Meatloaf Burgers

As built by Laurie and cooked by Peter.  Recipe from Plain Chicken.

I’ve decided that I like these meatloaf burgers better than just plain burgers.  It must be all the add-ins (mustard, Ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce, to name a few) that make them so tasty.  Cooking them on a charcoal grill also helped.

Interestingly (to me), when I asked Laurie where the recipe came from and what modifications she made, she told me the list of ingredients came from (which I found interesting since this recipe uses beef) and that she had changed absolutely nothing on the list (the Plain Chicken recipe is here).  That amazed me, as it rarely happens that way.  But I have to say, I don’t think the recipe needs any tweaking.  I’m looking forward to this becoming a summer “classic”. What is more classic than meatloaf?

Browse the internet and you’ll find quite a variety of meatloaf burger recipes.  Some add onion, where this one adds onion powder.  Omitting real onions works for me as I am not a big onion fan, unless they’ve been sautéed and caramelized.  I’ve seen a couple of recipes that add bacon, but I think if I want bacon, a couple of strips over each burger makes more sense to me.  Add cheese on top too, for a meatloaf cheeseburger or meatloaf bacon-cheeseburger.

One pound of burger meat will make four large meatloaf burgers.
Each has 1/4 pound beef plus all the extra ingredients.

A charcoal grill works the best, as far as I am concerned.

Butternut squash fries were "different',
though they didn't seem to get as crispy as we wanted.

The burger looks bigger than it is because we chose
"Sandwich Thins" instead of rolls.

Arnold "Sandwich Thins", about the thickness of an English Muffin.

Meatloaf Burgers

What is needed:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • hamburg buns
  • cheese slices, if needed for a meatloaf cheeseburger

What to do:

Simple.  Mix everything together in a bowl like, well ... ahh,  meatloaf.  Of course the buns and cheese are for later.  Form four burgers and grill them until they are cooked.  I like mine a bit more cooked than others.  On my charcoal grill I cooked them 5 minutes on each side.  Of course it all depends on how much charcoal you use and how high the grill is.

Serving idea:

If you don't want a whole lot of bread, skip hamburger buns and use some "Sandwich Thins".  They are round like a hamburg bun, but much thinner.