This Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf is moist and tender and, oh yeah… STUFFED WITH CREAM CHEESE. Is anybody gonna turn down a delicious cheesy meatloaf? Stuffed meatloaf > regular dry meatloaf.

cream cheese stuffed meatloaf with ketchup

Originally posted April 4, 2018

We took the kids camping this weekend and no one died! It’s a miracle!

I was congratulating myself on taking my 5 and 7 year old on a 6 hour hike in Redwood National Forest. Totally patting myself on the back. If I can get through that, I can get through anything! I’m awesome! (The trick for hiking with kids is Jolly Ranchers, by the way. A constant supply. Anytime they complain, hey, do you want a Jolly Rancher??)

Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

Then we get home, and as we are unpacking, our neighbor Emile comes over to bring us some Easter treats. (Seriously, we have the best neighbors.) Emile is from Armenia. He’s eyeing all our gear with this bemused look on his face, and says, “So you did all this outside, huh?” and I smiled, so proud.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

That’s when he told me that he used to be a shepherd for his grandfather back in Armenia. He would leave at 6 in the morning, take 300 sheep out to pasture, walk 20 miles in one day, and be home by 9pm. He told us about how one time, two WOLVES came to attack the sheep, and his little dog (“small, but very brave”) faced them down until they left.

Kind of puts it in perspective, right??

Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe

We totally cheated because we kind of were only halfway camping: we stayed in a cabin. A bare bones cabin, to be sure (no bathroom, no kitchen, just a room with space to put our own bedding) but it did have a heater and lights. Camping is SO much more fun when you are not being woken up in the middle of the night by a freezing cold 1 year old baby who doesn’t know how to keep blankets on!

How to make Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

I made this Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf before we left. It is SO GOOD!! I’m in love. A friend of mine told me she was making cream cheese stuffed meatloaf in passing last summer, and I’ve been obsessed with the idea ever since. I finally got around to trying out a recipe, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

meatloaf ingredients in a bowl

cream cheese stuffed in a meatloaf

meatloaf with ketchup

Is there anything worse than dry meatloaf? (Maybe being attacked by wolves??) It’s like actual cardboard in your mouth though, right? There’s no chance of that here, even if you over bake it. The cream cheese is all melty and glorious in the center. I kept the recipe pretty basic so that the cream cheese would have a chance to shine. I’m usually not a ketchup girl, but I am totally feeling it with this cheesy meatloaf! It adds the perfect tang that pairs wonderfully with the cream cheese.

Stuffed Meatloaf with Cheese

This recipe is totally EASY, too. I threw the ingredients together in 10 minutes, then bake and you’re done. I served this with these Creamy Italian Mashed Potatoes. Heaven!!

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Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

4.75 from 16 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Is anybody gonna turn down a good meatloaf? I mean come on, it's a classic! This one is moist and tender and STUFFED WITH CREAM CHEESE. Oh yeah. Stuffed meatloaf > regular dry meatloaf.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 cups onion, 2 medium, chopped
  • 1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley, or 1 T fresh parsley
  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup ketchup, for the top


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (or use aluminum foil and then spray with nonstick spray).
  • In a large bowl, add all ingredients except the cream cheese and the ketchup. 
  • Use a knife to cut the cream cheese into large chunks (see photos). Set aside.
  • Use your hands to combine everything together. I know, I know. But it really is the best way, a spoon doesn't do the trick as well. Don't over mix! Once you have everything thoroughly combined, stop.
  • Turn the meat out onto the prepared pan. Pat the mixture down into a large rectangle.
  • Add the chopped cream cheese down the center of the meatloaf (the long way).
  • Use your hands to carefully fold each long end of the meatloaf on top of the cream cheese. Seal the edges by molding it together. See photos. 
  • Add ketchup to the top of the meatloaf. I actually didn't measure this part, just squirted it on until it looked good. 
  • Bake at 350 for about 40-50 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F. 
  • Remove from the oven and wait about 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy! 


You can easily make this meatloaf ahead of time. Just shape the meatloaf and then cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Then bake as directed. It might take a few minutes longer to bake, but it shouldn't be too much longer. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 782kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 255mg | Sodium: 1654mg | Potassium: 989mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1312IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 782
Keyword: Cream Cheese, Meatloaf, stuffed
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

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  1. Karen, what ground meat do you recommend substituting for pork for those of us who follow Leviticus 11 and/or for health reasons cannot eat? Possibly some else has tried using an alternative. I realize i could use beef only, but the fat content is likely what keeps meatloaf so moist. Please share results, as I would like to try this, thank you!

    1. Hi Patsy! Can you eat veal? Another common way to add fat to meatloaf is adding in veal. I would try 50% veal and 50% beef (make sure it’s a fatty beef, like 80/20), and see where that gets you. My other favorite 1770 House meatloaf recipe uses veal, beef, and pork. Enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was moist and tangy and just what a rainy night needed. I cut the recipe in half and used all beef instead of pork. Next time I’ll cut back on the cream cheese for personal preference but it was still amazing as is. Yum!

    1. Great tips Marci! So glad you enjoyed it! Meatloaf truly is great on a rainy night :) Thanks for taking the time to review!

        1. Good question Tara! We haven’t tried this meatloaf with whipped cream cheese before, but if you do, we’d love to hear how it turns out!

  3. 5 stars
    It’s great when your daughter makes meatloaf for your birthday! It’s especially great if she’s the Food Charlatan, and she makes this recipe – my house still smells so good :)

  4. I smoked the meatloaf on a pellet grill at 250 till reached 165 degrees. I also wrapped in bacon before smoking.

    Big hit.

    1. Hi Morgan! You can replace the pork with beef. It may be a little more dry. Buy the highest percentage fat beef that you can.

  5. I made this last night for my husband and I, but instead of making it in the oven, we cooked it on the grill indirectly over med-high heat for about 2 hours (until the internal temp was 160 degrees). I didn’t have parsley but used about tablespoon of basil paste (sold at Stop & Shop) and added about 1/2 cup chopped green pepper and a whole ball of chopped garlic (yea, we love garlic lol). I forgot to put the ketchup over the top but honestly it was very moist and phenomenal with the cream cheese layer through the center. Looking forward to having a broiled meatloaf sandwich later today! We will absolutely make this again.

    1. Grilled meatloaf! how fun is that! I’ve never grilled meatloaf, it sounds amazing. And wow yes that is a lot of garlic, but I bet it tasted awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thank you so much for the grilling idea!

  6. This is so delicious. I will never try another meatloaf recipe. My husband and kids were fighting over the leftovers.

    1. Hooray! I mean for loving the recipe, not for the fighting ;) Cream cheese really does just make everything better. Thanks for coming back to review Dulce!

  7. This is my personal favorite. Meatloaf brings back really good memories as my grandmother makes really delicious ones. I would love to try this recipe. Looks so easy. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Haha your posts always crack me up!! And yeah, I agree, dry meatloaf is not cool at all. This looks awesome.

  9. Hi Karen, being British I’ve never made meatloaf! So I’m going to try this, but can I halve the recipe? How long should I cook it for if the answer is yes?

    1. Hey Annie! Never tried meatloaf! It’s time for sure! I think this would work fine if you halved it. I would guess it would take about the same amount of time to cook actually, but start checking with a meat thermometer around the 30 minute mark just to be sure. Let me know how you like your first meatloaf! So exciting!

  10. Great idea for keeping the meatloaf moist–I will try it this weekend! And, I have always wondered where Jolly Ranchers got their name…I am a rancher, and there are times of the year that I am jolly, but it has nothing to do with candy!! Spring is my favorite time of year, but Mother Nature is giving us an extended winter. Today we woke to 12 degrees. The cows are doing well in it, but I am dang cold and not very jolly as we get ready to feed them!!

    1. It’s so true, I had never really thought about the name Jolly Ranchers until I wrote it down last night! I would not be jolly either if it were 12 degrees outside. No thank you!! Stay warm out there Debbie, and thanks for stopping by!

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