Move over, sliders. Get ready for burgers on a stick! This bun-less appetizer will be your new favorite low-carb way to eat a burger. They’re so cute and a definite crowd-pleaser. If you’re hosting a party, you should add these burger bites to your menu. If your obsessed with your air fryer as much as me, you will love this and more air fryer recipes!
These mini burgers are a healthy appetizer that don’t skimp on flavor. The bacon is mixed right in with the beef, making it extra juicy. Oh, and did I mention that they’re totally low-carb? There’s no bun – everything’s skewered on an appetizer toothpick. You definitely won’t miss the bread!
To make these bacon-burger bites, start by making the meat mixture. Put the beef, bacon, mustard, salt, pepper, and onion powder in a bowl and combine. Form into about 30 small meatballs. You can prep the beef ahead and refrigerate overnight covered tight in plastic. Prep the remaining ingredients so they are fast to assemble as you want to eat them hot.
When ready to serve, cook the meatballs in batches in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a 400-degree oven for 20 minutes or make them on the grill.
Set out your favorite condiments and let everyone dig in!t
Once they’re done, it’s time to skewer! Add the meatball, jalapeño (if you want some extra spice), pickle, and lettuce on the toothpick and top it off with the tomato. So easy!
Air Fryer Bacon-Burger Bites
2 lbs 90% beef
4 oz center cut raw bacon, minced
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 head butter lettuce
30 cherry tomatoes
2-3 jalapeño sliced in 30 thin slices, optional
30 dill pickle chips or slices
ketchup, mayo and/or yellow mustard , optional for dipping
Using your hands, gently mix together the beef, bacon, mustard, salt, onion powder and pepper.
Form into 30 (golf ball size) balls.
Preheat the air fryer 400F. Working in batches arrange burgers in a single layer.
Cook, flipping halfway to your desired doneness, 8 to 10 minutes for medium.
Place each burger on a skewers with lettuce, pickles and tomatoes and serve with dipping sauces.
125 Cals 13.5 Protein 2 Carbs 6.5 Fats
Serving: 2burgers, Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 13.5g, Fat: 6.5g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 39.5mg, Sodium: 521.5mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 0.5g Blue Smart Points: 4 Green Smart Points: 4 Purple Smart Points: 4
- Don’t eat pork? Use turkey bacon instead or leave it out completely.
- Prefer turkey burgers? Ground turkey will be just as good.
- What do you like on your burgers? Feel free to skewer your favorite fixins!