Cheesy Meatballs


Cheesy Meatballs

Cheesy Meatballs

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


Can meatballs be lucky?  My guys think so, and they want them for game time.  This beef, sausage and cheese recipe has a bin fan following.

             Jill Hill                                                                                                  Dixon, Illinois


Cheesy Meatballs Recipe


Cheesy Meatballs

1 egg

½ cup 2% milk

2 Tbsp. dried minced onions

4 Tbsp. chili powder, divided

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 ½ cup crushed Ritz crushed (about 1 sleeve)

2 lbs. ground beef

1 lb. bulk pork sausage

2 cups shredded process cheese (Velveeta)

1 can (26 oz.) condensed tomato soup, undiluted

2 ½ cups water

1 cup packed brown sugar


Preheat oven to 400 F.  In a large bowl, whisk egg, milk, minced onion, 2 tablespoon chili powder, salt and pepper; stir in crushed crackers.  Add beef, sausage and cheese; mix lightly but thoroughly.

Shape mixture into 1 inch balls.  Place meatballs on greased racks in a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pans.  Bake 15-18 minutes or until browned.

Meanwhile, in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker, combine soup, water, brown sugar and remaining chili powder.  Gently stir in meatballs.  Cook covered, on low 4-5 hours or until meatballs are cooked through.         9 dozen


(Recipe for Cheesy Meatballs was in, 2015)


Southwestern Backyard Burgers


Southwestern Backyard Burgers

Southwestern Backyard Burgers

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


Whether you’re in the stadium parking lot or on your patio, these southwestern-style burgers are great on the grill.  Sometimes I make six patties rather than eight out of the ingredients, because I like my burgers bigger.

             Robert Hodges                                                                  San Diego, California


Southwestern Backyard Burgers Recipe

Southwestern Backyard Burgers

1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp. hickory smoke, optional

½ cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 12 crackers)

4 ½ tsp. chili powder

3 tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

2 lbs. ground beef

½ lb. bulk pork sausage

6 or 8 slices pepper jack cheese

6 or 8 sesame seed hamburger buns, split

Lettuce leaves and tomato slices

Toppings of your choice


In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.  Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well.  Shape into 6 or 8 patties.

Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink.  Top with cheese.  Grill 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted.

Grill buns, cut side down, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted.  Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato and topping.             6-8 servings


(Recipe for Southwestern Backyard Burgers was on, 2014