It is time again for the next segment of “This Handmade Life”! (listens to the thunderous applause)
Today, we are doing Meatloaf Burgers. I also like to think of them as budget stretchers. You’ll see why in a minute.
I discovered this a year or so ago, when my hubby wanted meatloaf but the kids won’t touch it. Go figure–kids not wanting something that the parents think is good…and budget friendly. So, I tricked em.
I used the same fixings (minus the ketsup), and whipped up these burgers.
In a bowl, add in burger (I use something called “Boston Burger” from our local non-chain grocery store, which is a combination of beef and pork), crackers (or bread or oatmeal or whatever you have that will suffice as a filler–I’ve used all 3 mentioned and all of them turned out just fine), and 4 or 5 eggs (this is for 3 pounds of burger).
From there, I added in to this batch a spoon full of Spanish paprika.
A spoon full of dill weed.
A spoon full of ground rosemary.
Mix this all together, using a wooden spoon or your hands or whatever. I prefer hands, as it’s easier to get all the ingredients mixed into the meat.
Break out a large frying pan and spray it down with pan spray or a bit of oil, as this will stick due to the crackers soaking up fats. Brown them like you would regular hamburgers.
Serve like regular hamburgers, with all the ketsup, mustard, pickles, etc that you like!
I like doing these rather than full meat hamburgers, as with the cost of meat going up, and with kids to feed, one has to find a way to make the meat stretch a little farther. By doing this, I can make a family package of meat, at $2.59 to $3.59 a pound depending on the type of ground meat, stretch to last up to 2 meals instead of 1, with everyone able to have seconds at the first meal as well. Pair this with a tater tot or veggie and you have a nice filling meal. 🙂