Classic Meatloaf Burgers and Seasoned Fries from ABC’s The Chew

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As a food blogger, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  In fact, some days I spend the entire day in the kitchen.  While I absolutely love recipe developing and creating fun new ideas, it sometimes gets kinda boring in there.  I typically have the radio on, but I feel like the stations just replay the same songs again and again. But recently I discovered The Chew, a food show that airs at 1e|12p|c on ABC, and this has been a fun addition to my daily routine!  The hosts are engaging, and the food and recipe topics always sound delicious.  Let me tell you…The Chew has been an entertaining way to break up the day!

While each episode that I’ve watched has been enjoyable, I was particularly struck by one of the episodes earlier this week where the hosts remade a number of different Old Fashioned Favorites, including Oven Fried Chicken and Creamy Peanut Butter Cookies.  But I’ve always had a weakness for a delicious burger and fries.  As a kid, I ordering hamburgers almost exclusively when we would go out to eat.  And I still love a good burger and fries!  So I was particularly intrigued when Carla Hall, one of the hosts on The Chew, used a simple meatloaf recipe for hamburgers.  I loved that Carla put a twist on the ordinary by using meatloaf, a classic winter-time dish, to make delicious burgers, a summer-time staple around my house.  (Ok, who am I kidding?  Burgers are a staple in our house year-round!)  Check out the link below to watch the entire episode, and then Tune In: Fresh Daily. 1e|12p|c on ABC for other episodes.

In the same episode, Carla also demonstrated a recipe for Seasoned Fries.  If you’ve never made homemade fries, then now is the time!  As you know, fries don’t hold their texture well over time, so it’s best to eat them right away…and there’s nothing better than making your own and serving them straight out of the pan!  Carla’s seasoning mix is quite simple, and you can always adapt the various spices to your own tastes.  Some mandolins feature the ability to make fresh-cut waffle fries, but if you don’t have this type of mandolin, then you can easily make “regular” stick fries…trust me, they’ll be just as delicious!

Speaking of delicious grilled food, I’ve also included a clip below where the hosts of The Chew discuss how to keep Grilled Chicken juicy, create a tasty Grilled Cantaloupe + Garden Veggie Salad, and whip up a refreshing Watermelon and Cucumber Drink.  Carla even talks about using peeled cucumbers as ice cubes…creative!!  Put all three of these together, and that sounds like a pretty amazing summer meal!

Hopefully these recipes and ideas have inspired you to create some delicious new summer dishes!  Don’t forget to spend summertime with The Chew!  The show airs weekdays at 1e|12p|c.

Classic Meatloaf Burgers

Yield: 8 burgers


    For the Burgers
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, finely ground
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup horseradish
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 8 Hamburger Rolls
  • mayonnaise, to serve
  • honey mustard, to serve
  • bacon, to serve (optional)
  • For the Spicy Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
  • pinch salt


    For the Burgers
  1. In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, eggs, horseradish, garlic, Dijon mustard, ketchup, salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate larger bowl, combine ground beef, pork, onions and carrots. Add the breadcrumb mixture, and gently mix with hands until combined. Form into patties and set aside on a parchment lined sheet tray.
  3. Preheat a lightly oiled grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Grill the burgers for 4-5 minutes per side, cooking to an internal temperature of 155F. Remove and allow to rest.
  4. For the Spicy Ketchup
  5. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  6. To Assemble
  7. Place burgers on buns and top each with a small amount of Spicy Ketchup.
  8. Finish assembling burgers with desired condiments.


Recipe courtesy of The Chew

Seasoned Fries

Yield: 8 servings


  • 6 Russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt (plus more to garnish if desired)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Preheat oil oil to 325 degrees F.
  2. Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch thick matchsticks.
  3. Prepare a sheet pan with paper towels and a cooling rack. Begin to par cook the potatoes in the preheated oil for 6 minutes. The potatoes should take on minimal color. Remove from oil with a large slotted utensil to the prepared sheet pan. Allow par cooked potatoes to cool to room temperature and blot off excess oil with a paper towel.
  4. Increase oil temperature to 360 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the spices. Toss the par cooked potatoes in the spice mixture, working in batches, and place in the oil to fry for 3-4 more minutes or until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined sheet pan and season with additional salt if desired.


Recipe courtesy of The Chew


The Chew celebrates and explores life through food – from cooking to food trends, restaurants, holidays and more all aimed at making life better, fuller and more fun. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz, “The Chew” is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show.

Watch The Chew Weekdays at 1e|12p|c on ABC!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.

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