This meatloaf grilled cheese takes two classic comfort food and combines them into one delicious and hearty recipe. Meatloaf and grilled cheese, what’s better than that?
If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food, then look no further. This is it. Combining meatloaf and grilled cheese, these delicious sandwiches make fantastic lunches or dinners. They’re great for using up that leftover meatloaf. You can also make a fresh batch of meatloaf just for whipping up these grilled cheese masterpieces. Either way, you’re going to love them.
I’ve been making this recipe for years. I’m not sure if other people make it or not – I don’t know anyone else who does – but I thought it was time I shared this absolutely delicious sandwich with the rest of the world. Once you try it, I can guarantee that it will become one of your staple meals.
Meatloaf Grilled Cheese
Meatloaf grilled cheese is one of those things that you didn’t know you needed until you discovered it. I had some leftover meatloaf a few years back, and I was thinking that I didn’t want to just have reheated meatloaf AGAIN. Then, I realized that meatloaf sandwiches are delicious. Grilled cheese sandwiches are delicious. What if I just, well, sandwiched them together? That’s exactly what I did, and life has never been the same.
Crispy, golden brown bread houses a deliciously cheesy meatloaf middle that will knock your socks off. The meatloaf is perfectly seasoned with BBQ sauce while it’s cooked. Then we add slices of meatloaf and pepper jack cheese to the bread and toast it all in a pan. It’s absolutely amazing on every level.
Leftover Meatloaf Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
I love these so much, that I actually make the meatloaf especially for them, but I’ll also use leftover meatloaf for them. These grilled are so great for using up that leftover meatloaf without doing the same old boring thing every single time. When you serve these up, your family will flip. You’ve never had a meatloaf sandwich like these, that’s for sure!
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about these meatloaf grilled cheese, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about meatloaf and grilled cheese.
Should a meatloaf sandwich be hot or cold?
They’re delicious either way. It depends on your personal preference and your kind of sandwich. If you’re just adding some ketchup or mayo to some bread, then cold works. Of course, you want this grilled cheese version to be hot.
What is the best way to reheat meatloaf?
Place the meatloaf in a baking dish and add 1 tablespoon of water or beef broth. Then, cover it with aluminum foil and bake it for 25-30 minutes at 250 degrees until it’s heated through.
How do you know if meatloaf is fully cooked?
Use an instant-read thermometer to check for doneness. Insert the thermometer into the center of the thickest part of the meatloaf. If it readers 160 degrees, it’s done. Do not cut into your meatloaf to check for doneness. You’ll lose all the juice, and it will be dry.
Is mayonnaise good on grilled cheese?
You’ve probably heard that you can use mayo instead of butter on your grilled cheese. It’s true! They both work well. It should be noted that the flavor is slightly different when you use mayo in place of butter.
What tastes good on grilled cheese?
All kinds of toppings go well with grilled cheese. Some great options include:
- Deli meat (ham, turkey, beef, etc.)
- Sliced ham
- Fried egg
The great thing about a grilled cheese is how easy it is to play with it. You can do all kinds of creative things with your grilled cheese to make it your own. The same can be said for the meatloaf recipe found here. Meatloaf is so easy to play with and create different variations.
- Add different kinds of BBQ sauce to create different flavors.
- Mix shredded cheese into the meatloaf.
- Add your favorite chopped vegetables – spinach works well, too!
- Add bacon.
- Add shredded cheese to the outside of the bread for a super crispy, cheesy exterior.
- Use a combination of cheese on the interior.
- Try using different kinds of bread for grilled cheese sandwiches with different textures.
Storage and Reheating
Do not store prepared meatloaf grilled cheese. They’re never as good the next day or later in the day. Make as many as your family will eat.
You can store this meatloaf in the refrigerator in a tightly-sealed container for up to 4 days. For longer storage, wrap the meatloaf tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil and freeze it for up to 6 months.
To reheat the meatloaf from frozen, defrost it in the refrigerator overnight and then follow the reheating instructions in the FAQ above.
What to Serve with Meatloaf Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
These are great as a stand alone meal and are also delicious with French fries, onion rings, potato chips, and a side salad. Macaroni salad, potato salad and beans are also a delicious side.
Ingredients for Meatloaf Grilled Cheese
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make both the meatloaf for this grilled cheese sandwich and the meatloaf grilled cheese sandwiches themselves. You’ll easily find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store.
For the Meatloaf
- Ground beef
- Large egg
- BBQ sauce
- Garlic salt
- Black pepper
- Minced onions
- Bread crumbs
For the Grilled Cheese
- Pepper jack cheese
How to Make Meatloaf Grilled Cheese
Making these meatloaf grilled cheese sandwiches is just as easy as gathering the ingredients. All it takes is a little mixing and baking for the meatloaf, and then you simply slice it and create your grilled cheese!
Step 1: Make the Meatloaf
Mix all ingredients except for the breadcrumbs in a medium bowl. Once mixed well, add the bread crumbs and mix again. Form into an oval loaf and place in a 4×8 baking pan. Then, top it with additional BBQ sauce.
Step 2: Bake
Cover the dish with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until fully cooked. Then, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for at least 20 minutes.
Step 3: Make the Meatloaf Grilled Cheese
Slice the meatloaf into ¾-inch slices. Butter one side of each piece of bread. In a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat, place a slice of the bread buttered side down. Then, place a piece of pepper jack cheese followed by a warm meatloaf slice, or slices, to cover the bread. Then top with another slice of cheese and the second slice of bread with the buttered side up. Cook until the bottom of sandwich is golden brown then flip sandwich with a spatula and repeat on the other side until the cheese melts and the bread is golden brown.
Try These Delicious Meatloaf Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Today
Whether you make your meatloaf especially for this recipe or you use leftover, this meatloaf grilled cheese will have everyone in your family begging for more. With melty, peppery, pepper jack cheese and a hearty slice of meatloaf, these grilled cheese sandwiches are the best of two worlds, and they are absolutely delicious. Give them a try, and I know you’ll love them as much as we do.
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Meatloaf Grilled Cheese
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ cup onion, minced
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 4 slices pepper jack cheese
- 4 slices bread
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, mix everything together except bread crumbs.
- Add bread crumbs and mix well.
- Form into an oval loaf and place in a 4×8 baking pan.
- Top with additional BBQ sauce.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until fully cooked.
- Remove from oven and place meatloaf on a plate. Let rest for 20 minutes.
- Slice meatloaf into ¾ slices.
- Butter one side of each piece of bread.
- In a large frying pan or large skillet, over medium heat, place a slice of bread buttered side down. Next, place a piece of pepperjack cheese followed by slices of meatloaf to cover the bread. Top with another slice of cheese and then the other piece of bread.
- Cook until bread is toasted, flip over and cook the other side.
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