Cheeseburger Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Cheeseburger-Slow-Cooker-Meatloaf

 

The Meatloaf:

  • 2.5 pounds of grass fed ground beef, about 90% lean
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp granulated onion

The Toppings / Fillings:

  • 4 ounces grass fed sharp cheddar cheese, sliced thin (optional)
  • Large handful of chard or kale leaves
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced thin
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced medium
  • 1 large dill pickle, sliced into hamburger sized pickles.
  • Other options: Bacon of course, fresh tomato slices, mustard, chili, etc.

For the Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 small can of tomato paste (can also use 1/4 cup of tomato sauce).
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of dijon mustard.
  • 2 tsp of smoked paprika.
  • 2 tsp of garlic powder.
  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar.

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine your ground beef, 2 eggs, and spices. Mix by hand really good (let the kids to it) until an even consistency is reached.
  2. Divide your meat into 3 equal portions. They don’t have to be perfectly equal in size, just close. This is meatloaf not math.
  3. Lightly grease the bottom of your slow cooker with a small amount of coconut oil. A tsp will do.
  4. Press one of your portions of beef down into your slow cooker. You want to form an even base for your meatloaf leaving just enough room for your fingers to rest between the cooker and your loaf. Keep in mind I cook in a 6 quart cooker.
  5. Add your toppings to the first layer, leaving the outside 1/2″ of the layer untouched for crimping with the next layer. I added chard leaves first, then my cheese slices, onions, and jalapenos.
  6. Take another portion of your meat and flatten it out on your counter top so that it is large enough to cover the first layer. Place it on top of the first layer and use your fingers to crimp down the edges of the meat so that they join with the first layer. Tuck any toppings that are sticking out back into the loaf.
  7. Add your second layer of toppings. For this layer I used dill pickle slices instead of jalapenos.
  8. Use your 3rd portion of meat to form one last layer, and apply it to the top just as in step 5.
  9. Make sure no toppings are sticking out of your loaf, push them back in if they are! Use your hands to seal the layers of the loaf shut.
  10. Top your loaf with your tomato sauce / ketchup and sprinkle on some sesame seeds for garnish.
  11. Cook on high for 2.5 hours or on low for 5.
  12. When cooking is finished, allow loaf to cool before attempting to remove or slice it. Use some potholders to remove your slow cooker’s lining and transport it to your stovetop where it can sit and cool. You may also want to use a turkey baster to remove some of the fat that has rendered down into the bottom of your slow cooker.
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