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Friday, August 10, 2012

Mom's Meatloaf Burgers

Let me tell you a story.

Or maybe just my rambling thoughts.  Bare with me.

In December of 2009, with a 3 month old in tow, I started this little food blog.  Not with the intent that I'd still be going strong in 2012, but here I am.  Since the start, I have since added one more baby to the mix, went back to work full-time, then learned 9 months later that job was being eliminated, accepted a new part-time job in my field the next day, cooked a ton of meals, posted over 500 different recipes, became a Taste of Home Field Editor, guest posted on various other food blogs, and even appeared on T.V.

What has had me thinking about the last three years, is that when I opened up my blog this morning I noticed I am nearing 1 million page views.

1 million page views.  How crazy is that?

I guess what I am saying is THANKS.  If it weren't for my readers, my family, and the random strangers who stop me during my day to say they enjoy reading, I probably wouldn't keep truckin' along.

In fact, yesterday at work, I talked to a gal on the phone, who at the end of the conversation, she said "Are you the Ally, who has the blog?".  Yep, that is me.  You just never know who you are reaching.

Without your comments (yes, they are very important!) and support this little old blog would have probably ended the month after it started.

Now, with all that sappy talk out of the way, let's focus on these burgers.  I have no idea whose "mom" these burgers belong to, but let's all thank her, okay?  She made a fantastic creation.  I found this recipe on my good friend's blog (she features food and fashion), so I immediately wrote it down to make.  You can visit her blog here.

Mom's Meatloaf Burgers
2 lbs. hamburger
1 c. Ritz Crackers, crushed
1/4 c. oatmeal
2 eggs
1/3 c. ketchup
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 t. minced onion
Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and parsley

Mix all ingredients together and place on the grill.  They will be a little delicate (they are very moist!) so be gentle when flipping them.

And yes, that juicy red tomato is from our garden.  I currently have 17 tomatoes on my counter, waiting to be placed in the crock pot for yet another batch of my freezer spaghetti sauce.  I can't get enough of it!

Would you like to comment?

  1. Now THAT is a twist to hamburgers I have to try! Joe LOVES meatloaf and burgers so I think this will be a hit!

  2. Yum! Those look so good! Congrats on all of your success, you deserve it! I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog, not even really sure how it happened, I think it was probably from reading something off Pam's facebook page :) Maybe one of these days we'll be able to offically meet each other, I feel like I already know you haha!

  3. Much agreed Steph! Thanks:) I've actually been thinking of trying and brainstorming ways to get all of the known Iowa food bloggers together. Maybe a Taste of Iowa thing....or design an Iowa Food Blogger Festival....or just a plain, boring dinner where we can all meet each other. But, I know it would require a LOT of work!

  4. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)August 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Congrats on the 1 million views!!! I have never had a meatloaf burger, but I do love meatloaf, so I will be trying this in the future.

  5. Congrats to all the page views Ally! I love stopping by and seeing what you are up to and the kids are getting so big already.

    I've found that when I make "delicate" burgers, to just put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes before grilling - they always stay together on the flip. :D