My stuffed meatloaf is genuinely a masterpiece. It combines the richness of cheese with the perfect blend of seasonings. It’s a Soul-food classic that will make your taste buds sing! The best part? It’s made with simple, fresh ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. 

Southern Stuffed meatloaf

I make this savory meatloaf at least five times a year. My kids’ baba even tells me how delicious it is! But let’s not get too far ahead. You should try this dish full of goodness yourself. There are no veggies, only onions and bell peppers.

The homemade meatloaf sauce is a burst of flavors that will leave you craving for more. And the best part? This mouthwatering masterpiece pairs well with various side dishes, from classic garlic mashed potatoes to comforting mac and cheese and even sweet honey cornbread. The possibilities are endless! 

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Stuffed meatloaf ingredients
  • I used ground beef in this recipe, but you can easily use ground turkey meat
  • If you’re like me and prefer your stuffed meatloaf to hold together, then using eggs is a must. They act as the perfect binder. Don’t worry; you won’t end up with an egg-stuffed meatloaf. The ingredients work harmoniously to create a delicious dish. 
  •  I kept the seasonings simple. You don’t have to go to the Jamaican islands for it. (garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning).
  • Do yourself a favor and take advantage of the onions. Sweet onions and bell peppers 🫑 do their thing in this cheese-stuffed goodness. 
  • I used Worcestershire sauce to add a tanginess that will make you say, wait, is this heaven? Yes, that’s that good!
  • If you want that mind-blowing cheese pull, I always suggest fresh mozzarella.

How To Make Stuffed Meatloaf?

Making the mozzarella meatloaf is a breeze. I stumbled upon this recipe on Betty Crocker’s website and decided to twist it. Here are the straightforward steps:

Gather all of your ingredients to ensure you won’t leave any ingredients out. Next, Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Let’s get cooking! Start by adding your ground beef to a mixing bowl. Then, sprinkle in your seasonings, finely chopped onion, and bell pepper. Crack in an egg, and add a dash of Worcestershire sauce, milk, and BBQ sauce. Once all the ingredients are in the bowl, mix everything well until it’s evenly combined.

Transfer your meat to a baking dish. Next, form your meatloaf into an oval, directly forming a 4-inch hole. Place the cheese in the hole and cover it with the remaining meat.

In a separate bowl, add the ketchup, brown sugar, and honey BBQ. Mix well—smooth half of the mixture over the uncooked meat. Cover the meatloaf with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

After that round of baking is done, go ahead and add the remaining sauce and place it back into the oven until done. It can be somewhat pink or fully browned inside. It’s your preference.


Vegan- You can go vegan with this recipe using vegan meat like impossible meat.

Veggies-You can bake in veggies such as spinach, colorful bell peppers, and chopped mushrooms, to name a few.

Bacon– A game changer. Add some cooked bacon to the mixture of this mozzarella-stuffed meatloaf. Don’t overcook the bacon.

Breadcrumbs- You can use regular oats or panko bread crumbs if you don’t have Italian breadcrumbs.

Stuffed meatloaf


My grandmother hated dry meatloaf. She would leave the beef slightly pink to get the full flavor and not have dry meatloaf. 

The juicy beef stays together forever With all the binding agents, like eggs and sometimes breadcrumbs. Lol, we aren’t doing fall-apart meatloaf over here. 

I used ground beef for this recipe, but you don’t have to. You can use ground turkey meat, and I promise you that if you season this meatloaf recipe with the same seasonings I listed above, it will taste just the same. Remember that turkey meat will dry after a while, so it may become challenging to reheat this stuffed meatloaf.

Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

This stuffed meatloaf recipe is loaded with mozzarella cheese and seasoned to perfection! This cheese-stuffed meatloaf recipe is one easy recipe. It’s cooked to perfection and it’s even better when paired with my garlic mashed potatoes and garlic butter string beans!
Stuffed Meatloaf
Servings: 4 People
Calories 732
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • Baking Dish
  • Utensils
  • Oven Mitten


  • 1 Pound Ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder To Taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt To Taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning To Taste
  • 1 Cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Green Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 to 3 Slices Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sharp Shredded Cheese

Meatloaf Sauce

  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Honey BBQ Sauce


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Add your ground beef to a bowl
    1 Pound Ground beef
  • Add in all of your ingredients
    1 Tablespoon Garlic powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, 1 Teaspoon Pepper, 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1 Cup Italian bread crumbs, 1/4 Cup Onion, 1/4 Cup Green Pepper, 1 Egg, 1 Tablespoon Honey BBQ Sauce, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce, 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Take your hand and mix everything together well
  • Shape your meat into a football like shape then take your hands and press in the middle forming a 4 inch hole.
  • Add in your cheese.
    Next, cover the cheese by forming the ground beef over the cheese.
    2 to 3 Slices Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, 1 Cup Sharp Shredded Cheese

Meatloaf Sauce

  • To a bowl add in all of your ingredients and mix together well
    1 Teaspoon Pepper, 1 Cup Ketchup, 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, 1 Teaspoon Pepper, 1/2 Cup Honey BBQ Sauce, 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Lather half of the mixture over your uncooked meatloaf. Cover and place your ground beef in preheated 350 degrees oven for 40 minutes.
    Once you have done that, take the meatloaf out of the oven and lather the remaining meatloaf sauce over the meatloaf.
    Lastly, place the stuffed meatloaf back in the oven uncovered for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes and enjoy!


Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Soulfood

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