Cheesy Herbed Meatloaf

best meatloaf recipe

I just don’t get it.

Every year for my husband’s birthday, I cook up a special supper of his choice. I offer to make anything his heart desires, from steak, to lasagna, to delicate fish filets, he can chose whatever he wants.

So imagine my surprise last year when he requested… meatloaf.

Actually, not just any meat loaf, he specifically requested this meatloaf. It’s one of his favorite meals, and even though I hated meatloaf growing up, I have to admit that this recipe is pretty darn good!

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“The Best” Cheesy Meatloaf

  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (or I often use deer burger or antelope)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: dried oregano, onion powder, ground black pepper, dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I usually use sharp cheddar)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the meat, egg, milk, parmesan, bread crumbs, and seasonings. Toss the spoon and just use your hands to mix everything together. It’s a little messy, but effective. Then add in the cheese and incorporate.

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Shape into a loaf and place in a 9″ x 5″ pan OR shape it into whatever design you want and place in an 8″ x 8″ pan. Sprinkle with extra dried parsley and oregano, if you wish.

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the meat is no longer pink. Take special care not to overcook this if you are using grass fed meat, since it is leaner by nature and will become dry if overdone.

Cheesy Herbed Meatloaf


  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (deer burger, antelope...)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: dried oregano, onion powder, ground black pepper, dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I like sharp cheddar)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. In large bowl combine meat, egg, milk, parmesan, bread crumbs, and seasoning
  3. Toss the spoon, it's easier to use your hands to mix everything together
  4. Add cheese
  5. Shape into a loaf and place in 9" x 5" pan (or 8" x8")
  6. Optional: Sprinkle with extra dried parsley and oregano
  7. Bake 45 minutes to an hour until meat is no longer pink (Don't overcook! Grass fed meat will become dry if overdone)

(Supper idea: Try serving this savory meatloaf with my steakhouse-style baked potatoes– it’s comfort food at its finest, AND you can save energy by baking both things at the same time!)

After trying this recipe, you’ll never be able to tolerate bland meatloaf again. 

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(I still think it’s a little crazy that hubby chose this over steak… But to each his own– right?) 😉


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  1. says

    I do like to eat meat. I enjoy eating meatloaf. This recipe looks really easy. Also, the fact that your using grass-fed beef is a plus. Yummy :) :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 😉

  2. says

    This is how I always make meatloaf and my family loves it – the incorporation of the cheese just takes it to the next level. They are always a little disappointed when they eat it somewhere else. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

    • Brenda says

      My family makes meatloaf like this, my husband use to ask me to make it a lot. <3
      I will definately try the tips like grated carrot the next time to see if I will be adding it to my recipe.

  3. says

    Jill, thanks for sharing this recipe with Dr. Laura’s Tasty Tuesday last week. I can’t wait to make this for my husband – mainly because he LOVES meatloaf and I don’t, so we’ll see if I like this version better! I’ve featured you this week on my recap!

    Dr. Laura

  4. Brandi says

    Ive never been a big fan of meatloaf. But my fiance has been wanting me to make some forever, so i finally gave in. I used this recipe exactly except i added a shredded carrot and half a chopped onion (made me feel better to add a bit of veg lol) and it was soo good!! My fiance said it was the best meatloaf he’d ever had! And thats a HUGE compliment coming from him…

    • Jill says

      Wahoo! I love comments like this one. :) Love your carrot idea, too! I didn’t use to like meatloaf either, but I rather enjoy this recipe. 😉

  5. Donna says

    I used JennyO turkey burger & this was a big hit with my family.My husband is a very picky eater & he loves this meatloaf.

  6. Anne F. says

    I can’t wait to try this on my husband and son in law.

    One trick I leaned for substituting lean meats into meatloaf is to add a panade. Use 2 Tbl. milk and 1/2 cup white bread crumbs OR 1/2 cup Panko. Mash it into a paste, then blend into the meat. Proceed with recipe as written.

  7. Jennifer says

    I found this recipe last night (after finding your homemade breadcrumbs recipe) and had to try immediately. Finally, FINALLY, a meatloaf recipe that is easy AND delicious!!!!! My (sometimes) picky kids and my husband all love it. Thank you so much!!!!

  8. Jon says

    OMG!! This is the best meat loaf I’ve ever had in my life! My g/f also agrees! I made a few changes to it. We used grass-fed cheddar cheese (Kerry Gold), 1/4 c diced organic onion, 2 cloves diced organic garlic, 1/4 c diced red pepper, and I added a 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper to it. The cayenne was just enough to give a perfect little hint of spice. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  9. Donna Jantzer says

    Thanks for this great recipe. It never occurred to me to put cheese in meatloaf. I know my husband would LOVE this, too! I would love to get grass-fed beef, too. I will make a point to look for it.

  10. says

    We both love meatloaf anyway but this looks absolutely delicious. Yep, gonna try this recipe for sure! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  11. jojomatt says

    This recipe is the BEST! My husband hates to try anything new. Well, he loved this one. I made it with venison. I have sent this on to all of my kids. My son is going elk hunting and hopes to be able to try out this recipe. We even sent a large piece over to the neighbor and cannot wait to hear what he thinks. Thank You.

  12. Windsor says

    I am really excited to make this recipe for dinner tomorrow but am curious how many your recipe feeds? I am making it to feed two women and three grown men. I bought a pound of ground venison today for the recipe but am now thinking that its not going to be enough for everyone. Could I add a pound of ground bison meat or grass fed beef to the venison to double recipe?

  13. Jeremey Henries says

    I’m not one that’s big on meatloaf since there is so many ways to make it. I like mine simple, a lot of folks like to add peppers, onions, ketchup, and a lot of other things. I like this recipe, gonna add it to our dinner calender for next month. We have a local butcher that is cheaper than our grocery stores, sadly we rent an apartment and can’t have livestock. But we try to stay frugal every chance we get!!!

  14. Paula says

    I make this meatloaf with a few exceptions. I use buttermilk and mustard. Sometimes I add some Montreal seasoning. Love it!

  15. nina says

    I put cheese in the middle of my meatloaf.I put half of the meat then a layer of cheese then.
    the rest of the meat. .i use ketchup on top of mine. My mom use to put a little bit of ketchup in hers. I cant wait to try yours

  16. Nicole says

    I love using homemade feta in my meatloaf. It really adds to it, and feta is easy to make. Cheap too. :) Don’t use salt though in the meat as I find the feta has enough to salt the meat. Love this recipe.

  17. Kerry says

    Tried this last night and it was a hit! I used a Colby jack mix for the cheese and drizzled some burgundy cooking wine over the top just before I put it in the oven. The kids and husband loved it! Thank you so much, can’t wait to try some more recipes 😉

  18. says

    Awesome meatloaf! My kiddos loved it, but so did my husband and I. I forgot to add the cheese at the end (my brain if fried from no sleep with a sick 9 month old with croup), but it was great none the less. I love your blog. I found you through Quinn at Reformation Acres. Love her blog too. Thanks for this delicious recipe. It will be my go to meatloaf for dinner.