- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 2 cups Thousand Island dressing
- 1 cup whole milk
- 4 gloves garlic minced
- 6 eggs, beaten
- Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound sharp Cheddar, cut into 1-inch thick strips
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- Butter cooking spray
- 12 slices marble rye bread, for serving
- Tomato slices, for serving
- Lettuce, for serving
- 4 dill pickles
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat a large skillet with the oil over medium heat and saute the onions until translucent. Remove to a large bowl and let cool.
Add all the remaining ingredients, except the cheese and BBQ sauce, to the bowl and combine well. Liberally spray a baking sheet with cooking spray Take half of the ground beef mixture and form into a loaf on the baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven until the internal temperature registers140 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. This should take about 1 hour (but please check constantly as some ovens cook faster then others). About 5 minutes before the meatloaf is ready remove from oven and coat with the BBQ sauce. Return to the oven until nicely glazed.
Remove meatloaf from the oven to a cutting board and allow to cool. Cut the meatloaf into 1-inch thick slices and put each slice between 2 pieces of rye bread. At this point you can add, tomato, lettuce and pickle, if you like.
Cook's Note: I like to heat a skillet up and fry the sandwich before serving.