Beef Volcanoes, Gramma’s Amish Recipe collection.

These beef volcanoes are an easy dinner using ground beef, American cheese and tomato sauce for an Amish family favorite. Little meat loaves are indented and filled with cheese, then tomato juice is poured over top creating a volcano of cheese over the meatball while it is baking, making a fun project for kids to help with too! You may also enjoy Amish Haystacks, Amish 3 ingredient Ham salad or Amish style mashed potatoes for more Amish dinner ideas!

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Cheesy beef volcanoes

Beef Volcanoes (Gramma’s Amish recipe collection)

This fun twist on mini meatloaves is made with tomato juice and cheese creating a volcanic eruption of cheese as it bakes. Delicious with mashed potatoes, pasta and more!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Amish
Servings 8


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups tomato juice divided
  • 1 1/4 cups quick oats
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • American cheese slices quartered *see note


Preheat oven to 375.

  • Mix ground beef, eggs, 1/2 cup tomato juice, quick oats, diced onion, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings together in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Form the beef mixture into 11-12 large mini meatloaves/meatballs and place them into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Press into the center of each meatball creating a hole/cavern to place the cheese into. Press two to three cheese squares into each meatball center, then pour 3/4 cup tomato juice over top, covering each meatball equally with juice.
  • Bake the beef volcanoes for 30-40 minutes, or until the center temperature reaches 160 degrees and the cheese has melted over the meatball.


Additional photos and notes below. 
Keyword Amish, Beef volcanoes, mini meatloaves, cheese, tomato sauce
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Equipment needed for these Beef Volcanoes:

  • Mixing bowl I like to use my stainless steel mixing bowls to mix up the ground beef meatball mixture in. Stainless steel bowls are also dish washer friendly which is a plus for me.
  • Baking dish I prefer to use my 9 by 13 inch baking dish for the amount of mini meat loaves (beef volcanoes) this recipe produces.
  • Measuring cups Measuring cups are needed to ensure you have an accurate measurement of the oats, onion and tomato juice listed in the recipe card.
  • Measuring spoons measuring spoons are useful to have on hand for measuring out the spices, mustard and worcestershire sauce needed in this recipe.

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Serve these meatballs with Amish Style Mashed Potatoes or buttered noodles with a few dashes of garlic salt. Try Cheddar & Bacon Green beans for a vegetable side, or try Lemon parmesan asparagus!

Step one: Mix ground beef, eggs, 1/2 cup tomato juice, quick oats, diced onion, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings together in a large bowl until well combined.

Step 2: Form the meat mixture into mini meatloaves and press into the center of each meatball/meatloaf to create an indent for the cheese squares.

Step 2 continued: Press cheese squares into the holes in the meatloaves then pour the remainder of the tomato juice over top.

Can other types of cheeses be used in this meatball volcanoes?

You can also use swiss cheese slices or any of your favorite types of cheeses. My husband is not the biggest fan of American cheese so I like to do some swiss and the rest with American cheese for the kids and I.

Step 3: Bake as instructed in the recipe card and enjoy!

These Little beef volcanoes may not look like much, but the cheesy, hearty combination is a great tasting, old fashioned comfort food!

My Grandmother (who is still a member of the old order Amish church) recently shared a lot of her old recipes with me. If you would enjoy more of the recipes from her treasure trove of recipes, check out the list below from Gramma’s Amish recipe collection.

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