Cool-Kitchen Meat Loaf Recipe
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Cool-Kitchen Meat Loaf Recipe

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Juicy slices of this tender meat loaf are wonderful served with a homemade sweet-and-sour sauce. It's an easy way to fix supper, especially when the weather is too hot to turn on the oven. Plus, cleanup is a breeze because you just toss out the foil pans. -Susan Taul, Birmingham, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Grill: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Grill: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 276 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 1163mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two loaves; place each loaf in a disposable 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Cover with foil.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Spoon over meat loaves before serving. Yield: 2 loaves (3 servings each).
Originally published as Cool-Kitchen Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking July/August 1999, p27

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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shortbreadlover User ID: 960739 223325
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"i like this recipe iti is quick and easy to make. plus my family really enjoyed it. will make again"

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 53346
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"They ate the WHOLE thing in one sitting!! This is a KEEPER!!!"

robynrenee User ID: 5777444 71510
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"My husband does not care for meatloaf...and he really enjoyed this one!!! I will continue to make it from now on."

patriotsgrl User ID: 1783910 70727
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"delicious and very moist!"

pjincze User ID: 1671601 70726
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"I've been making this recipe for over a year now. I add more brown sugar to the sauce and a little white sugar or splenda and less mustard and vinegar. It is absolutley fantastic! One of our family's favorites!"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 75631
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"good grief - don't use the foil pans if you don't want them ending up in someone else's backyard. no need to judge - she's probably "green" in other ways - just like you."

virginiabluis User ID: 2589030 29740
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"As with any recipe, each family can make whatever adjustments they deem appropriate. I loved it just the way it was and washed out the tins to recycle. I really liked having the two loaves. With just 2 of us, one went in the freezer and leftovers from each loaf made delicious sandwiches the next day."

kathleenthirteen User ID: 4050806 53344
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"And when you "just toss out the foil pans," where do you think they are going? To someone else's back yard! Reduce, reuse, recycle."

dboza1 User ID: 2522966 33846
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"Wow, sounds good but way TOO much sodium!"

resm2007 User ID: 2449656 27008
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"Sounds like a good idea, but I would want more flavor, so I would add the usual green peppers, tomatoes and garlic to the above ingredients."

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