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Best Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe Ever

The Best Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe Ever is going to put an end to your hunt for the best meatloaf recipe in existence.  Strong statement, I know.  It’s something I can say with confidence.

If you’re looking for more ground beef recipes, How to Make Stuffed Pepper Soup and Salt Encrusted Prime Rib are the perfect recipes to try.

The Best Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe - Sliced meatloaf with mashed potato and carrots

This classic, moist ground beef meatloaf is delicious with a brown sugar glaze that will leave your taste buds happy. It’s a recipe that you can never get enough of – you’ll be dreaming about this comfort food.  There’s never any leftovers.

In our cozy living group, I shared a photograph and story about a possum that broke into a bakery in Australia.  He gorged himself on jelly pastries all night.

In the morning he was found in a corner, unable to move.  His belly was so round, he lost the ability to get up.

They took a picture of him, and he looked helpless and adorable at the same time – with his face and paws covered in sticky jam.

What does that story have to do with meatloaf?  Everything.

You know when you start eating something, and you’re unable to stop – even when you know you’re already full?

This amazing meatloaf recipe is a dish you’re going to have to know that it’s one of those recipes before you get started.

Pace yourself, otherwise there won’t be any leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches.

You don’t have to believe me.  Just read all the comments I’ve received over the last couple of years.  Then try it yourself.

On my road trip through Montana, we stopped at a bakery cafe that had a meatloaf sandwich as the special. Yummmmmm…comfort food.  I just love a recipe for cheesy meatloaf.

The restaurant that we went to had 4 1/2 star Yelp rating – so it seemed so promising.

The meatloaf was dry and bland. What a let-down! This prompted me to crave my recipe for meatloaf because it’s quite frankly…amazing.

Bold statement, I know. But I do have many supporters. When the topic of my meatloaf sandwich came up – my niece and nephew asked my sister why she didn’t make her delicious meatloaf anymore because it was one of their favorite meals.

Yes, you read that right – her meatloaf. My sister is a notorious recipe poacher.

For the rest of the road trip, I got to fantasize about my recipe. As soon as I got home I zipped to the store and my craving was cured.

I realized that the rest of the world didn’t know that there was a brown sugar meatloaf recipe that put all others to shame.

Today I’m giving you my special recipe for meatloaf. That’s right…yummy, juicy and downright delicious meatloaf.

Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe Easy - Loaf of meatloaf on a cutting board with sprig of rosemary

“You can’t go wrong with relatively simple comfort food. It’s also about ease. Some cook to impress. I cook for people to enjoy the food.” Al Roker

How long to cook meatloaf?

It depends how much ground beef you use and how high of oven temperature you bake the meatloaf at.  This meatloaf recipe has 2 lbs of ground beef, so it takes between 1 – 1 1/4 hours at 350 degrees.

What’s in the secret meatloaf sauce?

The meatloaf glaze in this recipe has three ingredients: ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.  Those ingredients makes the best meatloaf topping I think.

How long does meatloaf last in the refrigerator?

If you properly store your cooked meatloaf, it will last 3-4 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze meatloaf?

Yes, you can.  When properly stored, cooked meatloaf will last 3-4 months in the freezer.

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The Best Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe on Cutting Board

Here’s How to Make Cheesy Meatloaf

Easy Meatloaf Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef

2 eggs

1/4 cup dried minced onion

2/3 cup wheat crackers

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 cups ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions for How to Make The Best Meatloaf Recipe Ever:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a small bowl, mix the three ingredients for the ketchup mix (ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce) together and set aside.

3) In a separate large bowl mix together the beef, eggs, dried onions, crushed wheat crackers, shredded cheese, salt and pepper to taste, and 1/2 of the ketchup mix.

4) Press meat mixture in a loaf pan.  (Did you know they have pans designed for draining grease and lifting out the meat easily?  Me neither.  You can find them here.

5) Put the remaining half of the ketchup mix on top of the meatloaf.

6) Bake the meatloaf at 350 degrees for 1 – 1 1/4 hours.

Best Cheesy Meatloaf Ever

Here’s Printable Version of How to Make Meatloaf:

Yield: 8 servings

Most Delicious Meatloaf Recipe Ever

The Best Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe - Sliced meatloaf with mashed potato and carrots

This is one of those perfect recipes you've been searching for, but thought deep, down in your heart that it didn't exist. It does. This is the best meatloaf recipe ever. I pinky swear.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onions
  • 2/3 cup wheat crackers
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the three ingredients for the ketchup mix (ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce) together and set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix together the ground beef, eggs, dried onions, crushed wheat crackers, shredded cheese, salt and pepper to taste, and half of the ketchup mix.
  4. Press the meat mixture in a loaf pan.
  5. Put the remaining half of the ketchup mix on top of the meatloaf.
  6. Bake the meatloaf for 1 - 1 1/4 hours.

Tips for Making this Easy Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe

Turkey can be substituted for the ground beef and it tastes just as fabulous.

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Ashley

Thursday 7th of April 2022

LOVE this recipe! Have used it for several years now and I swear by it! Thank you for sharing it!! Won’t make it any other way!

Kelly

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Hello Ashley! Wow! You made my night. I really appreciate the feedback. Kelly

Patrick

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Thanks excellent recipe

Kelly

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Hello Patrick! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for letting me know! Kelly

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Ashley

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Tried this a few years ago and swear by it! Don’t make it any other way!! Thank you for sharing!

Kelly

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Hello Ashley! So glad you love it too. Thank you for letting me know. Kelly

Emilie

Thursday 14th of October 2021

AB.SO.LUTE.LY the best meatloaf I’ve ever eaten! This will be the only recipe I ever use. The simplicity of it and traditional taste alone make it a MUST TRY! I highly recommend this meatloaf recipe!

Kelly

Thursday 14th of October 2021

Hello Emilie! I'm so happy to hear it! Thank you for letting me know. I really appreciate it! Kelly

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