Honey Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe

This honey barbecue meatloaf recipe is irresistible. With a little honey for sweetness and bbq sauce for smokiness, it’s everyone’s favorite comfort food!

Honey Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe - The best, most crowd-pleasing meatloaf EVER. Tried and true and kid friendly!

My mother has her hands on the best meatloaf recipe in the western hemisphere, and maybe the eastern too, but I haven’t gotten that far. So if you want to try it–if you want a taste of pure comfort and love, or to just be downright swaddled in deliciousness, then pack a bag and head to Medfield, Massachusetts. My mom will welcome you with open arms and very likely, 3 dozen cookies. “What can I get you to eat?” is her version of, “How are you?”

Honey Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe - The best, most crowd-pleasing meatloaf EVER. Tried and true and kid friendly!

Ask for the meatloaf. A moist, smoky, and sweet recipe made with honey and BBQ sauce that stays tender after 45 minutes in the oven and is best served with mashed potatoes. It’s rich, hearty, and never fails.

Honey Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe - The best, most crowd-pleasing meatloaf EVER. Tried and true and kid friendly!

Once you know how good this meatloaf is, you’ll never go back to other recipes. You’ll make it again and again and it will become a family favorite in no time. Nothing satisfies quite like it.

The best part? It only requires a handful of ingredients and is a cinch to throw together. Add this to your list of must-makes!

Honey Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe - The best, most crowd-pleasing meatloaf EVER. Tried and true and kid friendly!

Honey Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe
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4.66 from 20 votes

Honey Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe

This meatloaf recipe has honey and barbecue sauce for sweetness, smokiness, and moisture. It's everyone's favorite comfort food!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq meatloaf, easy meatloaf recipe, honey barbecue meatloaf recipe
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 301kcal


  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • ½ cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons smoky barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together the ground beef, panko, 1 tablespoon of the worcestershire sauce, the mustard, 3 tablespoons of the barbecue sauce, the salt, and pepper. Do not overwork the meat.
  • Shape the mixture into a long, thick log and place in an oiled baking dish. Be careful not to pack the meat too tightly or you'll end up with a very dense, tough loaf.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, the remaining 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce, and the honey. Spread evenly over the meatloaf bake for 45 minutes. Slice and serve!


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Sugar: 12g


252 thoughts on “Honey Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe

    1. JNF

      I have found two recipes exactly the same except for a tablespoon here or 1/4 cup there…what’s the best option? For instance…one calls for 4 tablespoons BBQ and another 3/4 cup BBQ. Help!

      1. Andie Mitchell Post author

        Hi JNF! When I first made the recipe, I called for the higher amount of BBQ sauce, but I cut it down for 2 reasons: 1. some people said the meatloaf was a little soft, and 2. I wanted to make the meatloaf a little lighter/healthier. So I cut it down. I’d say go with 1/4 cup–the new amount, but if you want to bump up the amount at all, go with 1/2 cup and do 1/4 cup inside the meatloaf and 1/4 cup on top.

      2. Shanell bird

        Oh no. Just think how much sugar is in that with 3/4 cup bbq sauce. At the end of the day, its what taste you prefer

  1. Shanna, like Banana

    Growing up, I used to wish my Mom would make meatloaf, but she wasn’t that kind of Mom (the cooking type, you know). So now, I have this odd fascination that meatloaf is family food and I want to have it!

    1. ginger

      when i was growing up my mom made meatloaf and it was horrible, dry and tastless. so now as an adult when I think of meatloaf i think of being stuck at the kitchen table until I ate all of it. yuck! ha ha

  2. Erica

    This post makes me want to eat meatloaf really bad! I can’t wait to try your version with the BBQ sauce!

  3. Megan

    POGS! My heart always skips a beat whenever someone makes reference to pogs, I loved them so. I wonder if my mom got rid of all of mine…That meatloaf looks awesome. I feel the same way about grilled cheese. No one makes them as good as my Dad.

    1. Carol O'Donnell

      Feeling stupid. What’s a POGS? Re-read this recipe and comments a bunch. Never made a meatloaf (hubby’s favorite) without eggs. Gonna try it tonight.

  4. MelissaNibbles

    I still think of food as a reward and comforting. I think as long as our rewards and comforts are reasonable portion sizes and we don’t reward ourselves too often, this way of thinking can be okay.

      1. Dharam

        4 stars
        Food is still a reward and a source of comfort for me. This kind of thinking, I believe, can be alright as long as our pleasures and comforts are in sensible quantity proportions and we don’t reward ourselves too frequently.

  5. Clarissa @ Sober and the City

    DElectable! The bf attempted to make us meatloaf a few months ago and let’s just say it was the funniest meal we’ve ever had. It turned out orange and did not resemble meat at all. Half way through dinner (I was politely trying not to say how HORRIFIC it tasted) he goes “I just can’t take it anymore. This is the worst meatloaf I’ve ever had!” And we both ended up laughing so hard we were in tears talking about everything that went wrong. Long story short: epic meatloaf fail. I will try YOUR recipe next time!

  6. Patricia DeWit

    My kids (and their friends) would argue that I make the best meatloaf, but hey, I’m happy to share the Best title with your mom. Every time I think of how disciplined you had to be to lose your weight I am inspired. Keep writing and cooking!

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  8. Allie S.

    I made this last night, and my husband and I agreed it was the best meatloaf we’ve ever had. :) Thanks!

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  11. Dolores

    OMG…your very first paragraph – SO SO me. And I’ve often wondered if I was the only one who felt that way. I haven’t found anything that gives me as much “controlled” pleasure as the pleasure I feel when I’m eating something comforting. Thank you for sharing this recipe (and your poignant story). I know I (and family) will enjoy this. I’ve learned that sweet, smoky and tangy flavors on/over/with meat is a winning combination. Yum…

  12. Dolores

    Made this two nights ago as the weather was quite cool. We loved every single morsel. I made a homemade smoky barbecue sauce and doubled the meatloaf recipe. We all found it flavorful and moist. I have been on a quest (several years now) for a meatloaf that was above average..this one is superior! It will be repeated.

    I noticed the meatloaf was eggless so I was skeptical. I decided to stick with the recipe and resisted the temptation to tweak. The texture of the loaf was tender and did not fall apart. Perfect with a cheezy mac and cheese and green salad. Many thanks for sharing this delectable recipe, Andie! Winner! Dolores

    1. Amanda

      I was going to double the recipe as well. Did you cook it the same as the recipe says or did you increase the cooking time?

    2. Caitlyn

      How long did you cool the 2 meatloafs ? I want to double the recipe also and put both loafs in at a time but unsure of how long I should cook them for! Thanks:)

  13. Christine

    Mashed cauliflower? Really?? I thought those were potatoes. Beautiful salad here too. I stumbled upon your blog when I found the black bean burger recipe. Great recipes and great stories! Should I call them stories? How about words of wisdom. You have a good way with words. They really bring me into the moment that you are sharing with us. Keep up the good work!

  14. TracyDK

    I don’t like meatloaf. I’ve never met a meatloaf I ever really liked but this one sounded soooo freaking good! So we tried it on Monday. And it was SO amazing. It was one of those foods that you kept wanting to eat because it was THAT good, no matter how full you were. Yeah…it was a HUGE success in our house. Even with me. The only problem I had was that I didn’t pack it tight enough. I took you to heart when you said not to because it would be too dense. Mine fell apart! *L* But for my first time cooking meatloaf (and I’m 36), I’m not complaining. :) Live and learn, I says! :D

  15. Lindsay

    I’m so looking forward to having this. It’s in the oven as I leave this comment. I am a HUGE meatloaf fan, but I have to cut back because I started Weight Watchers. Fortunately, this is only 8 points on WW. I’m using a Carolina BBQ sauce. I’m hoping the sweet and tangy will blend nicely. I also tried the Mashed Parmesean Cauliflower and it was WONDERFUL! I’m going to make them for my niece and nephew so they are tricked into liking caulifower. Thanks for posting these recipes! Your story is inspiring to me.

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  17. Billie

    I made this last night with the Parmesan Cauliflower Mash. The flavor on both was wonderful. However, my meatloaf just fell apart! Any ideas on how to hold it together?

    Because I am single I froze a couple portions and am eager to see how they reheat.

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  19. Donna Davis

    Have never seen a recipe for meatloaf without onions and all that junk they put in it, this sounds truly GREAT!, and i can’t wait to try it.Thanks

  20. Rebecca

    Delicious! We had this for dinner last night and it was a hit!! The only thing I changed was I left out the honey as I was using honey BBQ sauce and didn’t want the meatloaf to be too sweet. Very good!

  21. Elizabeth

    Made this one last week, and, wow, this is hands-down the best meatloaf I have ever had. Like, wow. The only substitution I made was using a sprouted grain english muffin instead of the white bread, because I never have white bread on hand. It was still perfectly moist (hate that word), so I don’t think the substitution was noticeable.

    I was hoping to have leftovers to bring to work but my boyfriend had thirds (which never happens) so it was all gone.

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  23. Erin

    I made this for the first time about two months ago, and I am in love… this is my new favorite meatloaf recipe, and is pretty Weight Watchers friendly! Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. Vanetta

    My husband has said he doesn’t like foods, and I make it my personal mission to find recipes to change his mind. WINNER!!! I always slightly alter things but I did stick with the main instructions and he LOVES this meatloaf. Plus he’s allergic to eggs so this was a win win. Fantastic recipe!

  25. Alisha

    Wonderful! My four year old and one year old ate it right up! They asked for seconds and thirds! This recipe will definitely be made more often in my house!

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  27. simple girl

    Hi Andrea,

    First of all, I am so inspired by your story, your recipes and and your writing.

    I love meatloaf and I’ve made your recipe two times. It’s delicious. But I’m having trouble getting it to stay together. The first time I used fresh bread crumbs and the second time I used saltines ground up a mini food processor.

    Both times the meatloaf fell apart. I mean, completely fell apart. I had to heap piles of meatloaf chunks on our plate. Delicious, but not as pretty as slices. And it stuck to my pan horribly even though I sprayed it liberally with Pam.

    Do you have any suggestions for me? Should I add an egg or…? I live at 6,000 ft elevation. Don’t know whether that has anything to do with it or not. But I’d love your help in figuring out how to make this recipe work for me. It’s so good.


  28. Kristen McKinnon

    So this is the 2nd time making this meatloaf for my family. It was a hit. I have 4 kids from 1 to 7 and they all loved it even my picky eater. So this time I doubled it and made 2 meatloafs….yum, thanks for the great recipe!

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  30. LibraryGirl62

    I just found this blog today-loving it already and I am so happy there are no ONIONS in your meatloaf :)

  31. MandyRae

    I used Progresso breadcrumbs, because I don’t have a food processor…the can has a picture of meatloaf on the front, so I figured they would be fine:) I’ve made this twice now, and I can’t get it to stay together! Any recommendations?!

  32. Amanda

    This recipe is delicious. I’ve made it before & will be making it again for dinner guest this evening. I was wondering about the calorie count. I see it says one serving is 310 calories, but it doesn’t say how much 1 serving is. It says the recipe serves four. I find it hard to believe 1/4 of this delicious dish is only 310 calories.

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  34. Jackie

    This meatloaf looks amazing. I have never really been a fan of meatloaf, but my family absolutely loves a Brown Sugar Glazed recipe that I make. I am certain this will be a hit so I making this tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing.

  35. Maria

    Made this tonight…added cheese and used turkey…LOVED IT! It was moist, spicy, and had a nice complex flavor! This is added to my “regulars”

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  40. Victoria

    OH MY GOODNESS… is all i can say about this recipe! I made it tonight for the very first time and cannot say enough great things about it. For not having a gravy, the meatloaf stays extremely moist. The glaze that forms the top of the meat loaf is simply amazing. This will def. be a repeat meal in our house!

  41. nosogirl

    I made this today and have to say it was just so-so. For whatever reason it was sort of mushy – i think adding all that bbq sauce into the meat was too much liquid. And for me, the bbq taste was too overwhelming. I think I’ll be sticking with my traditional meatloaf.

  42. Breeshark

    I thought mine was fine but its still mooshy …. I’m scared to put it any longer, the top of looks done. The inside just broke apart like meat lava lol being a hOuswife is hard.

  43. Seidy

    OMG! I feel like a Pavlov dog right now!, But…u guys just missed the crispy BACON on top! as a cherry on top of the icing….great recipe and easy to do, thanks!

  44. Colleen

    I made this last night. It was simple to prepare. I had all the ingredients, I don’t have a food processor so just chopped the slice of bread as tiny as I could with a sharp knife. I cooked it 15 minutes longer than you said, mostly because my rice wasn’t finished yet ;-). It was a huge success and a hit with hubby and kids! There was nothing left!! The only thing I’d change is not drizzling the BBQ sauce on after cooking, as it made the top pieces too strong. It was amazing in every other way. The family gave it two thumbs up and a 5 star rating. We will add it to our roster of meals to cook again. Thanks for sharing.

  45. wintersundays

    Made this for dinner tonight! Big hit. I doubled the ingredients for a larger crowd. Sadly, it didn’t stay together. I wanted slices of meatloaf. The family didn’t mind at all! They loved it as is :-)

  46. Ebony

    I used this recipe as my first attempt at meatloaf for my family. It was a total SUCCESS! I added 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers and 1/2 chopped yellow onion. I didn’t have spicy mustard so I used low sodium soy sauce.
    Thank you for posting such a yummy meatloaf!

  47. Amada

    Just tried this recipe last night for my boyfriend and I and we loved it!!! So quick and easy to make! Only changes I made was substituting the beef for ground turkey instead. Delicious! Thank you for sharing!! :)

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  51. Robyn

    I really want to make this but I don’t have a food processor! How could I chop the bread up? And also, I usually have wheat bread on hand, would that do fine as well, or is white bread the best decision?

    1. admin

      Hey Robyn,

      Do you have a blender, by any chance? I wonder if that would work to grind the bread into crumbs?

      And yes, feel free to use the wheat bread in place of white!


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  53. Carla

    I made this tonight. I followed the recipe to the letter. It didn’t hold together very well which was no big deal. The problem was that it was way too peppery. I feel like I must have done something wrong but I checked and rechecked and can’t see what I might have done. I think a tsp. of pepper is too much.

  54. Cindy Tannen

    I made this today.. doubled the recipe… it i a very soft loaf, not able to slice it, it is more like sloppy joe in texture… no egg? not sure why it didn’t come out firmer, flavor, bbq sauce is a little over powering but the glaze is great!

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  56. Lisa

    Not sure what i did wrong, maybe using turkey wasn’t a good idea bc mine fell apart. In fact, i cooked it for 1hr4 min and it was kind of mushy…was scared the meat wasn’t done. Besides the texture…flavor was fab. I used Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce.

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  58. Stephanie

    How do you make mashed cauliflower? Do we do the same way as for potatoes?? I hate cauliflower – so does my kids. I am trying to come with healthier version of meal. So I want to trick everyone to eat veggies and use cauliflower instead.

  59. Crystal

    Made this tonight was super easy but very disappointed it was so mushy couldn’t even slice def not ur moms meatloaf!

  60. Doris Evich

    I read your blog in reference to the above meatloaf & my heart just smiled, as I too had memories sorta like yours, wanting to fit in with the others, etc. Going to try this recipe as I love meatloaf w/mashed potatoes. Thanks for sharing!

  61. Chris

    I think I figured out why the meatloaf turned out mushy. In the top paragraphs, it says to add 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce to the meat mixture. That’s the directions I was following. Afterward, I saw the recipe down below – and that had only a 1/4 cup of bbq sauce added to the meat. I’m guessing that made the difference.

  62. Amy M

    This was delicious! I had the same problem w the loaf falling apart…but it was still good! Thanks for the receipe!

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  65. Sully_04

    Made this last week.. just forgot to post.. ooops! It was really good! I haven’t made meatloaf in years.. thought I’d give Andie’s recipe a shot.. and it did not fail me! Moist, saucy, and with a kick! I did add bell pepper and onion.. just because. My husband LOVED it! He made a meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers! Thanks again Andie!

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  67. Christy Bergeron

    I made this meatloaf tonight & everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe. Keep them coming! Christy

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  69. Jackie J

    I have tried and failed before with meatloaf recipes. This was great! Thanks so much for sharing it! :)

  70. Karen

    I feel like I’ve been looking for a really good eggless meatloaf recipe for SO long, but the quest ended tonight when I made yours! My husband and kids kept walking through the kitchen (always a good sign), telling me it smelled great (the signs are getting great). Then, at the dinner table, my son (who dislikes eating ground meats of any sort or in any recipe) tells me he could eat this again! I really do think the heavenly lights descended and the angels sang. In short, thank you! :)

  71. teachermrw

    Very tasty, have made this twice thus far: a mini-loaf for myself, and then the full-size version or my Dear Parents and Dear Brother. Thoroughly enjoyed by all. My Dear Brother had seconds. My Dear Mom still talks about how delicious it was. I think, however the next time, for my family, I’ll add finely chopped onion and finely chopped green bell pepper, and perhaps use the meatloaf mix, i. e. ground beef, veal ad pork.

  72. Iris

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!! This is the BEST meatloaf I’ve ever had…it even beats out my Chipotle Turkey Meatloaf that I make quite often to impress my guests. My husband couldn’t stop raving about it as he devoured it for dinner last night. I am sharing this recipe with every one I know…they, too, must have the pleasure of tasting this glorious meatloaf. Thanks for sharing!

  73. Meg

    OH MY WORD!!! I usually don’t believe people when they say this is the best you will ever try. BUT it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I tried this last night. It was WONDERFUL. I added onion for flavor since we love our onions and zucchini for filler and because we have so many zucchini that are bigger than my 9 lb Chihuahua that I put it in everything. It was so moist and yummy the glaze was delicious. I served with roasted yellow squash and zucchini and mashed potatoes. It is going in our recipe books!!

  74. Tallya

    Hi! Thanks for the recipe, this is going on my list. I only prepare meat once a week so there is a list for meat dishes lol

    I like to read comments on recipes :) so I read all the ones here and kinda feel a bit nerdy now…. I think it would cause less confusion if you changed the 1/2 cup bbq sauce in the top portion (you know, where the pics of the process are) As far as I understand, the recipe calls for 1/2 cup sauce all together, 1/2 of that in the loaf and 1/2 on top. I think you accidentally wrote 1/2 cup instead of just 1/2 ;)

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  77. Lori

    First recipe I made from your site and it was DELISH!! Can’t wait for my husband to try some tonight…thank you!

  78. Kim

    I made this yesterday and am already planning to make it again. It was the best meatloaf I’ve ever tasted! So simple, yet soooo delicious! Everything I have made from you site has been a huge hit! Thank you so much!

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  81. Hannah

    I found this recipe on pinterest, and I have never made meatloaf before and thought I would finally give it a try. I had one slice out of it and my husband ate the rest on me. I am making it as a type this so I can finally have another slice. This is an awesome recipe! Thank you! :)

  82. Danica

    I made this tonight and it was just so perfect. Thank you! And thank you for including the nutrition facts. Saves me from having to do it myself. Love your blog so much!

  83. Kim

    I’ve made this recipe at least 30 times (probably more). I use a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and for the glaze at the end, I add a few splashes of Tabasco sauce. It gives it a slight kick which makes it super tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

  84. Candace

    Made this last night…. swoon. My husband hates meatloaf… scratch that, he loathes it entirely. I decided to try this recipe in hopes that I could change his mind and cook meatloaf to whenever my heart desired. IT WORKED!!! He loved it so much he took leftovers to work the next day. I’ll never make meatloaf my old way ever again! Thanks!

  85. Kerry

    Andie, I am a new reader but I just love your blog.
    I made this meatloaf last night and it was a hit! The last time I attempted making meatloaf it was a disaster, but your version helped me redeem myself. I made a couple of tweaks based on my preferences and some of the user comments. I used 93% lean ground turkey instead of beef, and I baked it at 350 for the first twenty minutes and 375 for the last 25 minutes. It was great, the first piece out of the pan fell apart a bit but the rest of it held together and sliced very nicely. Between the BBQ sauce in the mixture and the glaze on top, it had plenty of flavor so I opted not to add the extra sauce when I served it. I might try using 99% lean ground turkey next time, I thought it might make the meatloaf too dry, but there was quite a bit of juice in the bottom of the baking pan, plus the BBQ sauce and honey keep it so flavorful it just might work. Thanks again, I look forward to trying more of your recipes and continuing to follow your story.

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    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      Hey Lori!

      Thank you! I’d say: mix up the meatloaf, form it into a log, then wrap it tightly in two layers of plastic wrap and freeze it before baking. Thaw it completely before you want to cook it. I haven’t tried this with meatloaf, but I’ve done it with other things, like meatballs (without the plastic wrap), with good results. Let me know how it goes!


  88. Kelly Perez

    I made this for dinner tonight, and my husband and I loved it! I think I maybe didn’t mix it long enough though, because it fell apart a bit for me when I sliced it. :( Sooooo delicious, though! Thank you, Andie, for being such an inspiration and for posting so many wonderful recipes!!! I’ve been addicted to your blog since I found it!

  89. Annie

    Just wanted to let you know that I have been using this recipe for over 1 yr,. now & will never use another meatloaf recipe. The kids love it, hubby loves it & I LOVE it!!

  90. Ernestine

    Am inspired by your weight loss blog. Thank you. I make the worst meatloaf so am eager to try this one. Thanks again.

  91. Shannon

    I am making this right now for the second time! The first time I made it, I made the recipe exactly. I packaged up half of the loaf to give to my comfort food loving boyfriend (he’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy) and he loved it SO much that today he brought me SIX pounds of ground beef for me to make him a whole bunch of meatloaves to keep in his fridge/freezer for the next couple weeks. We’re poor college students so this kind of buying in bulk and making/freezing ahead of time thing happens often! Anyway, I currently have 7 mini meatloaves baking in my oven and they smell amazing. He will be so excited to pick these up! I’m pretty sure this is our favorite meatloaf recipe EVER! Thanks so much!

  92. Kathy

    I just have to say that I am amazed at how good this is! My kids would never eat meatloaf before but they LOVED this one!! What a great recipe!

  93. lawyer_girl

    Delicious! My 18-month old daughter has an egg allergy, and we haven’t had meatloaf since she was born. I had a craving for meatloaf, so I searched the web for eggless meatloaf and found your recipe. It was amazing. We had family in town so I doubled the recipe. Good thing I did, because everyone wanted seconds – including my baby girl! Thank you!

  94. Rachel

    I made this tonight and it was superb! Neither my husband nor I had ever had meatloaf before, and we agreed it was delicious. Our picky 3 1/2-year-old had seconds, probably the first time that’s ever happened. I made it with ground turkey since I don’t eat beef, and based on other comments that said it fell apart upon cutting, I added one egg as a binder. It sliced perfectly, so for those concerned about crumbling, try adding an egg. Even with the turkey it was so moist and full of flavor – and SO easy! This is going in my meal rotation for sure!

  95. Debbie

    I absolutely LOVE this meatloaf! I make it 1-2 times a month and my 3 yr old and 18 month old just devour it. Thanks!

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  100. Claudia

    I have to say I´m not the best cook in the world but I made this yesterday and it was a HUGE success!! my husband asked for seconds (which he never does unless it is lasagna) and my 6 years old did too and she ate both plates in 30 minutes, which is unbelievable…..she NEVER EVER has asked for a second plate and she usually takes one hour to eat one single plate of food….or two if I´m not next to her begging for her to eat!!! she says she wants to eat this every day so I´m making this again tomorrow…..thank you so much Andie for sharing this simple, yet wonderful, recipe!!!! cheers from Lima, Peru.

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  102. Janice Welch

    Great story that I can relate to in terms of moving to new places and having to try harder than the average person to fit in. The recipe looks great, too! Will certainly give it a try. All the best – Janice

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  105. Kate

    My husband is a meatloaf addict, I hate meatloaf and I make this at least 2x a month. It is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. Love it!

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  107. Rosemary

    This looks delicious only I don’t like honey… childhood memories of being forced to eat honey sandwiches!! Can I substitute anything else or is the honey taste not too sweet and cloying?

  108. Jan

    Yum, Andie! There are no eggs in this meat loaf recipe. I’ve always thought it’s the addition of eggs that holds the meatloaf together. But looking at the photo of your fabulous recipe, I see that it holds itself together really well. I’ll try it!

  109. Lynda

    I am so enjoying pinning your recipes! How funny, you are from Medfield! I grew up in Walpole. Such a small world.
    OK, thats it, now I have to read your book!

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  111. Sha

    i made this last night using ground turkey and crushed up club crackers and Oh My! This was a hit with everyone! My hubby was licking the sauce out of the bowl! Since I used ground turkey it was really moist and falling apart. They didn’t mind that and neither did I. Great recipe!

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  116. Claudia Rolando

    Have you changed the amounts in the recipe? I´ve done this meatloaf many times before because my family just loves it and I definitely don´t remember using just one tablespoon of BBQ sauce to cover the whole meatloaf, that´s just not enough…..unfortunately I never printed the original recipe.

  117. Jessica

    Did this recipe change? I made this a long time ago and it instantly became a family favorite. Now every time I make it following the recipe exactly as written it comes out like a sloppy mushy blob, for lack of a better description. I do remember there used to be included in the recipe a separate sauce for dipping it in…

  118. Emily

    I’ve got this in the oven now! I used to make this all the time when it was the “Can you stay for dinner?” website. I almost cried when I couldn’t find the recipe, but then I found this updated version. I hope it’s as delicious as the old version. Can’t wait until it’s done and we can eat it up!

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  120. Kelly

    Made my very first meatloaf last night, and I used your yummy recipe. Everyone loved it so much that I had wished I made a double batch. Thanks so much for sharing this. I will be making it for years to come.

  121. Valerie

    This meatloaf looks amazing! I love that you used honey and barbecue to flavour the meatloaf – a fantastic idea. I can’t wait to try this with my family. 

    thanks for sharing a great recipe!

    I have a more classic meatloaf recipe that has a couple hidden vegetables that my family loves. http://doubletherecipe.com/2016/06/01/meatloaf/

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  124. Amanda

    I was looking for a meatloaf recipe and came across this one. Surprisingly I had everything so I made it tonight for dinner. It was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll definitely be making this again. Quick, easy and tasty!!

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  126. eva

    I did this recipe and it became a family favorite, my brother who doesn’t like meatloaf devours it in a few mins! lol. I love the smoky flavor and sometimes I add little pieces of cheddar cheese. It’s now favorite way of doing meatloaf.

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  129. Liz

    I never comment on any recipes I make, but I just had to say thank you thank you THANK YOU for posting this! I’ve never really liked meatloaf. The onions, the sloppy ketchup/mustard mess on top, not to mention the fact that so many are dry and dense. This was my first attempt, and it was absolutely PERFECT! The only think I changed was substituting the pepper with onion powder. It couldn’t have been better! Perfectly moist, no weird stuff inside, and the glaze on top was just right. My husband loved it (but he eats anything lol), and I had two helpings! Definitely adding this to my “favorite dinners” list. Thanks so much!

  130. Taylor

    I’ve been making this meatloaf for years, and I decided it’s about time I comment on it and say thank you. I had another recipe prior to this that sorta ruined meatloaf for my family. When I told them I was making another attempt they were (way) less than thrilled, BUT this became an immediate family favorite as soon as everyone tried it; we never ever have leftovers of this stuff. Thanks to you and this recipe, I get actual shrieks of excitement and genuine thank you’s every time they find out I’m making meatloaf haha. It’s super easy to make, and I almost always have the stuff on hand, ready to go. This one is most definitely a keeper and I’m grateful to have found it. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  131. Kendall

    I was skeptical. I have a perfectly acceptable meatloaf recipe that was given to me years ago. Just to change things up, I decided to give this a try. OH MY GOSH! This is our new favorite! Delicious! I doubled the recipe and added some sautéed onions and green pepper. I divided it into 2 loaves and put them in a 9X13 baking dish to cook and baked it about an hour. I’m having leftovers today in a sandwich and it’s even fantastic left-over! I did not have problems with it being mushy or falling apart. Thanks so much! We will enjoy this recipe for years to come!

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  133. Cara

    Well, for the first time in my life I made good meatloaf!!! I couldn’t find my honey so I used molasses and omitted the Worcestershire for the top glaze, and it was perfection!!! I baked it a little longer than 35 minutes at 375. This is my permanent recipe!

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  135. Lisa

    My new go-to meatloaf recipe! I used meatloaf mix (beef, pork and veal) and Italian bread crumbs since I didn’t have Panko bread crumbs. Turned out so moist and flavorful. My family loved it! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

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  137. Caitlan

    My boyfriend raved over this meatloaf! He loves meatloaf and I have absolutely no experience or exposure to them-turned out wonderful! He’s been begging me to make this almost weekly!

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  140. Suzie

    This meal could serve 1 because I could sit with a fork and eat the whole loaf out of the pan. So moist and love the sauce instead of that ketchup taste. This is my second time to cook it and it’s even better than the first! I guess i should top it off with some mashed potatoes though. Yum!

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  143. Keri

    Just made this for my husband and two boys. It was great. Best meatloaf I’ve ever made. It was perfect consistency and great flavor. It also did not fall apart like others have said.

    This will be my go to meatloaf recipe from now on!

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  146. Amber

    I have never had meatloaf let alone tried to make it. Let’s just say it turned out amazing!!! I used 2lbs 93% Turkey and tweaked the ingredients a bit. My Boyfriend loved it! He has experience with eating meatloaf and he said it was better than a Resturant that we go to just so that he can order it.
    thank you for sharing!!!

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  150. Maureen

    I’m glad you mentioned not overworking the meat and not packing it too tight. These tips are helpful for inexperienced cooks like myself.

  151. Caroline

    You were right on the ” you’ll be making it again and again” it’s like the fourth time I come back to this recipe

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  154. N23412

    I made this and we were all excited for it with the bbq sauce. It turned out sort of bland. Tasted like a regular old meatloaf. It didn’t have enough bbq sauce to add any flavor.

  155. Ariel

    We love this recipe. Was wanting to use up the hamburger in the fridge tonight and then realized the family pack o got on sale is 73% not lean 90% . Would 73% still work well or not?

  156. Ariel

    We love this recipe. However today store had a sale on ground turkey. Would it turn out right and would I do everything the same?

    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      Hi Ariel! Thanks so much for making it! Yes I think ground turkey will work just fine. My only suggestion is to use 93% lean turkey over 99% (99% is just too lean and it instantly dries out).

  157. Sarah

    This was delicious! I omitted the honey to keep lower carb and it was so good! Will definitely make again!

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  160. Veronica

    5 stars
    The honey barbecue sauce on this meatloaf enhances the flavor of the meatloaf and makes it even more mouthwatering and scrumptious!

  161. Sydney

    5 stars
    This was SO good!!! I’m allergic to eggs so I had to try this meatloaf recipe and it didn’t disappoint! The whole family loved it and my husband typically hates anything “traditional” like meatloaf! It will definitely be a regular in our house!

  162. teachermrw

    3 stars
    The flavor is good; I also added garlic powder and onion powder. But, it was mushy as some other commenters have stated. In fairness to Andie, the recipe does call for 90% lean ground beef. I on the other hand used 85/15. So, with those proportions, I think it’s necessary to increase the breadcrumbs, and perhaps reduce the BBQ sauce. I made this particular meatloaf when Andie originally posted it years ago; it’s not the same recipe. I will continue to experiment with the ingredients.

  163. Sylana

    4 stars
    I’ve modified this recipe in several different ways, and they’ve all come out fantastically. The biggest challenge was making a gluten-free version with no honey for a friend with allergies, and she loved it. (Finding truly gluten-free bbq sauce was the hardest part. Apparently modified food starch has a 50/50 chance of being wheat-based.) It also works well, as my daughter is allergic to onions, so not having them was a bonus.

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  165. Rivermarket Kitchen

    5 stars
    Looks great! The recipe is quite simple and easy to prepare, added to the menu for this weekend. hope to enjoy the best Honey Barbecue Meatloaf with my family. Thanks and good day!

  166. Rainah

    4 stars
    Wonderful flavors! On the incredible side actually…. Don’t know how you keep this load from crumbling apart though? Maybe it’s a special touch of love I didn’t pick up on….????…. In that case, an egg will have to do….for me anyway….. Actually, I made this loaf a month ago, and tonight, I threw together your tuna burgers, which floored me cuz they were so good. I guess I don’t watch enough t.v. to have caught you in all of your appearances on screen, but I became a fan tonight after realizing that the first two recipes I tried from your sight will change what is served on my table for the rest of my life…. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us…. I’ve been out of town due to covid issues, but should be back home soon, and I’ll be introducing my family to your life’s creations…. It will be so fun to share to such amazing discoveries with them!

  167. Michelle H.

    5 stars
    Outstanding! I made the recipe exactly as written and it was one of the best meatloafs I’ve ever tasted. Thank you!

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  169. Carole

    5 stars
    I have been searching for this recipe ever since I had it in a restaurant! It is SO good. BBQ sauce In the meatloaf, not just on it. I will chop up a sweet onion to add as well as an egg, out of habit. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  171. Jody

    5 stars
    Great recipe! My husband wanted meat loaf for his birthday dinner but didn’t want it “too ketchup-y” so I thought I would try this recipe. Both my husband and son loved it – no leftovers! Will double the recipe next time.

  172. Reliable Testing

    Fantastic! This recipe appears to be straightforward and convenient to make. I’ve included it in my weekend menu plans and am looking forward to savoring the delicious Honey Barbecue Meatloaf with my family. Many thanks, and have a wonderful day


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