Brown Sugar Meatloaf

This is by far one of my most favorite meals to make. It’s also one of my father-in-law’s favorite meals to eat when he comes over for a visit. It is also the only meatloaf every made that my honey hasn’t used ketchup on. I love to make this recipe in the winter when it’s cold as all heck outside and my family is craving comfort food. Add real (not from a box or package) whipped mashed potatoes and you have a complete meal!


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix or veal if your store does not carry the mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 5×9 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a skillet on the stove place a few drops of olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until soft.
  3. While onions and peppers are cooking, press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
  4. In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients plus cooked peppers and onions and shape into a loaf. Place on top of the ketchup.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.

Serving suggestions: Serve with real mashed potatoes (I use the meatloaf drippings to make a gravy) and green beans.


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