Kid-Friendly Fare: Bacon Cheeseburger Hand Pies

What’s better than a juicy bacon cheeseburger?

I’ll tell you what – a bacon cheeseburger baked inside a pastry crust, that’s what!

This recipe has all the flavor elements of the classic diner dish in one, portable, little hand-pie. Think: a bacon cheeseburger-filled empanada.

These little babies are easy to make and even easier to eat, making them perfect family food. Your kids will absolutely love them!

Here’s how to do it:

Bacon Cheeseburger Hand-pies

Makes 12 pies


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped
1 lb ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon flour

5 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces

12 slices of American cheese, cut in half

12 frozen empanada rounds, thawed (*Note: You can also use frozen puff pastry if frozen empanada dough isn’t available in your freezer aisle! Simply cut into rounds using a wide jar or glass.)

1 egg, beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a reusable silpat liner.

2. Preheat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the onions until they begin to soften, then add in the ground beef, salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until no more pink shows in your beef, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the flour, then the bacon, and turn off the heat.

3. Place empanada rounds onto a flat surface. Then, add about 1 tablespoon of the beef mixture into the center of each round and top each with a slice of folded cheese.

4. Wet the edge of half of the empanada with a wet fingertip. Then, fold one side of the pastry over to meet the other and seal using a fork to crimp the edge closed (or you can use a more decorative crimping technique).

5. Place them onto your prepared baking sheet and brush each with the beaten egg.

6. Bake for 15 minutes or until pies are lightly golden. Serve while hot.

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