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4 from 7 votes

Gourmet Meatloaf

Gourmet Meatloaf that lives up to it's name with every tender, juicy bite. Easy to prepare and bursting with flavor. Try my simple trick to keep it moist.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 359


  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 of a onion minced
  • 1 stalk celery minced
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper minced
  • 1/2 of a carrot grated
  • 1 oz water optional
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3/4 cup spicy ketchup (1/4 cup inside the meatloaf and 1/2 cup for the top glaze)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 pound hamburger 20% fat (more fat is too rich, less fat is too dry)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Put a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and onion. Sauté for a few minutes until the onion starts to turn color a bit.
  • Add the celery, bell pepper and carrot to the pan. Continue to cook stirring often. If the mixture starts to stick to the pan, add a big splash of water, about 1 oz. Cook for about 7 minutes until all the veggies are tender.
  • Meanwhile add everything else but the meat to the mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Crumble the meat into the mixing bowl but don't stir.
  • When the veggies are tender, add them to the mixing bowl on top of the meat. Use your hands to gently combine everything. Do not over mix.
  • Gently press the meatloaf into a loaf pan. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of spicy ketchup.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 min. Do not overcook as this will make it dry. The meatloaf is done when it shrinks away from the edges of the pan slightly and a thermometer inserted into the center reads 160F.
  • Remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes. This helps it retain its juices. Serve with mashed potatoes and additional spicy ketchup.


Note: If you don't want to make spicy ketchup you can substitute regular ketchup but it will change the recipe.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 867mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 4.3mg