Hash Brown Balls are ground venison burger mixed with fresh pork sausage, two different kinds of cheeses, and hash browns and then baked until golden perfection.
These are the moistest or juiciest meatballs you’ll ever eat. I’ll tell you a little secret as to why they are so juicy–It’s the taters and cheese! The taters have liquid and provide extra water and the two kinds of cheese add fat. I hate to say this but added fat always means juicier. So there you have it. That’s top-secret though, so don’t tell anyone.
Hash Brown Balls
|Prep Time: 7 Minutes||Yield: 40 Hash Brown Balls|
|Cook Time: 20 Minutes||Serving Size: 5 Hash Brown Balls|
|Total Time: 27 Minutes||Calories Per Serving: 732|
- 1 lb Neese’s Country Sausage (or fresh pork sausage)
- 1 lb venison burger
- 12 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups Bisquick
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 30 oz (about 4 cups) of frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
- Preheat oven to 400 and leave cream cheese out so it can warm to room temperature.
- Gently mix ingredients, but reserve half of the hash browns. After mixed, add in the rest of the hash browns and gently mix again. This makes it easier to mix.
- Roll into about 1 1/2-inch balls and bake for about 20-25 minutes until brown.
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The good, the bad, and the delicious…
- Hash Brown Balls are high in protein, calcium, and iron.
- They are also high in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium, especially for those of you on a special diet.
See my tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.
Hash Brown Balls Nutrition Facts
|Yields: 40 Hash Brown Balls||Serving Size: 5 Hash Brown Balls|
|Calories 732||Calories from fat: 63|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 51 g||79%|
|Saturated Fat 24 g||120%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 5 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 186 mg||62%|
|Sodium 1165 mg||49%|
|Potassium 354 mg||10%|
|Total Carbohydrates 30 g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 2 g||6%|
|Sugars 3 g|
|Protein 37 g||73%|
|Vitamin A 16%||Vitamin C 2%|
|Calcium 29%||Iron 21%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc.
To make this recipe more diet-friendly…
- This is a really difficult recipe to make healthier, so I won’t be able to change it much without changing it completely…bear with me.
- To help lower the cholesterol and fat use less fat in your ground venison burger. This recipe was calculated using 80/20 ground venison burger because that’s what most hunters use. If your burger has less fat this recipe will also have less fat and cholesterol. You can use ground venison that has no fat added and it will still be good because the pork sausage will have plenty of fat already. To further reduce the fat and cholesterol you can omit the pork sausage and maybe use another pound of ground venison or venison sausage that doesn’t have much fat.
- To help lower the fat even further use a low-fat cheddar and cream cheese or use less of the cheeses.
- To help lower the calories the above mentioned will help with that, but you could eat less than the serving size, which is five. I personally eat two and add a side salad.
- To help lower the sodium use low sodium ingredients, which is no easy task. Everything in this recipe has sodium, with the two kinds of cheese having the most, so maybe you use less cheese or omit one of them.
- Whatever changes you make to your Hash Brown Balls, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at myfitnesspal.com