Twice As Nice: What to Make with Leftover Burgers

Turn leftover hamburgers from weekend cookouts into family-friendly weeknight dinners like chili, tacos and spaghetti Bolognese.

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Secret Ingredient Chili

Summer means grilling season is in full gear, and if you're like me, it also means leftover hamburgers from cookouts. Put them to tasty use in this chili, ready in about 20 minutes. Canned beans add some heft and help stretch two leftover burgers into a meal for the whole family.


By Jennifer Perillo

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Beef and Vegetable Wontons

Add some Asian flair to leftover burgers by turning them into these easy-to-make wontons. Here they're fried to serve as an appetizer. You can also simmer the uncooked filled wontons in broth with some vegetables for a healthier twist.

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20-Minute Bolognese

Leftover hamburgers are the stars of this shortcut version of an Italian-American classic.

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Twice As Nice Tacos

Make magic with leftover burgers and turn them into easy weeknight tacos.

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Shortcut Sloppy Joes

Turn leftover hamburgers into your own homemade sloppy joes. Grating the onions helps them melt into the filling, especially good for picky eaters.

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Twice As Nice: 5 Ways to Use Up Leftover Burgers

Summertime means grilling time. It also means you might find yourself with an excess of cooked burgers from hosting family and friends. Instead of tossing those leftovers, turn them into chili, tacos, sloppy joes, a 20-minute Bolognese sauce and even wontons.