Elk Bacon Cheeseburger on a Stick

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Everyone loves bacon cheeseburgers. Well, pretty much everyone I know, anyway. I’m sure there are people out there that don’t, but I doubt we’ll become acquainted in the near future.

Grilled bacon and burger, barbecue sauce and melted cheese on a stick. How could it be wrong?

A great way to get all that flavor packed into an easy-to-carry game day snack or party hors d’oeuvre is to make them into meatballs and grill them on skewers.

Grill the meatballs until the bacon is done, flipping two or three times to finish on all sides.

Start by wrapping a bite of cheese in ground meat, season well, then wrap with a slice of bacon. If you are cooking for a crowd, try using a variety of cheeses in the center of the meatballs.

Pick different cheeses for a variety of flavors.

We used ground elk, but any type of ground meat works for this recipe. It needs to have a bit of fat added to keep everything stuck together, so an 80/20 or 75/25 blend of game meat to beef or pork fat or bacon is the way to go.


3 pounds ground game meat

1 pound bacon

8 ounces of cheese, cut into half to three quarter inch cubes

2 tablespoons BBQ rub

½ cup barbecue sauce

10-15 bamboo or metal skewers

salt and pepper


Cooking Instructions

Start by encasing each cube of cheese in a ball of ground meat slightly larger than a golf ball. Roll the ball around in your hands to make it round and make sure no cheese is visible.

Cover a cheese cube with ground meat and roll into a ball.

Continue making meatballs until all meat is used. Season the meatballs with salt, pepper and your favorite barbecue rub.

Season the meat, wrap in bacon, and slide onto skewers.

Once everything is seasoned well, wrap each ball in a slice of bacon and slide it onto a skewer. Shoot for two to three meatballs per skewer to make them easy to handle on the grill.

Place the skewers on a medium hot grill and close the lid to prevent flare-ups as the bacon cooks. Grill for 10 minutes, then flip the skewer and grill for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the bacon is done. Brush each meatball with barbecue sauce and grill five more minutes to set the sauce.

Brush sauce onto the meatballs before taking them off the grill.


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