Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Burgers

Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Burgers

Enjoy dinner in your hand with these Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Burgers glazed with an old fashioned sweet and tangy picante sauce. No fork required.

Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Burgers

The Inspiration

I’m one of the odd ones. Meatloaf is one of those dishes that either you love it or you hate it. I happen to love it. It is definitely one of my go to comfort meals.

This time around though I wasn’t in the mood for the same old meatloaf in a pan, bake it for an hour and then slice. I wanted it quick and easy this time. Why? Because it is a crazy busy week with my daughter’s Bandfest coming up this Saturday and the wife and I are neck deep in projects. No time for sit down meals with forks. We have things to do, projects to finish and committee’s to chair. Just because you are busy doesn’t mean you have to resort to frozen meals or fast food. Just take something you enjoy and switch it up a bit. Besides, utilizing my mom’s “picante sauce” lends itself well to a meatloaf burger concept.

The Quick and Easy, Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Burgers

So this meatloaf recipe is your classic meatloaf recipe shaken up with some cheddar cheese in the mix and a slight deviation in shape.


  • Ground Chuck
  • Ground Pork
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Small Diced Onion
  • Egg
  • Fresh Shredded Sharp Cheddar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Granulated Onion
  • Ground Dry Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper

Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, hand mix together the ground chuck, ground pork, panko, egg, onion, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings until thoroughly mixed.

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Next, gently fold the freshly shredded cheddar in the mix being careful to not over mix. I prefer shredding fresh for these due to moisture and meltability.cheddar-cheesy Cheddar Cheesy Mixed

Now that the meatloaf is all mixed, it’s time to form the patties. I just used a biscuit cutter. Press the mix in the cutter right on the baking sheet and in no time you have a pan full of burger patties.

Cheddar Cheesy Patties

Now combines the old with the new. Some people slather their meatloaf in gravy. My mom always made hers with a sweet ketchup glaze she referred to as a picante sauce. It’s pretty simple, but oh so tasty, especially for a burger.

Picante Sauce

Mix up the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard so it looks like sandy ketchup and spoon over the burger patties. You’ll have just enough for a generous portion for each meatloaf burger.

Cheddar Cheesy Glazed

Pop these burgers in a preheated 425° for about 35 minutes. Really, the only reason I baked these so high was because I had some fries in the oven to go with the burgers.

Now all that is left is to slice the bun, add some lettuce, pickle, sliced onion if you dare. No need to melt and cheese, it’s already in there. Enjoy!

Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Burgers

Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Burgers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Enjoy dinner in your hand with these Cheddar Cheesy Meatloaf Burgers glazed with an old fashioned sweet and tangy picante sauce. No fork required.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 7 8oz Burgers
Author: Nate
Meatloaf Mix
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 cup onion very small diced
  • 1 each egg large
  • 3/4 brick sharp cheddar fresh shredded
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp Ground Dry Mustard
  • TT salt and pepper
Picante Glaze
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ground Dry Mustard
  1. In large mixing bowl hand mix together ground pork, ground chuck, panko, small diced onion, egg, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, onion, salt and pepper.
  2. Gently fold in the freshly shredded sharp cheddar.
  3. From burger patties with biscuit cutter.
  4. Mix together ketchup, brown sugar and mustard to make picante sauce. Top burgers with picante sauce.
  5. Bake burgers in preheated 425° for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve on your favorite bun and enjoy!