My house is solidly divided between those who love meatloaf and those who detest meatloaf. Mostly, those who fall on the detest side have horrible memories of dried out meatloaf, smothered in ketchup to hide the flavor. To combat this split decision and end the meatloaf dilemma, I thought I would conduct an experiment. I decided to give my theory a test, so instead of making the traditional whole meatloaf, I made meatloaf burgers.
For my son’s birthday, I made a big batch of the meatloaf recipe and formed them into individual burgers, which I served over mashed potatoes and some homemade roasted ketchup on the side. The result were unanimous. They all thought that the burgers were fabulous!
They were a hit, mom tested and kid approved-lots and lots of kids.
No one even suspected that their delicious burgers were created out of my meatloaf recipe.
This burger recipe is perfect for freezing extra burgers, minus the cheese, to have on hand.
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This is a great recipe for a second chance dish. You can be creative with the vegetables and/or sauce that goes into or on top of the meatloaf.
Add olive oil to a large non-stick pan, add the onions and celery to the pan
Cook for 10 minutes and remove from pan, set aside and allow time so they are cool to the touch
Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. With clean hands, mix all the ingredients together until well incorporated
Form into equal sized patties. If freezing see, wrap individual patties in plastic wrap, store in airtight container, label and store in the freezer
Bake for patties for 20 minutes at 350º turn patties over and cook for an additional 20 minutes
If adding cheese, about 10 minutes before the meatloaf patties are done cooking, remove from oven and add the slices of cheese. Return to the oven and cook for the remaining 10 minutes.
Serve with roasted tomato ketchup (optional)
You can combine a number of recipes for some meal planning and second chance dishes. You can use a marinara sauce in place of tomato sauce. You can also use either the marinara sauce or the roasted ketchup to top off the meatloaf . Click here for the recipe for our roasted tomato ketchup.
Cold meatloaf sandwiches are a snap with the patties, all you need is the bread and mayonnaise.
This Meatloaf Burgers recipe is gluten free and dairy free.