Zippy Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf Recipe
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Zippy Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf Recipe

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Put this zippy twist on your meatloaf dinner. It is a sweet and sour taste which will delight your family. They will be requesting all the time.—Deb Thompson, Lincoln, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 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 lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Nutritional Facts

353 calories: 4 ounce-weight, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 944mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein .


  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 The Taste of Home Cookbook 2008, p136

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"This is DELICIOUS!!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I made this for my husband because he loves meatloaf and I didn't have a recipe of my own!! I am not a real fan of meatloaf but as soon as I tasted this recipe I absolutely loved it!! This is the only recipe we use and will ever use!!! My children love this meatloaf and usually ask for seconds!! I also bake this in the oven because we don't have a microwave."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"Been making this for 20 plus years. It is the favorite of my family. My kids call it Mom's Meatloaf. I bake it in the oven instead of microwave. 350 for 1-1/4 hours."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"This is super good - not your average bland meatloaf! I did it in the oven though, can't really remember how long but I think it was over an hour at 350."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"Love this recipe. It's quick and so good. My family loves it."

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