I'm not sure where this recipe came from but it's one that my mom made all the time when I was growing up. It's now a regular at my house and it gets excellent reviews from everyone I've served it to...and the best part is the kids love it too!

CaraMeg

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
1 meatloaf
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 8x8 inch baking dish.

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  • Beat the egg in a mixing bowl. Whisk in the onion, pickle juice, salt, and pepper. Stir in the bread until soggy, then mix in the ground beef until evenly combined. Form into a loaf and place into the prepared pan. Stir together the chopped pickles, ketchup, water, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce; pour over the meatloaf.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

300 calories; protein 25.7g 52% DV; carbohydrates 12.6g 4% DV; fat 15.9g 24% DV; cholesterol 124mg 41% DV; sodium 842.2mg 34% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2009
I can dill pickles almost every year and thought I'd give this one a try. It is possibly the tastiest meatloaf I've ever made! I reduced the salt to 1/4 tsp.(plenty of salt in the pickle juice) and made an addition of 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke to the sauce recipie. Absloutely a delightful Meat loaf!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/01/2010
Uh.....gosh. I was really excited about this meatloaf. Followed this exact only adding garlic powder to the meatloaf and a little dijon to the topping ingredients. This meatloaf was REALLY wet. Like I had a hard time getting it out of the pan and it just fell apart into bits. When I scooped it out it wasn't......visually appealing. My husband ate over half and my son thought it was really great it just wasn't a hit with me or my littlest. I really was pulling for this recipe. I'd like to play with it a bit and see if I can't get it a little more solid. Maybe make it a base for a Cheeseburger Meatloaf? I'm sorry. I really tried. Read More
(19)
365 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 232
  • 4 star values: 84
  • 3 star values: 38
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2009
I can dill pickles almost every year and thought I'd give this one a try. It is possibly the tastiest meatloaf I've ever made! I reduced the salt to 1/4 tsp.(plenty of salt in the pickle juice) and made an addition of 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke to the sauce recipie. Absloutely a delightful Meat loaf!!!! Read More
(112)
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2009
I think this is great! I don't like to substitute in recipes the first time I make something but in this case I had to make a few changes. I only had ground turkey and I used bread crumbs instead of bread. One thing I would recommend is doubling the sauce!!! It's excellent. Also, dont' be tempted to use relish instead of the pickles to me it's just not the same! I also think next time I'll bake this without the sauce on top first so I can get the nice crust then for the last 10 min or so add the glaze. I also forgot to add the salt (ooops just skipped it by accident) but I really don't think it needs the salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2009
My first meatloaf ever-- so easy and tasty. My husband kept saying how delicious this was. I didn't have Worcestershire (SP?) sauce so I instead added a bit of onion soup powder to the meat and the sauce on top to flavor. I didn't add any extra salt because I was using very salty (Israeli) pickles. I cooked this in a long loaf pan and I knew it was done when the meatloaf pulled away from the ends of the pan. (I'm not sure if it's supposed to do that but the meatloaf itself tasted perfect!) I'll definitely be making this again!! I was so impressed by the flavor... I would never have known the meatloaf had pickles in it but it definitely has a little "zing." Also I like the fact that there is no added cheese or oil so this is at least marginally healthy! I served with mashed potatoes and sauteed green beans with garlic... a delicious and easy all-American dinner.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2011
Used this recipe for a meatloaf cook-off that I organized for my Boss's birthday (his favorite food). I doubled the recipe easily and the only change I made is I used 1/4 cup of crushed salinities in substitution of the slice of bread. Next time I am going to try making the topping with dill pickle relish to see how it turns out. Will make again and it got great reviews. Many skeptics of the name became believers after tasting it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2009
This was a really unique meatloaf! I too doubled the sauce. I was out of Worchestershire sauce so I used soy sauce instead. My only complaint is that every few bites you get a mushy bite from the bread. But that could be remedied by using bread crumbs or crushed crackers instead. Thanks so much for this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2009
This is very, very good! I didn't change a thing! I HIGHLY recommend making this recipe. This will be the only way I make meatloaf from now on! Thank you for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/01/2010
Uh.....gosh. I was really excited about this meatloaf. Followed this exact only adding garlic powder to the meatloaf and a little dijon to the topping ingredients. This meatloaf was REALLY wet. Like I had a hard time getting it out of the pan and it just fell apart into bits. When I scooped it out it wasn't......visually appealing. My husband ate over half and my son thought it was really great it just wasn't a hit with me or my littlest. I really was pulling for this recipe. I'd like to play with it a bit and see if I can't get it a little more solid. Maybe make it a base for a Cheeseburger Meatloaf? I'm sorry. I really tried. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2009
I have never had or made meatloaf before but have a freezer full of ground beef as my husbands family has a cattle farm so I needed new ideas to use it. This looked interesting so I tried it! I have fresh garden onions so I used the onion and onion greens and doubled the sauce like others mentioned. The idea of meatloaf never appealed to me but I really liked this one. I LOVE dill pickles as does my husband so when I mentioned this recipe he asked me to make it right away. Yummy! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2009
What a great recipe! The only complaint I heard was from my husband who said I didn't make enough of it! Will definitely make again. Read More
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