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Meat Loaf Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 6 servings
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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Burgers:
  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. Prepare grill or broiler.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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