There are lots of reasons why this burger is moist and memorable! Dive into the recipe to find out.

After building a burger with this much flavor, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to settle for a regular hamburger again. 

This is what you call building a bonanza burger with my mouthwatering, make-ahead meatloaf recipe, formed into patties and given the works with a stack of bacon, barbecue sauce, cheese, sliced tomato, lettuce – or however you like to build your own masterpiece.

It’s a meatloaf makeover that will give you a whole new reason to throw burgers on the grill or in the skillet.

There are lots of reasons why this burger is moist and memorable! Dive into the recipe to find out.


2 tablespoons butter

1 large sweet yellow onion, finely chopped

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

2 tablespoons green chile, fresh or canned

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup seasoned croutons or breadcrumbs

1/2 cup milk

1 large egg

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

6 slices bacon, cooked crisp, cut in half

6 hamburger buns

6 slices cheese of your choice

Lettuce, tomatoes and onions for garnish

1/4 cup barbecue sauce (or ketchup)

Sliced tomato and lettuce for burger


Heat butter in a skillet. Add the onion, carrot, celery, chile and garlic.  Sauté, until vegetables are soft and onion is golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, soak the breadcrumbs in milk until soft, 10 minutes or until soft.

In a large bowl, pork, beef, egg, softened bread, cooled veggie mixture, salt and pepper.  

Gently mix until just combined. Form into six patties. Grill until done. Add cheese, bacon barbecue sauce, tomato and lettuce over burger if desired.  Or build burger to your liking.


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