There are certain folks in my house who were pretty sure they hated meatloaf. That is, until this meatloaf changed our lives. Haha. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but I will say this is hands-down the best meatloaf I’ve ever had, and sure makes this family happy. It has kind of a secret ingredient that makes it unique, and makes us pretty happy.
The pictures could never do it justice so you’ll just have to make it and see what you think!
1 small onion (or if you happen to not have any fresh onions 1 Tbsp. of minced onion will do),
Now, add 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef and mush it all together in one goopy mess with your hands just like you’re in preschool…
Put it in a good-sized loaf pan. Spread 1/2 c. of brown sugar on top, and
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until the meat is no longer pink.
And there you have it.
- ½ c. brown sugar
- ½ c. ketchup
- ¾ c. milk
- 2 eggs
- 1½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 1 small chopped onion (or 1 Tbsp. minced onion)
- ¾ c. crushed cheese crackers
- 1½ lbs.. Ground beef
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, the onion, and barely crushed cheese crackers.
- Add in the ground beef and mix everything together well with your hands.
- Put the whole into a loaf pan and pat into shape.
- Spread ½ c. brown sugar over the top and then ¾ c. ketchup.
- Bake for an hour or until the meat is no longer pink.
Melissa O'Connell says
Kids came home from school and, as usual, the first words are something about “What’s for dinner?” When I told Morgan it was meatloaf, she said “I hate meatloaf”. Well, this one changed her mind. None of us would put meatloaf on our top 10 (especially when there are things like Chimi’s and Chicken and Dumplings on our list), but this one is really tasty and plates were clean. I added some italian sausage to our meat mixture as I usually do per request from my husband. I have one of those meatloaf double loaf pans with the holes in the bottom of the inner pan so I put the brown sugar/ketchup mixture on the top and put it all on a sheet tray to bake. Yummy, thank you!
And, once again, this meatloaf works it magic and brings a hater to the meatloaf-lovin’ side. ;o)
I’m super happy to hear that you tried it, and even more happy that they ate every bit!
Thanks for the fantastic comment, friend!
Rebecca McPherson says
This sounds like fireworks for my taste buds! I can not wait to make this for dinner! On my way to the store to pick up cheese crackers.:)
The Kirksey Family says
Okay, Sonya. Next time, try the cheese crackers and just see what the family thinks. :o) It sounds weird, but it’s sooo good!Thanks for commenting.
I use everything but the cheese crackers in my meatloaf too! My family loves the brown sugar ketchup mix. I mix it in the meatloaf and then pour it on top right before it’s ready too. And the meatloaf sandwiches the next day are wonderful!