Thursday, July 28, 2011

Amish Meatloaf

I have two favorite meatloaf recipes, both of which incorporate a sweet component that is just fantastic. I can't rave enough about this recipe for Amish Meatloaf. It is addicting. Did you know meatloaf could be addicting? It is!

The difference between the two recipes lies in where the sweet component is. In this recipe, the brown sugar is mixed into the meat, with a basic ketchup glaze on top. My other favorite meatloaf recipe has a pineapple preserve glaze on top, so the sweet factor is primarily on top. I love them both, but if I had to choose just one favorite, it would be the Amish Meatloaf.

Amish Meatloaf
6-8 servings

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 1/2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Meatloaf Glaze:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. corn syrup (optional), it makes the glaze a little sticky, but you can leave it out if you want

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, crushed crackers, onion, eggs, 3/4 cup ketchup, and 1/4 cup brown sugar until blended. Using a buttered baking dish, mound meat mixture into a loaf shape.

3. Bake for 1 hour in the pre-heated oven, or until cooked through. Add the ketchup glaze half way through cooking.

Source: Allrecipes


  1. Oh Ali,
    Makes me actually want to cook. With all the boys, I need to embrace the meatloaf!


  2. This sounds so warm and comforting! I can't wait to try it :)

  3. I just ate breakfast, but this made me hungry because I love meat loaf. Also? I really like to eat the left overs for breakfast. :)

    I'm totally giving this a try.

  4. I thought ritz crackers was my mama's secret... Great recipe!

  5. This meatloaf looks mouth watering good! It's a rainy day here and this would be a great recipe to try for dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  6. i made this and loved it! Thanks for sharing...we added a little honey in too. While we have meat on our minds, you might like my infamous Cheeseburger Pie recipe....

  7. I am going to try this recipe. I never thought of adding brown sugar to my meatloaf before.


  8. Have made this twice, and is now my go-to meatloaf recipe!! (And I really liked my mom's recipe until this one... shhhh) This is delicious~ love everything about it.

    1. Thank you for the feedback! I'm glad you loved it :)

  9. Hi Ali:
    I'm only a 'home cook', not a chef, but I've been cooking for a long time. I thought that I've perfected Meatloaf over the years, but I'll definately make this Amish Meatloaf. It's easy to prepare, and adding the brown suger must give it a very interesting flavor. I've always added chopped green peppers to my meatloaf, but I'll make this Meatloaf just as it's written. (Don't ya' just hate it when people 'tweak' your original recipe?)

  10. Now, THIS is more like Mom's than any other I've seen!!! She's also used saltines sometimes. And yeah, she added the green peppers! I've never understood just pouring tomato sauce on top. That nice, thick baked ketchup is a kid's idea of DIVINE. served hers with mashed potatoes and peas. With a peach half stuffed with cottage cheese. Dang,'ve just made me really hungry.