Brown Sugar Meatloaf


This delicious brown sugar meatloaf is glazed with brown sugar and ketchup for a moist and flavorful weeknight dinner.  Perfect comfort food!

This delicious brown sugar meatloaf is glazed with brown sugar and ketchup for a moist and flavorful weeknight dinner.  Perfect comfort food!

I have an awesome savory recipe for you today!  I am going to speak for us all here and assume that we can all use a little break from the sweets and sugar comas that have been Wishes and Dishes-induced in the past week or so.  Don’t you worry, I’m sure it won’t last long and I’ll be back to posting sinful desserts in no time at all.

It still feels like summer here as far as the weather goes and I’m LOVING it.  What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?  I’m seasonally confused – the leaves are changing and the fall decorations are in full swing everywhere I go, but it’s been in the 70’s for the past week or so with plenty of sunshine.  Let’s hope it sticks around! I don’t know whether to grill out or whip up some cozy comfort food….

Either way, that time of the year has arrived where we all we start craving and therefore pulling out our favorite comfort food recipes and cooking them up to share with our friends and family.  This meatloaf was truly wonderful, moist, great tasting, and held together beautifully, even when sliced hot – this is especially nice for leftover meatloaf sandwich people.  Now if all of those things don’t make up a great meatloaf, I don’t know what does!

This meatloaf was the perfect amount of sweet & savory and I can’t say enough good things about it.  I served it with this Margherita Macaroni and Cheese on the side.  This will be on the frequent flyer list for sure.

P.S.  If you love a good meatloaf, be sure to check out my favorite one of all time:  Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Meatloaf.  Have a great day!

This is the best brown sugar meatloaf glazed with brown sugar and ketchup for a moist and easy weeknight dinner.  Great fall comfort food!

Brown Sugar Meatloaf
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Serves: 6-8 servings
This delicious brown sugar meatloaf is glazed with brown sugar and ketchup for a moist and flavorful weeknight dinner. Perfect comfort food!
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1½ lbs lean ground beef
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ cup saltine crumbs, finely crushed (can use bread crumbs)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.
  3. Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
  4. In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf.
  5. Place on top of the ketchup.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.

Recipe source:  adapted from

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28 Responses to “Brown Sugar Meatloaf”

  1. September 29, 2014 at 1:18 AM #

    I’m feeling seasonally confused too. It goes from 60-80 in like a day over here. This meatloaf looks like perfect comfort food!

  2. Ginny McMeans
    September 29, 2014 at 1:59 AM #

    I saw what you said on Instagram today how you love summer in the fall. Cracked me up. Your meatloaf looks very comforting for this summer/fall.

  3. September 29, 2014 at 3:55 AM #

    I love that this meatloaf has a brown sugar “crust” then the ketchup on top of that.. so interesting.. I´m going to give this a try! xoxo

  4. September 29, 2014 at 4:56 AM #

    A friend of mine told me about this brown sugar and ketchup meatloaf she had had – she said she had been trying to recreate it but had been unsuccessful – Ashley you post is well timed! She is gonna love this recipe – thanks lady!

  5. September 29, 2014 at 6:37 AM #

    Meatloaf is my absolute favorite comfort food! I love it. Your version wit the brown sugar sounds super tasty! I’m ready for a bit cooler temps, but I can’t complain!

  6. September 29, 2014 at 7:02 AM #

    I love the look of this! We always used to put a little brown sugar in our ketchup topping but never thought to do that topping in the bottom of the pan! Love this idea.

  7. September 29, 2014 at 7:10 AM #

    I’m always looking for new meatloaf recipes. This one will make it into the rotation!

  8. September 29, 2014 at 7:49 AM #

    Meatloaf is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods that always conjures up a bout of nostalgia. I’m so intrigued by the ginger in this recipes. I guess I’ll just have to add meatloaf to the menu this week…

  9. September 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM #

    Oh yeah – It has been warmer here in the Boston area these past few months than it was all summer! That brown sugar glaze on your meatloaf sounds fantastic!

  10. September 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM #

    I live in Illinois and it’s starting to cool here (60’s and low 70’s) during the days, and the nights are wonderfully cool and crisp. I just love it and wait for fall all year. This meatloaf is a perfect comfort food for those long chilly fall nights. Just delicious!

  11. September 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM #

    Yeah, this weather has been very confusing. It will be 50 degrees in the morning but close to 80 during the day. I’m loving this meatloaf – total comfort food! 🙂

  12. September 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM #

    I’m a huge meatloaf fan…and not the musician. Only the edible meatloaf. It looks so moist and amazing, I would love to dig in right now!

  13. September 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM #

    This recipe is my FAVORITE! It’s my go-to meatloaf. 🙂 And the weather is nuts. Our family went apple picking this past weekend and we were sweating, which feels completely wrong haha . . . we were more comfortable picking blueberries in July!

  14. September 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM #

    It’s still summery weather here in CA, but that isn’t stopping me from enjoying comfort food like this! We love a good meatloaf in our house, and that brown sugar ketchup sounds delicious!

  15. Kathy
    September 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM #

    When I make my meatloaf, I use crushed up Ritz crackers. Instead of putting the two eggs in the meat mixture, I put two hard boiled eggs at each of the baking dish and form the meatloaf around the eggs. I also put a couple squirts of mustard and about a tbsp of Worcester sauce, then brush Honey BBQ sauce on the top of the meatloaf before baking. Try it, it’s yummy.

    • September 29, 2014 at 2:50 PM #

      OK that sounds awesome!!!

  16. Lora @cakeduchess
    September 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM #

    Brown sugar makes everything better! I bet this is amazing w/your margarita mac and cheese-wow!!

  17. September 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM #

    We’ve been having really out of the ordinary warm weather here in RI. I love the fall so wish it could stay these temps through the cold winter! Love your meatloaf!

  18. September 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM #

    I am always on the look out for a great meatloaf recipe! Must try this one!

  19. September 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM #

    Sounds amazing Ashley! I love a little sweetness in my meatloaf 🙂

  20. September 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM #

    You had me at brown sugar! This sounds delicious! The weather has been back and forth by us – sometimes cooler and sometimes warmer!

  21. September 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM #

    What a great way to change up regular meat loaf! Sounds perfect!

  22. September 30, 2014 at 11:29 PM #

    Fantastic recipe Ashley – and you are right – it’s perfect for sandwiches the next day too!

  23. September 30, 2014 at 11:37 PM #

    Sweet and savory dinner! Yes please!

  24. October 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM #

    I love meatloaf so this has to happen. I can never get enough of it.

  25. October 1, 2014 at 8:31 AM #

    That looks amazing! I love meatloaf, I’ve never tried putting ginger in it.

  26. October 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM #

    We actually grilled this past weekend but I would trade what we had for this awesome meatloaf

  27. October 1, 2014 at 12:08 PM #

    Oh my gosh…this looks so good!!! I have been craving meatloaf; this is a sign!

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