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Savory Buttermilk Meatloaf

Rated as 4.69 out of 5 Stars

"This meatloaf recipe is very flavorful, and as the proverbial description goes, 'melts in your mouth.' As far as vegetables, I only used onions, but their sweetness, along with the simple brown sugar glaze, were a great counterpoint to the others flavors."
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2 h servings 559
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in hot butter until soft and translucent, 6 to 7 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine cooled onion, beef chuck, bread crumbs, buttermilk, ketchup, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, hot sauce, tarragon, and Italian seasoning in a bowl; mix together with a fork and let sit until breadcrumbs absorb moisture, about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn meatloaf mixture out into the center of the prepared baking sheet and form into a 9x5-inch loaf.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. While meatloaf is baking, whisk brown sugar, mustard, and cider vinegar together in a small bowl. Spread brown sugar glaze over the top of the meatloaf and continue baking until no longer pink in the center, about 30 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 559 calories; 29.7 33.6 38.3 192 1615 Full nutrition

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Made this meatloaf last night and it was delicious! Made it exactly according to the recipe and it's a winner in my book. My husband has always been, "ehhhh" with meatloaf, but not anymore. Thx ...

Most helpful critical review

my son really liked this. my hubby through this was just ok.

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Made this meatloaf last night and it was delicious! Made it exactly according to the recipe and it's a winner in my book. My husband has always been, "ehhhh" with meatloaf, but not anymore. Thx ...

We love meatloaf in our family and we love leftovers. When I told my boyfriend I was going to make meatloaf from Chef John's recipe because I wanted to taste the brown sugar, mustard, cider vin...

I tried to follow this recipe exactly, but didn't have tarragon on hand, so I substituted fennel seeds. I love the flavor of the glaze. I love everything about this meatloaf - the texture, the f...

Did not precook the onion, put it directly into the mix. This was awesome.

Absolutely loved this! It was a nice change from typical meatloaf with ketchup glaze. The meat was so moist and the glaze delicious, I will definitely make it again. I didn't have tarragon so ...

A good, simple, dense meatloaf (held together very well for slicing). I tweaked the recipe a bit: omitted the tarragon (don't much care for the stuff), used matzo meal for breadcrumbs, and subst...

Surprisingly good but produces way too much meatloaf. Cut the meat down to 1 1/2 lbs and it should be just as good and still feed 4 without a problem.

Everyone in my house LOVED this recipe! I was a little skeptical about the glaze because my husband detests anything mustard or vinegar, but this completely won his approval! Loaf #2 is currentl...

Made it exactly according to recipe and have to admit, my favourite meatloaf to date. Wonderful flavour, moist and the glaze added extra amazing flavour!