Take your taste buds on a flavorful adventure with this easy cheesy meatloaf recipe! All you need is simple ingredients that come together for a comforting, home-cooked meal everyone will love.
Are you looking for an easy yet tasty recipe to feed a hungry crowd? Look no further than this easy cheesy meatloaf recipe! Better yet, it only takes a few simple ingredients and minimal effort to prepare this comforting home-cooked meal.
Gather Your Ingredients.
To prepare this cheesy meatloaf recipe, you’ll need 1 1⁄2 lbs of lean ground beef, 1 egg, 1 cup of softened breadcrumbs, 1⁄2 cup of chopped white onions, 1⁄4 cup of ketchup, and 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt. Lastly, for the delicious cheesy topping you’ll need 4 slices of American Cheese. With all your ingredients ready to go it's time to get baking!
Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a 8x4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, onions, ketchup and salt until the mixture is well blended. Taking care not to overmix, shape the mixture into a loaf in your prepared pan and top it with 4 slices of American Cheese. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing into thick pieces to serve. Enjoy!
Preheat Oven and Grease Pan.
Before getting started, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease your baking dish with a little oil or cooking spray. This helps ensure the meatloaf doesn't stick to the pan!
For this easy cheesy meatloaf recipe, you'll need ground beef, cheddar cheese, minced onion, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and eggs. Start by combining the ground beef and minced onion in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together cheddar cheese, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and eggs. Then slowly add the egg mixture to the meat-onion mixture and mix with your hands until everything is well combined. Transfer the mixture to the greased baking dish and shape into a loaf. Finally bake for approximately 1 hour or until lightly browned and cooked through. Enjoy!
Prepare the Filling.
In a large bowl, combine 1 pound ground beef, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup ketchup or BBQ sauce, 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Mix your ingredients until they are well combined. This is the base filling for your cheesy meatloaf.
Once your filling is complete, it’s time to shape your meatloaf. To shape your meatloaf, take a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Place the filling onto the paper and form into a log. Roll up the wax paper around the log and use your hands to compact it further. Once you have finished shaping your log, press 1/4 cup additional shredded cheese onto the top of the log before unwrapping from the wax paper. Place meatloaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment or aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes at 350°F or until done throughout.
Assemble Meatloaf and Bake.
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a greased loaf pan, press the beef mixture evenly. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of more shredded cheese over the beef mixture and place 6-8 slices of bacon over the cheese layer. Then pour the remaining ketchup or BBQ sauce over top and spread evenly. Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes or until internal temperature is 160°F. Enjoy!
Allow to rest for several minutes before slicing and serving with a side salad or some steamed vegetables. If you’re looking for an even cheesier meatloaf, simply increase the amount of cheese in the original mixture. You can also add some freshly chopped herbs such as oregano, basil or parsley to give your meatloaf extra flavor. For an added burst of flavor, try adding diced onions, jalapenos or bell peppers in with the beef mixture as well. Enjoy!
Let the Meatloaf Rest Before Slicing.
After the meatloaf is finished baking, it's important to let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. When you first take the meatloaf out of the oven, it will be soft and tender, so it needs a few minutes to firm up and become easier to slice. Allowing the meatloaf to rest also helps keep its juices inside for an even more flavorful and moist slice.
When you’re ready to slice the meatloaf, make sure to do so with a sharp knife. If the knife isn’t sharp enough and is pressing on the meatloaf while slicing, it could squish out some of the moisture. To further ensure even slices, grab a piece of uncooked spaghetti and use it as a guide. Gently press down the spaghetti with your hands while slicing with the same motion to create uniform pieces every time!