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This meatloaf recipe has changed how I feel about meat loaf. My friend Alysun promised that if I’d give meatloaf one more shot she would give me the best recipe ever and now we are sharing it with all of you!

I HATED meatloaf growing up.  Ew, I can still taste it. It was too grainy. That’s why I don’t love ground beef. It’s so weird in texture. This meatloaf is different. It’s so incredibly moist and the glaze… oh sweet deliciousness. It’s fantastic. Now, this was my first real attempt at a meatloaf so I obviously cooked it in too big a loaf pan so they are a little too flat, but now I know better.
Thanks Alysun for the recipe! We loved it!

Can You Make Meatloaf With Ground Turkey?

Ground turkey can be used in most recipes that call for ground beef.

You can actually make meat loaf with any ground meat.

Can You Freeze Cooked Meatloaf?

Meatloaf can be frozen either fully cooked and cooled or raw ready to bake.

To freeze wrap well in plastic and foil and freeze until ready to use.

Let both cooked and uncooked meatloaf thaw in the refrigerator before baking or reheating.

How Long Will Meatloaf Keep?

Meatloaf will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Meatloaf should be well wrapped or stored in an airtight container.


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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
This meatloaf is different. It's so incredibly moist and the glaze... oh sweet deliciousness. It's fantastic.



  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/4 Cup minced carrot
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 LB. ground beef
  • 1 LB. ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup bread crumbs


  • 1/4 Cup Brewed Coffee
  • 1/4 Cup Bourbon *see note
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar


  • 1/4 Cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce



  • Heat pan with olive oil.
  • Combine onion, carrot and garlic.
  • Cook until tender.
  • Mix remaining ingredients and bake for 45 minutes in a 325* oven.


  • Heat brewed coffee, bourbon, brown sugar and soy sauce until reduced by half then add ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.


1/2 Cup water and 1 teaspoon vanilla can be used in place of the coffee and bourbon
left overs will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 517
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 134.8mg45%
Carbohydrates 18.4g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9.7g11%
Protein 28.7g57%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • The meatloaf game has changed. No longer dried packets or canned ingredients for gravy. Or half a bottle of ketchup. Each time I’ve personally made it I’ve tried to steer away from the old habits that I also despised. The meatloaf ratio is almost exactly how I would condition the loaf. Now onto the sauce/glaze/eventually part of gravy. Heaven. I went up to 1/3 cup for everything because I like extra on of everything ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Only thing I changed was adding a bit more bread crumbs. My loaf broke apart a bit but that was my fault with more wet ingredients in the loaf so I would almost go up to 3/4-1cup.

    I also add about a cup of beef broth with some fresh rosemary and some of the cooked onions for some gravy/jus in the final 10minutes or so.

    Cook time might also need a bit more depending on ingredients added. I had to go a bit longer.

    But great recipe nonetheless!

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Brett and all the great information! We appreciate you taking time to leave a comment and rate the recipe!

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  • This may be random, but didn’t you have another old meatloaf recipe? I thought I remembered it being from your site but it will no longer pull up for me! 

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  • hi! i don’t eat pork could i put in some chicken mince? also i dont fancy buorbon what else could i use? thanks alot

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    • We actually just use water and a little vanilla instead of the coffee and alcohol. You could use ground beef, turkey, chicken, or pork

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  • I Loooooove Meatloaf!. It reminds me of my gramma and those cold Winter days :). It makes me happy.
    I haven't made a meatloaf in years but want to make this one. It's Winter here in Melbourne Australia, so it's a perfect time to have a Meatloaf. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  • You make me have to try this, the glaze sounds wonderful.

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  • I was just like you.. I HATED meatloaf growing up, and it seemed like my Mom made it a lot too! lol But now as an adult I really like it. This recipe sounds good!

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