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Meatloaf Burgers

Grilled Meatloaf Burgers give you something new and delicious to grill up this summer.

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A Meatloaf burger is topped with sauteed mushrooms and french fried onions along with a special Meatloaf Burger Sauce.

Have you ever heard of a Meatloaf Burger? These exceptionally delicious tasting burgers mix up the traditional summertime burger routine and make grilling so fun! But what is a meatloaf burger exactly? A Meatloaf burger is a special mixture of spices, ground beef and ground pork held together with a panade (a paste made of bread crumbs, milk and egg). The panade allows you to shape the meatloaf into burger patties that are easy to grill.

You can fix up a Meatloaf Burger just like you would a traditional beef burger, but I have included a ‘special sauceto replace the ketchup, one that really jazzes up the whole burger and will pair better with the Meatloaf taste.

A mixture of bread crumbs, milk, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, egg and seasonings called a 'panade' sits in a red bowl and is essential for making Meatloaf Burgers stick together and taste great.

You can make a panade with good old bread crumbs, saltine crackers or even Japanese Panko bread crumbs, as shown above. You will mix this together until it becomes a uniform paste of sorts.

Meatloaf Burgers are pressed into a silicone burger mold.

Once the panade is made, mix the ground beef and pork into it until no large chunks of meat remain. Along with holding the ground meats together and adding flavor, the panade also makes these burgers amazingly juicy! Once the meat mixture is ready, I then place it into my handy burger mold. These can easily be made by hand as well. Have fun getting your hands good and dirty!

Meatloaf Burgers cook on a gas grill.

Grill up the patties just as you would any hamburger patty. I love my Meatloaf Burgers medium well, topped with sauteed mushrooms and french-fried onions. Add in the special Meatloaf Burger Sauce and the flavors are simply amazing!! The french fried onion is soooo crunchy savory and the mushrooms are just perfectly paired with the meatloaf taste. Of course you are welcome to add your own favorite burger toppings just as you would your favorite burger.

A Meatloaf Burger sits in a buttered and toasted hamburger bun topped with sauteed mushrooms and french-fried onions.

This recipe for grilled Meatloaf burgers is a sure winner for summer grilling fun all season. Enjoy!

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Meatloaf Burgers

5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 8 quarter-pound burgers 1x


Comfort food with that smoky grilled flavor, Grilled Meatloaf Burgers are the best of both worlds and a fun way to shake things up for summertime grilling. This recipe includes a special Grilled Meatloaf burger sauce too! 



Burger Mix

  • 16 Saltine Crackers, crushed to crumbs (2/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 3 dashes of Tabasco hot sauce (adjust to your taste)


  1. Preheat your gas or charcoal grill and clean the grate.
  2. Place the cracker crumbs, milk, dried parsley, worcestershire sauce, egg, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, a teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper into a large bowl. Stir until combined. 
  3. Add both ground beef and pork to the bowl. Mix contents of the bowl thoroughly. Form into burger patties by hand or with a burger press or mold, and place in the fridge to chill while you make the sauce.
  4. Place vegetable oil into a small bowl. Dip a wad of paper towels into the oil for a few seconds to absorb the oil. Hold the wad of paper towels with tongs and brush oil onto your grill grate. Discard the paper towels. Gently place burgers on the grill and cook until desired doneness (I recommend 6-8 minutes per side for well done). 
  5. When burgers are cooked to desired doneness, cover lightly with foil. Stir together all the ingredients for the sauce. Spoon special sauce over burgers instead of ketchup and serve on buns with the usual burger fixings like tomato, onion, lettuce, etc.


Nutrition information is for Grilled Meatloaf burger and sauce only and does not include any additional fixings like vegetables or bun.

Saltine crackers can be replaced with 2/3 cup of panko bread crumbs, regular plain bread crumbs, or two slices of white bread, crust discarded and bread broken into very small chunks.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 pattie with 1 tablespoon sauce
  • Calories: 320
  • Sugar: 7.8 g
  • Sodium: 559 mg
  • Fat: 8.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.7 g
  • Protein: 34.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 116 mg

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  1. Yummy….I can’t wait to try this….
    I love the onion rings on my burgers,
    so this is sure to be a huge hit for me.

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