Southwestern Meatloaf Burgers

Glazing the burgers with chili sauce keeps them moist and adds extra flavor. Look for chili sauce (actually a spicy ketchup) in the condiments aisle of your grocery store. If you are making them ahead, store the burgers in the refrigerator until ready to use, up to overnight; otherwise, bake burgers as soon as they are formed.

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  • Servings: 4
Southwestern Meatloaf Burgers

Source: Everyday Food, April 2005

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup (about 1 bunch) scallions, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons tomato-based chili sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Warmed tortillas, for serving (optional)
  • Pickled jalapeno slices, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, breadcrumbs, scallions, garlic, 1/2 cup chili sauce, egg, chili powder, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using your hands, mix just until combined; do not overmix.

  2. Divide beef into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a 4-inch-diameter patty, about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place on a plate; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees with rack in center. Transfer patties to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until browned, about 15 minutes.

  4. Lightly brush tops and sides of patties with remaining 3 tablespoons chili sauce. Return to oven; cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 160 degrees. 5 to 10 minutes more. Serve immediately, with tortillas, jalapenos, and radishes, if desired.

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