Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf Burgers

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf Burgers
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  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 carrot, finely chopped
  4. 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  8. 1/2 cup whole milk
  9. 1 large egg
  10. 1 pound meatloaf mix (ground pork, veal, and beef)
  11. 1/4 cup chili sauce, plus more for serving
  12. 4 slices bacon, halved crosswise
  13. 4 poppy seed rolls, split
  14. Lettuce leaves, for serving
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. 2. Heat the butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until bubbly, then add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Saute, stirring occasionally until vegetables are golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, soak the breadcrumbs in milk until soft, about 5 minutes. Squeeze the bread to remove the excess milk and discard the milk.
  4. 4. Lightly beat the egg in a large bowl, then add in the cooled onion mixture, breadcrumbs and meatloaf mix. Gently mix until just combined. Form into 4 (4 1/2-inch) patties making a small indentation in the center of each.
  5. 5. Line a baking sheet with foil. Brush 1 tablespoon chili sauce on top of each patty, then place burgers on the prepared pan. Wrap each patty with 2 strips bacon, tucking bacon edges under the patties. Bake the burgers until an instant read thermometer inserted sideways into the burger registers 160 degrees F, 14 to 16 minutes. Alternately, preheat the broiler, remove the burgers from pan and broil about 4 inches from the heat source until the bacon browns, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. 5. Place the burgers on the rolls and top with chili sauce and lettuce leaves, if desired.