Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Smashburger® Meatloaf

Have you ever tried Smashburger?  I love a good burger...  Last year, a Smashburger opened up in my town.  Their menu is filled with delicious and creative burgers.  I remember the first time I ordered, I went with just the standard.  It was yummy.  The next time I ordered, I decided to go out of my normal comfort zone and ordered the BBQ Bacon Cheddar Smashburger.  Mind blown!!  It was ooey, gooey, zippy, amazing.  It even had crispy fried onion strings on top!  Woah.

I wanted to eat it every day.  But, I practiced self restraint and figured out a way to have those flavors without the almost 900 calories that the burger has.  My solution!  Meatloaf.  Now I know so many people have an aversion to meatloaf.  This is not that meatloaf.  It is tender, moist, and so flavorful.  I usually make it a few times a month.  I even figured out how to make it grain free! It makes delicious left overs.  I usually serve it with potatoes and some green vegetable on the side.

Smashburger Meatloaf

1 onion sliced
6-8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
1 to 1-1/2 lb ground beef (I usually use 90/10 as 80/20 gets too crumbly)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 C almond meal (substitute breadcrumbs if desired)
2 oz C cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed
1/4 C + 2 tbsp favorite BBQ sauce (I like spicy!)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Over medium heat, caramelize the onions in butter.  It should take about 20 minutes or so until they are soft and golden.  Set aside to cool.
  3. If you haven't done the bacon yet, do this at the same time as the onions (or even do it a little before and then cook the onions in the bacon drippings)
  4. In a bowl mix remaining ingredients (reserve 1/4 C bbq sauce) lightly.
  5. Add the onions and bacon
  6. Put in loaf pan 
  7. Spread remaining bbq sauce over top
  8. Bake 30 minutes
  9. Serve with favorite sides (the last time I made this I did garlic smashed red potatoes...)
This recipe is so versatile.  You can add or omit ingredients.  Sometimes I will reserve a little bacon and sprinkle it over the top after it's done.  

I love this meatloaf.  It has changed my life.