Monday, June 28, 2010

The Amazing Burger/Meatloaf Recipe Exchange

Last Monday, so many of you talked about your unique meatloaf recipes that I wanted to follow up with a recipe exchange. I thought I’d introduce a brand new meatloaf based on one of my favorite dishes, a Cuban delight called Picadillo.

Because Picadillo isn’t made as a loaf, but rather a loose mixture. I adapted my recipe by taking out the water. After I had it mixed, my husband decided he was in the mood for burgers, so I took out the tomato paste, shaped the meat mixture into 5 patties, slapped them on my Foreman grill and - OH, WOW! Talk about a deelish dish! And perfect for the upcoming Fourth of July barbeques.

So here it is if you want to give this Cuban-inspired entree a try. Use super lean ground beef, ground turkey or chicken, and make it as a meatloaf, burger, or, if you want to make it in the traditional way (sloppy Joe style) add in 3 tbls of tomato paste, enough water to make it sloppy, then saute the entire mix until meat is cooked, and serve it over yellow rice or on buns. Versatile, isn’t it?

And now it’s your turn. I’d love to see your all time favorite meatloaf OR burger recipe. We’ll have a whole summer’s worth of dishes to try. Are you game?

Kate Collin’s Picadillo Meatloaf/Burgers
(serves 4)

1 lb super lean ground beef, or ground turkey or chicken
1 tbls extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
½ red, yellow, or green bell pepper, minced
3 tsp chili powder
1 ½ tsp oregano
1 ½ tsp cumin
½ tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pitted olives – any type
1 tbls capers, rinsed
3 tbls tomato paste (meatloaf only)

Saute onion, garlic, and pepper until softened. Mix into the meat with the rest of the ingredients. Shape into meatloaf or individual burgers. Grill burgers until pink in the center – or bake meatloaf at 350 degrees F for an hour or until top looks brown.



Andrea C. said...

It is a rainy day here and a perfect day for exchanging meatloaf recipes. I got this one from a friend!

Betty's Barbeque Turkey Meatloaf

For the meatloaf:
1 package lean ground turkey (I prefer lean vs. extra lean for this recipe)
6 stems fresh thyme, leaves removed
2 tablespoons Heinz chili sauce
2 tablespoons honey mustard
2 tablespoons coarse stone ground mustard
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 tablespoons barbeque sauce
dash of worchestershire sauce
1/3 cup panko (may use oatmeal as alternative)
1/4 cup shaved/grated parmesan
1 egg
3 chopped scallions (optional)

For the glaze:

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons barbeque sauce
1 tablespoon honey mustard
1 tablespoon Heinz chili sauce

Preheat oven to 400. PAM a glass loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatloaf, adding the egg last before mixing by hand . Mix just until ingredients are combined, but do not overdo it. Transfer the mixture to the loaf pan, pressing gently until loaf is uniform thickness. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for glaze and spread over the top. Bake at 400 for approx. 45-50 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees. Serves 4 for dinner or 2 with leftovers for the next day or two. Enjoy!

Laineshots said...

I am really going to enjoy this day, I can tell already!

My entry has become our family favorite because the moistener is the only one we've found that has emphasized the flavor of the meat, not the flavor of the moistener.
Intrigued? Read on!


1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. dry bread crumbs
1/2 unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried sage
1 small chopped onion
1 egg

For Glaze:

1/3 c. ketchup
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar

Mix and form (you know how to do this!) and place in a shallow baking pan lined with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for about 45 minutes, till crusty and brown. Mix Glaze ingredients till smooth and pour over the top. Return to oven for 5 minutes.

Bon appetit!

Babs said...

This recipe is the one we use in my family :)

Meatloaf Roll


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups water
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

To make tomato sauce, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat; cook and stir the onion, green pepper, and celery in the hot oil until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Pour the undrained whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, sugar, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and water into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the tomato mixture into the saucepan and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/4 cup parsley. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, Creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, and salt until the mixture is thoroughly combined; spread into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
Scatter the mozzarella cheese over the meat; spread 1/4 cup of the sauce over the cheese. Sprinkle the sauce with 1/4 cup chopped parsley and 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning. Pick up one end of the meat layer (short side), and gently roll the meat around the filling. Reposition the meat roll in the center of the dish, and pour the remaining tomato sauce over the roll.
Bake in the preheated oven until the roll is no longer pink in the center, 45 minutes to 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

I have a good sloppy joe recipe uses coke or dr pepper trust me it is good.

Liz Lipperman said...

Here's my favorite meatloaf recipe ever.


1 cup 3 Minute Brand oatmeal, uncooked 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2eggs ½ tsp. Coarse black pepper
1/2 cup Ketchup
1 cup shredded frozen hash browns
1 pkg. Dry Onion soup mix 2 lbs. Lean ground beef
½ Cup water
Glaze: ½ cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. prepared yellow

In medium bowl, beat eggs lightly. Stir in oatmeal, hashbrowns, pepper, onion soup, ketchup, and W. sauce. Add meat and mix well. Pat mixture into a large loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 1/2 hours. During last 15 minutes of cooking, mix glaze ingredients and pour over meat loaf. Makes great sandwiches with leftovers.


Liz Lipperman
DUCKS IN A ROW – Berkley 2011

mary in MO said...

Cheesy salsa meatloaf served here!
2 lb ground beef
1 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
1/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup chunky salsa
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
How to make it
Heat oven to 400°. Mix all ingredients until well blended. Shape into a loaf in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake 1 hour or until center is no longer pink. Remove from oven. Let stand for 3 minutes before removing from pan. Cut into slices and serve.
I serve it with warm flour tortillas and a green salad

Kate Collins said...

Wow! My mouth is watering and it's still morning! My family is going to love all your recipes. They're very creative. So much you can do with a pound of ground meat, isn't there?
By the end of the day, I'll have enough recipes to last through fall -- I hope!!
Anyone have a great burger recipe to add?

Babs said...

Here is a burger recipe we love to do in the summer


1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 small can pineapple slices
1 large onion, sliced
4 lettuce leaves
4 buns
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 strips bacon, fully cooked
1 tablespoon butter


Drain pineapple juice in a bowl. Add teriyaki sauce and mix. Place pineapple slices and 3 tablespoons of pineapple teriyaki mixture in a resealable plastic bag. Turn to coat and set aside. Shape hamburger into 4 patties and spoon remaining pineapple teriyaki sauce over top. Preheat grill. Butter buns. Place burger patties on hot grill and grill until done. Place buns on grill cut side down to toast lightly. Remove pineapple slices from bag and place on grill and cook until slightly browned and warmed through. Assemble burgers with patty, pineapple slices, lettuce, onion slices, Swiss cheese and bacon.

Babs said...

Here is the sloppy joe recipe as well.

Some times I just use 1 lb of ground beef if I do not have the turkey.


1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground turkey
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 teaspoons flour
3/4 cup Dr. Pepper (or regular cola)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Mix ground turkey and ground beef together in a large bowl.

2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the meat with the onion and green pepper. Drain.

3. In large bowl, mix all other ingredients well. Pour over hamburger meat in skillet.

4. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve on hamburger buns.

Lover of Books said...

Nothing special here, so no recipe to share. :) These sound good but I am the picky one in my family. lol


Shel said...

Family legend goes that this meatloaf was the catalyst of my dad's proposal to my mom. The recipe originally came from my grandmother. No idea if the legend part is true, but here's my adapted version of the recipe:

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 egg
1 sleeve crumbled/crushed saltine crackers
1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
1 Tblspn. Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper
Garlic salt

Mix above ingredients into a loaf and place in pan.

Mom's recipe: pour one sm. can tomato sauce over the top before baking.

My adaptation for a husband who doesn't like tomato sauce: Bake at 375 for one hour. During the last ten minutes of baking time, prepare a package of onion gravy mix according to directions on package. When meatloaf comes out of oven, dump hot gravy over it in the pan.
Baking time may be adjusted for size and shape pan you use. I use a thinner round pan rather than a loaf pan so my baking time is shorter.

Shel said...

Shoot!! Re-reading my comment, I forgot a key ingredient...chopped small yellow onion!

Kate Collins said...

Shel, I love the legend! If any romance writers are reading this, are your ears perking up?
Krista, you sound like my daughter. She sniffed her food before tasting. LOL.
Babs, all your recipes sound wonderful. I love the pineapple/teriyaki combo. Reminds me of a Hawaiian pizza! Yum.

Debra said...

Different Burgers

2 lbs lean ground beef (when you have a teenager in the house why not plan for leftovers?)

2 Tblspoons Djon Mustard
4 Garlic Cloves (we love garlic)
I Tblspoon freshly grated ginger (or dried)
1 Small onion or two green onions or shallots
1 Tblpoon soy sauce
I Tablspoon raw sugar(or honey or brown sugar)
1 tspoon Sriracha Sauce (hubby works near chinatown,if you can't get it sub. tabasco sauce)
2 Tbspoons flat-leaf Italian parsley or cilantro (or dried thyme)
Juice of half lemon or lime
Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Process all ingredients except meat. Form into patties and let sit in fridge for half-hour.
Grill or cook in large saute pan which has been coated with one tblspoon of olive oil. Drain on paper towels.
Serve on Challah rolls if you can get them,otherwise kaiser rolls.
I sometmes roll half the mixture into meat balls and cook them alongside the burgers. Make a quick marinara sauce in the microwave i.e. nuke 1 tsp olive oil,bay leaf,sea salt and pepper for 30 seconds. Add one large can of crushed tomatoes, a little wine or beef broth and zap again for two minutes. This is way cheaper than jarred sauce and to me tastes better.

Babs said...

Oh my goodness with all these recipes I am going to gain 10 pounds from just reading them all. Everyone thing sounds so good. Thank you all for sharing.

Heather Webber said...

All these recipes look so yummy. I'm especially intrigued by the one with pineapple. My own meatloaf recipe is incredibly boring.

Kate Collins said...

Debra, that sounds really yummy! Heather, if you can't find something here to spice up your boring meatloaf, you won't find it anywhere. LOL.
Thanks everyone! I can't wait to get started.