Big Mac Meatballs! I Repeat, Big Mac Meatballs! ~ How To Make Junk Food At Home When You’re Cutting Carbs ~ A Tipsy Tuesday Tip

June 19, 2018thetipsyhousewife

A Big Mac is the best isn’t it? But who needs all that extra bread.  Not to mention that whenever we do splurge on McDonald’s it just doesn’t taste that great anymore. Except the Coca-Cola, why is it so good at McDonald’s?! Mr. Tipsy tries to eat low carb when he can so  I decided to challenge myself with recreating the Big Mac at home with no/low carbs. I took all my favorite parts of a Big Mac and created these Big Mac Meatballs. I was shocked how easy it was to get it just right. I tested out this recipe on Mr. Tipsy and he couldn’t believe how much they tasted like a Big Mac. This recipe only took thirty minutes to prepare and cook and used very few ingredients. In fact, you probably have most on hand. Check out the recipe below:


  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 6 slices of Kraft American cheese, cut into quarters
  • 1 Medium White Onion, minced, reserve some for topping
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 T of Sweet Relish
  • 1/4 C of Thousand Island Dressing, plus 1/4 C for topping
  • 10 to 15 Dill Pickle Hamburger Chips
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • 2 T Sesame Seed
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 T each of Garlic Powder and Onion Powder


The steps are so easy!


  1. Combine meat, American cheese, eggs, onions, 1/4 C of Thousand Island, and the sweet relish in a large bowl.img_1541-1
  2. Mix well and add salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.img_1544
  3. Form the mixture into about 12 balls. You will need to push the cheese into the meatballs and form the meat around the cheese.img_1547
  4. This step is very important, place the meatballs on a cookie sheet and let rest in the fridge for one hour or even overnight . (These are a good recipe to make ahead of time)
  5. To cook, heat a cast iron skillet to high heat, add a little bit of olive oil and cook the meatballs in batches. Some of the cheese will leak out while cooking.
  6. To serve, add leaf lettuce to each bowl, add three meatballs, top each meatball with a teaspoon of thousand island, minced onion, and sesame seeds.
  7. Add pickle slices to each bowl.

I think you will find that this recipe becomes one of your most requested meals. These meatballs make a great dinner, lunch, snack or party food. You can also make a large batch of these meatballs and freeze them before cooking so you have a fresh meal on hand.


For another fun recipe check out my recipe for a Nacho Board


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