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.
To make Mouthwatering Meatloaf Burgers 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 Mouthwatering Meatloaf Burgers
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!
- Meatloaf Burgers
- 1 +1/2 pounds ground beef can use lean or ground chuck
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce can substitute 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup quick oats or cracker crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/3 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Place a large skillet over medium heat while you prepare the meatloaf.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with hands until well mixed. Form into 4 doughnut shaped patties.
- 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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