Brown Sugar Meatloaf

It is that time of year that we start pulling out our favorite comfort food recipes and sharing them with our family and friends. It is a great recipe to pull out when company is coming over because it is quick, easy, and turns out delicious every time. Moist, delicious meatloaf encased in a brown sugar glaze. My husband loves when I make this meatloaf because he gets to eat it hot from the oven one day and in a meatloaf sandwich with swiss cheese the next. I used to hate meatloaf, I thought it was dry, tasteless, brick of a dinner. That was until I found this recipe! The worst thing that you can do when making meatloaf is baking it too long. During the last 15 minutes of baking I watch the internal temperature of the meatloaf very carefully, as soon as it registers 160 degrees F on the meat thermometer I take it out of the oven. Serve with mashed potatoes, green beans, buttermilk biscuits and apple pie for a comforting fall meal.

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

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  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package of dry onion soup mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a casserole dish with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, ketchup and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Divide evenly among three separate bowls; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine garlic, Worcestershire sauce, milk, eggs, salt, pepper, soup mix, ginger, bread crumbs and one bowl (1/3) of prepared brown sugar/ketchup mixture. Add ground beef and mix to thoroughly combine.
  4. Shape into a loaf and spoon one bowl (1/3) of prepared brown sugar/ketchup mixture onto the top of the loaf.
  5. Place the meat loaf, brown sugar/ketchup side down, into prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining bowl (1/3) of prepared brown sugar/ketchup mixture.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until juices are clear or until thermometer inserted into the loaf reads 160 degrees F. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Source: adapted from

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13 Responses to Brown Sugar Meatloaf

  1. Nothing like a really good Meatloaf. Your recipe sounds really delicious.
    On a side note, I “tagged” you in the Blog Tag Game. Hope you don’t mind.

  2. Annie's Dish says:

    I think this is exactly or at least close to the recipe that I use. Best meatloaf ever!

  3. AliGirl says:

    This meatloaf looks delicious. Reminds me of something my mom might make!

  4. elra says:

    A recipe worth keeping !

  5. I haven’t made a meatloaf in ages. You’ve inspired me!

  6. Never made meatloaf with brown sugar! Yummm!

  7. melpy says:

    I made this recipe from allrecipes about 5 years ago and I don’t understand how you got yours to come out so well. Mine basically fell apart, mushy and watery. Well done though, looks beautiful!

  8. this looks so delicious:) and i really love how stunning your photos are… thank you for sharing this.

  9. Jasmine says:

    Wow, this dish is really special, I’ve never seen anything similar 🙂
    Must be delicious!!

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  12. K says:

    This is really delicious! Thanks 🙂

  13. K says:

    This is delicious! Have made several times and is now firmly in our favourites category. Thanks!

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