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Alton Brown Meatloaf on a white platter surrounded by broccoli and carrots

Alton Brown Meatloaf Recipe

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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Alton Brown Meatloaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 574kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 6 Ounces Garlic Flavored Croutons
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 Large Yellow Onion Roughly Chopped
  • 1 Carrot Peeled and Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Peeled
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 18 Ounces Ground Chuck
  • 18 Ounces Ground Sirloin
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Large Egg


  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Cumin
  • Dash Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey


  • Adjust oven rack to center position. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Combine the croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder and thyme in the bowl of food processor. Pulse until the mixture is a fine crumb. Pour crumb mixture into a mixing bowl. Add onion, carrot, garlic and red pepper to food processor and pulse until the vegetables are finely chopped (Don't over-pulse-since we don't want to go as far as puree). Add the chopped vegetables, chuck, sirloin and salt to the breadcrumbs and combine. Mix in the egg and combine thoroughly, but don't squeeze the meat.
  • Press the mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to shape the meatloaf. Turn the meatloaf out onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
  • Meanwhile, make the topping by combining ingredients in a small mixing bowl. After meatloaf has baked 10 minutes, remove it from oven and brush the ketchup mixture over top and sides. Place back in oven and bake until cooked through, about 55-65 minutes, or internal temperature reaches 155 degrees. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1098mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2320IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5.3mg