Meatloaf Burgers – Husband cooked dinner

My husband cooks dinner most nights since I work. On Friday he found a recipe in “Cooking Light, the essential dinner tonight cookbook”. These are the best hamburgers I have ever eaten. They were so awesome that I am going to make them tonight , and I will try to remember to take some awesome photos to share:). They are sweet and delicious. I forgot to take photos of the burgers assembled but I did get a shot of the burger on the broiler :). The only thing he did not do was the caramelized onions. Also the reason you will never see mushrooms on my site is because my husband is allergic to them. Its sad because we both love mushrooms but oh well…onward to the burgers!!! YUM!


Meat loaf burgers with caramelized onions

Corn on the cob

Quick peach crisp

*(while we did not follow the rest of the menu it is something that I love about this book, it gives you sides and desserts to go with the meal and sometimes drinks!

Meatloaf burgers with caramelized onions


1 teaspoon olive oil

4 1/2 cups vertically sliced red onion about 2 medium onions

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup crushed whole wheat crackers

1/2 cup ketchup, divided

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 pound ground sirloin

1 large egg, lightly beaten

12 slices of rye bread *(we used potato bread)

1) Prepare grill or preheat broiler (the broiler is the way to go!)

2) To prepare onions, heat oil in a large non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt; saute 12 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in sugar and vinegar; cook 30 seconds. Remove from pan. Wipe pan with paper towel.

3) To prepare burgers, heat pan over medium high heat; coat with cooking spray. Add bell pepper and celery; saute 3 minutes or until tender.

4) Combine bell pepper mixture, crackers, 1/4 cup ketchup, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, beef, and egg in a large bowl. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2 inch thick patty.

5) Place patties on a grill rack or a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 5 minutes. Carefully turn patties over; brush with 4 teaspoons ketchup. Cook 5 minutes or until done.

6) Place 1 patty on each of 6 bread slices. top each patty with 1/4 cup onion mixture and 1 bread slice. Yield 6 servings.



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