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Zippy Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf Recipe

Zippy Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Zippy Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf

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marmees User ID: 8445638 253191
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2016

"This makes boring, ordinary meatloaf, into mouth watering, extraordinary meatloaf! I bake in the oven also. I don't cook in microwave ovens. Bake this in the oven for best results."

stparks User ID: 8642746 241543
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"This is DELICIOUS!!"

MommyTwoThree User ID: 7749846 219319
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."

kuchen84 User ID: 1073891 159713
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."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 172907
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."

ccgrad User ID: 5787216 176033
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

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

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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