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Cheeseburger Empanadas

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 36
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It's a a bird, its a plane . . . its everything you love about a cheeseburger - in a cocktail hour friendly bite!
by: Michelle Palm
Updated Apr 21, 2021
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Pillsbury Crescents
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  • 3 cans (8 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls (8 Count)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 seasoning packet from Betty Crocker™ Hamburger Helper™ cheeseburger macaroni
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Rolling pin, 3 inch round cookie cutter, dumpling press
  • Flour, for dusting


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375°F. Dust countertop with flour, and remove the crescent rolls from their cans. Pinch the perforations together gently with your fingers to join. Roll each sheet out to about 10 x 15.
  • 2
    Cut 12 rounds from each sheet of crescent rolls.
  • 3
    Brown the ground beef, and drain off any fat.
  • 4
    Add 1/2 cup milk, and the seasoning packet. Stir well. Allow to cook down a bit if filling is too liquid (this will take maybe a minute or two!)
  • 5
    Center a crescent round in the dumpling press. Put about a teaspoon of filling in the middle, press and remove. Repeat with remaining rounds and filling.
  • 6
    Bake burger bites for about 8 minutes - checking often. Once they begin to brown . . . they brown fast!
  • 7
    Serve warm, with ketchup and mustard on the side!

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More About This Recipe

  • Looking at my roster of recent posts, one might get the idea that I’m a little Burger Centric.

    First there were Turkey Taco Sliders, then “Juicy Lucy” Burger Cupcakes, and now . . . Mini Cheeseburger Bites!  I admit it.  I’m mad for burgers.  A mild obsession is no reason to hide under the table.  Particularly when we are talking cheeseburgers, people!  Cheeseburgers!!

    Mini Cheeseburger Bites have everything you love about a cheeseburger, they are meaty and super cheesy (Cheesy Mac Hamburger Helper provides a great seasoning!), with a delicate flaky crust courtesy of everyone’s favorite, the crescent roll.  However, unlike a cheeseburger, or its diminutive cousin, the slider, they are easy to eat in a cocktail dress, while holding a glass of wine.  (Like the chic little dress and heels thing actually happens at my house . . . usually, its cut-offs, a tee shirt and flip flops, but I take my happy hours seriously nonetheless!)

    It goes without saying that Mini Cheeseburger Bites are kid friendly - and it’s a safe bet the ingredients are already in your pantry, making them a perfect option for impromptu gatherings.

    Prep is a breeze.  Just brown and drain the ground beef, add the seasoning packet and a little milk and set aside (cook down for a minute if it seems soupy).

    Meanwhile, roll out the crescent roll sheets to about 10” x 15” and cut rounds out of them.

    Fill with about a teaspoon of filling, and then seal the edges.  I used a dumpling press for mine, but a fork would work just as well.  No need to get obsessive about perfect edges – the dough rises and any definition is gone after baking.

    Serve these little guys warm, with ketchup and mustard on the side, and some relish, too . . . if you’re feeling wild!

    More Party Appetizer Recipes

    There are more mini bites of love to be had. Here's a few favorites for your party table:

    Turkey Taco Sliders

    Chicken In a Basket

    Mini Crescent Dogs

    Mini Grilled Pizzas

    Mini Fruit Pizzas

    Enjoy and XO,

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