Slow Cooker Meat Loaf Burgers

Slow Cooker Meat Loaf Burgers

Slow Cooker Meat Loaf Burgers
Serve with crudites and ranch dip-I thought it would be interesting to modify a classic meatloaf to a handheld version AND have my slow cooker do all the work. Tastes just like a cheesy meatloaf; mission accomplished!
    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    LOW 3-4 hrs; HIGH 5-6 hrs
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    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    LOW 3-4 hrs; HIGH 5-6 hrs
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
    • 1 celery stalk and celery leaves (leaves optional)
    • 1pound ground beef
    • 1/3cup ketchup
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/3cup quick cook oats
    • 1teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1tablespoon minced dried onion
    • 3/4teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/3cup ketchup
    • 4 slices cheddar cheese, optional
    • 4 hamburger buns
    • Carrot and celery sticks
    • Your favorite ranch dressing **
    Instructions
    1. Place the onion and celery in the bottom of a large slow cooker (an oval-shaped one if you have).
    2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef and the following 7 ingredients (through ground black pepper). Form into 4 patties. Place the patties on top of the onions and celery.
    3. In a small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup ketchup and 1 tablespoon of water. Spread the ketchup mixture evenly over the patties. Carefully pour 1/4-1/2 cup water on top of the onions and celery making sure not to pour any on the burgers.
    4. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or on HIGH 3-4 hours. If adding cheese slices, place one slice on each patties in the last 30 minutes of cook time or until cheese slices have melted.
    5. Remove the burgers with a slotted spoon and serve on hamburger rolls with crudities and ranch dip on the side.
    Recipe Notes

    * You can substitute tomato sauce for the ketchup.

    ** Here is my recipe for a homemade ranch dressing:

    ¼ cup Greek yogurt
    1 tablespoon mayo (full or reduced fat)
    3 tablespoons buttermilk
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    ½ teaspoon sea salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

    In a small bowl combine Greek yogurt and the next 4 ingredients (through black pepper). Serve as a salad dressing (you can thin it out with additional buttermilk) or a spread for sandwiches, dip for wings. Jazz it up with fresh herbs from your garden, add freshly minced garlic for some zip; it has many uses!

    I like to boil, steam or roast a spaghetti squash and top it with some of the onion and celery from the slow cooker as a nutritious side dish to this burgers. I will usually eliminate the roll altogether and have the patty on top of the squash.

    For a paleo/primal version, serve patties wrapped in large lettuce leaves.

    Traditionally mashed potatoes usually accompany meatloaf but try some baked fries; a classic pairing with burgers.

    A side salad is always an easy and healthy green side in place of the crudities.

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