Meat Loaf Burgers with Caramelized Onions

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Meat Loaf Burgers with Caramelized OnionsRecipe
Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Meat loaf is shaped into individual burgers that are just as comforting as their namesake. The burgers are delicate, so take extra care when flipping them.
6 servings


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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
Cooking spray
1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup crushed whole wheat crackers (about 20 crackers)
1/3 cup ketchup, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground sirloin
1 large egg
12 (1 1/4-ounce) slices rye bread, toasted


Prepare grill or broiler.

To prepare onions, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté 12 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in sugar and vinegar; cook 30 seconds. Remove from pan.

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

Combine the 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.

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

Place 1 patty on each of 6 bread slices. Top each patty with 1/4 cup onion mixture and 1 bread slice.

Created date

June 2002

Nutritional Information

Calories 419
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 13.4 g
Satfat 4.3 g
Monofat 6 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 23.1 g
Carbohydrate 51.8 g
Fiber 6.6 g
Cholesterol 86 mg
Iron 4.2 mg
Sodium 906 mg
Calcium 92 mg