Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

This Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf recipe is a delightful twist on the classic meatloaf, featuring a gooey cheese center that oozes with every slice. It combines the savory flavors of ground meat with the richness of Swiss, Colby, and Monterey Jack cheeses, all topped with a tangy ketchup or BBQ sauce glaze. It’s a comforting and hearty dish perfect for a family dinner.


  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines or bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds ground meat (beef, sausage, turkey, or a mix)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup ketchup (or BBQ sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Additional ketchup (or BBQ sauce) for the top


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Mixing the Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, crushed saltines or bread crumbs, egg, crushed garlic, chopped onion, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup.
    • Mix everything together with your hands until well combined, but be careful not to overmix.
  3. Assembling the Meatloaf:
    • Divide the meat mixture in half.
    • Place the first half of the meat mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
    • Layer the Swiss cheese slices and the shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses over the meat.
    • Top with the second half of the meat mixture. Press around the edges to seal the meatloaf and keep the cheese inside.
  4. Adding the Glaze:
    • Pour additional ketchup or BBQ sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
  5. Baking:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 60 minutes, or until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  6. Serving:
    • Let the meatloaf rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

This Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf is not only delicious but also a visually appealing dish that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The melted cheese center adds a rich and creamy texture that complements the savory meatloaf perfectly. Serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal. Enjoy the comfort and deliciousness of this cheesy twist on a classic meatloaf!