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Kicked-Up Meatloaf


Did you know that I was well into my 30’s before I had meatloaf? I remember as a kid reading Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Sweet Valley Kids/High, Babysitters Club and those books often referenced meatloaf as being something that was eaten at family dinners. As a kid I had no idea what meatloaf was, and it definitely wasn’t on my mom’s recipe repertoire. I was always curious as a kid as to what it would taste like, but most of the books I read described it as being something that kids usually didn’t enjoy.

So after three decades of wondering what meatloaf was and how it would taste, I decided I would try to make it. You guys, it took FOREVER to create the perfect recipe. I scoured the internet and Pinterest, I experimented and failed, and my poor husband had to try so many terrible variations. I made bland meatloaf, I made raw meatloaf, I made dry meatloaf….but after much experimenting, I have perfected a grown-up, kicked-up meatloaf recipe. My husband LOVES this and requests it often, and I quite enjoy it too. I serve it with a salad for dinner, and leftovers taste pretty good for lunch as well. I probably make this recipe once every couple weeks or whenever ground beef is on sale at the grocery store.

The additions to this recipe that make it a little more interesting and appetizing are the minced garlic in the ground beef mixture and the Frank’s hot sauce in the topping. In our household, we put Frank’s hot sauce or Sriracha hot sauce on almost everything!

Does anyone have their mom’s/grandmother’s meatloaf recipe that they love? Or is meatloaf something I enjoy only because it’s new to me?

Kicked-Up Meatloaf

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 1 hour


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 2 tbsp Frank's hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Use yours hands and mix and knead well.


Form into a loaf shape and place into a lightly greased 9 X 13 baking dish.


In a separate smaller bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard, Frank's hot sauce and ketchup. Whisk together well and pour over the meatloaf.


Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Serve with a fresh salad for a lighter meal, or on a bed of mashed potatoes for a heartier meal.

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