Grandma's Meat Loaf with Brown Sugar Topping Recipe

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A basic meat loaf recipe made with a simple brown sugar and ketchup sauce that makes the perfect topping.
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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 14 saltine cracker squares, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
20 mins
1 hr
1.5 hrs
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, crushed crackers, onions, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix these ingredients together using your hands. Knead until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Place the hamburger mixture into a loaf pan and pat down firmly and evenly.
  • Using your finger, poke 1 inch deep holes into the top of the meat loaf, placing them about 1 inch apart.
  • Pour the ketchup on top of the meat loaf and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar out evenly over the ketchup.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 75 minutes.
  • Remove the meat loaf from the pan and place it on a platter. Be careful when removing the meat loaf from the baking pan. Use a fork to loosen it from the bottom of the pan if the meat loaf sticks. Use two forks to lift it from the pan.
  • Slice the meat loaf to the desired thickness and serve.
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"This is a basic meat loaf recipe but still one of my favorites. I love the brown sugar and ketchup topping. If you want a good meat loaf, you cannot go wrong with this recipe."
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