I love eating juicy cheeseburgers with all the trimmings, don’t you? However, sometimes they’re too big to eat, even with both hands. Sometimes they’re even hard to carry, like this platter of specialty burgers…or this triple-decker monster they serve at Cheeseburger in Paradise on Maui. I’m certain I’d be sick if I ate their 1.5-pound glutton-stuffer, wouldn’t you? Or, how about this amazing burger Alan and I ate (shared) in South Africa?
Anyway, much as Alan and I love burgers, I’m always in pursuit of fewer calories per dining pleasure, and an extra 200+ calories for a big deli-style onion bun is something I’m willing to forego when we’re at home. Still, how do you eat a cheeseburger with all the good stuff and no bun? It was in that mindset that I developed my personalized recipe for one of the best meatloaves you’ll ever eat!
Your Favorite Cheeseburger Meatloaf:
1 pound ground burger
1 cup bread crumbs (which you can leave out if you don’t mind the meatloaf crumbling a bit when you serve it; I leave them out, because I don’t mind). Next, add everything you love to put on top of your burger (except lettuce)…like:
Pickles, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, tomato, pineapple…get creative, it’s your meatloaf!Add all your favorite condiments…no need to go easy, because they won’t be dripping down your arms! Relish, mustard, ketchup…?mayonnaise? etc?Mix thoroughly and then add a generous amount of salt, pepper, and your favorite seasonings. Top with your favorite cheese (or else whatever cheese you have around the house).Mound into a pan and add more ketchup (if you like ketchup as much as we do),then cap with an ample supply of cheese (if you like cheese as much as we do). Pop it in the oven for an hour at 350° (done when golden brown on top). Enjoy!
Actually, if you don’t have an hour to bake it as a meatloaf,
you can do the same thing in your frying pan and have it cooked in no longer than it would take
to grill the veggies and burgers.
You get all the flavor and save enough calories for dessert! (Did I say that??)
Furthermore, you can eat it with just a fork and one hand tied behind your back. See? What’d I tell you? No more embarrassing dates where you end up with ketchup on your nose and mustard juice running down your arm staining your new outfit! (Of course, you might still have an issue with the corn on the cob…)
“I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30).