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Mini Tater Tot Cheeseburgers

Mini Tater Tot Cheeseburgers Recipe

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Welcome to our fun and creative recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a delightful and playful recipe for Mini Tater Tot Cheeseburgers. These bite-sized treats are perfect for parties, appetizers, or a fun family meal. They combine all the classic cheeseburger flavors with the crispy goodness of tater tots. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 24 tater tots, cooked and crispy
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese, cut into small squares
  • 12 small pickle slices
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • Lettuce leaves, cut into small pieces
  • Mayonnaise, for serving
  • Ketchup, for serving
  • Toothpicks, for assembly

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Beef Patties

  1. Season Beef: In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix until well combined.
  2. Form Mini Patties: Shape the seasoned beef into 12 small, round patties, about 1 inch in diameter.

Step 2: Cook the Beef Patties

  1. Heat Skillet: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly grease with oil or non-stick spray.
  2. Cook Patties: Cook the mini patties for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until fully cooked. Place a small square of cheddar cheese on each patty during the last minute of cooking, allowing it to melt.

Step 3: Prepare Tater Tots

  1. Cook Tater Tots: Cook the tater tots according to the package instructions until they are crispy. This can be done in the oven, air fryer, or deep fryer.

Step 4: Assemble the Mini Cheeseburgers

  1. Bottom Tater Tot: Place one crispy tater tot on a serving platter as the base.
  2. Add Lettuce: Place a small piece of lettuce on top of the tater tot.
  3. Add Patty: Place a mini cheeseburger patty on top of the lettuce.
  4. Add Pickle and Tomato: Top the patty with a small pickle slice and a cherry tomato slice.
  5. Top Tater Tot: Finish with another tater tot on top.

Step 5: Secure with Toothpicks

  1. Insert Toothpick: Insert a toothpick through the center of each mini cheeseburger to hold all the layers together.

Step 6: Serve

  1. Serve with Condiments: Serve the mini tater tot cheeseburgers with small bowls of mayonnaise and ketchup for dipping.

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Beef: Use lean ground beef to reduce the amount of grease.
  • Cheese: You can use any type of cheese you prefer, such as Swiss, American, or pepper jack.
  • Tater Tots: Ensure the tater tots are cooked until very crispy to hold up well as “buns.”
  • Assembly: Assemble the cheeseburgers just before serving to keep the tater tots crispy.

Variations

Spicy Mini Cheeseburgers

Add a slice of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce to each mini cheeseburger for a spicy kick.

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Bacon Mini Cheeseburgers

Add a small piece of crispy bacon to each cheeseburger for extra flavor.

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Veggie Mini Cheeseburgers

Use veggie burger patties instead of beef for a vegetarian version.

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BBQ Mini Cheeseburgers

Brush the mini patties with BBQ sauce during the last minute of cooking for a tangy flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these mini cheeseburgers ahead of time?

It’s best to cook the patties and tater tots fresh to keep them crispy. You can prep the patties and cook the tater tots ahead of time, then assemble just before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover mini cheeseburgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or air fryer to maintain crispiness.

Can I use different types of meat?

Yes, you can use ground turkey, chicken, or a plant-based meat substitute instead of beef.

What can I serve with these mini cheeseburgers?

These mini cheeseburgers are great on their own, but you can also serve them with a side of fries, onion rings, or a simple salad.

How can I make the mini patties more flavorful?

You can add additional seasonings to the ground beef mixture, such as Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, or minced onions.

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Mini Tater Tot Cheeseburgers are a fun and delicious twist on traditional sliders. With their crispy tater tot “buns” and juicy cheeseburger patties, they’re sure to be a hit at any gathering. Enjoy making and sharing these delightful bites with your family and friends!