Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites are easy flaky biscuit cups with BBQ sauce and cheese made in 30 minutes with just 4 ingredients! Try them today!

It’s amazing how a few simple ingredients can be turned into so many different recipes. Cheese, ground beef, and barbecue sauce can just as easily be a BBQ Beef Stuffed Peppers or BBQ Beef Sloppy Joes as they can become Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites. Just adding a can of refrigerated biscuits turns a heart main course into a quick Appetizer Recipe or light, fun dinner. For more easy delicious bite-sized recipes using canned dough, try my Bacon Cheeseburger Cups and Garlic Bread Meatball Bites.

Sabrina’s Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites Recipe

These Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites have some of the best flavors in a delicious bite. Tangy BBQ sauce, savory beef, buttery biscuits and of course, gooey cheesy goodness. They make a fun, new appetizer for Super Bowl parties or an easy kid-friendly meal. They are quick and easy to throw together with the same ingredients you need to make BBQ cheeseburgers plus a can of biscuit dough.

My Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites is are also a great recipe for using up leftovers! Extra filling from BBQ Beef Sandwiches or any of our Sloppy Joes Recipes easily becomes a savory appetizer or after-school snack. If you don’t have enough filling to make 10 cups, just fill as many muffin tins as you can and store the unused biscuit dough for up to a week. 

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  • 1 pound Ground Beef: I recommend an 85/15 blend for the best flavor. You need to cook the meat first so that it’s cooked through without burning the biscuit dough and so they aren’t greasy.
  • ¾ cup Barbecue Sauce: The barbecue sauce adds a tangy, smoky flavor to the beef mixture, giving it that classic BBQ taste. You can use your favorite store-bought sauce or make your own BBQ Sauce.
  • 1 package Refrigerated Biscuits: The refrigerated biscuits form the flaky, buttery cups that hold the beef and cheese mixture. Using refrigerated dough is the most convenient, quick way to make mini meat pies!
  • ¾ cup Cheddar Cheese: Cheddar cheese brings a rich, creamy cheesy goodness to the bites and goes great with the savory beef and tangy barbecue sauce. You can use different types of cheese such as mozzarella or Monterey Jack too.
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Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Skillet: A skillet is needed for cooking the ground beef and mixing it with the barbecue sauce. Opt for a non-stick skillet to prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
  • Muffin Tin: You’ll need a regular muffin tin to shape and bake the biscuit cups. Make sure to grease the muffin tin well to prevent the biscuit cups from sticking.
  • Mixing Spoon: A mixing spoon is handy for stirring the ground beef and barbecue sauce mixture in the skillet. Use a heat-resistant spoon if cooking over high heat.
  • Cheese Grater: You use shredded cheese for the topping of these beef-filled biscuit cups. You can also use bagged shredded cheese.
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How to Make Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites

Time needed: 30 minutes.

  1. Prep Work

    Cook and drain the ground beef. See the Tips Section for how to cook ground beef. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease 10 cups of a regular muffin tin.

  2. Cook Beef with Barbecue Sauce

    In a skillet over medium heat to medium-high heat, mix the cooked ground beef with barbecue sauce until heated through, stirring constantly.ground beef and sauce in skillet

  3. Flatten Biscuits and Place in Muffin Tin

    Flatten each refrigerated biscuit into a 4-inch round and place one round in each greased dough cup, pressing firmly to form a 1/4-inch rim.six dough biscuits in a muffin tin

  4. Fill Biscuit Cups with Beef Mixture

    Divide the meat mixture evenly among the biscuit cups, then sprinkle each with shredded Cheddar cheese.six stuffed raw dough biscuits in a muffin tin

  5. Bake

    Bake the Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites in the preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the biscuit cups are golden brown.six stuffed cooke dough biscuits in a muffin tin

  6. Serve

    Once baked, remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow the Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy these delightful appetizers with your favorite burger sides and sauces!Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites on a plate

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Can These Be Made Ahead

You can prepare the beef mixture and store it in the refrigerator a day in advance. When ready to serve, assemble the biscuit cups with the beef mixture and cheese, then bake as directed.

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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 738mg32%
Potassium 295mg8%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 133IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tips for Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites

How to Cook Ground Beef

  • Start with a large skillet and heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat.
  • Add the ground meat and spread it out to cover the bottom of the pan, pressing with a spatula so it’s like one large loose patty. Let it brown on the bottom for 4-5 minutes.
  • Break up the meat into small bits while stirring. Keep cooking, while stirring often, for about 5-10 minutes more, until there is no more pink in the meat.
  • Drain the grease well. You can also season the meat with salt and pepper to taste if you want.
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Serving Ideas for Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites

Appetizers: Easily double or triple this recipe for a crowd-pleasing game day snack! Serve the bites with extra BBQ sauce for dipping.

Dinner: If you are craving burgers, but want a quick weeknight dinner, try these Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites with French Fries instead. Make the meal a bit healthier by serving with a side of Roasted Broccoli.

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How to Store

Storing: These are best warm and can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Store in an airtight container lined with a paper towel (to absorb moisture) for up to 3 days.

Reheat: To reheat Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites, use a regular oven or toaster oven for best results. Preheat to 350 degrees and warm for about 5-7 minutes until heated through. Avoid using the microwave to prevent the biscuits from becoming soggy.

Freezing: Cool completely before freezing in sealed container for up to 2 months. Freeze on a baking sheet for an hour before storing in a freezer bag to keep from sticking together.

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Alternative Cooking Methods

Casserole: Instead of individual bites, make this into a Cheesy BBQ Beef Casserole by spreading biscuits on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Pinch biscuits together to create one large crust. Cover with cooked BBQ beef filling and top it with cheese. Bake as usual, adding 5-10 minutes to the time as needed.

Meat Pies: Use a jumbo muffin pan to make larger meat pies. Line the cups with 2-3 biscuit rounds rolled out to fit the cup. Fill the cups with the beef and cheese mixture then top with another rolled out biscuit. Cut slits to vent the top crust and pinch the edges to seal. Brush with egg wash and bake for 20 minutes or until the biscuits are cooked and golden.

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Frequent Questions

How long do you cook ground beef?

Ground beef should take about 10-15 minutes total to cook on the stove top. I recommend cooking it undisturbed the first few minutes (about 4-5 minutes), then break it up and finish cooking it while stirring occasionally until there is no pink left.

Do I have to cook the beef first?

Yes, you want to cook the ground beef before baking it. Firstly, the meat won’t have time to cook all the way if it’s raw. Secondly, you cook it first so you can drain the grease so your burger cups aren’t greasy.

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Recipe Card

Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites

Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites are easy flaky biscuit cups with BBQ sauce and cheese made in 30 minutes with just 4 ingredients! Try them today!
Yield 10
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound ground beef , 85/15, cooked, drained
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 package refrigerated biscuits , 10 count
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese , shredded


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 10 cups of a regular muffin tin.
  • In a large skillet, mix cooked beef and barbecue sauce over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until hot.
  • Press each biscuit flat into a 4 inch round. Place 1 round in each of the 10 muffin cups. Firmly press in bottom and upside, forming ¼ inch rim.
  • Fill with beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until edges of biscuits are golden brown.


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Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg

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The possibilities are almost endless for variations on this easy Cheesy BBQ Beef Cups recipe.

  • Breakfast: Make easy on-the-go breakfast bites by whisking 5-6 eggs and adding cooked, drained sausage, chopped ham, diced cooked veggies, spinach, etc to eggs. Bake until eggs are set and the biscuits are golden brown.
  • Meat: Instead of ground beef, use ground turkey or ground chicken. You can also mix in chopped cooked bacon for Cheesy Bacon BBQ Beef Bites!
  • Pulled Pork: These Cheesy BBQ Beef Bites are a great way to use leftover BBQ Pulled Pork.Top with coleslaw after they are done baking.
  • Buffalo Chicken: Turn these into spicy Cheesy Buffalo Bites by substituting shredded Buffalo Chicken and topping with Monterey Jack, Blue Cheese, or Pepper Jack cheese. Drizzle with Ranch Dressing before serving.
  • Taco: Make Beef Taco Bites by browning ground beef and then simmering in 1 tablespoon Homemade Taco Seasoning and ¼ cup water until thickened. Season with black pepper to taste. Top bites with salsa and sour cream.
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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