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Li’l Cheddar Meat Loaves

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


  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup 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


  • 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 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 meat loaf: 279 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Julie
    Jun 27, 2020

    My family loved this recipe! Yummy!

  • APettigrew
    Jun 21, 2020

    Very easy and very tasty! This will definitely be a "go-to" dinner for me!

  • Tom
    May 22, 2020

    I make two changes. First I enshroud the peas in a ball of mashed potatoes, the kids get a kick out of discovering the peas and not having to chase them all over there plates. I also brown the potatoes in the oven. Second, instead of the ketchup topping I make a good brown gravy, that covers the meat loaf and potatoes. Yum, Yum.

  • Brooke
    Apr 23, 2020

    My boyfriend absolutely loved these!

  • Sunshinebakerpa
    Apr 10, 2020

    I made this as two loaves. My only changes were to use onion powder and I cut the topping in half. I have made it a few times and the kids really like it.

  • Lorene
    Apr 7, 2020

    These are hands down the best meatloaf/meatballs recipe I have ever tried. It’s a win every single time.

  • cbpenn
    Jan 25, 2020

    This is the same recipe my 93 year old mother made and it has ALWAYS been a hit with everyone who is lucky enough to have a slice! The only thing we did not include is the cheese, however I just recently made it exactly as the recipe states and the cheese is a wonderful, rich addition! Love this recipe, it's definitely a keeper!

  • stitcherquilter
    Jan 24, 2020

    I have been making these for years. Very tasty and cook quickly. Leftovers reheat nicely.

  • homemadewithlove
    Sep 17, 2019

    These are my go-to weeknight meatloaf recipe. They bake faster because they are single loaves and the cheesy flavor is great. Left overs can be frozen for future meals.

  • Digital India
    Sep 7, 2019

    omg its looking so tasty