Design a Meatloaf Burger

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I love being able to stretch a pound of grass fed ground beef to feed our family like with the Gyros that I made a few weeks ago. Sometimes I can even stretch that pound into two meals like when making Navajo Tacos, casseroles, soups/stews or chili. Lately, I’ve had requests from the girls and hubby for meatloaf or burgers. Yesterday I had one pound of ground beef thawing for dinner and absolutely no idea what to do with it. A pound really isn’t enough to provide burgers for my family and a meat loaf seems to do better with 2 pounds. Then I remembered these Welfare Burgers from Hillbilly Housewife that I had made a few times a couple of years back. They tasted pretty good but use dry oatmeal in the recipe which is loaded with phytic acid. I had some leftover soaked oats that hadn’t been cooked up and thought I could use that in place of the dry oatmeal but use the same concept. The results were excellent!

We ended up having very moist and yummy Meatloaf Burgers. I made mashed potatoes with country gravy to put on top of both the potatoes and the burgers and glazed carrots on the side.

I think that this recipe can be easily adapted to ingredients on hand and flavor whims just like a regular meat loaf. I could substitute cooked leftover soaked oatmeal or leftover soaked brown rice for the soaked oats. If I didn’t have either of those I might just cube some sourdough bread and soak it in a little milk to soften up and go from there. As far as spices, herbs and flavorings- maybe Mexican Meatloaf Burgers spiced with chili powder, cumin and a dash of cayenne pepper and then topped with shredded cheese and salsa instead of the country gravy. Or Italian flavored with basil, oregano and fennel topped with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. Maybe even use this basic patty and place between two (sourdough) buns and with all of the regular hamburger fixings. This Basic Meatloaf Burger might become my new ‘go to’ burger recipe. Plus they cook super fast compared to an oven cooked meatloaf making them almost ‘fast food’ which will be perfect on days that I have a temp job outside the home.

Basic Meatloaf Burger

1 pound of ground beef
1 cup of soaked oats, cooked soaked oats, cooked soaked brown rice or sourdough bread moistened in milk
1 egg
1/4 cup finely minced onion
1 or 2 cloves minced garlic (or 1/4 tsp powered garlic)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1, 2 or even 3 teaspoons of your favorite herbs or spices

Combine all together in a bowl until well mixed. Form into 6 large or 8 smaller patties. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high (I used two skillets) and place patties in skillet. Cook to sear about 5 minutes without flipping. Carefully turn each patty and lower heat to medium low. Cover the skillet and let cook 5 minutes without disturbing. Turn each patty again, cover and cook another 5 minutes to cook through.

If you try this, let me know what spices you used in yours.

Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at

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