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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1⁄2cup ketchup
  • 1 1⁄2lbs lean ground beef
  • 3⁄4cup milk
  • 2eggs
  • 1 1⁄2teaspoons salt
  • 1⁄4teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1small onion, chopped
  • 1⁄4teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3⁄4cup saltine crumbs, finely crushed

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a 5×9 inch loaf pan.
  • Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf.
  • Place on top of the ketchup.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.

Reviews:

  • Teresa M

    Yooper, this was truly wonderful, moist, very good tasting, meaty (not too much filler), held-together beautifully, even when sliced hot, now that’s a good meatloaf! I knew that ½ cup packed brown sugar was way too much sugar for us with ½ cup ketchup, as we don’t like meat too sweet. So I tried 1/8 cup packed brown sugar, tasted it and it was just right for us. Would not change a thing in the ingredients other than the brown sugar/catsup ratio. Because my oven tends to burn on the bottom I put the catsup/brown sugar mixture all over the top of the meatloaf and that worked great. And thank-you Yooper for suggesting this recipe in my recipe request, I was looking forward to making it and we all really enjoyed it and Will be making it again!

  • Karen=^..^=

    Made this for my family, who love meatloaf. I am not a meatloaf lover myself, but have to admit that this was the best meatloaf I have ever eaten. Smelled great cooking and the rest of the family could not get enough! All I heard was “Awesome” through the whole meal. I used 2 lbs. of 85/15 ground beef, but otherwise followed the recipe. My mixture was VERY wet, to the point that I could not even shape it, but I just kind of poured it into the loaf pan and the texture after cooking was fine and it sliced great without falling apart. Took about 1 1/2 hours to cook through since it was larger. Thanks for the great recipe…unfortunately, there was none left for sandwiches 🙁

  • Kate in Katoomba

    What an easy meatloaf recipe! I took your point about the salsa instead of the ketchup to counteract the sweetness of the sugar and it tasted delicious. I’ll definitely keep this one. Thankyou.

  • taylortwo

    this was a very good meatloaf but i found the brown sugar and ketchup to be too sweet for my taste. i shaped the mixture into a loaf and put the ketchup and brown sugar on top like a glaze. i did only use a little less than 1/2 cup of milk and my mixture was still very wet but other than that i stuck to the recipe. the meatloaf itself is very good and the next time i make this i will leave out the brown sugar and ketchup. thank you mark for the recipe.

  • Reggie’s Mom

    I made this last night, it was really good! Only made a couple of changes, I used a little over 1 lb ground beef and a small bit of ground pork. As some other reviewers mentioned, I also used Chili sauce and almost the full amount of brown sugar but I put it on the top and then baked it. Really yumm!

  • Audrey Chapman

    I have never tasted a better meatloaf. It doesn’t fall apart and tastes great.

  • Kate in Katoomba

    What an easy meatloaf recipe! I took your point about the salsa instead of the ketchup to counteract the sweetness of the sugar and it tasted delicious. I’ll definitely keep this one. Thankyou.

  • Reggie’s Mom

    I made this last night, it was really good! Only made a couple of changes, I used a little over 1 lb ground beef and a small bit of ground pork. As some other reviewers mentioned, I also used Chili sauce and almost the full amount of brown sugar but I put it on the top and then baked it. Really yumm!

  • ejnei

    Excellent! Easy to make. This is the only meatloaf I will make again. Mosit and yummy,hot or cold. I used picante sauce instead of ketchup, and ritz crackers instead of saltines.

  • Mark & Stacy

    I LOVED this meatloaf! So moist and sweet. There was no need for extra sauce with this one! My 6 year old wanted to eat just this for dinner, and our 4 year old ate without complaint. I used chili sauce, since we were quite low on ketchup, and used onion powder instead of onion, because I was low on time. Took about an hour and 10 minutes to reach 170 in a convection oven, but it was in there with baked potatoes and I had almost 2 pounds of meat. It came together so quickly and easily, too. I’m excited to have a new meatloaf recipe!

  • ejnei

    Excellent! Easy to make. This is the only meatloaf I will make again. Mosit and yummy,hot or cold. I used picante sauce instead of ketchup, and ritz crackers instead of saltines.

  • Daphne2002

    This is an absolutely amazing recipe. My husband actually argued with a co-worker over who’s wife made the best meatloaf — turns out it was the same recipe! I’ve never enjoyed meatloaf but actually crave this. Wouldn’t change a thing, except my family loves ginger so we add a little more.

  • Teresa M

    Yooper, this was truly wonderful, moist, very good tasting, meaty (not too much filler), held-together beautifully, even when sliced hot, now that’s a good meatloaf! I knew that ½ cup packed brown sugar was way too much sugar for us with ½ cup ketchup, as we don’t like meat too sweet. So I tried 1/8 cup packed brown sugar, tasted it and it was just right for us. Would not change a thing in the ingredients other than the brown sugar/catsup ratio. Because my oven tends to burn on the bottom I put the catsup/brown sugar mixture all over the top of the meatloaf and that worked great. And thank-you Yooper for suggesting this recipe in my recipe request, I was looking forward to making it and we all really enjoyed it and Will be making it again!

  • Kasha

    Good meatloaf. We liked the sweetness, some may not. I think using salsa in the recipe is a must.

  • Kasha

    Good meatloaf. We liked the sweetness, some may not. I think using salsa in the recipe is a must.

  • Karen=^..^=

    Made this for my family, who love meatloaf. I am not a meatloaf lover myself, but have to admit that this was the best meatloaf I have ever eaten. Smelled great cooking and the rest of the family could not get enough! All I heard was “Awesome” through the whole meal. I used 2 lbs. of 85/15 ground beef, but otherwise followed the recipe. My mixture was VERY wet, to the point that I could not even shape it, but I just kind of poured it into the loaf pan and the texture after cooking was fine and it sliced great without falling apart. Took about 1 1/2 hours to cook through since it was larger. Thanks for the great recipe…unfortunately, there was none left for sandwiches 🙁

  • Mark & Stacy

    I LOVED this meatloaf! So moist and sweet. There was no need for extra sauce with this one! My 6 year old wanted to eat just this for dinner, and our 4 year old ate without complaint. I used chili sauce, since we were quite low on ketchup, and used onion powder instead of onion, because I was low on time. Took about an hour and 10 minutes to reach 170 in a convection oven, but it was in there with baked potatoes and I had almost 2 pounds of meat. It came together so quickly and easily, too. I’m excited to have a new meatloaf recipe!

  • Audrey Chapman

    I have never tasted a better meatloaf. It doesn’t fall apart and tastes great.

  • taylortwo

    this was a very good meatloaf but i found the brown sugar and ketchup to be too sweet for my taste. i shaped the mixture into a loaf and put the ketchup and brown sugar on top like a glaze. i did only use a little less than 1/2 cup of milk and my mixture was still very wet but other than that i stuck to the recipe. the meatloaf itself is very good and the next time i make this i will leave out the brown sugar and ketchup. thank you mark for the recipe.

  • Daphne2002

    This is an absolutely amazing recipe. My husband actually argued with a co-worker over who’s wife made the best meatloaf — turns out it was the same recipe! I’ve never enjoyed meatloaf but actually crave this. Wouldn’t change a thing, except my family loves ginger so we add a little more.

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