Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

My mom did a great job of feeding a family of 6 on a budget. She made the ground beef go farther by making it a bit more like meatloaf, then my dad would slather on the BBQ sauce on the grill. The result are tasty, moist hamburgers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, using your hands, combine the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs and barbecue sauce/ketchup. Add additional sauce or breadcrumbs as needed so that the meat has a meatloaf texture - not dry or too wet, and holds together in a large ball easily.
  2. Add garlic powder and minced onion and mix well until distributed throughout meat.
  3. Pinch off about 3/4 cup of meat and roll into ball, then flatten with your hands. The hamburgers will shrink when cooked, so adjust the size based on your tastes. Allow for 4-5 patties per pound.
  4. Heat outdoor grill. Grill patties on one side for about 10 minutes, then flip over when the meat is browned on the underside and some grill marks are visible.
  5. Using a spoon or brush, cover the cooked side with barbecue sauce. Cook until the underside is browned with grill marks and flip again. Cover the top with barbecue sauce again. Flip one more time and then remove from grill.
  6. Serve on hamburger bun with your favorite toppings (or plain).
  7. NOTE: Cooking time will vary depending on how hot the grill is and how well done you like the burgers. We find it usually takes about 20 minutes total on the grill.
  8. NOTE: If you want to make cheeseburger, place a piece of cheese on each burger just before removing from the grill. Cook until the cheese is melted and remove.


Most Helpful

The meat was very good however I followed it exactly is 2 in the meatballs directly apart on the grill so I ended up just Browning meat on the grill instead of making hamburgers

Matthew W. September 05, 2016

Family enjoyed these hamburgers. I used Jack Daniels BBq sauce on these and added a dash chili powder to these. Made for Potluck tag..

weekend cooker January 06, 2011

Karen, thank you so much for trying a recipe I posted so long ago, I forgot. And that beautiful picture - wonderful. So since I don't know how to thank you properly, I went to your recipe folder and picked the first one - we have a talegate this Sunday at the opening game at the Giant's Stadium. Tried out just one, and perfection! My family will be most pleased. We have one of those mini grills just for the games and this burger will get high marks.

Lalaloob September 09, 2010

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