The Walking Dead has finally returned, complete with the gang, crazy plot points, walkers galore, and all the fun of throwing viewing parties. But wait! What will you serve your guests at these viewing parties? Well, skip the chips and pizza because I’ve got some brainy goodness that all your zombie-loving friends can chow down on.

As a die-hard food nerd, I just love making themed foods for all my nerdy favorites. The Walking Dead is no exception. In honor of this fantastic struggle to survive, I decided to revamp one of my dad’s meatloaf recipes and turn it into a true horror fest. This cheese-stuffed meatloaf recipe fits the brain bill perfectly with white mozzarella spilling out to match the brain’s pale flesh. Top it off with chunky marinara sauce for congealed blood and bacon strips for flesh and you have yourself a wonderful nightmare

Brain Meatloaf

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr
  • Total Time:1 hr 15 mins
  • Servings:6
  • Easy


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 ½ cups bread crumbs
  • Mozzarella as desired
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 cup chunky marinara sauce
  • Cacon strips as desired
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  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 350° F. While waiting for that to heat up, combine everything except mozzarella in a large bowl. Be sure to use your hands to feel like a real zombie!

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  • Step 2

    Pat the meat mixture down flat on some wax paper and form it into a rectangular shape. Layer on the cheese and roll the meaty goodness over itself using the wax paper to guide it. Mold the log by closing up the edges.

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  • Step 3

    Be sure to shape it into a brain by rolling it into more of a lopsided oval and adding a crease down the center. You can also shape fold lines with a chopstick.

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  • Step 4

    Place your brain (without the wax paper!) onto a baking sheet with higher edges and throw it in the oven for an hour. If you don’t want your brain sitting in meat juices, set it up on a rack in the pan before throwing it in.

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  • Step 5

    While you are waiting, cook the bacon and heat your sauce in a small saucepan until hot, or make your own for a personal touch.

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  • Step 6

    Remove the brain from the oven and let it cool. Remove it from the pan and set it on a large plate. Top it with the sauce and dive in!

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This brain meatloaf really is the perfect food to get in the mood for watching our favorite walker killing crew. I’m getting excited just thinking about it! I hope you guys can wow your friends when you reveal this feast fit for a zombie. Oh, and don’t forget to moan “brains” while you eat it.