I love a good meatloaf. In fact, this is the first of two very different meatloaves I’ll be sharing with you this week, both with not-so-great pictures that don’t do justice to the loaf itself.
During the cold winter months in Chicago, I crave-crave-crave comfort food, but I also long for the warm months ahead (they’re there, if you can see through the snowstorms!), and the ability to be able to grill out and eat lots of barbeque. This meatloaf combines the best of both worlds. It’s like a giant cheesy, BBQ sauce smothered burger without the bun. The Husby claimed this as the best meatloaf I’ve ever made, and I think I might have to agree with him. I’m already looking forward to putting this on the menu again soon!
BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf with Caramelized Onions – my own recipe
- 1 1/2 Lbs. Ground Beef (I used 80/20 Ground Sirloin)
- 1 Onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
- 3/4 Cup Uncooked Oatmeal
- 1 Egg, Beaten
- 1 Cup Barbeque Sauce, divided
- 1/4 Cup French Fried Onions (from a can)
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. When hot, Add the onions and let cook until golden and soft, about 35 minutes, stirring just a few times.
Preheat oven to 375.
Meanwhile, add the ground beef, half of the cheddar cheese, oatmeal, egg and half of the BBQ sauce to a large bowl and, using your hands, mix until combined. When onions are finished, add to the bowl and, with a wooden spoon, fold in until well mixed.
Add meat mixture into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray and form into a loaf shape. Top with the remaining BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven, add french fried onions and return to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.