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Cheeseburger Meat Loaf Recipe

Cheeseburger Meat Loaf Recipe

I created this meat loaf one day when I wanted to make cheeseburgers—my husband's favorite—but it was too chilly to grill outside. I've served it numerous times since then, and it never fails to get rave reviews. Even your most finicky eater will enjoy this oven-baked main dish. And you'll appreciate the price—just 51¢ a serving. —Paula Sullivan Barker, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/2 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dill pickle relish
  • 6 slices process American cheese


  • 1. In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup ketchup, egg, bread crumbs and onion powder. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. On a large piece of waxed paper, pat beef mixture into a 10-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Spread remaining ketchup over meat to within 1/2 in. of long sides and 1-1/2 in. of short sides. Top with mustard and relish.
  • 2. Place four cheese slices on top; set remaining cheese aside. Roll up loaf, jelly-roll style, starting with a short side and pulling away waxed paper while rolling. Seal seams and ends well. Place loaf, seam side down, in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Cut the reserved cheese slices in half diagonally; place on top of loaf. Return to the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein

Reviews for Cheeseburger Meat Loaf

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Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"love this recipe one of my go to meatloaf recipes"

Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"Hubby loves it!"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"This has become a favorite of mine. I am not very good at rolling it, so I use shredded cheese instead and mix it in with the beef and glaze it with 2T. ketchup and 1 T. corn syrup after it has been baking for 45 minutes. Then let it bake an additional 15 minutes. It is excellent."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"Everyone loved this in my family. Luckily, I made double. You can add extras to make it just the way you like. I like that it cooked faster than a usual meatloaf."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Delicious! It does taste like a cheeseburger without the bun! Add some oven fried potatoes for an easy oven prepared meal!"

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2014

"We all like this spin on meatloaf! I sometimes add liquid smoke to flavor it more like a burger, and any leftovers are cut and served on buns the next day. Kid friendly, yet my husband likes it too."

Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"Kids liked the cheeseburger taste."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"Tasty, but I'm not coordinated enough to make it work!"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"I do not like meat loaf....this I love and so does my husband. Thank you for such a great recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"I added a little salt and liquid smoke to this. It took longer to cook than I expected, but that was likely due to it being rolled. I served this on chopped lettuce and tomato and put mayo and ketchup on when I served it. I was also generous with the relish and mustard. Yummy recipe, I highly recommend it!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Yum! I'll have to try both the Worcestershire and the french fried onions."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"This recipe is delicious!! In place of onion powder, I use about 2 tablespoons of grated onion (makes the loaf even juicier!), and whatever kind of shredded cheese I have, on the top. My kid like this with ketchup on the side, and any kind of potatoes :)"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"One of my favorite dinners to make! I make it with the cheese potato puff recipe. Very yummy!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"Followed another reviewer's suggestion and used the french fried onions on top. It was delicious and a big hit with my husband, he loved it!"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"My boys do not like meatloaf. This recipe is an exception. My son Christopher (12) has made this a few times."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"FANTASTIC! This is our new way to make meatloaf! It's such a pleasant change from regular boring meatloaf for our family. The cheeseburger flavor is right on, yet subtle enough to not be overwhelming. I stay very close to original recipe, except I increase the beef to 1.5 lbs so it fills the pan better and gives us more leftovers! The men in our family LOVE and request this often. We highly recommend!"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"Very delicious. I will definitely make this again. Hubby loved it!"

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"I can never make a flavorful meatloaf and this definitely was..i added a table spoon of worsteshire sauce, a teaspoon of oregano and i pulled it out 10 minutes early and topped with french fried onions instead of the cheese topping and put it back in for the remaining time..the crunchy topping worked really was great!"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011


Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"We loved this and I am not a fan of meatloaf. Tastes like a cheeseburger to me. I will make it again since hubby always wants meatloaf and it's like a compromise to me."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I am not really a go for seconds on the meatloaf type of person but this was so good! I even used 93/7 beef and 2% cheese and was still fabulous!"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"The whole family enjoyed this meatloaf. I didn't use the relish because I didn't know if the kids would like that, but next time I make this meatloaf I will try the relish."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"I have also exchanged the kethup/mustard with BBQ sauce. I also put pre-cooked bacon inside the roll. Kids love it anyway I make it ."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"Delicious meat loaf. Very moist. Great presentation. Makes wonderful sandwiches the next day if any is left."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009

"I will be making this recipe from now on...the whole family (even picky baby!) ate it leftovers tonight. Thank you so much"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"I don't normally like meatloaf but this was SO GOOD! My husband and daughter were begging for more!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.