Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf

I have a secret to confess — I love meatloaf! Growing up, meatloaf was always one of my favorite meals my Mom would make.  What is there not to love about a meat and potatoes dish? As much as I love meatloaf not all meatloaves are created equally. I think you know what I am talking about! There are those dry-tasteless meatloaves where you have to choke down each and every bite. I am sure there are plenty of you out there who swear they will never eat an other bite of meatloaf again.

Before you jump to conclusion just hang on a second — because I have a meatloaf that is going to change your mind forever.  When I came across this recipe I knew instantly it would be a success and it has become a monthly staple in our household — normally on long run days when we have a lot of room to eat a little unhealthier!

This meatloaf is just like a BBQ Cheeseburger. There is so much flavor in the meat alone and the Worcestershire and BBQ sauce keep the moister in the meat while it is cooking. The caramelized onions are amazing and add such a sweet flavor and crunch. The only thing that could make this meatloaf better is what — BACON!!  Everyone in a while I will wrap one or two slices of bacon over the top of the loaves before popping them into the oven.

This is the perfect indoor recipe for giving you the perfect feeling of having a summer BBQ with cheeseburgers! Enjoy!!

Photo by Iowa Girl Eats.

Photo by Iowa Girl Eats.

Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf
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1 large Sweet Onion
1 tablespoon Butter
1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Egg, whisked
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup + 4 tablespoons BBQ Sauce (divided)
1/4 cup Bread Crumbs
4 ounces Cheddar Cheese, cut into 1/4″ cubes

Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large skillet. Cut the onion into thin slices and add the onions to the pan. Sprinkle the onions with salt and pepper and stir. Cook the onions, stirring every couple of minutes, until the onions are caramelized. Turn the heat down if you notice the onions are burning. Once caramelized, set the onions aside to slightly cool.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with foil.

In a large bowl combine the ground beef, egg, Worcestershire sauce, 4 tablespoons BBQ sauce, bread crumbs, cheese cubes, caramelized onions, and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix together just until combined.

Divide the mixture into 4 equal-sized portions and form them into mini-meatloaves. Place each one of the foil lined baking sheet. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce over the top of each loaf and then bake for 20 minutes, or until no longer pink the center.

Source: adapted slightly from Iowa Girl Eats.

2 thoughts on “Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf

  1. I’ve made this recipe 3-5 times now and It’s amazing every time!!!! I didn’t make them into 4 mini loaves though. I’ve always made one large meatloaf. Tonight I will make the smaller ones. This is a go to meatloaf recipe. Absolutely amazing!! Thanks so much!!

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