Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Not your mama's meatloaf

Brown Sugar Meatloaf
Brown Sugar Meatloaf

I never liked meatloaf until a lady from church brought us dinner after Emmy was born. I think it's the slight sweetness of sauce and hint of ginger that makes it so good.

I adjusted the recipe years ago to make it a better fit for our family of four. Here's that version:


1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
1 lb. hamburger meat
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ginger
2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
1/2 cup cracker crumbs (Ritz or Club Cracker)


Preheat oven to 350.

Mix brown sugar and ketchup in a small bowl an set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients thoroughly. Shape into 4 small "loaves." Place in a glass baking dish. I use a pie plate.

Top each little loaf with the brown sugar and ketchup mixture.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until juices are clear.


You can place the meatloaf mixture into a traditional loaf pan and top with the sauce, if you like traditional meatloaf slices. If you do it this way, you'll want to cook it for about an hour.

I like to make the meatloaf into small loaves and place in a pie plate. This allows the meatloaf to cook faster and the fat drains into the pan rather than staying in the meatloaf, and I like that the servings are already portioned before it goes in the oven.

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