February 06, 2012

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Sliders

This month for the Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog I was Born to Cook - written by Melissa.  I became familiar with Melissa's blog through the SRC, so its a fairly new blog to me.  Melissa is of Italian Heritage while her husband's family is Greek.  The best of both worlds in my opinion!  Therefore, she has a lot of pasta on her blog - which of course I LOVE.  But, wouldn't you know it, I went with something that had no pasta in it at all.

Grumpy would love Melissa's kitchen.  She has a lot of beef on her table - much more than I put on ours!  So, because he loves beef and he loves meatloaf with pickles in it, when I saw this recipe she had on her blog for Cheeseburger Meatloaf Muffins, I knew I would be using that recipe for my SRC post.  Of course, my mind always takes recipes I see in different directions a lot of the time, just like it does many other foodies out there.  I decided that I was going to make the meatloaf mixture without the cheese in it and turn it into slider patties topped with bacon and cheese.
Now that I've made this recipe I think next time I would put some of the cheese in the recipe along with pieces of crumbled up bacon and top it with more cheese and bacon.  How yum would that be; not to mention perfect since they already have the ketchup, mustard (my addition) and pickles in the mixture?  Sometimes I could kick myself for not thinking of something until after the fact.  Guess it just means I'll just have to make them again! 
Cheeseburger Meatloaf Sliders
adapted from I was Born to Cook

printable recipe

Cooking spray
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 cup Italian Flavored bread crumbs
1 egg
2 heaping tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
Cheese slices for topping (optional)
Cooked bacon slices for topping (optional)

In a skillet  Heat oil in a skillet and saute onion until softened.

In a large bowl, combine ketchup, mustard, bread crumbs, egg and pickle relish. Mix in onion. Add beef and  mix all together.  I find that my ice cream scoop makes the perfect sized ball to shape into a slider.  I have a slider frying pan where you drop the ball into the cup and put the lid on - no shaping required because the pan does the work.  Both sides have grill marks on them but you don't have to flip the burgers!  No worry though, you can cook these on your stove top right in the frying pan too.  Just make sure to spray whatever pan you do use with cooking spray.

Toast slider buns and assemble burger topping with cheese and bacon.  Grumpy likes to put mayo and ketchup on his burger too, me I am a ketchup only girl!

Thank you Melissa for writing such a great blog filled with all kinds of recipes!

To check out all the other SRC submissions for this month, check out the links below!


  1. I bet people would eat those up in a flash.

  2. What a neat twist to my recipe...I love it! Thanks for the kind words, although I myself am actually Italian AND Greek...my husband is Italian and a combo of a few other things :)

    1. LOL, I'm old, what can I say. I guess you ARE the best of both worlds and your hubby is a lucky man! ;)

  3. Meatloaf always a favorite in this house but would never have thought of sliders. Great idea.

  4. Yum, these look amazing! A great way to make mini meatload sandwiches...yum!! :)

  5. They look fantastic, Shelby. Great choice and I love what you did with them.

  6. Those sliders are calling my name, delish looking!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. Burgers, sliders makes always my mouth watering! Adding the flavorings in the meat composition is a cool idea to make these sliders into perfect finger food meatballs :D

  8. These do sound delicious Shelby. The best of both worlds, meatloaf and cheese!

  9. This cheeseburger recipe looks so amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Wow! This is an everything good dish.

  11. Yum! That salad and tuna is gonna look pathetic today for lunch...

  12. this is what my hubby would eat every night if I was not around. I swear LOL

  13. WOW, my mouth is watering! I've never heard of meatloaf with pickles but it makes sense that would be yummy, considering they go on hamburgers! Love this idea and the direction you took the muffins. mmm

  14. Mmmm I love that you turned these into sliders!! My husband would love it with the pickles but I think I'd leave them out of mine.

  15. I'm not a big burger/meat eater, but my husband would love those and they do look good. We'd go for dill pickles though.

  16. Okay so seriously I think I hit my head when I passed out cold when I saw these. Super yum!

  17. Greek AND Italian!! What a wonderful combo for cuisine. These look perfectly delicious.


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