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Well, hello! We recently ate these Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets for dinner and I just had to share them. They really are the perfect family-friendly meal!

Bacon cheeseburger pocket getting dipped into marinara sauce

About a year ago, I wrote a cooking column in the Madison Eagle newspaper on the topic of kid-friendly meals.

I included this recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets, which I put together when I was trying to make a popular children’s meal (cheeseburgers!) into an easy, weeknight supper that my toddlers could enjoy.

Two bacon cheeseburger pockets on a plate with tomato ketchup

You don’t need a grill for these “cheeseburgers,” so you can serve them year-round. The Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets are also perfectly portioned for little fingers, so the kids can feed themselves – no utensils required. Bonus? There’s a dip on the side!

Dips To Serve Your Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets With

  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Sour cream mixed with garlic or herbs
  • Mustard

A side shot of bacon cheeseburger pockets on a plate

And for the moms, there’s another plus: just like 90% of the meals that I make, these Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets can be prepared in advance (i.e., while your kids nap!) and just popped in the oven when you’re ready for supper.

Have leftovers? They’re very freezer-friendly, so just check the recipe below for specific freezing instructions. Enjoy!

Cooking Just for Two?

The leftovers freeze perfectly! Allow the cooked pockets to cool completely. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, you can reheat them straight from the freezer (no thawing necessary).

Place on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven until heated through (about 20 minutes).

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Bacon cheeseburger pocket getting dipped into marinara sauce

Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings 6 pockets
Calories 360.8 kcal
These Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets are a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love! Plus, they're freezer-friendly!


  • 1 lb.  extra lean ground beef can substitute with ground turkey or chicken
  • 4 bacon strips chopped
  • ½ cup finely-diced onion I use frozen pre-diced onion for a shortcut
  • 1 cup 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ball of whole wheat pizza dough or 1 can of refrigerated pizza dough
  • Ketchup and mustard for dipping


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, bacon and onion over medium heat until browned; drain. Add cheese, cook and stir over low heat until melted. Set aside.
  • Roll out pizza dough (sprinkle flour on the counter before rolling if you need to use a rolling pin). Cut dough into four-six individual portions. Make sure that each portion of dough is flat (they can be round or square – it doesn’t matter). I like to use a small round bowl (flipped upside down) to trace and cut out the dough.
  • Spoon beef mixture onto center of each piece of dough (leave a border). Moisten the edges with a small amount of water (this will help the dough seal shut), and fold dough over filling to close. Pinch the edges of each circle to seal closed. Place on a greased baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Depending on how full you stuff your pockets, you might have some leftover beef mixture. Refrigerate the leftovers and use the meat as a stuffing for baked potatoes, as a filling for sandwich rolls, tossed with mac and cheese, or wrapped in tortillas.
  • Bake at 400F (200C) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.


Cooking Just for Two? The leftovers freeze perfectly! Allow the cooked pockets to cool completely. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, you can reheat them straight from the freezer (no thawing necessary). Place on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven until heated through (about 20 minutes).


Serving: 1pocketCalories: 360.8kcalCarbohydrates: 32.4gProtein: 27.5gFat: 13.3gSaturated Fat: 5.3gCholesterol: 24.9mgSodium: 664mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 4.1g
Keyword: Bacon Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger Pies, Cheeseburger Pockets
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: The Seasoned Mom

This recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets was originally published in March, 2013. The photos were updated in July, 2017.


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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    This is such a wonderful dinner idea, Blair! I make something similar, but use pulled pork or chicken instead. I will have to try this cheeseburger version. I always love finding new easy meals, and I’m loving the flavor of this one!

    1. Blair says:

      Oh my gosh, I bet it’s delicious with pulled pork or chicken! I need to try that the next time we have leftovers!

  2. Joanne says:

    These look delicious, and remind me of Hot Pockets.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Joanne! That’s exactly right — so similar to Hot Pockets! 🙂

  3. Cindy Medvid says:

    What a great recipe to make when the grand’s are coming. I love that these freeze well. Great for when you don’t know what to make for dinner. I just love your little boy’s. The youngest looks just like my grandson Tag.????

    1. Blair says:

      Aw, thank you Cindy! You’re right — this is a perfect make-ahead option for when the grandkids come to visit! And I love that Spencer reminds you of Tag. It’s such a sweet age!

  4. Alison LaFortune says:

    5 stars
    We had these recently & the whole family loved them! Thanks for a new weeknight dinner staple:)

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome, Alison! Thank you for letting me know, and I’m glad that your girls approved! 🙂

  5. Kristy from Southern In Law says:

    These look amazing! I need to try making these for Jesse as he would LOVE them!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Kristy! Yes, Jesse would love them — totally boy-approved food!

  6. Sheila says:

    This looks really delicious and brilliant. I think this is a tidier way to enjoy a cheeseburger. I am excited to try this. I truly admire your ideas.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Sheila! I hope that you’ll try them! 🙂

  7. Jess says:

    These look awesome!
    Do you have an easy recipe for pizza dough?
    We can’t eat dairy in my family so I was thinking of toying with some nutritional yeast and cashews. We’ll see what happens!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Jess! I don’t make my own dough very often. I usually buy it in a fresh ball at the grocery store’s deli counter (or even just in the can in the refrigerated dairy section — made by Pillsbury). If you want to make it yourself, I’ve used this recipe with good luck: https://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/easy-whole-wheat-pizza-dough/