15-Minute Meat Loaf Recipe
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15-Minute Meat Loaf Recipe

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I combined a few great-tasting meat loaf recipes to create this flavorful version, which my husband loves. And because it's made in the microwave, the entree is perfect for busy nights. —Deb Thompson, Lincoln, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup, divided
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 375 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 960mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, mustard, bread crumbs, dry soup mix, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into an oval loaf.
  2. Place in a shallow 1-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain.
  3. Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the sugars, vinegar and remaining ketchup; drizzle over meat loaf. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes longer or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking September/October 2001, p22

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Amym267 User ID: 8779717 244329
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"I won't make this again. The flavor and texture were funky and made everything on the plate taste a little off. Family didn't enjoy...disappointed especially after reading all the positive reviews."

derindamd User ID: 4912101 31768
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"This is a family favorite! I now just make my meatloaf the way I want but I still ALWAYS use the sweet and sour topping. It is amazing! Just absolutely love it. My super picky husband loves it. He likes NOTHING!"

andajaja User ID: 2413694 31766
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"I have used this recipe over and over and for me and my family it is our favorite ."

yellow97skittles User ID: 1594192 31761
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2013

"i love this recipe. the only difference is that i bake mine instead of using the microwave. its the best meatloaf ever"

michaella User ID: 4434667 37937
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

"My family loved this recipe. My husband was late getting in for supper and I literally had to hide two pieces for him before my 12 & 6 year old ate it all!"

designsbybriana2 User ID: 1489025 81185
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"This is the family favorite in our house. The kids love it too!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 31345
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"Great just as it is."

Hornigmk User ID: 5917953 126014
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"This was so quick and easy to prepare, and really does live up to it's "sweet-and-sour" name! I used Italian Bread Crumbs to give a little extra flavor, and cooked it in the oven instead of the microwave."

mielsu User ID: 3702620 36633
Reviewed May. 23, 2011

"The kids really liked it. It's a good variation on meatloaf. I cook it in the oven."

lovebrent User ID: 5861837 80624
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"WoW! This was amazing! I used the oven at 365 and baked it for thirty minutes then pored the glaze on top and then baked it another thirty minutes and served it with beef rice. It was like heaven, i am not kidding. I never take the time to sign in for reviews but i had to because I have never been able to get meatloaf to turn out so well and have so much flavor. I really recommend trying this. This glaze would also be great on pork too I bet! YUMMY!!"

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