Our family recipe for Brown Sugar Meatloaf is everything a good meatloaf should be, moist, juicy, flavorful and topped with a sweet, delicious, thick Brown Sugar Glaze! Just like my mom and grandma made it!

Best-Brown-Sugar-Meatloaf When I want Meatloaf, I know just which recipe to turn to……Old Fashioned Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf. This is everything a good meatloaf should be. Moist, juicy, flavorful and topped with a sweet, delicious, thick Brown Sugar sauce…..

I’ve been craving, I mean CRAVING, mad craving,  Meatloaf lately. I have to admit it’s one of my favorite meals on the whole planet! Strange as it may sound, I like this Meatloaf more than I like a good juicy steak!

I’ve been making this recipe for over 20 years and I still adore it! It was passed down to me from my Grandma.


How Do You Make Brown Sugar Meatloaf?

This recipe is simple enough to whip up for a weeknight dinner. It seems like there are a lot of ingredients in this recipe but they’re mostly just dumped in a bowl and mixed,  so overall,  it’s pretty dang easy to make. Basically, you chop an onion then dump the ingredients together and mix them up. The overall cook time is 1 hour and 15 minutes so you need to plan ahead and start it early enough to get dinner on the tables before your tribe gets too hungry! You can adjust the seasonings if you want to customize this meatloaf.

Recipe Notes For Brown Sugar Meatloaf:

Spice it Up: The hot sauce is added in such small quantities that it really justs adds a little extra flavor, it doesn’t add any heat. My hubby’s a total wimp when it comes to heat and he doesn’t even notice it’s in this recipe. If you want some heat you’ll need to bump up the amount of hot sauce significantly! You can also add some cayenne pepper to add more heat.

Gluten Free: If you look through the ingredient list you’ll notice that this recipe adds oatmeal to the meatloaf rather than the usual breadcrumbs. I really like this for two reasons; first, the oatmeal adds some really great nutrition, and second, if you use gluten free oatmeal, it makes the overall dish gluten-free. I buy the gluten free oatmeal at Trader Joes and really like it. We are a divided gluten family. Hubby tries to go mostly gluten free, the rest of us, not so much!

Leftovers:  If you happen to have any left over, this makes KILLER meatloaf sandwiches.


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Best Meatloaf !

Author Kathleen


  • 2/3 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Dried Marjoram
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Sage
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme Leaves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup White Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Ground Beef


  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar Firmly Packed
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • Couple of Drops Hot Sauce


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2.  In a large bowl mix the first 11 ingredients until evenly blended.  Add the ground beef and with your hands mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  3. 3. Mix all the topping ingredients in liquid measuring cup. Set aside.
  4. 4. On a rimmed baking sheet form the meat ingredients into a loaf (the mixture is a bit loose so wide, about 5 inches is better).  Pour half  the topping over the meatloaf.  Brush the sauce over top and sides in an even layer.
  5. 5. Bake meatloaf in a preheated oven for 1 hour.  Remove meatloaf from oven and brush the remainder of sauce over top and side in an even layer then return meatloaf to oven and cook for 15 minute.  Allow meatloaf to cool for 10 minutes then serve.

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