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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 10x6-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 11x7-in. baking pan.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a 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.

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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!"

NC YAYA User ID: 3518767 97137
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."

oelkesm User ID: 7311375 36326
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!"

charlottesumtimz User ID: 4299485 86867
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

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

charlottesumtimz User ID: 4299485 79457
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 :)"

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 35943
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

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

rosomalley User ID: 3143785 88758
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!"

tlbotr User ID: 3451413 97136
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."

janey1181 User ID: 5417872 30575
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!"

Springscook User ID: 4280266 204275
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

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

segriffin User ID: 5644402 78601
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!"

NeskoAE User ID: 2752694 30423
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011


agnes24 User ID: 4430156 88756
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."

Julie Waters User ID: 5142030 88754
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!"

PACountryGirl User ID: 5675087 47443
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."

purpledragon883 User ID: 4256555 78600
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 ."

sactom User ID: 4684898 72811
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

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

mom23kids User ID: 3946374 79456
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"

wiley2589 User ID: 3540618 30574
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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