Mom’s Meatloaf

I grew up not liking meatloaf.

ooey gooey meatloaf

I also grew up hearing stories of my father riding his bike to some diner for the best meatloaf ever. This diner was called “Yankee Tower Diner” and they released their meatloaf recipe when they closed. Mom followed their recipe and all of a sudden meatloaf was something that I fell in love with!

Warning: this is not low-calorie and there is nothing you can do to make it low-calorie, so run a few extra laps, go take a hike, hop on a bike – whatever you have to do to make and enjoy this meatloaf!!

Yankee Tower Meatloaf

  • 2 lbs ground beef (or mix of your favorite meatloaf meats)
  • 4 oz cubed swiss cheese
  • 4 oz cubed american (or cheddar) cheese (or use more different kinds of cheeses and just use slightly less of each one!!)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 oz milk
  • 6 oz breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tb beef bullion
  • salt/pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season & make into a loaf. Bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes (internal temp of 160 degrees). Slice & Enjoy!

This meatloaf is SO good you don’t even need to put anything on your meatloaf (which my parents remind me every time I make/eat it – even though I always have some ketchup on this stuff. Also – be sure to enjoy the burnt fat/cheese that bubble out from this meatloaf (growing up, and still today, I fight over the black charred yummy fat with my parents)! REMEMBER–  I told you that you need to enjoy this and not worry about the health content here on this one!

And I leave you with this…”Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!” (Tommy Smothers)


Mom’s Meatloaf — 17 Comments

      • REALLY!? No way – that is so cool, we LOVE this meatloaf, tell your family that we appreciate it!

      • Frances – My husband had kept telling me all about the Yankee Tower Diner and how fantastic the meatloaf was. While I was never able to get there myself, we really appreciate that the recipe was printed for us to enjoy (often). !!

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  2. 1 TB of beef boullion, is that 1 TB of powder from boullion cube or 1 TB of liquid of beef boullion. Would appreciate it if someone could help me out with this. Thanks

  3. I used to consider meatloaf child abuse food. Mom didn’t have this recipe, nope. But I do now. thanks so much I am going to cook this today.

    • You know what Gale – I have a feeling that “child abuse food” would be about how I felt about Meatloaf before my mom started using this recipe too!! Hope your opinion is now changed!!!

  4. I knew Mathew aka ( Matty) for i grew up in Fairview. Yankee had the best food in the area. Best meatloaf every.

    • That is awesome – love personal connections to food!! Wish I had a time machine and could have experience eating at Yankee with my Dad when he was younger!

  5. I ate at Yankee Tower all of my childhood. But the Meatloaf was my favorite with mashed potatoes and sweet corn. HEAVEN

    • Patrick, I really wish I could have grown up in a time where I could have gone to Yankee Tower and tried this “original” with my parents!!

  6. Hi Teach! I have a secret for all of us who love the charred, cheesy, fatty bits. Put a couple of slices of bread in your meatloaf pan and put the loaf on top of them. They soak up the drippings and get crispy and fried…. Bonus, the bottom of the loaf doesn’t get soggy.
    I’d never eat any of that crispy, greasy, cheesy bread myself so I feed it to my pets. (I’m lying) hehehe…

    • OMG – yeah, I am pretty much drooling at the thought of bread soaked in meat fat with charred cheesy goodness…. it sounds so gross but I know how amazing it is (too unhealthy for our pets, you must eat it yourself!)