These amazing grilled meatloaf burgers are for anyone who loves meatloaf and can’t get enough. So we created this burger recipe for obsessed folks like us. 🙂 The tender meat is fantastic! This meatloaf hamburgers recipe will be a keeper, for sure.

Grilled Meatloaf Burgers Recipe on the BBQ and on plate

Grilled Meatloaf Burgers

WOW. These meatloaf burgers or hamburgers are amazing. There’s no way to describe the flavorful, tender meatloaf patties grilled to perfection. The contrast of the crispy grilled edges & lines against the tender meatloaf patties is divine. You just have to make it yourself and understand how crazy good these burgers are. Based off our popular meatloaf recipe here, our idea to grill these is easy. We love our meatloaf sandwiches here and decided to grill the patties instead of cooking in the oven first. The flavors from the grill on the patties is outstanding! Goodness, these are so easy to inhale. So if you love your meatloaf, try gilling them into burger and you have an amazing Summer recipe. If you’re making these for friends, you’ll have to make a double batch because they’re that good! Everyone will want a second patty or double burger.

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How to Make Meatloaf Hamburgers {tips}

  • If you’re using a lean meat, the patty will shrink less. Higher fat content ground beef will shrink much more. So for higher fat meat, shape the patty a little larger than the size of your bun. By the time it cooks it will be perfect between the buns!
  • Adding the sauce on top of the patties about a minute before they’re cooked will allow the sauce to be warm.
  • If you want to make it into a cheeseburger, just add cheese! It’s quite tasty as a meatloaf cheeseburger.
  • For a low carb version, wrap the patties in lettuce and omit the bun. You’ll still have some carbs in the sauce, so omit the sauce too if you want to make it keto friendly.
  • all meatloaf hamburgers recipe is in the recipe box below

Stove Top Meatloaf Burgers?

Sure, you can cook these burgers on the stove top and they’ll taste great. Just make sure to start wit a hot skillet with some oil on it. The hot heat will give these meatloaf patties a great crust. We just love grilled meatloaf burgers and the bbq flavor. But if you don’t have a grill then stove top is awesome too.

Different Burger Toppings

  • lettuce, spinach, arugula
  • heirloom tomatoes
  • red onion, white onion or pickled onions
  • sweet pickles or dill pickles
  • different cheeses: cheddar, american, smoked gouda
  • hot sauce or sriracha
  • try mixing mayo with sriracha or a sriracha mayo spread. It’s creamy, spicy and amazing!
Grilled Meatloaf Burgers Recipe on the BBQ Grill
Grilled Meatloaf Burgers Recipe on the BBQ |

Grilled Meatloaf Burgers

These burgers are super flavorful and have the same tenderness and meatloaf. If you like a more firm burger, leave out the milk when making the mix. The sauce is great and we will sometimes double the sauce recipe so we'll have extra for dipping fries or other goodies into.
You can also cook these on a skillet over medium-high heat.
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  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 g) ground beef , pork, chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 cup (54 g) bread crumbs or panko
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup diced onion , about 1/4 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt , or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk


  • 1/2 cup (120 g) ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) bbq sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) smoked paprika powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) chipotle powder (optional, will make the sauce spicy)

Burger Ingredients

  • 6 Burger Buns , brioche style buns are great with the meatloaf patties
  • Lettuce, Tomates, pickles, sliced onions, etc. , whatever you love on your burger


  • If grilling, preheat grill (on high if you have that option). Scrape grill grates clean to minimize sticking.
    Preheat Grill
  • In a large bowl combine all the meatloaf ingredients (beef, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, salt, pepper, ketchup or tomato sauce, and milk).
    Cook a small piece of the meat at the point to taste for seasonings. If you want to add more salt/pepper, add it now before baking.
    Mix Meatloaf
  • Form the meat into 6 patties, they will be a little softer than traditional burger patties (we'll often use wax paper to help separate them later.)
    Form Patties
  • Make the sauce: combine all the sauce ingredients (ketchup, bbq sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, smoked paprika, and chipotle) and pour over the top and top edges of the meatloaf.
    Make Sauce
  • Lighly oil grill grates. Cook patties for about 3 minutes on the first side. Carefully flip the patties (they will be more tender than a traditional burger), and then coat the topside with sauce. Continue cooking for another 3 minutes, or until cooked through.
    Toast the buns and serve with additonal sauce & your desired burger toppings.
    Grill Meatloaf Patties


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 524kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 1123mg, Potassium: 560mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 442IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 142mg, Iron: 5mg

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This recipe was originally published in 2020 and updated with new video. Here’s some great meatloaf recipe ideas for ya!