15-Minute Meatloaf Melts

Satisfy your meat loaf craving in just 15 minutes by making thin patties and broiling them. These quick and comforting sandwiches have all the elements of a blue plate special-meat loaf, potatoes (in the form of a potato bun) and green beans. They're terrific just the way they are, but adding a couple strips of leftover bacon to each sandwich would be great too!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 shallot

1 pound meat loaf mix or ground beef

1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

1/3 cup ketchup

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 slices provolone or Swiss cheese

1-pound bag frozen cut green beans

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 potato hamburger buns, split

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

4 lettuce leaves


  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Grate the shallot over a large bowl. Add the meat loaf mix, breadcrumbs, half the ketchup, egg, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper. Use your hands to thoroughly combine the mixture, then divide it into 4 equal balls and shape each into a patty a little less than 1/2 inch thick. Arrange on a baking sheet and broil until the tops of the patties begin to firm up and brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the patties with a metal spatula and continue to broil until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  3. Brush each patty with some of the remaining ketchup and top each with a slice of cheese. Continue to broil until the cheese melts, about 30 seconds more.
  4. While the patties broil, put the green beans, butter, 1 tablespoon water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave until hot, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Open the buns and spread the cut sides with mayonnaise. Place a lettuce leaf and patty in each. Serve each sandwich with a small bowl of green beans.
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