10.31 – Halloween Hand Burgers!

How is it Fall already!

You take a few innocent trips to Miami and Argentina and all of the sudden you’re months behind on posts… Sorry about that.  Look for “Argentina Night” over the next few weeks, and in the mean time, here is a quick entry to make up for the long hiatus.

Halloween Hand Burgers…EeeeeK!
Okay it’s just mom’s meatloaf…

2 lbs ground meat. I used the traditional Veal/Pork/Beef combo, but any ground meat work nicely
1 small white onion, minced
1 sweet pepper, minced (I went with orange for the Halloween theme)
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 eggs
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & Pepper to taste (or steak seasoning is awesome in this)
1 tbsp A1 Steak Sauce (optional, but it tastes so good)

5 pearl onions and ketchup to taste (you can skip the onions if you’re not making a hand)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Process onion, pepper and garlic in a food processor until minced, drain off extra liquid and add to a large mixing bowl.  You can hand chop the veggies, but I find it changes the consistency and I highly recommend processing.

Add all other ingredients in the mixing bowl and combine.  I strongly recommend rolling up your sleeves and tossing by hand.

Sculpt meat into hand (or any other shape) in a baking dish with sides.  Do not use a cookie sheet as the meat loaf will release fluid while cooking due to the lack of breadcrumbs in this recipe.  This adds nicely to the presentation’s creepiness.

Push onions into each finger tip to create a “finger-nail” and drizzle ketchup to create a bloody effect.

Bake for 1 hour.  If using ground chicken or turkey you can confirm the loaf is done when a meat thermometer reaches 165, if using beef, veal, and or pork, 1 hour will be fine for medium.

Serve with extra ketchup as desired.


We did not have a large dinner party this week, but after Danielle claimed to have already eaten, she took care of two full helpings.


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