Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf Recipe
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Sweet-and-Sour 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 ideal 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 (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2-1/2 starch, 3 lean mea


  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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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."

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!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

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

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"

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!"

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