Brown Sugar Meatloaf


I know what you are thinking and I PROMISE this isn’t your grandma’s meatloaf folks. It is soooo much better! I don’t know why meatloaf always gets such a bad rap. If cooked right it is really an amped up version of a hamburger with a to die for glaze if done right! And here my friends, it is done right, so jot this recipe down and enjoy!

Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf
Yields 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1 cup ketchup
  3. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  4. 1 - 1.5 lbs of lean ground beef
  5. 1 cloves of garlic
  6. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  11. 1 pkg dry onion soup mix
  12. 3/4 cup oatmeal
  1. 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf/bread pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 2. In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup ketchup, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl combine beef, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, dry onion soup mix, 3/4 cup oatmeal, and mince in garlic. Combine well. Then add 1/3 of the brown sugar/ketchup mixture
  4. 4. Pour another 1/3 of the brown sugar/ketchup mixture into the bottom of the lined loaf pan
  5. 5. Place meatloaf into the loaf pan.
  6. 6. Top with remaining brown sugar/ketchup mixture
  7. 7. Bake for 1 hour or until the a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees
  8. 8. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing
Adapted from Sweet Peas Kitchen
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This is the perfect meal when hosting friends. Serves plenty and turns out great every time. Even your grandmother would be impressed! It was quite delicious with cream cheese mashed potatoes, biscuits, and veggies.


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27 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Meatloaf”

  • Hi Laura Beth!

    I’ve used my mother’s recipe for meatloaf for years but I decided to try yours tonight and it was a hit with both of us! I did a couple of things different, though. I cut out one egg, reduced sugar and ketchup by 1/2, added poultry seasoning (my Mom’s secret ingredient), and cooked it on a broiler pan in the oven. Really moist and good. OH and I used something I’d never seen before: meatloaf mix!! It was ground beef, pork, and veal and it was a great mix as well. I look forward to reading more of your recipes!!
    Love to Trey and the babies!!

  • This meatloaf sounds so delicious and so flavorful!! I love meatloaf, it’s one of my favorite comfort foods, I just wish my husband loved it too so I could make it more often!! Your pictures are making me seriously hungry for a thick slice with some creamy mashed potatoes….!!!
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  • Hi there!

    I have been looking for this very recipe for YEARS!!

    Seriously! I could not find it anywhere. I used to make it decades ago for my 5 now grown sons and wanted to make it for my grands.

    I have used it without the onion soup, with rice instead of oats, with or w/out eggs, all kinds of variables based on budget; the only thing I HAD to include was the glaze or there would have been a mutiny.

    THANKS! so glad I found your blog.

  • Thanks for the recipe…I just found out several people are coming over for dinner tonight, so I am going to make this recipe. I’m visiting relatives and I’m the cook since we own a restaurant. It looks like an awesome recipe!!! Thanks for sharing and I subscribed for future postings.

  • Strange?? I just left it up for about 5 min & nothing happened. But thanks for letting me know, I’ll try & look into it!

    • If you skip the oatmeal, bread crumbs might work? You need something similar though to help the meatloaf hold together. Good luck!

    • I have never made this meatloaf without using the dry onion soup mix, I am sure you could…you would just miss out on that flavoring.

  • Just to clarify, 1 T Worcestershire in the brown sugar/ketchup mixture as well as 1 T Worcestershire in ground beef mixture? Ingredients calls for 1 and Instructions calls for 2.

    • This was delicious but in the future I would eliminate the added salt (the onion soup was plenty) and cut back on the Worcestershire (teaspoons instead). I used 1.5lb ground beef and soaked the rolled oats in the milk for a couple of hours before mixing it all together.

  • My mom started making this for us about 25 years ago, and it has morphed into my husband’s favorite meal! Even our kids will gobble it down! I normally have to make two to just have a slice or two leftover!

    You can also make this in a skillet, for a quick night.

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