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23 Ground Beef Appetizers (+ Easy Recipes)

These simple ground beef appetizers are a guaranteed hit at any gathering!

Nothing gets appetites aroused like the sizzle of ground beef.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a family gathering, game night, or holiday party.

Ensuring you have the right appetizers is the first step to ensuring your event is a success. 

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This list features 23 flavorful and budget-friendly ground beef appetizers.

You’re sure to find something to satisfy your guests’ hunger and leave them clamoring for more. 

So let’s fire up the stove and get cooking!

Trust me, everyone will love these easy yet impressive creations bursting with flavor.

1. Cheeseburger Meatballs

Would you believe me if I told you you could fit an entire cheeseburger into a single meatball? It’s true!

You can fit the flavor of an entire cheeseburger into a single meatball, anyway.

These tiny morsels have it all: beef, cheese, ketchup, onion soup mix, pickle relish, and more. 

They might be small and look nothing like burgers. But they have a whole ton of burger-licious flavor in every bite. 

2. Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Dip

This supremely cheesy taco dip is lip-smackingly delicious.

It’s also one of the most convenient appetizers you can make. 

You can have it ready in 30 minutes with only six ingredients.

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It features well-seasoned ground beef and a blend of shredded and cream cheese. 

Mix in some salsa for extra south-of-the-border flavor for a real hit.

Serve it with warm tortillas for dipping, and watch as it disappears. 

3. Cheeseburger Biscuit Cups

Imagine biting into a warm, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth biscuit.

No, really. Close your eyes and picture it. Is there anything more comforting than that mental image?

Now, imagine that same delicious biscuit with a cheesy ground beef filling. 

Oh yeah. These things are the stuff. Every bite is like a little taste of heaven.

Your guests won’t be able to get enough. You might want to go ahead and double this recipe. 

4. Mini Taco Bowls

I’m absolutely nuts about these mini taco bowls.

They’re the easiest (and least messy) way to serve bite-sized tacos at a party. 

Take everything you love about tacos, and pack it into a Scoop tortilla.

You can make them as simple or as elaborate as you like. 

Stick to seasoned beef, taco sauce, and cheese. Or add diced tomatoes, onions, guacamole, peppers, and anything else you like.

These tasty treats are sure to please everyone who tries them.

5. Creamy Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

Here’s another insanely cheesy dip to delight a crowd. It features cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and cheddar cheese! 

There’s also beef, bacon, onions, and plenty of other yummy stuff.

Like the cheeseburger meatballs, this dip packs a whole burger’s worth of flavor into one dish.

6. Beef Enchilada Dip

FYI: This won’t be the last dip on the list. It is, however, one of my favorites.

It tastes spectacular and is ridiculously simple to whip up. 

All you’ll need are a few easy-to-find ingredients. The ground beef, onions, and cheese make this a gooey, hearty, and flavorful dip. 

You also add cumin, enchilada sauce, and sour cream to ensure a wealth of Mexican flavors. 

7. Beef Taco Ring

I discovered this awesome taco ring several years ago.

Since then, it’s become one of my go-to appetizers. It’s just so much fun, and it’s always a hit at parties. 

It’s also one of those recipes that looks like it took a lot of hard work.

Fortunately, it doesn’t. If you can roll crescent dough and brown ground beef, you have it covered. 

8. Bacon Cheeseburger Bites

These 18-minute bacon cheeseburger bites are perfect last-minute appetizers.

You only need a handful of ingredients, and the hands-on work is minimal.

People will love the flaky Phyllo dough cups. Of course, they won’t hate the beefy, cheesy fillings, either.

9. Ground Beef Sliders

I won’t lie, these sliders are pretty messy. However, they also taste so good that they’ll make you weak in the knees.

I can overlook a bit of mess for that kind of flavor.

The juicy beef, melted cheese, and buttery buns are just part of what makes these so good.

You’ll also love the fresh tomatoes and mega-flavorful seasonings. 

Trust me on this one, everything about these sliders is fantastic. 

10. Quick and Easy Hanky Pankies

Despite the name, there’s nothing objectionable about these yummy hanky pankies.

They’re simple appetizers consisting of rye bread and a meaty, cheesy topping. 

These little guys are flavorful, incredibly filling, and easy to make. Give them a try if you want something warm and hearty. 

11. Cheeseburger Meatloaf Muffins

Meatloaf isn’t the most convenient party appetizer. 

Unless, of course, you make miniature meatloaves in muffin pans!

These little meatloaf patties are tasty and easy to make. And their muffin-tin format means everyone gets their own. 

It’s an excellent way to serve traditional comfort food as individual appetizers

12. Taco Pizza Rolls

These aren’t the frozen pizza rolls your kids come home and pop in the microwave.

These are fragrant, flavorful, and filling. 

They’re surprisingly simple to pull together, too.

You need ground beef, refrigerated pizza crust, water, taco seasoning, and cheese. 

Once you bake them, you can add whatever cold toppings you like.

You could even set up a miniature taco bar for your guests. 

Simply make the taco pizza rolls. Then allow guests to add their toppings from the “bar.”

I recommend tomatoes, onions, lettuce, extra cheeses, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

13. Cheesy Taco Sticks

These taco sticks are so easy that even a total beginner can make them.

They require fewer than 10 ingredients and less than 30 minutes. 

When they’re ready, they’re like buttery garlic breadsticks.

But these breadsticks have a beefy, cheesy surprise inside.

Serve them with salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping. 

14. Korean Ground Beef Egg Rolls

Don’t you love the flaky crunchiness of egg rolls? I know I do!

These egg rolls may look a bit different from those at your favorite Chinese place. They still taste just as awesome, though. 

These still feature carrots, cabbage, and the typical egg roll spices.

However, the filled-to-the-brim ground beef filling is unusual. 

Give them a try, though. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy them. 

15. Mini Beef Tacos

Mini beef tacos are slightly messier than the taco cups above.

Still, these are actually real tacos, making them hard not to love. 

After all, how often do we see tiny tacos just sitting around?

These adorable tacos will be a massive hit, no matter the occasion. 

And as with any taco recipe, you can fill them with whatever you like!

(Though the provided recipe is a great place to start.)

16. Cheesy Ground Beef Empanadas

Miniature appetizers are always fun.

But sometimes, you must serve full-sized items to ensure everyone gets enough. 

These empanadas are an excellent choice for that. They have flaky, crunchy shells and hearty beef and cheese fillings. 

They’re so delicious that they’ll practically melt in your mouth. You barely have to chew them!

Serve them as appetizers, main courses, or on-the-go meals. Either way, everyone will love them.

17. Rotel Dip with Ground Beef

Want to make something everyone will love without putting in much effort? Rotel dip is the way to go.

My mom made this dip for every party or family get-together for years. 

I always thought it was because she knew how much I loved it.

Then, I found out it was really because she didn’t have to put any effort into it.

(It worked out for me, though, so I’m not complaining!)

You need three ingredients, a skillet, stove, and spoon, and about 20 minutes. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. 

18. Cheese and Ground Beef Crescent Rolls 

Do you adore Rotel dip but find it too messy? I have an appetizer for that, too!

Instead of dipping things into it, you’ll put the dip inside something else. 

Crescent rolls, to be exact. 

Each flaky, buttery crescent roll features a Rotel dip and heavy cream filling.

They’re rich, savory, cheesy, and insanely good. Plus, they’re far less spill-able than plain old Rotel dip. 

19. Bolognese Bruschetta

Try Bolognese bruschetta if you need a more elegant appetizer for a formal occasion.

The toasted baguette, fresh mozzarella, and comforting Bolognese are sure to satisfy.

Additionally, they take less than 30 minutes to make and smell fantastic.

Your whole house will smell like an Italian restaurant while you’re making these. 

20. Cheeseburger Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are always tasty little morsels of yum.

But stuffed mushrooms filled with bacon, cheese, and ground beef? Yeah, those are even better than most.

As long as the mushrooms’ texture doesn’t bother you, you’ll love these hot, bubbly starters. 

21. Classic Ground Beef Taquitos

The delightful crunchiness of a deep-fried shell.

The succulent heartiness of beef and cheese. The cool deliciousness of the dipping sauces. 

Is there anything not to love about homemade taquitos?!

If there is, I can’t think of it. These five-ingredient appetizers are an easy favorite. 

It also doesn’t hurt that you can make a dozen of them in less than 40 minutes. 

22. Chili Mac and Cheese Bites

Mac and cheese bites are a fun, pop-in-your-mouth appetizer that everyone enjoys.

But have you ever tried chili mac and cheese bites? 

They’re just as scrumptious and easy to make.

You take the mac and cheese bites recipe and add ground beef and plenty of seasonings. 

Each one is full of robust, herby flavors and a tiny kick of heat. Anyone who likes chili cheese anything will dig them. 

23. Easy Hamburger Pinwheels

When you think of pinwheels, what do you imagine? Tortilla dough with deli meat, cheese, and raw veggies?

That’s a good guess, but these pinwheels are nothing like those. 

These are stuffed with ground beef and cooked to golden-brown perfection. They’re warm, well-seasoned, and wonderful. 

Of course, this recipe is another one that you may want to double or triple.

Because once people start eating them, they won’t want to stop. 

23 Ground Beef Appetizers (+ Easy Recipes)

These ground beef appetizers are satisfying, easy, and delicious! From meatballs to dips to taco rings, your guests will gobble up each one.


  • Cheeseburger Meatballs

  • Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Dip

  • Cheeseburger Biscuit Cups

  • Mini Taco Bowls

  • Creamy Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

  • Beef Enchilada Dip

  • Beef Taco Ring

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Bites

  • Ground Beef Sliders

  • Quick and Easy Hanky Pankies

  • Cheeseburger Meatloaf Muffins

  • Taco Pizza Rolls

  • Cheesy Taco Sticks

  • Korean Ground Beef Egg Rolls

  • Mini Beef Tacos

  • Cheesy Ground Beef Empanadas

  • Rotel Dip with Ground Beef

  • Cheese and Ground Beef Crescent Rolls

  • Bolognese Bruschetta

  • Cheeseburger Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Classic Ground Beef Taquitos

  • Chili Mac and Cheese Bites

  • Easy Hamburger Pinwheels


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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