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Meat Loaf Burgers

These hearty meat loaf sandwiches are delightful for potluck dinners. Served on hamburger buns, the beefy patties get extra flavor when topped with the seasoned tomato sauce. —Peggy Burdick, Burlington, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 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 6 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 385 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1123mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein.

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  • sarahleigh81
    Jan 8, 2018

    Dry and bland.

  • chris28304
    Mar 25, 2017

    Did I make the same recipe as everybody else??? These were not even edible. I wish I would have just made meatloaf and shaped it into patties.

  • lmmanda
    May 7, 2015

    Not sure that I would call these meat loaf burgers, but these were delicious. I used a pkg of ground turkey (20 oz?), some shredded cheese, 1T 1t of Worcestershire pub burger seasoning in the burgers instead of salt and pepper. For the sauce, I used tomato sauce in place of tomato juice, and added 1/4 c of brown sugar and about 1T so spicy brown mustard to make it more like BBQ sauce. I made 4 patties instead of 6 and cooked on low for 6 hours.

  • angieact1
    Sep 22, 2014

    I added 1/4 cup parmesan to my burger mixture. These were yummy served with cheese on top also!

  • Freckles91011
    Feb 2, 2013

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    Jan 21, 2013

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  • tamstrat
    Nov 18, 2012

    This is a great recipe but however, I do make some slight changes. I omit the onion as I do not like onion, and I add a splash of Worchester Sauce. Also along with the celery I add some baby carrots so that when the dish is finished you have your side dish ready as well. Also, I like to thicken the sauce as it is usually pretty watery, I take 2 cups of the liquid out of the crockpot, heat it to boiling in a saucepan on the stove, add cornstarch and water to the hot liquid, stir until thick and add back to the crockpot. This should be done the very latter part of the cooking process, leave the lid off after adding the liquid/corstarch mixture and cook for another 30 minutes or so until all the liquid in the crockpot is thick and coats the burgers. This is delicious and my husband loves this recipe!

  • myshiloh
    Oct 1, 2011

    Like bameiboo said, it doesn't taste like meatloaf. The flavor was too herbaceous for our family. I would have preferred if it tasted like meatloaf.

  • vapudelko
    Jul 12, 2011

    I have been making this for 17 years now and everyone that eats them loves them! They are very tender, have great flavor and are so simple to make. I serve them over rice instead of on a bun.

  • JADunn
    Mar 7, 2011

    This is a great recipe, I will definately make this again. The flavor and tenderness of the burgers was amazing.