(submitted by Tom Vogel of Marion, Iowa)
- 2 lbs. ground beef or 1 lb. ground beef and 1 lb. pork sausage
- 1 egg
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- ½ cup apple sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheese (Mozzarella or Swiss)
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 pkg dry onion soup mix
- ½ tablespoon Bad Byron’s Butt Rub®
In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. When ingredients are mixed together, make into patties approximately 4 inches across and approximately ¾ of an inch thick. NOTE: 2 lbs. should make approximately 8 burgers.
Preheat grill to around 300 degrees. When ready to cook, spray or brush grill grate with cooking oil to prevent sticking.
Use ½ tablespoon of Bad Byron’s Butt Rub® to 1½ cup of butter or margarine. Mix and melt in the microwave, stove top, or grill. (Butter or margarine mix is used for basting the meat loaf burgers and buns).
Place burgers on a plate and brush one side of the meat loaf burgers lightly with the melted butter or margarine mix.
Arrange the meat loaf burgers buttered side down on hot grate and brush the other side of the meat loaf burgers lightly with melted butter or margarine mix. Grill until bottoms are nicely browned, approximately 4-5 minutes.
Using a spatula, turn the meat loaf burgers over and baste with butter or margarine mix and grill until they are browned and cook to taste, approximately 5-7 minutes.
Using Ciabatta bread or Texas Garlic Toast (my two favorite choices) brush butter or margarine mix on top side of bread, grill until brown, then flip and brush bottom side of bread with butter or margarine mix, grill until brown. Do this during the last two minutes the meat loaf burgers are cooking. Set out toppings (any condiments will work on a meat loaf burger). Put burgers on toasted buns and serve.
I use the microwave for this.
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup prepared mustard
- ¼ cup brown sugar
Heat the ingredients at low heat so you will not burn the sauce. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Put meat loaf burger on bun and add sauce. Enjoy.