'Meatballs' & Pasta with Grilled Onions Recipe

This is a great way to use up leftover hamburgers and make them into a second meal.

June 2007

  • hamburger
    It can all be cooked and put together in less than thirty minutes, which makes it a great weekday meal.
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  • hamburger

Yield: 4 servings

This tasty dish gives the word 'leftovers' a whole new meaning.


  • 4 leftover grilled burgers
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Leftover grilled onion slices, cut in half
  • 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4-1/2 cups uncooked regular or whole wheat penne pasta OR 8 cups cooked corkscrew (rotini) pasta
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut each burger into 6 pieces. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat; add burger pieces, onions and tomatoes. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until burgers are heated through, stirring frequently. Stir in basil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot. Add burger mixture; toss to coat. Season with additional salt and pepper, and sprinkle with cheese, if desired. 

This recipe originally aired in the June 2007 issue of Heart of the Home.

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