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The Best Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf Recipe

Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf Recipe: Comfort food at its best! This Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf Recipe is made using ground beef and is topped with a sweet glaze made with brown sugar and ketchup. It’s not difficult to make, and many of the ingredients you will need are kitchen staples that we tend to keep in our pantry and refrigerator.

In this blog post, I am going to share my favorite recipe for 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.

Let’s take a look at how to make this delicious dish.

brown sugar glazed meatloaf in a pan

How To Make Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf

This meatloaf recipe has a sweet, brown sugar glaze on top and a little bit of glaze on the bottom. To make it, you need the following ingredients:

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

Before making the meatloaf itself, make the glaze by combining ketchup, brown sugar, and a little salt. Let it sit for a moment so that the sugar can dissolve a bit in the ketchup.

Next, spoon about 1/3 cup on the bottom of your loaf pan. Set the rest aside and get started on making the loaf.

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.

It’s important to cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.  If the meatloaf is under 160 degrees, continue to bake it until it reaches that temperature to be safe.

I suggest that if it has baked for an hour and still has not reached 160 degrees, check every 10-15 minutes.  (If you still cannot seem to reach the minimum safe temperature, you might want to invest in an oven thermometer.)

brown sugar glaze on a meatloaf

Serve with some mashed potatoes and a green veggie and dinner is done!  Alternatively, you can cut it into slices and make meatloaf sandwiches.  Yum!

Any leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.  For long-term storage, wrap meatloaf in plastic wrap, place it in a zip-top freezer bag, and remove all excess air.  Store in the freezer for up to six months.

To thaw, remove meatloaf from the freezer and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.  To reheat, remove the meatloaf from the plastic bag and wrap and place it in a microwave-safe container.  Cover and cook on HIGH in 2 minutes increments until warm.

brown sugar glazed meatloaf in a pan

Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf

Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf – this recipe will soon become your family’s favorite recipe for meatloaf. It’s delicious!
4.39 from 55 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 389 kcal


  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 ⅓ cups bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 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.
  • Spoon one-third cup of sauce into bottom of a loaf pan. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Place meat mixture into loaf pan and smooth down the top.
  • Spread remaining glaze on top of loaf and bake for 1 hour or until internal temperature is 155 to 160 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 27gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 899mgFiber: 2gSugar: 31g
Keyword beef, meatloaf
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plate of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans

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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