Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Brown Sugar Meatloafa

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.

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

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

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Moist and delicious meatloaf encased in a brown sugar glaze.

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour


1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup milk
2 large 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


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a casserole dish with foil.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, ketchup and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Divide evenly among three separate bowls; set aside.
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.
Shape into a loaf and spoon one bowl (1/3) of prepared brown sugar/ketchup mixture onto the top of the loaf.
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.
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

***The pictures in this recipe were updated on January 16, 2014. The picture below is the original photo that I took to accompany this meatloaf on October 26, 2010. ***