What to Make with Leftover Meatloaf (Quick, Easy + Tasty Ideas!)

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21+ unexpected ideas that will make your leftover meatloaf AMAZING. Look no further for what to make with leftover meatloaf!
Meatloaf with Brown Gravy on a plate.

My Favorite Leftover Meatloaf Recipes

Here are some delicious ideas that will turn your leftovers into fresh meal ideas that your family will love. Looking for the ultimate meatloaf recipe? Here’s my best ever meatloaf recipe that will have you head over heels. It’s honestly the most delicious, basic meatloaf recipe that is juicy, perfectly flavored and totally yum.
Meatloaf sandwich stacked on a cutting board.

Leftover Meatloaf Sandwiches

Let’s start strong with the holy grail of meatloaf sandwiches. Layer leftover meatloaf with a thick slice of cheese, a little mayonnaise if you like, into your favorite bread and grill that baby until it turns into melty, heavenly comfort-food perfection. Get my ultimate Meatloaf Sandwich recipe here. Want to think beyond the classic use for meatloaf leftovers? Here are some delicious new ideas to try!

Meatloaf Breakfast Ideas

Get your savory, meaty, and super easy breakfast ideas right here! I’ve tweaked a couple of my favorite breakfast dishes that work beautifully with leftover meatloaf. You’ve GOT to try these on those days you want to spoil friends and family with a morning spread of savory goodness.
Tater tot breakfast casserole with a piece removed.

Meatloaf-loaded Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

My Tater Tot breakfast casserole has all the golden, crunchy ingredients of a show-off morning casserole. It is bubbly and cheesy (crave-worthy, really). Kids and grandparents alike will fall in love with this potluck-perfect dish. All you need to do is add 1-2 cups of chopped or crumbled meatloaf to this base recipe. You could also serve slices or leftover meatloaf with this as a side, but I love combining them into a single casserole. Works as dinner, too! Get my Tater Tot breakfast casserole here!
Cornbread bake to make with leftover meatloaf.

Leftover Cornbread Bake

Nothing can be more convenient than a leftover cornbread bake recipes. There’s just so much that you can do with this cornbread base recipe. Adding meatloaf adds loads of meaty flavor and bulks it up to a fuller meal. Serve this for brunch or breakfast with fresh salsa and homemade guacamole!
Masala Indian Omelets

Meatloaf Masala Omelettes

I love making masala omelettes at home for a slow Sunday morning breakfast. Why not try adding a little slice of meatloaf into your skillet omelette and drizzling over some ketchup. This is also a great lunch option!
Potato Crusted sausage and cheese quiche.

Potato-Crusted Quiche

This easy potato-crusted quiche is to die for and looks so good in the middle of your table. I love the combination of potato, sausage, and caramelized onion. Such a treat and a hearty way to start your day, guys! You can either swap out the sausage for chopped meatloaf to make it a fully meatloaf quiche, or add extra leftover meatloaf in addition to the sausage.
Swiss chard scrambled eggs recipe.

Swiss Chard Scramble with Meatloaf

Use my Swiss chard scramble as a base or a side to warm up meatloaf. You’ll love the pop of freshly wilted spinach with the rich meatloaf – they go so well together! Serve this with a slice of toast or any other classic breakfasty elements.

Lazy Meatloaf Lunch Ideas

You know that moment when you need to make lunch and realise you have the perfect leftover to use? Meatloaf can be turned into the base or central part of many yummy lazy-girl (or guy) lunches. Here are a few ideas to play with:
Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni and Cheese with a spoon scooping some out.

Meatloaf Mac + Cheese (Yes, Please!)

I mean, how yummy does this sound? Use my INCREDIBLY delicious mac + cheese recipe (I’m talking about extra dreamy and creamy mac and cheese) and add in some leftover meatloaf. The mac and cheese keeps the moisture in the meatloaf locked in as it reheats. Scratch mac and cheese is so easy to make and has way more flavor tha box mac and cheese so give it a try! Serve it with a bright and fresh salad, like this kale Caesar salad. SO YUM!
Pizza dough recipe.

Meatloaf Pizza

Whip up a batch of homemade pizza dough and top it with cheese (try mozzarella or cheddar cheese), some tomato sauce, leftover meatloaf and some other veggies! This recipe gives you that thin, crispy base – its a pizza-restaurant style base. While we are on the topic – don’t miss my ultimate pizza sauce recipe. Make it en-mass and have it handy in the freezer. It’s made with a handful of bright, bold ingredients (tomatoes, garlic, Italian herbs-you know the drill). There is something so deeply satisfying about ground beef on homemade pizza. Leftover meatloaf is one of the easiest, tastiest substitutions. Here’s how to make pizza in the air fryer and how to make pizza with biscuit dough crust for other easy options!
Fried tacos on a plate with taco salsa.

Meatloaf Tacos

I love Meatloaf Tacos fun idea for classic tacos as a way to use up good old leftover meatloaf. Crumble leftover meatloaf in a pan with some chili powder until heated through. Add some baja taco sauce, guacamole, sour cream, taco salsa; let’s go! You could even take it a step further and make fried tacos.

Meatloaf Melts

Grab a baguette, leftover hotdog buns etc and top them with meatloaf gravy, a slice of meatloaf and your favorite melty cheese. Season with a little salt and pepper and any other can’t-live-without-you seasonings. Add a few slices of jalapenos under the cheese if you like. Pop your melts under the grill and get gooey, bubbly golden melts that are ultra delicious.
Meatloaf sliders to make with leftover meatloaf.

Meatloaf Sliders

What a win – these meatloaf sliders from Girl Heart Food are an instant hit. Serve them with a salad (for a healthy side) or a wack of French fries and condiments like mayo, ketchup, mustard and so on.

Incredible Leftover Meatloaf Dinners

Need a next-level dinner in next to no time? That’s the beauty of having leftover meatloaf in the fridge, you guys. Here are some easy, quick and extra-yum recipes to make with your meatloaf:
My Hearty Chili Con Carne is the ultimate comfort food! This Mexican recipe is rich, seriously delicious and and easy to make. Who doesn’t love a homemade beef chili with lots of beans!

Meatloaf Chili

Try my best chili con carne recipe but switch out the ground meat for meatloaf. Remember it’s already cooked so no need to cook it for as long.
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils

Meatloaf Shepherd’s Pie

Use my moussaka shepherd’s pie as a foundational recipe and use your leftover meatloaf in place of the ground lamb as the base in your casserole dish. The seasonings and flavors work beautifully with meatloaf, too. Serve it with rice, a mixture of extra vegetables of just as is. I LOVE the creamy topping of mashed potatoes.
Meatloaf Spaghetti

Leftover Meatloaf Spaghetti

Coarsely chop slices of leftover meatloaf and give them a quick pan fry. Prepare your spaghetti and favorite marinara sauce, then gently stir in leftover meatloaf to use in place of meatballs. I mean, meatloaf basically IS one giant meatball. It just works in a pasta dish! Here’s my favorite spaghetti and meatballs recipe to use as your starting point. You could alternatively crumble the meatloaf and stir it into this meat sauce for spaghetti.
Stuffed Bell peppers.

Peppers Stuffed with Meatloaf

This is kind of old-worldsy; nothing wrong! Cut lids off some ripe bell peppers and hollow them out. Make a filling with cooked rice, leftover meatloaf and some fresh herbs. Stuff the peppers, pop on the lid and bake them for 1 to 1.5 hours. Use this stuffed peppers recipe as a baseline.

Meatloaf Burgers

Make easy patties with leftover meatloaf and pan-fry them before tucking them between toasted burger buns. Top them with cheese, sliced tomato, lettuce and pickles!
Meatloaf with Glaze on a plate with mashed potatoes.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


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