Fabulous Freelancer Foodie Recipe: Ground Beef and Turkey Bacon Cheddar Meatballs

Enjoy the versatility of this ground beef and turkey bacon cheddar meatballs recipe by pairing it with pasta, or on its own in a sandwich!

Note: this is a variation of a recipe by Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, as it appeared in the November 7, 2011 issue of People.


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium minced onion
  • 8 ounces of raw diced turkey bacon
  • 2 lbs. of ground beef
  • 6 ounces of grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup of breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons of salt


  1. Prepare by preheating the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and brushing a 13×9” baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  3. Sauté the onions and bacon, being sure to stir frequently for about 10 minutes until they’re golden brown.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the onions and the bacon from the pan to a small plate and let them cool.
  5. Put the onions, bacon, and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl, thoroughly combining them.
  6. Tightly roll this mixture into about 24 meatballs (about the size of golf balls).
  7. Place the meatballs in the baking dish and roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  8. Once they’ve cooked well, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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