This bacon cheeseburger egg rolls recipe combines all the flavors of a classic bacon cheeseburger with the golden, crispy crunch that we all love in our egg rolls. It's an absolutely delicious twist on the classic cheeseburger and a unique appetizer to serve up for parties and get togethers.
Egg Rolls are a favorite in our household. They're quick and easy to make, once you get the hang of rolling them up!
They can literally be filled with almost anything you can think of and one of the fillings I love to use is bacon cheeseburger.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Easy to make in large batches making them Ideal for a party!
- Great flavor! They're crispy on the outside and ooey-gooey on the inside.
- A versatile recipe that can be spiced up with different condiments and sauces.
- Kid-friendly appetizer adults will love too!
All you need are a few simple ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store. Here are the highlights! For the full list, check the recipe card further down the page.
- Ground meat: This recipe works well with beef, turkey, pork, or chicken!
- Onion: Cooks the ground meat to infuse it with flavor.
- Bacon: For that classic bacon cheeseburger flavor.
- Condiments: The filling is flavored with assorted burger toppings including ketchup, yellow mustard, and pickle relish.
- Worcestershire sauce: Adds a bit more flavor to the bacon cheeseburger filling. You can also use soy sauce or tamari.
- Cheese slices: Use cheddar, American, or your favorite flavor!
- Egg roll wrappers: You will find these in the produce section at the grocery store.
Substitutions and Variations
- Make them Spicy: Add a bit of chili pepper flakes, diced jalapeno pepper, jalapeno powder, smoked jalapeno powder, or chipotle powder to the meat mixture for a bit of heat.
- Vegetarian: If you're looking to make these vegan try them with veggie crumbles, tofu crumbles, tempeh, seitan, or cooked chopped mushrooms.
- Yellow Mustard: You can also use Dijon mustard for a different flavor profile.
- Pickle Relish: Swap it out with chopped dill pickles.
- Add Vegetables: Add some diced bell peppers or shredded carrots.
How to Make Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
Are you ready to get started? Here's the main steps involved! I'm walking you through how to prep and fry them! They can also be baked so check the recipe card for more instructions!
- Cook the bacon until it's crisp and then drain it on paper towels. Wipe out the pan and cook the ground meat with the onion, salt, and pepper. Add the garlic when the meat is almost cooked.
PRO TIP: Be sure to drain the meat especially if using a higher fat ground meat.
- Combine the meat, crumbled bacon, and the remaining filling ingredients in the pan and stir until blended.
- Place an egg roll wrapper on your cutting board. Add the cheese and then the cooked ground meat mixture.
- Fold in the sides of the egg rolls to start wrapping them up.
- Roll the bottom up over the sides.
- Continue rolling until the egg roll closed. Continue wrapping all the mixture.
- Add the egg rolls to a skillet with hot oil. Fry until golden brown, flipping and moving around to ensure an even color.
- Shake off the excess oil and cool on a wire rack until the wrapper gets crispy.
Refrigerator: Store for up to 4 days in an air-tight container.
Freezer: Store for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.
Reheat: Microwave for a minute until heated through. You can also air fry them for about 3 minutes at 400 degrees F or heat them in the oven at the same temperature for 10 minutes.
Make Ahead: Assemble the egg rolls and store them in the refrigerator for up to a day before cooking.
What to Serve with Egg Rolls
Some great side dish options for these egg rolls include:
- Dips and sauces: A tangy barbecue sauce, honey mustard sauce, homemade Big Mac sauce, and spicy mayo are easy ways to add a twist to the traditional cheeseburger flavor.
- Salads: A fresh, colorful salad can be an appealing contrast to the savory, crispy burger egg rolls. Some options include a simple garden salad, a tangy coleslaw, or a refreshing cucumber salad.
- Potato sides: Potatoes are always a popular choice for side dishes, and they can complement your cheeseburger-flavored egg rolls nicely. Consider serving loaded potato skins or a warm potato salad to satisfy your guests' starchy cravings.
- Drain the excess grease from the cooked ingredients before adding in other condiments like ketchup, mustard, relish, and Worcestershire sauce for maximum flavor.
- Don't overfill your egg rolls. You want all that tasty filling to stay INSIDE the wrapper.
- Make sure your oil is hot enough before deep frying each batch of egg rolls (around 350 degrees). Flick a drop of water into the oil if it dances then its ready!
- For baked cheeseburger egg rolls, brush olive oil onto the top and sides of the rolls before baking. Don't forget to flip them over once during this time period too!
- Allow the cooked cheeseburger rolls to cool down for 5 minutes before serving to prevent any serious burns/
- Use a frying oil with a high smoke point, like vegetable or peanut oil.
Egg rolls can be baked, fried, or air-fried. All three methods will make crispy egg rolls.
Cheddar, American, and Swiss are the most popular cheese for hamburgers.
Wet the edges of the wrapper with water before sealing. Just a little goes a long way.
More Egg Roll Recipes
Do you like egg rolls? Here some recipes you may also like to try.
Ready to get cooking up some bacon cheeseburger egg rolls? Remember that you can print this recipe if you would like.
Cheeseburger Egg Rolls with Bacon
- 1 pound ground beef, turkey, pork, or chicken
- ½ cup onion, finely chopped
- 8 slices bacon, chopped, cooked until crisp
- 2 tblsp ketchup
- 1 tblsp mustard, yellow
- 1 tblsp pickle relish
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tblsp garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 20 slices cheese, cheddar or 2 cups
- 20 egg roll wrappers
- olive oil
- cooking spray
Make the Mixture
- Using a large frying pan cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towel and set aside. Next, wipe out your frying pan and cook or brown your ground meat and onion with the salt and pepper. When meat is almost cooked add your garlic. Drain excess grease. I usually drain it in a colander in the sink.
- Return cooked ground meat mixture back into your frying pan with the crumbled bacon. Add ketchup, mustard, relish and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until totally blended together.
Assemble the Egg Rolls
- If you don't know how to roll an egg roll or are nervous about doing it have a look on the egg roll wrapper package, there are usually instructions and pictures on the package itself. That might help you.
- Grab a small bowl with some water in it and place it beside your pile of egg roll wrappers. Place an egg roll wrapper in front of you, at an angle. It should look like a diamond in front of you. About ½ inch from the bottom corner, place the slice of cheese and then approximately ⅓ cup of the meat mixture on top. If you are using shredded cheese you can start with the meat mixture first and then top with 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese.
- Take the bottom corner of the egg roll wrapper and lift it up and over the meat mixture. Next, take the right corner and fold it towards the center. Do the same with the left corner. Now just roll until you only have a little triangle left at the top of the egg roll wrapper. Using your finger, wet the seam or edge with water, and continue rolling. Repeat until all of the egg rolls are formed.
Baked Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil and cooking spray and set aside.
- Place wrapped egg rolls, seal or seam side down, on your prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. Brush olive oil on the top and sides of the egg rolls and bake for 8 minutes. Then flip onto the other side and cook another 8 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown. Allow a moment to cool before serving.
- Heat about 1 inch of oil until hot (around 350 degrees) in a skillet over medium heat. I usually flick a drop of water in it. If the drop of water dances then your oil should be ready to go!
- Add the egg rolls to the pan with the oil and cook until golden brown and crispy (30 seconds to a minute). Flip the egg rolls over and move them around to ensure even cooking. Remove from skillet, shake off excess oil, and place on cooling rack or on paper towel for a minute. Cool a bit and then serve.
This post was originally published November 2015. It has been updated with new images and content.