It’s something I never thought I’d be serving at my table.
You know Randy from the movie “A Christmas Story”? The scene where he’s sitting at the dinner table, pouting and staring at his meatloaf?
“Meatloaf. Smeatloaf. Double-beetloaf. I hate meatloaf.”
I get it, Randy. I do.
Rather, I did.
Before I made this Cheeseburger Meatloaf with Famous Burger Sauce, the only meatloaves (wow, that’s a weird word) I knew contained cereals, like oatmeal, and were drenched in ketchup. I’m all about unique pairings, but beef and oatmeal. Um, no. As for ketchup. Meh. If given the choice, I’d choose to go without it.
See why meatloaf just wasn’t doing it for me?
I mentioned my Church Lady Cookbook in this post. I love it. That gem contains tons of classic and unique recipes all tried and true. Another one of my favorite cookbooks is my American Legion Family Cookbook. I received it from my grandma last fall, shortly before she passed away. Like the Church Lady Cookbook, it’s chock full of the best recipes. Although I have too many recipes tabbed to count in both cookbooks, I still thumb through them from time to time, and it never fails: one more recipe catches my eye.
Not long ago I was browsing through the American Legion Family Cookbook for some “Main Dish” inspiration, and for once, I didn’t skip right over the ridiculous number of meatloaf recipes.
Maybe I had an open mind that day.
Maybe I’m growing up (I did just turn 29) and my taste buds are changing.
Maybe I saw the word “cheeseburger” and I didn’t see ketchup or oatmeal listed as ingredients.
I think it was fate. Meatloaf fate.
When I read the ingredients for the cheeseburger meatloaf recipe, I knew that it had potential. With pickles and onions and cheese, I knew I could get on board with it. But I felt like it needed a sauce. I mean, sauce is pretty standard for meatloaf, don’t you think?
Then it hit me.
A burger sauce like the one on that really good cheeseburger from that establishment with the golden arches. You could say that sauce is pretty special. You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you? You do.
Since I discovered the sauce recipe last year, my family can’t get enough of it. We like it on our burgers, and it’s also great on pizza. So why not give it a whirl on meatloaf?
The result is a whole lot of deliciousness. This meatloaf recipe includes all the cheeseburger favorites: juicy beef, soft bread cubes, flavorful onions, tangy pickles, melty cheese. And that sauce.
Nathan and the boys went nuts for it. I admit that I did, too. This version totally changed my opinion about meatloaf. If you’re like Randy and the old me and have a thing against meat in loaf form, I encourage you give it a try.
I think you’ll be saying it was meatloaf fate, too.
Cheeseburger meatloaf recipe adapted from Mary K., Stuart Unit 115, found in the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Nebraska American Legion Family Cookbook.
Famous burger sauce recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.