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Chef John's Grilled Bacon Meatloaf Burgers

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars
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"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."
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Ingredients

3 h 20 m servings 520
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. 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.
  2. Form mixture into 4 burgers with your wet hands. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled thoroughly, about 3 hours.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. 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.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • You can also pan fry these burgers to get a nice even crust.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 520 calories; 37.7 8.9 33.9 165 1389 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

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 aga...

Most helpful critical review

Also used jalapeno ketchup for extra heat.....guess I will have to try again because it was just a pretty ordinary burger to me.

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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 aga...

Love meatloaf and this looks awesome. Been trying to find a way to grill meatloaf. Thanks John!

Love them, I didn't use the thyme though

What an excellent burger recipe. Very tasty and definitely different than the standard burger. Everyone enjoyed it.

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 wi...

Best burger I ever made

I used half the salt, but otherwise no changes. Absolutely delicious!!

Made this for a cookout that was cancelled so I froze them. I'm not a fan of burgers cooked inside in a skillet but I did just that and LOVED them! WOW! Love the great flavor! This is now my ...

Like many recipes this one can be tweaked successfully. Today I’m making it with ground elk instead of beef. It’s my go-to burger recipe.