The craving for meatloaf is brewing since a few weeks however I was looking for something different. So I decided to give an extra twist on the traditional and create this cheese-infused Cheddar Cheeseburger Meatloaf. This meatloaf-cheeseburger hybrid is just as comforting as the kind mom used to make, but with a little more personality (hello, melty nuggets of cheddar!). If you’re looking for an ordinary meatloaf make my classic Homemade Meatloaf.
WHAT KIND OF BEEF SHOULD I USE FOR CHEESEBURGER MEATLOAF?
I would suggest that you use an 85/15 ground beef because it’s higher in fat and will result in an incredibly moist and tender meatloaf. It is possible to may make use of ground beef with lower fat however your meatloaf is likely to be a bit more firm and less tender. Make sure to choose ground beef that’s been double ground or has a smoother texture than a sluggish single grind. This will allow your meatloaf to stay together more effectively.
CAN I USE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF CHEESE?
While eating this meatloaf, my thoughts began to wander over the different kinds of cheese that could work great here. Blue cheese, Swiss and feta, gouda… Oh my god there are endless possibilities! So, I’d definitely suggest experimenting using the cheese in this recipe. However, I would like to mention that during the test phase, I tested mild cheddar as well as sharp cheddar. The sharp cheddar was much better than the mild cheddar.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH MEATLOAF
Meatloaf is a well-known American recipe that it only is logical to make it part of the classic American “meat and potatoes” dinner. Fluffy Mashed Potatoes are the most obvious option, but you can also serve the meatloaf with the Rosemary-Roasted Potatoes, Loaded Smashed Potatoes or an easy baked Potato. Even if it’s an “meat and potatoes” dinner I love adding some greens to round the meal. You can add steaming green Beans, Oven Roasted Broccoli and roasted Brussels Sprouts to your dinner plate.
1 cup of plain breadcrumbs ($0.06)
1 tsp smoked paprika ($0.10)
1/2 1 tsp ground garlic ($0.05)
3/4 tsp salt ($0.03)
1 large egg ($0.27)
1/2 cup chopped onion ($0.16)
4 oz. sharp cheddar ($0.85)
1 lb. ground beef (85/15) ($5.29)
1/2 cup of ketchup ($0.41)
1 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.04)
1 teaspoon yellow mustard ($0.03)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce ($0.02)
Preheat the oven until 350oF. A small dish, mix in the breadcrumbs with smoked spice, garlic powder, salt and. In a separate bowl, gently mix the egg.
Finely chop the onion. Chop the cheddar cheese into pieces that are about the size of tiny beans.
Incorporate the beef ground, the seasoned breadcrumbs, whisked eggs, chopped onion, and cheddar into the bowl. Make use of your hands to mix all the ingredients until well incorporated.
Put the meat mixture into a casserole dish, or on a baking sheet with rims and cut into a rectangle that is about 7” long and 4-inches wide and 1.5 inches thick.
For the glaze to be made, mix together the brown sugar, ketchup mustard, Worcestershire sauce. The glaze should be spread over the meatloaf that is not baked.
Bake the meatloaf in a preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes and until its internal temperature is 160oF. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and place it in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes, and then cut into eight pieces and serve.