Mini Cheese Stuffed Meatloaves That Will Make Your Kids Want More

Mini Cheese Stuffed Meatloaves That Will Make Your Kids Want More

This post about mini cheese stuffed meatloaves recipe was updated 1/6/2017 with new photos and using ground turkey instead of ground beef. The results were just as delicious and after 5 years still well received by my family. I now need to figure how to make these in advance and freeze them for overnight sitters to have on hand. Any suggestions if I should bake them first or freeze them raw? Not sure how the Cheese will react to the freezing process. Needless to say, I hope you enjoy this recipe 5 years later or for the first time today. (This post may contain affiliate links to help support this blog!)

mini cheese stuffed meatloaves

Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaves Recipe is a kid friendly meal that you can make ahead or even freeze for later use. Coming home from my Costco trip this week I found myself with 4 1/2 lbs of Organic Beef. Fortunately these are packaged in 1 1/3 lbs so I can just plop them in the freezer. My family is not a big red meat family but I crave it once in a while. This seems humorous to me as I was a vegetarian through out college and until I met my husband in my mid 20’s.

Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaves Recipe

Although tacos is an easy route I found this recipe for Mini Cheese Stuffed Meatloaves in my coupon flyer that came from Kroger. They are kid friendly and remind me of big meatballs. What the heck I will give it a try. I found that using a large ice cream scoop kept my hands from having to roll up the raw meat and you could easily push in your cheese square.

Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaves Recipe mini cheese stuffed meatloaves


Meatloaf cupcakes

Place each mini meatloaf into a Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan and cook immediately or place in the fridge until you are ready to cook the Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaves Recipe.
mini cheese stuffed meatloaves
Make your ketchup topping and brush on top of each mini meatloaf with an acrylic pastry brush. Can’t live without one of these and no worries about bristles in your food. 
cheese stuffed mini meatloaves
mini cheese stuffed meatloaves
We cut my cheese off a huge chunk of cheddar so they were a little big and as a result they melted out of the loaves. But who doesn’t like a little extra cheese in their meat? 

The kids said they did not like the sauce. Hard to believe it was just sugared up ketchup. I thought it was nice and sweet but I would decrease or eliminate the amount of sugar in this next time. (UPDATE: We decreased Ketchup to 1/3 cup and 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar)

mini cheese stuffed meatloaves

Addd some parsley or grated veggies to sneak in some more goodness into these Mini Cheese Stuffed Meatloaves. (UPDATE 2017: Added 1/4 cup chopped parsley to the recipe)

The adults gobbled up two at dinner, the kids ate one. I served it with noodles with olive oil and cheese only because they were requesting pasta that night. Maybe so mac and cheese would be tasty on the side too. (The kids gobbled up two each and my youngest ate a third one. Served with a side of mashed potatoes)

Use any of your favorite meatloaf recipes and make these kid sized treats that take only 30 minutes to bake. You might even want to try mini muffin tins for a kids buffet. Just decrease cooking time.

Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaves Recipe

photo from 2012

TO MAKE AHEAD:  prepare the meat loaves without the sauce in the pan and cover with saran wrap the night before or morning of. Take the meatloaf filled pan out while preheating the oven and prepare sauce and proceed with the recipe. 


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Mini Cheese stuffed Meatloaves Recipe–adapted from Kroger

  • Cheese stuffed mini meat loves

    Cheese stuffed mini meat loves

    Yield: 6 people
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 45 minutes

    Cheese stuffed mini meat loves are the perfect kid friendly dinner .


    • 1 egg beaten
    • 3/4 cup milk, I used 1 percent
    • 1/2 cup Quick cook Oats-uncooked
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 lb ground beef or Turkey, my pkg was closer to 1 1/3
    • 12 cubes mild cheddar cheese cubes, 3/4inch cubes
    • 2/3 cup tomato ketchup
    • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, may want to decrease this to 1-1 1/2 tablespoons


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Spray 12 muffin tins with cooking spray
    3. Combine the egg, milk, oats and salt in a large bowl. Add the meat and mix well. Will be a little runny so keep mixing to well distributed.
    4. Divide mixture into 12 equal portions (using a large ice cream scoop if available)
    5. Insert one cheese cube into center of meat and either roll into ball around cheese in your hands or just scoop it into the muffin tin.
    6. Combine ketchup and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Stir thoroughly and spread over each mini meatloaf.
    7. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes
    Nutrition Information

    Amount Per Serving Calories 211 Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 74mg Sodium 706mg Carbohydrates 22g Sugar 16g Protein 21g
    All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

mini cheese stuffed meatloaves

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  1. I wonder if you used a higher fat meat than I did. Or if they were made a little bigger. It is always a good idea to cook with a sheet pan under things, but I did not have this problem. wondering what others think.

  2. I made this but the grease off the meat went over the edges of the pan and got all over my oven…. i had to stop cooking them after 10 mins and put them in a pan and get them done. I would put them on another tray so you dont have any issues like me or almost a fire….

  3. What a great idea! I love this and will be trying it, I think I may make a bunch and freeze them.

  4. I love this idea! Ive never thought of cheese, BUT what about adding bacon too? Like a bacon cheese meat loaf. MMM. I love this idea though, Ill have to give it a try.

  5. T what a great idea. Just place them on a cookie rack and freeze them individually. Were you thinking b/f or after they were cooked?

  6. Those look sooo yummy. I think I will make them tonight for dinner.

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