Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread
Packed with seasoned ground beef, bacon and two types of cheese, this Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread makes for one heck of a delicious gameday appetizer!
This Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread post is sponsored by Cabot Creamery, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!
The Big Game is almost here. Just another two weeks(ish) before football season officially wraps up for the year. (That’s when I turn my attention 110% over to college basketball!) I feel like football playoffs arrive at the perfect time each year. Coming out of the holidays, we’ve all been (mostly) good. We’ve put aside the desserts and turned towards soups and stews. But after a couple weeks of that, we get to take a quick break for football food. Yum! Now I love a good football game, but half the fun of the big game is the appetizer table in the corner.
After sitting last year’s game out, I’m back in playoff football mode this year…and I’m bringing an excellent gameday snack your way with this Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread! Before we get to the recipe, though, I want to share some really fun factoids about the big game. You’ll certainly impress your friends when you pull out these interesting tidbits at this year’s party!
Have you ever wondered why they use Roman numerals instead of years for the big game? It’s because the football season crosses two calendar years. Should this year’s game be 2019 or 2020? The problem is solved by using Roman numerals.
8 of the 10 most watched American televised programs of all time are NFL championship games. (The other two events are the moon landing in 1969 and Richard Nixon’s resignation speech in 1974). The most watched game was XLIX (2015) when New England defeated Seattle 28-24.
The Minnesota Vikings have played in 4 championship games…but they’ve never had the lead in any of the games.
In 1985, the Chicago Bears recorded a rap song called “The Super Bowl Shuffle.” Not only was this song a hit, but it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance by a Duo/Group.
Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread
Now that you’re armed with some fun trivia for this year’s party, let’s turn our attention to the food. This Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread is the perfect gameday appetizer! For starters, it’s eaten with your fingers. Secondly, this monkey bread is packed with flavor. I used two types of Cabot cheese (Seriously Sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack) along with crumbled bacon and seasoned ground beef. Yum!
Finally, this monkey bread is quite easy to make. Just cook up the beef and bacon and then mix it all together with sliced up refrigerated biscuits. It bakes in a tube pan or Bundt pan, so it’s ready to go to the appetizer table as soon as it comes out of the oven. Easy delicious finger food. That’s how we roll for the big game each year!
As I mentioned above, I used 2 types of Cabot cheese in this recipe. Cabot Creamery is a co-op owned by farm families throughout New York, Vermont and New England. Last summer, I had a chance to take my son to visit one of these farms that happens to be just 30 minutes away from my house. (I love that Cabot farmers truly are neighbors in my local community!)
It’s amazing to see how hard dairy farmers work just so that we can purchase cheese, milk, yogurt and other products in the grocery store. We always keep a variety of Cabot cheeses in the fridge, and I might’ve snacked on both the Seriously Sharp and Monterey Jack while I was making this Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread. (Click here to find which stores in your area carry Cabot products.)
I hope you enjoy this Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread as much as we did! I know I’ll be making another batch of this one for game day. Cheers!
Did you make this Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread at home? Leave a comment below, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread
For the Beef
- 16 oz. lean ground beef
- 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1½ tsp dried oregano
- 1½ tsp smoked paprika
- 1½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp salt
For the Monkey Bread
- 8 oz. thick-cut bacon
- 2 16-oz. cans jumbo refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 1 cup shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Cabot Monterey Jack cheese
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- ¼ cup olive oil
For the Beef
- Using a large bowl, add all ingredients; mix until well combined.
- Place large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add beef mixture. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to break mixture into ½” crumbles. Drain any excess liquid from the skillet.
For the Monkey Bread
- Using a large skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Remove from skillet and pat bacon dry with paper towels; crumble bacon and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Open biscuit cans and cut each biscuit into 4 quarters; place dough in large bowl.
- Add cooked beef mixture, cooked bacon, cheese, green onions and olive oil; toss until well combined.
- Spray a bundt or tube pan generously with nonstick baking spray. Transfer biscuit mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Tent the top of the pan with foil (to prevent burning) and continue baking for 10-15 minutes.
- Let cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Looking for more tasty Super Bowl appetizer recipes? Check out some of these other favorites, too:
Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks with Queso
Meatball Parm French Bread Pizza
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I love trivia so thanks for the info about the Super Bowl. But I feel bad for the Vikings! Poor things. . .Anyway, you KNOW I love my cheesy carbs so this would be a big hit at my house, whether there’s a football game on or not. It sounds fantastic!
Eh, don’t feel bad for the Vikings. They beat the Saints this year, so they don’t deserve any sympathy. 🙂 I’m right there with ya, Kelsie! Cheesy bread is how I like to roll for gameday, and this monkey bread is downright delicious. It’s a meal…just in appetizer form! Thanks so much, my friend!
While I basically have no clue about the rules of football, I do love the get togethers and food that go along with it. This bacon cheeseburger monkey bread looks insanely good, David! I could seriously dig into that and make a whole meat outta it! Happy Monday 🙂
Hey, that’s ok, Dawn! You live up in Canada, and football is different up there. Plus, you live in the land of curling. In fact, I say save this recipe idea and make it for the Brier? 🙂 There is so much deliciousness going on here…it’s the perfect food for eating while watching sports!
Perfect game watching food! This will certainly be a hit and will disappear quickly. You just can’t go wrong with a savory monkey bread, especially with all that cheese! For me the Big Game is all about the food and the company…well the game too. 🙂
I’m with ya, Kathy! I actually don’t care about the teams playing in the big game this year. It’s all about the food, the friends and the good times (including commercials). Oh, and did I mention the food? 🙂
This savory version of monkey bread is perfect for game day, David! Such a great idea!
Savory monkey bread is a great appetizer for game day. And this cheesy, meaty version? Sign me up!! Thanks, Marissa!
What an awesome recipe, David! I’ve been trying to think of a savory monkey bread and this one sounds perfect! I love all the super bowl trivia, too! But like you, I’m also always Into March Madness!
Thanks so much, Laura! Savory monkey breads really are a fun gameday appetizer. And the meaty, cheesy goodness going on here is a real winner for sure! At this point, my team isn’t in the big game…so I say let’s turn our attention over to March Madness!
bacon and cheese(s) – oh my, what a winner! this looks very delish david. i may even have to make it soon. cheers sherry
You can’t ever go wrong with bacon and cheese! I highly (highly!) recommend this one, Sherry. It’s delicious. The only problem is it disappeared way too quickly!
I have to say, you make so many of the most delicious bread-y creations ever, and this one is no exception. Game day or not, I’m in! 🙂 ~Valentina
Well thank you so much, Valentina. You are too kind! I love baking breads, and this monkey bread is no exception. (Although, to be fair, I cheated and used biscuit dough here. Normally I use pizza dough.) But you’re right…it doesn’t need to be game day to enjoy this delicious appetizer! 🙂
We love monkey bread, but I have never thought of making a savory version of this. Sounds yummy! This would be perfect for game day or any gathering!
Yes! Savory monkey bread is indeed delicious…and it’s perfect for game day, game night or just any night when you want a fun appetizer. Then you could follow up this bacon cheeseburger monkey bread with a cinnamon sugar version! 🙂
You had me at bacon. And then or course you had me again at cheese. “Monkey,” of course at first I think of Curious George, but then I think of the King Kong, who didn’t really do anyone any favors. But once more you had me at bread, so I was – and am – fully on board, even though at first I thought by “the big game” you meant the Democratic primaries. All said, you are the undisputed master of game-day food, no doubt. My only hesitation is that I know that if I baked this cheeseburger bread, I’d probably eat the entire thing myself.
So by my count, you were all in on 3 of the 4 terms with “monkey” being the odd man out. 3 outta 4 ain’t bad! Also, I can personally attest to the difficulty that comes with baking this bread but not eating it all by yourself. I managed to share…but just barely! Thanks, Jeff!
WOW David! This looks simply fabulous! This is the kind of appetizer I just go nuts over! Anything with bread and cheese and I am hooked! I agree, the appetizer table is the best part of watching football to me! And I love the fun football facts you share here. I must confess I don’t know too much about the game, but I have always wondered about the roman numerals. Now I know! Love learning fun facts like that. Definitely making your delicious monkey bread recipe this football season!
Thank you so much, Shannon! I’m all in when it gets to cheesy, meaty bread! I’m pretty sure I could eat a cheeseburger every night of the week, so it’s not a far stretch to say that this monkey bread was a huge hit here. Cheers to delicious football food…even if you don’t know that much about the game! 🙂
Football season, college basketball…not to mention curling – that’s intense, David! I am glad that your blogger’s life is not affected by all these sports events! In fact, while I am not into (watching) sport games, I love when another season starts as I can always expect some amazing foods from you. I must admit you didn’t let me down with this savoury twist on a traditional sweet pastry. Bacon, beef, two types of cheese? While we’re eating relatively light and healthy in January too (We won’t count the ice cream part, okay?), this recipe looks and sounds outrageously delicious. I must try it in February or March! Or I can try it right away, if you ship me a container 🙂
Yeah, man…intense is the right word. I’ve been curling a ton lately, and I love it. But it sure does wear you out! I tell ya though – this monkey bread helps me get going again. 🙂 We’re in detox mode here, too. It’s all about portion control…which I admit is very difficult when we’re talking about delicious cheesy bread! Hang in there, Ben. And then reward yourself with some monkey bread in February. Perhaps while watching the Brier? (You’ve gotta watch this year. I’ll be in the audience, so maybe you’ll see me on tv. Hah!)
Thanks for those fun football facts David, but I’d need you to start with the basic rules of American Football for me as I have no understanding of it at all! I do however understand just how delicious this bacon cheeseburger monkey bread looks and I’d be quite happy digging into that whilst you explain all about American Football!
Hah! I didn’t think about that. American football really is different than European football. In fact, there’s hardly anything similar. However, I’ve noticed the NFL keeps playing more and more games in London…so maybe it’ll catch on over there? In the meantime, we’ll just stick with this cheeseburger monkey bread. It’s quite tasty!
I absolutely love game day food in North America. Let’s be honest, it’s never good for you, but it is always so good. Speaking of which, this bacon cheeseburger monkey bread is ridiculous! Thing 1 and I love our burgers, and I cannot wait to make this with him, because as soon as he reads or sees it, he’s gonna want to make it right away!
That’s the best thing about it, Matt! By the time the Super Bowl rolls around, everyone is just a little tired of their diet. The big game gives us an excuse to eat all of the delicious appetizers that we really want. Then we can go back to our diet the next day. 🙂 You totally should make this recipe, too! It’s crazy good.