Loaded Potato and Meatloaf Casserole Recipe

This Loaded Potato and Meatloaf Casserole combines the heartiness of meatloaf with the comforting taste of creamy mashed potatoes, all topped with cheese and bacon for a decadent dish. It’s perfect for a filling family dinner and sure to be a hit.


For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef or turkey
  • ½ cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce

For the Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup warm milk or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 6 slices thick bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef or turkey, chopped onion, minced garlic, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, egg, and cottage cheese. Mix until well combined.
    • Press half of this meat mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Add BBQ Sauce:
    • Spread the BBQ sauce over the meat layer in the baking dish.
  4. Prepare the Potatoes:
    • Boil the peeled and diced potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and return them to the pot.
    • Add the unsalted butter, sour cream, warm milk, salt, and pepper to the potatoes. Mash until smooth and creamy.
  5. Layer the Casserole:
    • Spread the remaining meat mixture over the BBQ sauce.
    • Carefully spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat.
  6. Bake the Casserole:
    • Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through.
  7. Add Toppings and Finish Baking:
    • Remove the casserole from the oven. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon over the mashed potatoes.
    • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Serve:
    • Allow the casserole to cool slightly before serving. This helps the layers set and makes serving easier.


  • Meat Choice: Using lean meat helps reduce excess fat in the casserole, but make sure it doesn’t dry out. The cottage cheese helps keep the meatloaf moist.
  • Mashed Potatoes: For extra flavor, consider adding some garlic powder or chives to the mashed potatoes.
  • BBQ Sauce Choice: The flavor of the casserole can vary greatly depending on the BBQ sauce used, so pick one that suits your taste preference.


Loaded Potato and Meatloaf Casserole is a robust and comforting dish that’s ideal for a hearty meal. It combines simple ingredients in a fulfilling way and is perfect for those who enjoy a touch of indulgence in their meals. This dish is also great for leftovers and can easily be reheated for a quick and satisfying meal. Enjoy this delightful blend of flavors that’s sure to comfort and satisfy any appetite.