Ultimate Brown Sugar Meatloaf Recipe – A Delicious Twist on Classic Comfort Food

Experience the best Brown Sugar Meatloaf, a perfect blend of sweet and savory. Our recipe guarantees a delightful twist on this classic comfort food. Ideal for family dinners and gatherings!

Freshly baked brown sugar meatloaf, perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors.

Luxury Slicing moist and delicious brown sugar meatloaf, a quick meal solution for families.

Welcome to our kitchen where today we’re sharing a timeless classic with a twist: Brown Sugar Meatloaf. This recipe blends the nostalgic comfort of traditional meatloaf with a delightful sweetness that makes each bite a memorable experience. Perfect for a hearty family dinner, this dish is not only delicious but also easy to prepare.

Delicious Brown Sugar Meatloaf Recipe: A Family Favorite

This recipe has been in our family for generations. Passed down from my great-grandmother, it’s been a staple at family gatherings, evoking fond memories and creating new ones. It’s more than just a meal; it’s a piece of our family history that we’re thrilled to share with you.

Shopping List:

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

Recipe Overview:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Servings: 6

Detailed Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Start by spreading the brown sugar evenly at the bottom of your loaf pan and then coat it with the ketchup.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the lean ground beef, milk, eggs, salt, pepper, chopped onion, ginger, and crushed saltine crumbs. Mix well.
  4. Shape the beef mixture into a loaf and place it in the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until juices are clear.

Preparing savory sweet meatloaf mixture, a popular comfort food recipe.

Keto Version Recipe:

For those following a ketogenic diet, substitute brown sugar with a keto-friendly sweetener and replace saltine crumbs with almond flour or crushed pork rinds.

The Secrets Behind the Perfect Recipe:

The secret to this recipe’s irresistible taste lies in the balance of the sweetness from the brown sugar and the savory flavors of the beef and spices. Using lean ground beef ensures a healthier option without compromising on taste.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this delicious meatloaf with a side of mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a light salad for a complete meal.


Q1: Can I make this meatloaf gluten-free? A1: Absolutely! Just substitute the saltine crumbs with your favorite gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Q2: How long can I store the leftovers? A2: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Our Brown Sugar Meatloaf recipe is more than just a meal; it’s a comforting embrace from the past, a joyous present at your dinner table, and a delightful promise for your taste buds. Try this perfect blend of sweet and savory tonight and make mealtime a memorable experience.

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