We think we can all agree that the real star of any meatloaf is the sweet and tangy ketchup sauce smothered on top, right?! Well, Brown Sugar Meatloaf knows this and decided to focus a lot of its efforts on making that part great. Sure, the beef is moist and tender and everything you want in a meat foundation, but the sugary, crusty sauce melded on top truly is the superstar. It knew the assignment and brought you flavors better than you could ever imagine. Get what your tastebuds came for with Brown Sugar Meatloaf!

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  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • mashed potatoes, optional, to taste, cooked and warm


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Lightly grease a 5×9-inch loaf pan.

Step 3 –Press the brown sugar into the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the top.

Step 4 –In a large bowl, combine the beef, the eggs, the onion, the milk, the crackers, the salt, the pepper, and the ginger and shape it into a loaf.

Step 5 –Place the loaf on top of the ketchup layer.

Step 6 –Bake the meatloaf until the juices are clear, about 1 hour.

Step 7 –Serve with the mashed potatoes.