Cheeseburger Meat Loaf Recipe
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Cheeseburger Meat Loaf Recipe

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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.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 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.
Originally published as Cheeseburger Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking May/June 2001, p29

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268148
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2017

"This turns out moist and flavorful just like a true all-American burger!!!"

amiracle2012 User ID: 7960803 253189
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2016

"A winner!!!!!!!!!"

bmy User ID: 7047048 248402
Reviewed May. 19, 2016

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

zellko User ID: 930001 248221
Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"Hubby loves it!"

JeMAnov18 User ID: 7096094 243118
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."

Rivkel User ID: 7467768 218545
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."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 214568
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!"

antonich129 User ID: 3720876 97149
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."

[email protected] User ID: 3864962 30576
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"Kids liked the cheeseburger taste."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 78603
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

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

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