The leftovers guide: 10 things to do with leftover burgers and hot dogs

The Leftovers Guide: 10 Things to do with Leftover Burgers and Hot Dogs
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The Leftovers Guide: 10 Things to do with Leftover Burgers and Hot Dogs

Find out how to use those leftover hot dogs and hamburgers.

Pasta Filling

Crumble up the patty and use it in a creamy pasta dish. Add some water or broth to the pan while heating up the burger to moisten the beef. Check out our Hamburger Buddy recipe for inspiration.

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Soup Add-Ins

Bulk up your soups with the crumbled meat from your burgers. You can add it to an existing soup that needs a little more depth or create an entirely new one. Try our Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage soup for a healthy but hearty meal.

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Taco Meat

If you're craving Mexican food, you are in luck because your leftover burgers can easily be converted into taco meat. Crumble up the patties, add taco seasoning, some tomatoes, peppers and onions, and you have the perfect taco filling (or topping for a taco salad)!

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Wraps and Sandwiches

Use your hamburger patty as the filling for an inventive wrap or sandwich. Top a hoagie roll with marinara and mozzarella for a hearty Italian sub, or try our Southwestern Beef and Bean Wrap if you're craving something spicy.

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Salisbury Steak

Convert the patty into a salisbury steak. You can get creative with this one and use new and unexpected flavors. Try our Asian Salisbury Steak recipe for an oriental twist.

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Franks N Beans

This one is a classic, plus it is perfect for a summer camping trip. Add those leftover dogs to your baked beans for the ultimate comfort food.

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Kill two birds with one stone and use your leftover burgers and hot dogs in one casserole dish. This Hot Dog Corn Bread Casserole isn't complete without a scoop of chili on top. Make sure you crumble your beef patties and use them in your chili!

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Chop up the leftover hot dog and add it to your omelet. This is a great way to get a hearty breakfast and quickly use up all of those leftover hot dogs. This could work with crumbled beef patties or bratwurst as well!

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Pizza Toppings

Hot dogs and hamburgers make great pizza toppings! Try sliced hot dogs, jalapenos and pineapple for a Hawaiian-inspired pizza.

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Spaghetti Hot Dogs

Your kids will not only love eating these spaghetti hot dogs, but they will also have a blast making them with you. Entertain your kids for a few hours and get them to clean their plates. What more can you ask for?

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Hot dogs and hamburgers are the quintessential American food for weekend summer BBQs. That being said, there are almost always leftover franks and patties after these summer parties, and most of the time, these extras are thrown out. We get it; sometimes you've had enough and you're not exactly looking forward to an old, reheated cheeseburger for lunch the next day.

Still, we always advocate finding new ways to use leftovers rather than just throwing them out. To help you waste less (and save some money along the way), we have come up with 10 unexpected ways to use your summer barbecue leftovers during the week. Make sure that your hamburgers and hot dogs have not been sitting out for over two hours (one hour if it is hotter than room temperature) before saving!

Check out the slideshow above for our summer barbecue leftovers guide!

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