Show those leftover burgers some love!
Earlier this week, we all had a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July and the freedom we are so blessed to have every day. Family, fireworks and festivities all kept me from heading to any restaurants to find a burger this weekend. Instead, I found myself enjoying home-cooked burgers on the grill with family and friends. (Burgers taste better with friends – am I right?)
Sadly, all great things must come to an end and the grill’s blaze must be put out. Now, let’s talk about the aftermath. No, not the lawn chairs and empty cans all over the yard or the sunscreen all over the patio door handle… I’m talking about the leftovers. You all know what I’m talking about – it’s the container in your fridge full of lonely, cold hamburgers. It’s pitiful, I know. But don’t you dare throw out those burgers!
I’ve done some research and found some clever ways to reuse those leftover 4th of July burgers this week, because let’s face it – reheated burgers on bread get a little old. (How is it that the buns are always gone before the burgers anyways…?) Check out what I came up with!
The Cheeseburger Quesadilla
This recipe is the definition of quick and easy. You can add condiments as you please, but all I used was two tortilla shells, a hamburger patty, some shredded cheddar cheese, a little lettuce and some ketchup! You don’t have to get fancy and crumble the burger up, but I found that it made one hamburger go a lot further that way. Call me the “Leftover Queen.”
Photos courtesy of the “Leftover Queen.” (AKA myself.)
The beauty of leftover hamburger patties is that they can easily be crumbled up and turned into ground beef! Simply crumble up the patties, reheat and add taco seasoning for taco meat that can be used in a variety of dishes including a taco salad like this one!
Photo courtesy of Life in the Lofthouse blog.
Start your day off with an extra protein blast and use your leftovers in the morning! Leave the patty whole and fry an egg to top it with for an easy sunrise burger or crumble the burger up and add to eggs and hashbrowns in a pan for a beefy egg bake like this low carb cauliflower cheeseburger egg bake.
Photo courtesy of Low Carb Delish.
Pasta & Protein
Crumble up the burgers and heat with spaghetti sauce for a meaty spaghetti combo or use the crumbled beef in any casserole or hot dish recipe that calls for ground beef. (Using leftover burgers as a ground beef replacement can be a quick way to utilize a lot of extra burgers at once!) Check out this Creamy Beef Noodle Bake!
Photo courtesy of Together As Family.
This may be the easiest idea of them all. Also, perhaps the most delicious. Crumble the burgers and mix with your favorite sloppy joe sauce ingredients. Check out #6 on our Top 10 Dairy & Beef Recipes blog post for these Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!
Photo courtesy of 5 Boys Baker.
I’m no master chef, but I will say that even I found these ideas to be fairly easy for an average (at best) home cook like myself. All of these recipes and more great beef ideas can be found on the Minnesota Beef Pinterest page. Also, check out where I found the majority of these ideas: the Mother Nature Network blog and Lifestyle’s The Leftovers Guide for more great leftover burger uses!
Now get to your fridge and show those leftovers some lovin’! Here at the Brooke and Becky Burger Blog, we enjoy all burgers – even leftovers – because there can be #nobeefleftbehind.
Next week, be ready for some fresh burger ideas from Becky once your leftovers are gone!
Burgers and blessings,