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Meat Loaf Burgers

 Meat Loaf Burgers
These hearty meat loaf sandwiches are great for potluck dinners. Served on hamburger buns, the beefy patties get extra flavor when topped with the seasoned tomato sauce. —Peggy Burdick, Burlington, Michigan
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours


  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 pounds ground beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • Place onion and celery in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the beef, 1
  • teaspoon salt and pepper; shape into six patties. Place over onion
  • mixture. Combine the tomato juice, garlic, ketchup, Italian
  • seasoning, bay leaf and remaining salt. Pour over the patties.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is no longer pink.
  • Discard bay leaf. Separate patties with a spatula if necessary;
  • serve on buns. Yield: 6 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.