Venison Meat Loaf Recipe
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Venison Meat Loaf Recipe

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My mother, who claims she can detect venison in any recipe, didn't have a clue it was in this tender meat loaf until we told her after dinner. She raved about this flavorful main dish the entire time she was eating it! -Liz Gilchrist, Bolton, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 70 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 70 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground venison
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 204 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 783mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs; add tomato sauce, onion, crumbs, salt and pepper. Add venison and mix well. Press into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Combine brown sugar, mustard and vinegar; pour over meat loaf. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 70 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Venison Meat Loaf in Taste of Home August/September 1996, p33

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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rmccastle User ID: 1049967 228565
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2015

"This is the best meatloaf I have ever eaten!"

AggieNana User ID: 8353318 225529
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2015

"Venison is a staple in our diet, and in 34 years of marriage with 5 children, I've made meatloaf more times than I can count. My husband said this is the best meatloaf he's ever tasted, and I agree. I modified to use what was on hand...seasoned panko bread crumbs, cut the salt in half, Sweet Baby Ray's in place of brown sugar, mustard & vinegar. Added a 4 oz can of mushrooms, drained. Delicious!"

VinnyDaDon User ID: 8202785 217185
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"Didn't have tomatoe sauce so I used ketchup. Didn't put onion in it, and to replace the brown sugar vinegar mustard topping I used barbecue sauce. And it's the bomb digity!"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 200996
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014


MY REVIEW User ID: 3864962 10255
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"The whole family loved this!!"

Chuck_1977 User ID: 7565491 200995
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"Family loved it!!"

missykluczynski User ID: 7504258 26721
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Great recipe!!!! You cannot tell it is venison! I had to alter a few things just because I didn't have all the ingredients and it still turnout out good! I used Ketchup instead of tomato sauce and apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar! Still turned out awesome! Thank you!"

venisone User ID: 7112860 18440
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"I have made so many venison recipes it is unbelievable....dont change anything with this is the best of the rest for VENISON MEATLOAF....very tasty and well worht the little effort it takes to make it.... i t wont change any thing like other folks do cant improve what is perfect.. venison is s touchy meat to begin with.....and this is a excellent compliment for vension.....enjoy....i doubled it exactly as written and it dissappeared... to a bunch of hungry mouths that still say it was beef...lmao,,,,..peace..more venison recipes from you please.....again thank you very very much"

unicorn228 User ID: 6985057 10713
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"I made this recipe without the brown sugar topping (didnt have any). I also added mushrooms. Meatloaf fell apart easily, but the taste was great! I only cooked it for 60 mins, and it was done. Husband said "Make this again!""

rhcluvscady2 User ID: 3416461 26002
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"not the consistency i wanted and needed some fat, our venison was too lean, may add some sausage or ground pork next time."

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