Meatloaf Burgers


Grilling out hamburgers has always been my favorite, but not until recently did I start doing so myself. It was one of those recipes that you know is going to be so easy, but you’re just not willing to try.

Well, one day last week I started to make meatloaf because it just sounded really good. Then I got this brilliant idea to make into patties. Ok, fine, I’ll admit it I really wanted bread and cheese too so a meatloaf burger was created.

Meatloaf Burgers


  • 1 small onion (1/2 sliced into rings, 1/2 diced)
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix (ground pork, beef and veal) or ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (preferably panko)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup duck sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 potato buns or other rolls, split
  • Lettuce, sliced tomato and pickle slices, for topping


  1. Preheat a grill to medium high. Soak the onion rings in a bowl of cold water. Meanwhile, combine the meatloaf mix with the diced onion, parsley, breadcrumbs, egg, paprika, 1 tablespoon each ketchup and duck sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Gently form into four 1-inch-thick patties; make an indentation in the center of each.
  2. Brush the patties with the olive oil and grill until marked on the bottom, about 6 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the remaining ketchup and duck sauce in a small bowl for brushing; set aside a few tablespoons. Turn the patties, brush with the ketchup mixture and continue grilling until cooked through, about 5 more minutes. Toast the buns, if desired.
  3. Spread the buns with the reserved ketchup mixture. Drain the onion rings. Serve the patties on the buns; top with the onion, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Serve with sweet potato chips, if desired.

Once I made them I realized how silly I had been to hesitate. Making burgers is easy peasy and homemade are so much more delicious than fast food . . . and cheaper!


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Bex is Hoosier girl, wifey to Scott, aunt to 7 handsome guys and 2 gorgeous gals, popcorn eater, makeup lover, and target shopper by day. She has a passion for frugally creating pretty things from the inside out and sharing those with others. When she sees a recipe, she instantly wants to know how to make it healthier … unless it’s cake or popcorn then she just wants to eat it. And when she sees a neglected piece of furniture or décor she instantly wants to show it some love and make it as pretty as it used to be. Bex blogs over at Butcher’s Niche about all things cooking, crafting, fashion, beauty, and life.

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