Meatloaf is a classic American family favorite. Just because it’s an old standby, doesn’t mean that it’s a tired dish – it can be the delicious center of the modern family table. And there’s no reason you have to sacrifice taste to keep the kids happy.
Here are eighteen ways to make your meatloaf so exciting that your kids will be begging you to cook it. From cheesy stuffed meatloaf, to a zesty Mexican twist, there’s something delicious here for everyone.
1. Mozzarella-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf
What kid doesn’t love mozzarella cheese? This meatloaf is stuffed with it – and then wrapped in bacon! Crispy on the outside, and cheesy on the inside, this easy meatloaf will become a staple.
When it comes to delicious meatloaf recipes, this cannot be beat. Find the recipe here.
2. Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf
Bacon makes another appearance in this recipe for miniature meatloaf. Each one is wrapped in bacon before being topped with fried onions and baked!
Forget the loaf pan and pull out the muffin tin for these tiny babies. Mini meatloaves taste so much better, anyways. Find the recipe here.
3. Mexican Meatloaf
A recipe to replace taco night! Swapping ketchup for salsa, and adding crunchy tortilla chips and taco seasoning make this a spicy twist on our favorite classic.
If you want to up the ante on healthiness, simply swap ground beef for ground turkey as the flavors are strong enough to give turkey a boost. Find the easy meatloaf recipe here.
4. Asian Style Meatloaf
Soy sauce, green onion, and plenty of ginger gives this meatloaf from a rich, savory flavor with an Asian zing. Serve with mashed potatoes mixed with a little soy sauce or sweet chili sauce.
Ground beef takes a delicious turn in this meatloaf mixture that works as a flavorful weeknight dinner. Find the recipe here.
5. Pepper Jack Stuffed Turkey Zucchini Meatloaf
A healthier version than the traditional beef meatloaf, this Turkey Zucchini loaf will have your kids eating their veggies and asking for more. The Pepper Jack cheese and tangy sauce make this one great for grown ups, too!
No one will know this isn’t a ground beef meatloaf and it will be a requested favorite time and time again. Nothing better than an easy-to-prepare, wholesome meal! Find the recipe here.
6. Grilled Meatloaf
On those long summer nights, why not turn on the grill and cook up some meatloaf with a char. A great mix of barbecue and classic comfort food, this is the best meatloaf you will ever make, and your favorite grillmaster can take over dinner to boot.
Throw in some green pepper and cheddar cheese for a smoky, melty treat. Bring all ingredients together in a large bowl as usual, slap that loaf on the grill, and slather it in barbecue sauce for a glazed meatloaf! Find the recipe here.
7. Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins
Chicken, cheese, and tomato sauce in single servings – not only is this an easy dinner to make ahead for busy nights, but the small portions make dinner fun for the little ones.
Individually sized loaves always encourage portion control, and help the kiddos learn to finish their plates! Find the recipe here.
8. Greek Spinach and Feta Meatloaf
Here’s a meatloaf so good that the kids won’t even know they’re eating spinach. The salty feta, sweet red peppers, and pine nuts will have you wondering if you can have meatloaf night twice a week.
A quick dinner to boot, this flavorful mixture puts regular old meatloaf to shame. Find the no-fail meatloaf recipe here.
9. Sweet and Tangy Meatloaf
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. This recipe combines apricot preserves and Worcestershire sauce for a taste that is sweet with a little twist.
While you might need to add apricot preserves to your shopping list, you’ll always keep them in the pantry once your family goes crazy over this swap for a traditional brown sugar meatloaf. Find the recipe here.
10. Mini Meatloaf Pepper Rings
This is a fun recipe for kids to help with – filling the bell pepper rings is easy, and topping them with shredded cheddar cheese is fun, too.
Add in sauteed onions and a dash of Italian seasonings for a fun pepper play on family meatloaf night. This is one recipe that’s always listed on quick dinner menus. Find the recipe here.
11. Bacon Ranch Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Slow cookers can make life for Mom so much easier. Here’s a meatloaf that combines kids’ favorite flavors – bacon and ranch – and can be put together in the slow cooker for a home cooked dinner on a busy night.
Lean ground beef, when cooked slow and low like this, turns so much more flavorful than you could imagine. Serve with steak sauce on the side and a green salad for a whole meal in seconds flat. Find the recipe here.
12. Meatloaf Burritos
Zesty meatloaf served up in a tortilla. This recipe offers a lot of flavor packed in a handheld pocket. This easy-to-prepare dinner is a fairly inexpensive way to have a fun weeknight dinner without hitting Chipotle or Taco Bell.
Serve with sour cream on the side for these monster meatloaf burritos. Find the recipe here.
13. Classic Meatloaf
This list wouldn’t be complete without a traditional, delicious meat loaf. This one calls for pork sausage, and is a recipe that people will ask you for over and over again.
Dry bread crumbs take this recipe over the top and while it calls for an array of spices, I have a feeling a packet of onion soup mix would do wonders with the pork sausage. Find the recipe here.
14. Meatball Bombs
Okay, these are more meatballs than meatloaf, but they deserve a mention. Classic meatloaf flavor wrapped in puff pastry create the perfect snack to serve at a kids’ party or during a football game.
Ditch the inch loaf pan and opt for these wrapped meatloaves that are full of flavor. For a fun twist, add garlic to melted butter, and brush over the top for the taste of Italian-style bread on the outer layer. Find the recipe here.
15. Meatloaf with Green Chile Tomato Gravy
This tasty meatloaf is served with a tomato and chile sauce. It isn’t as spicy as some meatloaf recipes, but has a nice bite to it thanks to the green chilies.
While a baked meatloaf typically isn’t that exciting, the possible ingredients for the gravy can be totally suited to your taste. Southern Living magazine went with tomato and green chile, and we approve. Find the recipe here.
16. Turkey and Red Pepper Meatloaf
Another healthier, low calorie option, this meatloaf combines turkey with grown up flavors like Parmesan cheese and Dijon mustard. But, your kids will still love it because it’s tangy and delicious!
While some healthier low fat options swap out an egg for egg whites, we’re partial to the full egg for binding potential. A dash of lemon juice in the mixture before laying it out in a loaf is a fun tip to brighten the Parmesan cheese flavor. Find the recipe here.
17. Fried Meatloaf
Instead of giving the kids fried chicken, how about fried meatloaf? Dredging meatloaf in breadcrumbs and frying it only makes a great dinner even greater.
While this dish type might not be the healthiest, it is the most delicious, rest assured. If one of your lifelong food wishes has been to plop a loaf of meat in the fryer, this is the one for you. Find the recipe here.
18. Pizza Meatloaf Cups
These are another variation on the mini meatloaf, but this time they have tomato sauce and cheese. Kids can top theirs with their favorite pizza toppings!
These mini muffins work for any meal type, from appetizers to dinner! Expand your horizons and feed your imagination. Find the recipe here.