Meatloaf Pie

I am always trying to come up with new ways to use ground beef. It is one of the most frugal dinner options and it is so easy to stretch, making it even more frugal. But sometimes we get tired of having it the same few ways, so I play around with it, always hoping a new idea will turn out and be declared a winner.

That was definitely the case with this dinner. In fact, when I was stuck on coming up with a name for this dinner, my son suggested “super, delicious and good beef pie.” Try it out and let me know if you agree with his assessment.


Meatloaf Pie

For the beef crust:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1 egg

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a springform pan. Place pan on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, remove excess grease from the top of the meat with a spoon or paper towel. Cool.


For the mashed potatoes:

  • 4 -6 potatoes
  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Cube potatoes, place in a medium sauce pan and fill pot with coldwater. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-18 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

Drain potatoes and return to pot. Add butter or margarine and mash with potatoes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Scoop into the center of the beef “crust.”

For the caramelized onions:

  • 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 t. salt

Melt butter or margarine in a small skillet. Add onion and season with salt. Cook about 15 minutes over medium-low heat, until golden. Scoop on top of the mashed potatoes.


  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Sprinkle cheese over the onions and return to oven. Bake an additional 10-12 minutes, until cheese is completely melted.


I know it seems like a long process, but it really isn’t. Most of the steps can be done simultaneously. Sure, you may dirty a few dishes, but I thought the end result was worth it.

Also, this would be such a fun process to play around with. Maybe a backwards spaghetti and meatballs? Or a meat quiche? I think this idea is ripe with possibilities and I can’t wait to explore some.

What would you do different? Oh, by the way, I’m still not happy with the name of this dish. If you could help me come up with a better one, I’d really appreciate it!

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18 thoughts on “Meatloaf Pie

  1. I love the inside-outside twist to your meatlof pie. It looks and sounds delicious and it’s a recipe that will have great appeal.

  2. When I saw your link I wasn’t expecting meat on the outside! I never would have thought to try that. Yum!


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  3. I think my husband would love this! For a name, what about a spin on the comment by Mary and call it Inside Out Meatloaf or maybe Meatloaf Upside Down Cake? LOL!

  4. Made this tonight for dinner- tossed a cup of corn and peas underneath the potatoes and it was a full, fabulous meal!

    The variations are endless- ground turkey with broccoli and mashed potatoes…gravy on top instead of cheese… oh, the mind boggles!

  5. Hi Kate,
    I just wanted to know that I am featuring you this tomorrow in my Inspire My Saturday post. If you get a chance, feel free to stop by and grab my featured button in my sidebar (if you feel so inclined0.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. I can’t find any way to contact you, but I want to make this for our friends this weekend. There will be 4 adults and 3 kids eating so I don’t think a single batch will do it. (I like leftovers too.)

    Would it work to double the recipe and put it in a 9×13 pan and make it more like a casserole? I am thinking the layers will be similar to the same thickness, so the cooking time should be about the same or just a little more?


  7. Yum! I made this for dinner tonight. It was so delicious and fun to make. I loved the cute little slices of pie. Oh and the onions put it over the top! Next time I’ll probably add even more onions and stir them into the potatoes as well. Couldn’t get enough! Thanks for the awesomeness!

  8. Made this last night. Wonderful!!!! Not a big onion fan, and I could not get enough. Great recipe.

  9. I made this for dinner last week & my family loved it!!! I had a side of Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes so I just heated those in the microwave & used.

  10. Just made this for dinner. It was wonderful! Even my picky 5 year old ate with out complaints and asked for seconds!! Definitely a keeper!

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