand, press a cube into the center and shape tightly into a ball ensuring the cheese is fully enclosed.
  4. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake.

Close up of mozzarella stuffed meatballs, garnished with parsley, and served with a homemade tomato sauce on the side.

How to Cook Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

You can bake mozzarella stuffed meatballs for 15-20 minutes at 350°F. They meatballs will cook in the sauce a bit as well.

You’ll want to make sure the cheese is sealed in as best as you can however, you can expect a little cheese to ooze out.

You can serve cheese stuffed meatballs over spaghetti noodles, zucchini noodles or inside a sandwich roll for a fabulous meatball sub. Stuffed meatballs also make terrific party appetizers. Bacon wrapped cheese stuffed meatballs are especially suited for such occasions, with or without a marinara dipping sauce.

Mozzarella stuffed meatballs topped with a homemade tomato sauce, garnished with parsley.

Can You Freeze Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

While the prep work may take time, this is one dish that’s practically made for cooking in advance, so make lots. You’ll love the convenience! You can either bake and freeze them, or shape them into meatballs and freeze them raw (provided the meat was not frozen initially).

Either raw or cooked, place the meatballs on a cookie sheet inside the freezer. When hardened, place in freezer bags and store for up to four months. Thaw inside the refrigerator before baking or broiling.

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs in Homemade Tomato Sauce

Juicy ground turkey is wrapped around a cube of mozzarella and baked until ooey-gooey!

Meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil ((if using turkey))
  • 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil ((or 1 teaspoon dried basil))
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound fresh mozzarella (cut into small cubes)

Sauce

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28 oz canned whole tomatoes with juice
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon ((for zest only))

Sauce

  1. Using a veggie peeler, peel off two very thin pieces of lemon zest making sure only to get the yellow part (not the white).

  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion & garlic and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add remaining sauce ingredients. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 1 hour.

Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 375.

  2. Cut mozzarella into 24 small squares, set aside.

  3. Mix together turkey or beef, olive oil (if using turkey) onion, egg, panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, and pepper. Mix just until combined (over mixing will create tough meatballs).

  4. Divide meat into 24 even pieces. Wrap each piece around a piece of cheese. Roll into a ball ensuring all of the cheese is completely covered by the turkey mixture.

  5. Place on a pan lined with parchment paper. Bake 30 minutes (a little of the cheese may leak out of some of the meatballs, that's ok, there will still be more inside!)

  6. Remove meatballs from the oven, stir into the sauce and let simmer an additional 20 minutes.

  7. Serve on pasta.

Nutrition information calculated using ground turkey. 

This recipe was inspired by Allrecipes.com.

This mozzarella stuffed meatballs recipe is one of the best! It packs so much flavor into every bite. A ground turkey or beef mixture is wrapped around a cube of mozzarella cheese and baked until ooey-gooey! Then simmered in a homemade tomato sauce before being served over a bed of your favorite pasta.  #spendwithpennies #mozzarellastuffedmeatballs #homemadetomatosauce #pasta #Italian #appetizer
This mozzarella stuffed meatballs recipe is one of the best! It packs so much flavor into every bite. A ground turkey or beef mixture is wrapped around a cube of mozzarella cheese and baked until ooey-gooey! Then simmered in a homemade tomato sauce before being served over a bed of your favorite pasta.  #spendwithpennies #mozzarellastuffedmeatballs #homemadetomatosauce #pasta #Italian #appetizer

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (with a 2-ingredient glaze!)

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf says homemade comfort food like no other. This easy meal is a twist on a traditional meatloaf recipe, by wrapping it in bacon and brushing it with a delicious sticky meatloaf glaze!

Moist and flavorful, this is the ultimate comfort food!

Bacon wrapped meatloaf with a slice cut off

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Meatloaf is practically synonymous with American cuisine and belongs in every cook’s repertoire. A traditional meatloaf recipe is made with seasoned ground beef combined with egg and bread or cracker crumbs as a binder, then shaped into a loaf and baked.

And we all know that everything is better with bacon from bacon wrapped chicken to Bacon Wrapped Asparagus! In this case, a juicy meatloaf is wrapped in for enhanced flavor and to  keep the meat lusciously moist.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Easy bacon wrapped meatloaf comes together quickly, especially if you’re not afraid to mix it with your hands! This recipe comes together in 3 easy parts.

Start with the Glaze:

  1. Whisk together the ketchup and chili sauce glaze and set aside.

Meatloaf ingredients in a bowl.

Make the Meatloaf:

  1. Dice onion and green pepper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except bacon and glaze.
  3. Place the mixture in a pan and shape into a loaf (I like to use a rack with a little piece of parchment paper to allow fat to drip off).

Steps for making a bacon wrapped meatloaf including shaping the loaf on a wire rack and brushing with sauce

Wrap with Bacon and Bake:

  1. Brush with glaze, wrap the loaf with bacon, covering top and sides and tucking in the ends.
  2. Again brush with the glaze and bake.

Be sure to allow your meatloaf to rest at least 15 minutes after removing from the oven so it will slice neatly without falling apart.

Steps for making a bacon wrapped meatloaf including wrapping with bacon and brushing with sauce

Times & Temperatures

Meatloaf is made with raw ground beef and eggs so be sure to cook it well done. A 2lb bacon wrapped meatloaf will need about 60-70 minutes at 375°F (a 3lb meatloaf needs closer to 80-90 minutes).

For best results and safety, use a meat thermometer and check that the meatloaf, like all ground beef recipes, reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.

Two slices of bacon wrapped meatloaf on a plate with mashed potatoes and veggies.

Got leftovers?

I love to make extras any time I make a great meatloaf recipe. Leftovers make for a quick meal or a perfect sandwich.

Fridge: Bacon wrapped meatloaf will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. It can be reheated in the oven or even the microwave.

Freezer: You can safely freeze leftovers once cooled. I prefer to freeze in individual slices to make it easy to reheat and serve.

Stellar Sides

Meatloaf is the perfect main dish for hearty meat ‘n potatoes meal.  Serve it with:

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

This easy bacon wrapped meatloaf is brushed with a tangy ketchup and chili sauce glaze and is one of the best ways to prepare ground beef.

  • 1 small onion (finely diced)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 green pepper (finely diced)
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 8-10 slices bacon

Meatloaf Glaze

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Combine glaze ingredients. Set aside.

  3. Cook onion over medium heat in 1 tablespoon olive oil 5 minutes or until tender (this step is optional but produces a milder onion flavor). Cool completely.

  4. Combine onions, eggs, milk, green pepper, cracker crumbs, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup of glaze and beef in a large bowl.

  5. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil and top with metal rack. Add a piece of parchment paper just slightly larger than your meat loaf will be (or foion the rack.
  6. Form beef into a 9×5" loaf and place on the parchment. Brush with glaze.

  7. Wrap meatloaf with bacon tucking the ends under the bottom of the loaf. Brush the loaf with the glaze mixture and bake 45 minutes.

  8. Brush again with glaze and bake another 30 minutes or until meatloaf reaches 160°F.

  9. Rest 15 minutes before slicing.

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Meatloaf wrapped with bacon, with one piece sliced and garnished with fresh parsley

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Grilled Garlic Herb Flank Steak with Avocado Corn Salsa

Grilled Garlic Herb Flank Steak with Avocado Corn Salsa is infused with amazing garlic herb flavor and grilled to tender and juicy perfection.  The avocado corn salsa on top is phenomenal!  

Flank Steak is an easy steak to cook and we love it in our home! Brown Sugar Garlic Flank Steak, Grilled Flank Steak with Asian-Inspired Marinade or Lemon Garlic Butter Flank Steak with Mushrooms are a few recipes to try ASAP!

Grilled Flank Steak

Grilled flank steak is happening at least once a week at our house.  The boys in our house are steak obsessed and it is usually the choice of meat for them.  I love grilled flank steak because it is SO easy!  And the best part is that you don’t need a complicated marinade to add amazing flavor.  This marinade is simple to make with fresh herbs and garlic which infuses the steak with amazing flavor. This grilled flank steak comes out perfectly every single time!

How do you make Grilled Garlic Herb Flank Steak?

  • To start, make the marinade for the flank steak.  Add olive oil, chopped garlic, fresh chopped herbs, and salt and pepper to a large plastic bag.  Add the flank steak and marinate for at least an hour or overnight.
  • Heat your grill to high heat.  Add the steak and grill each side for a couple of minutes to get nice char marks.  Move them to indirect heat and cook the steak until desired doneness.  We like medium.
  • While the steak is cooking on the grill prepare your avocado corn salsa.  Add chopped avocado, corn, red onion, chopped tomato, and cilantro to a small bowl and stir to combine.  Squeeze a fresh lime on top and serve over grilled flank steak.

Important tips for grilling flank steak:

  • Let the steak marinate for at least an hour or overnight before grilling.
  • Grill steak on high heat for 1-2 minutes to sear on each side and move to indirect heat.
  • Remove steak from the grill and rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes covered in aluminum foil
  • Slice the steak across the grain.

What temperature do you grill flank steak?

It takes about 4 minutes each side for medium rare which is 130-135 degrees on a thermometer.

What sides go with steak?

Grilled Garlic Herb Flank Steak with Avocado Corn Salsa

Grilled Garlic Herb Flank Steak with Avocado Corn Salsa is infused with amazing garlic herb flavor and grilled to tender and juicy perfection. The avocado corn salsa on top is phenomenal!

  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Avocado Corn Salsa:

  • 2 avocados (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 (11 ounce) can yellow corn (drained)
  • ½ red onion (diced)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • juice of one lime
  1. In a large bowl or ziplock bag, add olive oil, garlic, chopped rosemary, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Add flank steak and marinate for 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat grill to high heat. Discard marinade and add flank steak to the grill. Let the steak sear on high heat for 1-2 minutes on each side and then move to indirect heat and let cook until desired doneness. Medium rare is 130-135 degrees on a thermometer. Remove steak from heat and cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. To make the avocado corn salsa: Add avocado, tomatoes, corn, red onion, cilantro and lime juice to a medium sized bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Slice the steak across the grain and top with avocado corn salsa.

 

 

 

Taco Lasagna – a fun twist on a classic dish!

Taco Lasagna brings a south-of-the-border kinda’ twist to a classic lasagna recipe! All the best parts of a ground beef taco are layered with lasagna noodles to create one colorfully layered entrée!

Serve with your favorite toppings like sour cream, pico de gallo, or a dollop of the best guacamole.

A slice of taco lasagna on a plate, garnished with sliced jalapeños and tomatoes.

Surprise your friends and family with a Mexican twist on an Italian classic! Take this easy taco lasagna to a potluck or an office luncheon! Make it even easier by assembling and baking it earlier! Just reheat it when you reach your destination!

How to Layer Lasagna

For this taco lasagna (made with noodles), start with the tomato sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish. This keeps the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pan and makes the portions come out easier!

The standard layering technique is sauce, noodles, sauce, noodles, cheese, noodles, sauce. Just remember to put a layer of noodles between each cheese and sauce layer to keep everything in place!

A four square image of the steps to prepare a taco lasagna.

How to Make Taco Lasagna

Once you have all the mixtures prepped, layering this taco lasagna dish is a breeze!

  1. Beef Mixture: Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet.
    • Drain the fat and stir in the taco seasoning (or use homemade taco seasoning) and water. Cook until is evaporated and sauce is thickened.
    • Add the beans and veggies and cook the sauce mixture until heated thoroughly set it aside.
  2. Cheese Mixture: In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, sour cream and egg. Set aside.
  3. Layering: In a 9×13 inch pan, layer the ingredients ending with sauce!
  4. Bake: Cover the taco lasagna, bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with remaining cheeses and bake until cheese is browned and bubbly.

Allow the casserole to rest about 10 to 15 minutes so it has a chance to set. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, sliced black olives, sliced green onions or jalapeños!

Taco Lasagna baked in a white casserole dish. Garnished with sliced jalapeños and tomatoes.

What to Serve with Lasagna

Just like a traditional Italian lasagna, this cheesy taco lasagna lends itself to simple sides like a crunchy tossed salad, a tray of fresh cut veggies with Buttermilk Ranch Dip, or even some tortilla chips for scooping!

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Taco Lasagna

Seasoned beef, beans, and veggies layered between lasagna noodles and baked until bubbly.

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 9 lasagna noodles (cooked and cooled)

Sauce

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 onion (finely diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 packages taco seasoning (low sodium or homemade)
  • 1 green bell pepper (finely diced)
  • 28 oz low sodium diced canned tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 15 oz black beans (drained and rinsed)

Cheese Layer

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large pan, brown ground beef, onion and garlic. Drain any fat. Stir in taco seasoning and 1 cup water. Cook until water is evaporated.

  3. Add green pepper, undrained tomatoes, corn, and black beans. Let simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.

  4. In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, sour cream, cumin and egg. Set aside.

  5. In a 9×13 pan, layer in the following order: 1 cup of sauce, 3 lasagna noodles, 1/2 of remaining sauce, 3 lasagna noodles, cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup of each cheddar and mozzarella, 3 lasagna noodles, remaining sauce.

  6. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil, add remaining cheeses and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese browned and bubbly.

  7. Let rest 10-15 minutes before cutting. Serve with desired toppings such as sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, green onions and cilantro.

Nutrition information does not include optional toppings.

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A slice of taco inspired lasagna served on a white plate and garnished with sliced cherry tomatoes

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Taco lasagna bake is a tasty oven-baked casserole dish. Using lasagna noodles, black beans, corn and taco seasoning you can prep and bake this dish ahead of time. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or to take to a potluck! #spendwithpennies #tacolasagna #maindish #Mexican #casserole

The Best Juicy Burgers!

Hamburgers are perfect for summer celebrations or lazy afternoons! The best way to make a classic burger is with just 4 simple ingredients and a a few great tips!

Simply grill and serve with a generous side of dill pickle pasta salad or our favorite potato salad.

A classic beef burger assembled with tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and sauce.

Meat for Hamburgers

A great hamburger recipe has very few ingredients so we always make sure to have the best quality possible!

I start with ground chuck. This is a recipe I want to make sure I have a little bit of fat so I use an  80/20 mix. There is enough fat in the burger to keep it juicy yet not so much that it’ll just have flare ups. The fat adds great flavor and a great texture to this recipe!

A 90/10  mix can result in a dry hamburger. If it’s all you have on hand, add some finely chopped bacon or even a tablespoon or so of olive oil!

Ground chuck patties seasoned for making the best hamburgers

How to Make Hamburgers

If you have a great hamburger or cheeseburger recipe, you’ll be legendary at home and in the neighborhood for sure! This simple technique ensures burger success every single time, whether you use a grill or the stovetop!

  • MIX:
    • Mix beef, grated onion, and Worcestershire sauce together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • FORM PATTIES:
    • Shape into 4 patties, about ¾” thick.
    • Create an indent in the center of each one with your thumb, this will help keep the burger from bulging in the center.
    • Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before cooking.
  • GRILL OR PAN FRY: Follow the directions below to either grill or cook on the stove.

The FoodSafety.gov recommends cooking ground beef to a temperature of 160°F (test your patties with a meat thermometer). Let them rest a few minutes before serving with condiments, toppings and a toasted bun!

Hamburger patties grilled and ready to serve with pickles and tomatoes

How Long to Grill Burgers

If you are using a gas grill, the thickness of the burger and the temperature of the grill makes all the difference in how long to cook it. Make sure your grill is preheated to medium and cook the burgers about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.  Let them rest about 5 minutes before serving. Just because the outside looks cooked, doesn’t mean the inside is fully cooked.

How to tell if it’s cooked: The best method to tell if beef burgers are cooked all the way is to use a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the patty and check for an internal temperature of 160°F (or just a few degrees before). Remember, meat continues to cook a little bit once it’s been removed from its heat source.

Close up of a juicy hamburger assembled with tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and sauce.

How to Cook a Burger on the Stove

Beef burgers are easy to cook on the stove!

  1. Using a cast iron or heavy skillet, form patties and place in the skillet over medium heat.
  2. Allow them to fry and form a crust on one side and then flip them and cook until they are cooked.
  3. Test for doneness with a meat thermometer and remove from pan.

What to Put on a Burger

The best burger recipe always has a selection of tasty toppings and condiments. Hamburger recipes are the ultimate ‘build-your-own’ meal because no two burgers have to be the same!

  • Standard Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles
  • Extra Toppings: chili, eggs, sauteed mushrooms, guacamole or jalapeños. For an extra kick, try making this spicy jalapeño cheddar burger!
  • Condiments:  mustard, mayo, and relish, why not a squirt of sriracha or wasabi or even barbecue sauce!

Whatever is in the fridge or pantry can go on a burger! Also, a great bun only complements a great burger, so be sure to use quality buns or rolls and toast them alongside the burger for a little extra yum!

Delicious Burger Side Dishes

Classic Hamburger Recipe

This classic hamburger is made with only 4 ingredients and can be grilled or cooked on the stove top!

  • 1 lb ground chuck (80/20)
  • 1 tablespoon onion (grated)
  • 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 rolls
  1. Mix beef, onion and Worcestershire in a bowl just until combined.

  2. Gently shape into 4 patties, about 3/4″ thick. Using your thumb, create an indent in the centre of each burger.
  3. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before cooking.

To Grill

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Season the outside of the burgers with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Cook burgers about 4-6 minutes per side or until they reach 160°F.

  4. Rest 5 minutes. Serve on toasted sesame seed rolls.

To Cook on the Stove Top

  1. Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the outside of the burgers with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the beef patties and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until they reach 160°F.

This classic hamburger is made with 4 main ingredients: ground beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings to taste! Whip these up and get them on the grill for your next summer celebration or lazy afternoon! #spendwithpennies #classichamburger #burger #grilling #barbecue #maindish
This classic hamburger is made with 4 main ingredients: ground beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings to taste! Whip these up and get them on the grill for your next summer celebration or lazy afternoon! #spendwithpennies #classichamburger #burger #grilling #barbecue #maindish