BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf

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I like meatloaf, but it’s never been one of my favorite meals.  I have posted a recipe for meatloaf on Normal Cooking before.  And in that post, I mentioned that I had tried several various meatloaf recipes and none of them were all that amazing…until now.

This is definitely not your grandmother’s traditional meatloaf.  There are two primary changes that make this a non-traditional and crazy delicious meatloaf.  First, instead of using ketchup, it uses barbecue sauce.  I like ketchup and all, but barbecue sauces can have such a variety of flavors! I like my BBQ sauce sweet and thick, but others prefer the more spicy or more vinegar-based sauces.  You can use whichever you prefer! So this meatloaf is more suited to your tastes.  The second difference is clearly the molten cheese oozing out of the meatloaf.  Why had I never thought to put cheese in meatloaf before?! It just makes so much sense!

This meatloaf tastes kinda like a barbecue slathered cheeseburger without the bun.  It was delicious! This is now my all-time favorite meatloaf recipe, and I hope it will become your family’s favorite too!

BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf

Yields: 4 servings

BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf


  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • salt
  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • pepper
  • 2oz low-fat cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4″ cubes (I had some leftover Velveeta cheese which I used, and it worked well)


  1. Cut onion into thin slices (or diced chunks, whichever you prefer).
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat then add onion and a dash of salt. Cook, stirring every couple of minutes, until onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Turn heat down if onions start to burn. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  4. In a large bowl combine ground beef, egg, Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce, panko bread crumbs, dash of pepper, cheese cubes, and caramelized onions, then mix until just combined.
  5. Divide mixture into 4 equal-sized portions then form into loaves on a foil-lined, non-stick-sprayed baking sheet (I forgot the foil, and I regretted it! It would've made cleanup so much easier!) Spread 1 Tablespoon BBQ sauce over each loaf then bake for 20 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center.

Source:  Iowa Girl Eats

4 thoughts on “BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf

  1. I made this for my family and they loved it. Thank you Lindsey for all your hard work with this website. you are the best!

    • lindsayballen February 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm - Reply Author

      Aww thank you so much, Julie! I really appreciate that! I am so glad you have found my site to be useful for you and your family. Thanks again!

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