With school starting up again, our schedules have become a little more crazy. I often spend my afternoons driving kids to and from after school activities. This gives me less time to make home cooked meals for my family. Since eating dinner together is something that is important to me, I like to make dinners that are easy to put together that the whole family will love. This cheeseburger meatloaf is one recipe that I go back to again and again. While it looks more fancy than your traditional meatloaf, this Cheeseburger Meatloaf Recipe is simple to prepare. It is one my favorite recipes. Be sure to also check out our Baked Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders. I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #LaurasLean campaign, sponsored by Laura’s Lean. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
Why this cheeseburger meatloaf recipe is awesome
If you have ever made a meatloaf before, then you know the key to a good meatloaf is using quality beef. Laura’s Lean 92% Ground Beef is just that. Laura’s Lean is a premium, better-for-you beef and comes in 92% ground beef, 96% ground beef and 92% beef patties. It is available at retail stores nationwide.
Unlike most other "natural" beef, Laura’s Lean product is a “Never Ever” offering, which means that the protein is sourced from suppliers that raise their cattle without ever using added hormones or antibiotics and are always vegetarian fed. It is beef that you feel good feeding your family.
Ingredients for cheese meatloaf
- 92% Laura’s Lean Ground Beef
- chopped red onions
- Worcestershire sauce
- garlic powder
- shredded cheddar cheese
To make this tasty cheeseburger meatloaf recipe you will start with 2 pounds of 92% Laura’s Lean Ground Beef. Using Laura's Lean is what really helps take this meatloaf to the next level. If you have ever made a meatloaf and ended up with a greasy bottom of the pan, you'll appreciate that all products carrying Laura’s Lean claim must meet strict USDA standards to qualify as lean.
Each 4oz serving of Laura’s Lean must contain less than 10g of fat, 4.5g or less of saturated fat and less than 95mg of cholesterol per 100g serving. Since 92% Laura’s Lean Ground Beef is so lean, your meat is not left to cook in its own grease. You might think this would result in a dry meatloaf, but that is not the case at all.
How to make cheeseburger meatloaf
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place your 92% Laura’s Lean Ground Beef in a large bowl and add in breadcrumbs, eggs, onions, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Now it is time to mix all the ingredients together. The best way to do this is to just get your hands dirty and dig into the meat mixture. But my daughter wanted to help with dinner, and she didn't want to stick her hands in the bowl, so we were able to stir it with a spatula. It worked fine, but took a little longer than if I had just mixed it by hand.
Once the ingredients have been thoroughly mixed, it is time to place them in a loaf pan.
Divide your mixture in half and pat half into the loaf pan.
Cover the beef mixture with your shredded cheese. You can use cheddar, but I like the flavor of a cheddar/colby mix. Take care to avoid placing cheese on the edges of the meatloaf.
Add the remainder of the beef mixture to the top of the meatloaf, making sure to cover the cheese. If any of the cheese has drifted off to the sides of the pan, you can move it back toward the middle before covering it with the beef. You will want to create a seal around the edges with the beef so the cheese doesn't come out.
When you are done, you shouldn't see any of the cheese.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes and remove from the oven to put on the glaze.
Ingredients for glaze
- brown sugar
To make the mustard glaze for the meatloaf, you will need 2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of mustard and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Mix together and brush the meatloaf with the glaze. Place the meatloaf back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the beef reaches a temperature of 160 degrees with a meat thermometer.
When the cooking time has ended, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes. This will keep the cheese and juices from spilling out of the meatloaf when you slice it.
You can really customize this cheeseburger meatloaf. You can top it with BBQ sauce, or add some chopped peppers or bacon bits to the meat. As long as you start with 92% Laura’s Lean Ground Beef, you really can't go wrong. Laura’s Lean 96% Ground Beef is certified through the American Heart Association heart check program and meets USDA standards for “Extra Lean”.
Even after letting the meatloaf rest for 15 minutes before slicing, when you do cut it the cheese will remain melted and gooey.
I served this cheesy meatloaf with some creamy mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli, but it goes wonderfully with fries as well. Add a side of bread and butter pickles and you have recreated your favorite restaurant burger taste!
This easy cheeseburger meatloaf recipe really takes the stress out of dinnertime!
Laura’s Lean 92% ground beef is the smart choice when grocery shopping. So add it to your shopping list and visit retail stores nationwide and trade up to Laura's Lean to enjoy the balance of taste and nutrition for your family.
- 2 lbs Laura's Lean 92% ground beef
- ¾ cup bread crumbs
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup chopped onions
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups shredded cheddar
- 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tbs ketchup
- 1 tbs mustard
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place 92% Laura’s Lean Ground Beef in a large bowl, and add in
breadcrumbs, eggs, onions, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and
pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Divide your mixture in half and pat half into a loaf pan.
- Cover the beef mixture with your shredded cheese. Avoid placing cheese on the edges of the meatloaf.
- Add the remainder of the beef mixture to the top of the meatloaf,
making sure to cover the cheese. If any of the cheese has drifted off to
the sides of the pan, you can move it back toward the middle before
covering it with the beef. You will want to create a seal around the
edges with the beef so the cheese doesn't come out.
- Bake for 40 minutes and remove from the oven to put on the glaze.
- To make the glaze for the meatloaf, mix together 2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of mustard and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
- Brush the meatloaf with the glaze. Place the meatloaf back into the
oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the beef reaches a temperature
of 160 degrees.
- When the cooking time has ended, remove the meatloaf from the oven
and let it sit for 15 minutes. This will keep the cheese from spilling
out of the meatloaf when you slice it.
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
I used shredded medium cheddar cheese. Sharp cheddar cheese will work as well depending on your tastes. You can try mozzarella cheese as well.
I love to serve this cheesy meatloaf with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Cauliflower Recipe or this Garlic Fries Recipe.
You can store this meatloaf in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Smells amazing!!!! Easy to make, and super tasty!!! ❤️
The ground beef is so tasty, making for a wonderful meatloaf!
I often have all the ingredients on hand which makes it super easy. Thanks for stopping by Alison!
Thank you Beth! It is a very kid friendly recipe.
It has become a staple in our family that the kids ask for all the time.
It really is! It is a great combo that works.
This is such a fun idea! My kids are going to gobble this one up!!
This is an easy and fun recipe to make with the kids and have on a busy school night.
Such a great, easy meal! The flavors sound incredible and I love that cheese in the center!
Easily a new family favorite recipe in our home! Can't wait to make this again later this week!
This recipe is all about mixing comfort foods! The cheeseburger with meatloaf! What a yummy idea!