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Li’l Cheddar Meat Loaves

I got this recipe from my aunt when I was a teen and have made these miniature loaves many times since. My husband and three children count this main dish among their favorites. —Kathy Bowron, Cocolalla, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard


  • In a large bowl, whisk egg and milk. Stir in the cheese, oats, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 8 loaves; place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 meat loaf: 279 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • debluvscookin
    Oct 13, 2020

    These were delicious. Cut back on milk and brown sugar as I don't like them too sweet. They can also be frozen.

  • isthisabadjoke
    Oct 10, 2020

    Since I tried this recipe it is my go-to meatloaf. Everyone enjoyed.

  • Ruth
    Oct 3, 2020

    Excellent recipe. I add my own seasonings to the meat to add even more flavor. Try it, you won't be disappointed. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Linda
    Sep 25, 2020

    these were great for 2 with leftovers for lunch, i also cut back on the milk and used panko crumbs

  • Ross
    Sep 9, 2020

    Made this with my daughter, used a little less milk as I read in the reviews, came out amazing. Will be making this again

  • he-rowe
    Jul 24, 2020

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  • Shirley
    Jul 9, 2020

    Very yummy! My mom always made these growing up. The only problem I have with the recipe, is there’s too much milk and makes the mixture too soupy. I put 1/3 cup or less and it comes out much better texture. The original recipe form Taste of home cookbook, calls for 1 (5 ounce) can of evaporated milk. I need to try that!

  • Julie
    Jun 27, 2020

    My family loved this recipe! Yummy!

  • APettigrew
    Jun 21, 2020

    Very easy and very tasty! This will definitely be a "go-to" dinner for me!

  • Tom
    May 22, 2020

    I make two changes. First I enshroud the peas in a ball of mashed potatoes, the kids get a kick out of discovering the peas and not having to chase them all over there plates. I also brown the potatoes in the oven. Second, instead of the ketchup topping I make a good brown gravy, that covers the meat loaf and potatoes. Yum, Yum.