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Juicy Meatloaf Burgers

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4.7 from 3 votes
Juicy Meatloaf Burgers are you favorite comfort food transformed into tender, juicy burgers served on toasted buns.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
A meatloaf burger on a white serving plate.

These Meatloaf Burgers take your favorite comfort food,  the classic meatloaf mix, and transform it into tender, juicy burgers served on toasted buns. If you always save a slice or two of meatloaf for a sandwich the next day, then you’ll really enjoy this recipe. 

I don’t know how or why I ever thought of this recipe for Meatloaf Burgers, but I’m so glad I did. Maybe it was a wish to change up a regular burger a little. You know, make it more interesting?

A meatloaf burger on a white serving plate.

And, without bragging too much, I have to say that this recipe is a real winner! It’s like a meatloaf sandwich on a bun without having the meatloaf dinner first.

And, juicy! My goodness, it’s probably the most moist, tender burger I’ve ever had.

These are quick and easy. And if your family likes meatloaf, they’re going to love these burgers.

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What You’ll Love About This Recipe

  • Different, interesting way to serve hamburgers
  • Meatloaf sandwich without the meatloaf dinner first
  • Low cost, kid-friendly meal

About the Ingredients

Photo showing all ingredients used in the recipe.
  • Ground Beef and Ground Pork (I use a mix of 80-20 ground beef and ground pork for texture and moisture. You can use all beef if you prefer.)
  • Bread Crumbs (Use either homemade from leftover bread or purchased.)
  • Buns (Your favorite hamburger buns.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Meatloaf Burgers

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
Burger ingredients inside a large mixing bowl.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, chopped onion, bell pepper, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and egg.
  • Lightly combine the ingredients being careful not to compact the mixture too much.

TIP: I like to chop the onions and bell peppers pretty finely. It’s just nicer when you don’t get a huge mouthful of onion or pepper.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form the meat mixture into four patties and place them on the baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard. Spoon evenly over the four patties.
  • Bake at 375 for approximately 20 minutes or until done through (155-160F on a meat thermometer).
  • Spread each toasted bun with mayonnaise. Place one burger on each toasted bun. Top with onion, lettuce, and tomato as desired.
A meatloaf burger on a white serving plate.

Variations

  • Cook the burgers on an outdoor grill for an even bigger boost of flavor!
  • Can be cooked on the stovetop in a heavy cast iron skillet. Be sure to have the skillet nice and hot when you add them.
  • Use your favorite toppings – we often add onion, lettuce, and pickles.

What to Serve With Meatloaf Burgers?

Try Baked Potato Wedges or Potato Salad on the side. My Red Cabbage Slaw is also a good choice for a side dish. 

FAQs

Why do you add egg to meatloaf?

Most meatloaf recipes call for an egg in the ingredients. It’s used to help bind the mixture together and help it hold its shape.

What is “meatloaf mix” and can I use it in this recipe?

Many supermarkets sell a “meatloaf mix” that is typically one part beef, one part pork, and one part veal. You can absolutely use that in this recipe.

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Recipe

A meatloaf burger on a white serving plate.

Juicy Meatloaf Burgers

Juicy Meatloaf Burgers are you favorite comfort food transformed into tender, juicy burgers served on toasted buns.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 498kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For the burgers:

  • ½ pound ground beef (recommend; 80-20)
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ medium onion finely chopped
  • ½ medium green bell pepper finely chopped

For the topping:

  • ½ cup catsup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

For serving:

  • 4 hamburger buns split and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • tomato, onion, lettuce as desired

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, chopped onion, bell pepper, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and egg. Lightly combine the ingredients being careful not to compact the mixture too much.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Form the meat mixture into four patties and place them 2-3 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard. Spoon evenly over the four patties.
  • Bake at 375 for approximately 20 minutes or until done through (155-160F on a meat thermometer).
  • Spread each toasted bun with mayonnaise. Place one burger on each toasted bun. Top with onion, lettuce, and tomato as desired.

Notes

Ingredients:
  • I use a mix of 80-20 ground beef with ground pork for texture and moisture. You can use all beef if you prefer.
  • Use either homemade breadcrumbs from leftover bread or purchased.
Tips:
  • I like to chop the onions and bell peppers pretty finely. It’s just nicer when you don’t get a huge mouthful of onion or pepper.
  • Many supermarkets sell a “meatloaf mix” that is typically one part beef, one part pork, and one part veal. You can absolutely use that in this recipe.
Variations:
  • Cook the burgers on an outdoor grill for an even bigger boost of flavor!
  • Can be cooked on the stovetop in a heavy cast iron skillet. Be sure to have the skillet nice and hot when you add them.
  • Use your favorite toppings – we often add onion, lettuce, and pickles.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 837mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on February 12, 2010. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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  1. Genius! I rarely leave comments but this was a must because recently I had the thought of “meatloaf burger” thinking how good and moist this must be and then I see it is a thing!! LOL!! I will definitely give this a shot! Thank you! ☺️

  2. Love this idea!! My husband has something against meatloaf (noooo idea what!! I think it’s just the idea of it), so I think these would be a good way to show him, “hey, you DO like meatloaf… look!” and then I can make a full-blown meatloaf in the future :)

  3. This is an interesting way to prepare a meatloaf burger…..I have been preparing meat loaves for years and using the left-overs on sandwiches. Guess this is just a new twist on the situation. Wonder if these patties could be broiled a tiny bit to make a crust before adding the catsup?