Lil Cheddar Meat Loaves Recipe
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Lil Cheddar Meat Loaves Recipe

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I got this recipe from my aunt when I was a teen and have made these miniature loaves many times since. My husband and three children count this main dish among their favorites. —Kathy Bowron, Cocolalla, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 279 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, whisk egg and milk. Stir in the cheese, oats, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight loaves; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Lil Cheddar Meat Loaves in Taste of Home April/May 1999, p27

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linlo62 254018
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016 Edited Sep. 13, 2016

"These are the best! Just had them last night for dinner. The only change (because of preference) is using a small can of tomato paste instead of ketchup. Started making these in 2000 when they were in the annual TOH book. My son would say if he was ever on death row and had to choose his last meal, it would be these. I promised him I would make them whenever he wanted so he wouldn't have to commit a crime to have them for dinner!"

susaneagan 253130
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

"Love this meatloaf recipe. Been making it for years now. Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

UtahDave 247383
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"We have been making cheddar loaves twice a month since the recipe first appeared in 1999. I like to add dry minced onion to the topping and a little Worcestershire, sometimes I make the loaves around a cube of sharp cheddar instead of grated because some of the grated cheese cooks out."

mamaknowsbest 246654
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"No question about it, this is a great meatloaf recipe! Made according to directions. The mini idea made these cute and easy serving. In our opinion you could make half the sauce and still be delicious! As a volunteer field editor with Taste of Home I love preparing classic dishes with a new twist."

amsm 246325
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"These little meatloaves are tender and tasty. The sauce is sweet, which my kids love. I do wish I could have tasted the cheddar because I love cheese."

dschultz01 245145
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"My daughter said that this was her favorite meatloaf recipe. Sauce tasted great, and I love that this bakes much faster than a whole meatloaf."

robnat420 244480
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"Easy and delish. The kids loved them too!"

juliekostyal 243655
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2016

"This is a wonderful recipe. I also added some horseradish for a little zing"

aslinterp1 243220
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"Quickly became a family favorite. I have two tips: One, replace half of the ketchup in the sauce with your favorite BBQ sauce. And two, double the recipe because there will be no leftovers!"

teadrinker02 240779
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"This smells fantastic when it is in the oven, and it tastes as good as it smells."

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