Sunny's Meatloaf Burgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 3 to 4 burgers
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1 1/2 cups ketchup

1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 

2 tablespoons sriracha 

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 white onion, chopped 

8 to 10 fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped 

2 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

Freshly ground black pepper 

2 stale slices white bread, rubbed between hands to make sand 

1 large egg 

One 212-milliliter jar sun-dried tomato or basil pesto (about 3/4 cup) 

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 

2 ounces freshly grated Parmesan

2 cloves garlic, grated on a rasp 

1 pound ground chuck (80/20) 


3 to 4 burger buns, warmed

Thin potato chips, for topping 


  1. For the sauce: Combine the ketchup, vinegar, sriracha and pepper in a small pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced slightly, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and refrigerate.
  2. For the patties: Add the olive oil to a small pan on medium-high heat, then add the onion, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon water. Stir to coat everything and cook until the onions are translucent but not browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the bread, egg, pesto, Worsterschire sauce, Parmesan and garlic in a medium bowl. Add the sauteed onions to the breadcrumb mixture and stir to completely combine. Break up the beef in a large bowl with your hands or a wooden spatula. Add the breadcrumb mixture and gently mix together.
  4. Preheat the grill for cooking with direct and indirect heat at 350 degrees F or heat a pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Evenly divide the mixture into 3 or 4 balls and form into patties. Place on the direct heat of the grill or into the pan. Cook on one side until the patties release, 5 to 6 minutes, then flip, transferring to the indirect heat of the grill. If using a pan, simply lower the heat and cover the patties with a lid or upside-down metal bowl. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, 5 to 6 minutes more. Remove from the heat and let rest, covered, for 5 minutes.
  6. For the burgers: Add a patty to each bun bottom, then top with the sauce and a pile of potato chips. Top with the bun tops. Enjoy!
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