I love meatloaf, but not as much as I love meatloaf sandwiches. In fact, I'll make a meatloaf just for the leftovers. I'll fry the cold slice in a buttered pan until hot and crusty, and enjoy it on toast with ketchup. This recipe is basically that, plus bacon, in burger form.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Add breadcrumbs and chopped cooked bacon. Crumble in the ground beef. Mix with your fingers until bacon and breadcrumbs are distributed evenly.

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  • Form mixture into 4 burgers with your wet hands. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled thoroughly, about 3 hours.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Place burgers on the grate and cook, turing occasionally, until firm and cooked to your desired doneness. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read between 145 and 150 degrees F (63 degrees C). Let burgers rest for a few minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can also pan fry these burgers to get a nice even crust.

Nutrition Facts

520 calories; protein 33.9g 68% DV; carbohydrates 8.9g 3% DV; fat 37.7g 58% DV; cholesterol 164.6mg 55% DV; sodium 1388.7mg 56% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2018
Way less salt and pepper, no cayenne Italian breadcrumbs, (I had no dried thyme) No bacon, simply as we'd had bacon for breakfast same day Pan fried. Moist, tasty, and different. Will make again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/25/2017
Also used jalapeno ketchup for extra heat.....guess I will have to try again because it was just a pretty ordinary burger to me. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 28
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  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2018
Way less salt and pepper, no cayenne Italian breadcrumbs, (I had no dried thyme) No bacon, simply as we'd had bacon for breakfast same day Pan fried. Moist, tasty, and different. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2016
Love meatloaf and this looks awesome. Been trying to find a way to grill meatloaf. Thanks John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2020
I made it but broiled the burgers instead it had a great flavor!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2020
I'm not one to toot my own horn, but these were the best burgers I think I've made, ever! Granted I don't make hamburgers often, but this recipe was a huge hit! My only changes: 1. I used Ancho Chili Powder instead of Cayenne 2. Crushed saltine crackers instead of breadcrumbs 3. Ground thyme 4. Extra Worscester Thanks Chef John for a yummy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2018
I used half the salt but otherwise no changes. Absolutely delicious!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2019
Love them I didn't use the thyme though Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2019
Boy what a hit! So easy to make but so flavorful. I came home from work with nothing to eat. I had bought some hamburger meat a day or two ago and I thought I would do something different with it than "just a burger". Of course when I found Chef John's recipe I knew it would be good! I was able to put it together quickly and served it to my wife (who is not a meatloaf fan) and son. It was a smash hit. Thanks for making me look good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2020
These were so yummy! I only used 1/4 tsp of salt and it was perfect. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2020
On yeah! I will make this again for sure. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/25/2017
Also used jalapeno ketchup for extra heat.....guess I will have to try again because it was just a pretty ordinary burger to me. Read More