Everyone knows about taking a slice of homemade meatloaf and throwing together an excellent sandwich, but fewer know about meatloaf patties made specifically for sandwiches! Meatloaf Burgers transform the loaves into burgers, ready to top with fluffy buns, and slow cooked to wonderful tenderness in a sauce that invokes the sweet, smoky, savory glaze of a traditional meatloaf. Meatloaf Burgers need a little time and patience to come together, but when they do they taste like the best parts of home cooking and the best parts of cookouts all in one bite. And who can say no to that?

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  • 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 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


Step 1 –Place the onions and the celery in a 3-quart slow-cooker.

Step 2 –Combine the beef, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper.

Step 3 –Shape the beef into 6 patties.

Step 4 –Place the patties over the onion mixture.

Step 5 –Combine the tomato juice, the garlic, the ketchup, the Italian seasoning, the bay leaf, and the remaining salt.

Step 6 –Pour the tomato juice mixture over the patties.

Step 7 –Cover and cook on low until the meat is no longer pink, about 7-9 hours.

Step 8 –Remove and discard the bay leaf.

Step 9 –Separate the patties with a spatula if necessary.

Step 10 –Serve on the buns.