Mouthwatering Meatloaf Burgers


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If you ever want folks to get a wistful look in their eyes and set mouths to watering just mention a good old fashioned meatloaf sandwich. In fact, I know a lot of folks who make meatloaf just so they can have sandwiches the next day! I’m a fan of both but when I find myself hankering for a tender hunk of meatloaf on a bun, I just cut out the middle man and make these burgers. With all the flavor and texture of tender meatloaf, they hit the spot every time.

But before I show you how I make these, allow me to digress, if you will. As is so often my custom.

I sing. It’s what I do. It’s a huge part of who I am. I don’t neccesarily sing well but I can carry a tune and know when to stop if a note goes higher or lower than my voice is capable of going.

I can also remember anything if set to music. Back in my college days, I once had the name of every single muscle and bone in the human body set to tune within my head. Got an A on that paper but I bet the professor still wonders why I was bobbing my head as I filled in the answers.

So of course, my children have heard me singing from the time their ears were able to hear. I sing to the dogs, I sing to myself, I sing to the walls, I sing on the phone. When I’m not singing, I’m humming. When I’m not singing or humming, I’m rapping – which is a fun one to pull out because it embarrasses my son to no end.

It’s no wonder that my kids are full of songs as well, espcially my youngest, who is as bad as I am about putting anything and everything to music. She also plays piano by ear, something that I would have never believed if I hadn’t of seen it first hand.

We have songs for folding laundry, songs for taking showers, and songs for finding the hairbrush in the morning (although I have to credit Larry the Cucumber with that one). If folks were to walk into our house sometimes they’d think they  had  stepped into an elaborate opera of untrained but good natured singers. My teenager has moved on from singing for the time being (it’s a phase, he’s a boy, you know how it goes), but he still spends a great deal of time composing music on his computer and playing french horn in the symphonic band at school.

Music is part of our lives and a constant source of joy.

When I was a girl my mother was the same way and spending my childhood around her just planted a song in my heart – so I like to think I’ve done the same with my kids.

It’s a beautiful thing, music. A simple song has the ability to break our hearts in two or mend them together again.

A heart with a song is a stubborn heart. No matter what, that song is protected and no matter how long it goes unsung, the notes and words are quickly called to mind when they are needed most.

So now, no matter where life takes me or what pressures or trials I face, I still have my song within me. When the going gets tough, when the hope feels lost, my song rises up.

Rather than be defeated. I sing.

The same can be said for the spirit within us. We come out fighting, even when we’re knocked down.

Even if we’ve stayed down far longer than the usual count. We just have to remember that we were meant to rise.

Remember your song today.

 and maybe sing it while you cook this for supper… 

You’ll need:  Quick oats (old fashioned will work, too), eggs, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, tomato sauce (can sub ketchup), and some seasonings: Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder.

And of course since this is meatloaf, you’re gonna need some ground beef.

A few weeks back I did a post on dividing up ground beef in perfect little 1/2 lb, quick to thaw packages so I grabbed a few of those.

Meatloaf is, of course, a meat heavy dish, so I usually only cook a meal like this once a week because I prefer to stretch my ground beef to cover several meals in recipes like Taco Pizza, Skillet Lasagna, and Garden Skillet Supper. (Click here for 35 Ground Beef Recipes to help stretch your food dollar). But there are times when you just need some meatloaf and nothing else will do but a big old hunk of it!

Still, for this whole recipe – 4 generously sized burgers – we’re only using 1+1/2 pounds of ground beef.

Place all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

Now we need to mix this up. There are several ways of doing this but my favorite is to use my hands. This is by far the most efficient and quickest way to get a meatloaf mixed up . For anyone horrified at the thought of this I want to point out that hands are washable.

Just give ’em a good wash, dig in and mix this up, then wash them again. Voila! Clean hands AND meatloaf!

Whereas before, you had clean hands and NO Meatloaf. See the bonus here?

 When it’s all mixed up it will look like this.

Shape that into four doughnut shaped patties.

We make them doughnut shaped because this helps the center to get cooked quicker, so we don’t end up having to burn the outer edges while waiting on the center to cook. I do regular hamburgers this way, too.

As it cooks, the meat shrinks and the center hole closes up.

A close up shot of our gorgemous meatloaf burger

Place these in a large skillet over medium high heat until browned on both sides, about 5-7 minutes on each side.

Then, add 1 cup water to the skillet and continue cooking until juices run clear, about five minutes more.

Note: These will be more tender than traditional hamburger patties so be a little gentle with turning them until they get good and browned because then they’ll hold together better.

Serve on your favorite bun, topped with this wonderful quick and easy burger slaw.

 There aren’t a lot of photos of this because as I was holding the burger to take this shot, I looked down at my camera screen to see how it turned out and without even realizing it, took a big old bite out of this Mouthwatering Meatloaf Burger.

And boy was it ever good!!! 

 This burger  is tender and moist, just like a slice of your favorite meatloaf. Enjoy!

To get the Burger Slaw recipe, please click here.

Mouthwatering Meatloaf Burgers
  • Meatloaf Burgers
  • 1+1/2 pounds ground beef (can use lean or ground chuck)
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce (can substitute ¾ cup ketchup)
  • ½ cup quick oats or cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat while you prepare the meatloaf.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with hands until well mixed. Form into 4 doughnut shaped patties.
  3. Place in heated skillet and brown on both sides, about 5-7 minutes per side. Add 1 cup water to skillet and continue cooking until juices run clear, about 5 minutes or so.
Serve on your favorite buns. Preferably topped with ketchup and slaw (recipe for burger slaw coming later this week!)

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  1. Deirdre Henry says

    What a clever idea to make doughnut shaped burgers so the inside gets cooked without burning.
    Shall try your recipie looks tasty and easy.
    I agree with you about singing. I played with a group of musicians for 25 years and loved every minute of it. Now at 74 the voice is not great but it does not stop me singing around the house and in church. Keep on singing.

  2. Pat Green says

    Christy, I am a singer, too, and like you am NOT very good at it. My theory is that God isn’t finished with me yet. He might just have some talent for me yet. So…. Everyday I need to see if singing is one he has granted me overnight. It takes a while to develop so I have to work at it through out the day.
    Thanks for the recipe and your delightful musings.
    Pat G

  3. Crystal Riley says

    Here’s a little hint for those who don’t like the thought of mushing the hands around in the meatloaf mixing bowl. I use gloves, I go the the Dollar Tree and buy the disposable gloves, like the ones Doctors use. I think you get 10 pair in a pack for a dollar and then I mix away and form my meatloaf( I make little mini meatloafs) and then peel em off and toss in the trash and I don’t have to take my rings off or try and get all the gunk from under my nails. I keep a few of those little bags of gloves around for all sorts of messy little jobs in the kitchen and out!

  4. Bill says

    Great recipe, I added a little chopped jalopena for some heat, fried them for a few minutes, then carefully put them on my Webber. Slapped a little BBQ sauce on them and your tasty slaw. Absolutely great; best hamburger/ meat loaf sandwich we’ve ever made. Fortunately, we only had three people for supper, so I’m making a cold meat loaf sandwich for lunch tomorrow, which I expect is going to be even better. We shall rise……

  5. Quinn says

    I love a hunk of juicy, flavorful meatloaf! Thank you for the tip about making doughnut shapes for more even burger cooking – I will definitely try that! When I make a meatloaf, I make it in a tube pan – cooks faster and with more “edges” – which I like. (Kind of the opposite of brownies, which I would like best with no edge at all 😉
    One little question: when you add the water and continue cooking, do you put a lid on the skillet? I’m guessing yes, but would like to be sure – thank you!

  6. MARSHA G says

    Christy, I just got this today as I’ve not opened email. My daughter has been in on spring break and so momma an Mykala have run around to every thrift store, flea market and Goodwill we could find. I can’t wait to try this. I am so happy Sweetie has returned and has a new family member to play with. Zoey is such a lucky big sister now she has 2 to snuggle with and boss around. Not to mention how lucky Pick is that you came looking for Sweetie and found her!

  7. Waneta Toya says

    I am writing about the new sit with the YUM button. I cannot get back to your recipes so I can print it out the when I tried to sign on to the new site you posted, I got the message that the site was corrupted and advised me to close it immediately. This was a message from my virus that is installed. I was on the site – no problem but when I wanted to see my recipe box I got the corrupt message.

    • says

      Hey Waneta, I’m so sorry you’re having problems! It sounds like, if I read correctly, that the problem isn’t with SouthernPlate but with Yummly. I hate that you are having any problems at all but I am glad SouthernPlate isn’t giving them to ya. She’s getting on up in years but she’s still a good ole gal. Here is a page on Yummly that *may* have a solution and if it doesn’t, check on the “contact support” link at the bottom and they should be able to fix you right up. I feel confident that Yummly doesn’t have any viruses (sites like southernplate and yummly are large and run scans constantly) so it is likely a glitch or setting that is off. I hope this helps!

  8. Samantha says

    Christy, I finally tried these burgers for dinner tonight and they were terrific! I followed the recipe exactly, except for the fact that I forgot to shape them into donut shaped burgers. They still came out very moist anyway.

    By the way, I used one and a half pounds of meat with all the ingredients you have listed, but it was way too much for four burgers. The other ingredients stretched it so much that I was able to make SEVEN burgers (6 ounces each). Like I said, I followed your recipe exactly but that’s how it came out. No complaints at all, I just wanted to let you and others know that. Next time I figure I’ll use just a pound of meat and probably get four or five large burgers.

    I made these along with your Parmesan Oven Fries and it was a great dinner. Thanks again! :)

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