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Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf – this recipe will soon become your family’s favorite recipe for meatloaf. It’s delicious!

brown sugar glazed meatloaf

If you grew up in the United States, chances are great that you have had meatloaf.  At least once.  For many of us, it is a quintessential comfort food, ranking high up there along with Buttermilk Biscuits and Pecan Pie.  You know what’s better than meatloaf?  Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf!  Making it is not difficult, and many of the ingredients are kitchen staples that we tend to keep in our pantry and refrigerator.


The Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf

This meatloaf has a sweet, brown sugar glaze on top and a little bit on the bottom.  Before making the loaf itself, make the glaze by combining ketchup, brown sugar, and little salt.  Let it sit for a moment so that the sugar can dissolve a bit in the ketchup.  Then spoon about 1/3 cup on the bottom of your loaf pan.  Set the rest aside and get started on making the loaf.

Bottom of Pan
Chop the onion into chunks and prepare the bell pepper by removing the top, bottom, and insides.  Place them in your food processor and pulsate until they are diced.  Then add the meat, bread crumbs, egg, milk, and 1/3 cup of the glaze.  Process it all in your food processor until the mixture is thoroughly blended.

Next, place the meat mixture into my loaf pan and pat the top smooth.  Spoon the remaining brown sugar glaze on top and bake it for an hour at 350 degrees.

meatloaf glaze
Doesn’t it look delicious?

Yield: 6 servings

Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf

Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf |

Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf – this recipe will soon become your family’s favorite recipe for meatloaf. It’s delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 1/3 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and salt in a small mixing bowl and allow to sit for a couple of minutes to allow sugar to dissolve.
  3. Spoon one-third cup of sauce into bottom of a loaf pan. Set aside.
  4. Place ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, eggs, milk, and one-third cup of glaze into food processor and process until mixture is thoroughly blended.
  5. Place meat mixture into loaf pan and smooth down the top.
  6. Spread remaining glaze on top of loaf and bake for 1 hour or until internal temperature is 155 to 160 degrees.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 899mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 27g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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Meatloaf Facts & Trivia

  • Meatloaf has European origins.  It was mentioned in the Roman cookery collection Apicus as early as the 5th century.
  • Europeans and Americans are not the only ones who enjoy meatloaf.  Other countries ranging from Chile to Vietnam have their own versions of the meaty dish.
  • America’s version of meatloaf takes its origin from scrapple, a Pennsylvania Dutch dish made from pork parts.
  • Meatloaf gained much appreciation during the Great Depression, thanks to its adaptability.  People were able to make use of less expensive fillers to stretch ground beef and create a satisfying dish.

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Sunday 24th of November 2019

On the ingredients list it asks for 1 1/3 cups of ground beef... is that a typo? Should it be 1 1/3 lbs rather?

Thank you, Logan


Sunday 24th of November 2019

It was a typo - thanks for catching that. I have corrected the recipe to reflect 1 1/3 pounds of ground beef.


Saturday 21st of September 2019

Thank you for the meatloaf recipe, which sounds like my mother's. We always loved to sit down to her meatloaf, which she served simply with greenbeans and with cornbread baked in her large, deep skillet, which I now have.

When we vacationed in the Smokies, she always took us into the old mill in the Gatlinburg area and bought their freshly ground corn meal, which she took home and treated like gold, since it had to last 'til the next trip.

She always added a touch of sugar to her cornbread, which was heresy with my former North Carolina in-laws. I didn't argue, just never ate their bland cornbread. We also used a little butter and fresh local honey on ours. Yummy.

My daughter always loved Mom's green beans, which were just the canned French-cut beans. She heated them on the stove with a little garlic salt, and my daughter raved about them.

I loved my former mil's homegrown greenbeans, with bacon and a little bacon fat, seasoned just right, the way Southern country cooks do it. :)

Have been wanting to make a good meatloaf like my mom's so I appreciate yours.

Would appreciate knowing which major hotel chain your first commentor worked for. Sometimes, they will publish a few of their recipes, and it may be possible to locate her fondly-remembered meatloaf online. I did enjoy her reminiscence and will be sure to treat my littles to her surprise inside.

Thanks again

P.S. I'm thinking that a nice small salad and some of my mom's yeast rolls would be delicious with your meatloaf. She also made wonderful potatoes au gratin and scalloped potatoes, either of which would be delish here.


Friday 1st of May 2020

How long do you think this glaze shelf life would be ?


Saturday 21st of September 2019

I love your comment. I think a good batch of cornbread needs some sugar in it. I am definitely of the sweet camp and not the bland. I hope that you enjoy this recipe. Pairing it with homemade rolls, green beans, and potatoes (au gratin or scalloped) sounds like a winner. The only thing I need to know now is what you're serving dinner. ;)

Sheree Voshell

Sunday 6th of January 2019

This looks like a wonderful recipe. I am definitely going to try this. I make my meatloaf with a little surprise inside. In the late 1960’s I was an Executive Assistant for a major hotel chain. I worked for one of their hotels on Ft Lauderdale Beach. Many times I had to work late. We would eat dinner in one of their award winning restaurants. Their meatloaf was to die for. The chef gave me the recipe which I have since lost but remember the wonderful presentation of that meatloaf. They would put in the middle of the meatloaf two hard boiled eggs. You put half of the meat in the loaf pan, place two hard boiled eggs inside about 1/2” apart, put the rest of the meat on top, seal the sides nice and tight all the way around so it is one solid meatloaf. The first cut or two (depending on how big your slices are) from the end you might not get a slice of the egg. However, after that you get a beautiful slice of hard boiled egg right in the middle of your slice of meatloaf. It is not only great looking but delicious. He also told me to make and warm up, stirring constantly, extra sauce for your meatloaf to be able to ladle extra sauce over your meatloaf slice. No matter what kind of sauce you use. Just make sure you cook it a bit first. Not being a big fan of ketchup, tomatoey covered meatloaf. I always made mushroom sauce covered meatloaf. However, your recipe with brown sugar mixed with ketchup (I would use dark brown sugar as it is more flavorful - I never use light brown sugar at all, even if the recipe calls for light) sounds amazing. And I would put extra on the stove and cook it a bit and stir it to dessolve the sugar for the extra sauce for ladling extra over served slices of meatloaf and maybe some mashed potatoes. Of course depending on how sweet it is to taste, I could make some adjustments if needed. But I hope not this recipe sounds wonderful!!!


Sunday 6th of January 2019

Thank you for sharing. The egg in the middle sounds really interesting and I like your tip for cooking additional sauce.


Thursday 13th of September 2018

I knew this was a great meatloaf by reading the ingredients. And because it is almost exactly like mine. The only difference being two tsps. or so of Worcestershire sauce and about a fourth of a cup more of less...of medium salsa. Otherwise we are twinsees! LOL You are an excellent cook! I can tell! Much love to you!?


Thursday 13th of September 2018

Back at you, Barbara! <3


Sunday 26th of August 2018

Fixed this tonight but used pound of ground beef. I didn’t think 1 1/3 cup was enough? Don’t have food processor so mixed by hand. Will let you know how it turned out. Looks delicious!!


Monday 27th of August 2018

I am looking forward to finding out how you liked it. :)