Rating: 4.56 stars
59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

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.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 25 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 60 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Meatloaf:
Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Turn meatloaf mixture out into the center of the prepared baking sheet and form into a 9x5-inch loaf.

  • 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).

Nutrition Facts

560 calories; protein 38.3g; carbohydrates 33.6g; fat 29.7g; cholesterol 191.7mg; sodium 1614.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (55)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2014
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 Chef. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/30/2020
Not enough flavor. Needs more spice. Read More
59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2014
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 Chef. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2016
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 vinegar glaze, he asked me to add venison to the mix. Aside from that, I followed the recipe to a "T". What can I say..."mouthwatering, flavorful, moist", I was almost giddy by the end of the meal because my boyfriend kept commenting how delicious this version of meatloaf is. The biggest compliment was when he said "This will have to be made at the cottage on a long weekend". Thank you Chef John for another one of your wonderful tried, true and tasted creations. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2017
Excellent meatloaf with an excellent glaze. Next time I make it I intend to follow the recipe more closely. I substituted milk and lemon juice for buttermilk and white sugar and molasses for brown sugar and yellow mustard for Dijon. Also, I used a half pound of breakfast sausage to add flavor. I don't think this recipe needs the extra boost. I had to laugh at the review that said this made too much meatloaf. She should see how my tall, hulking sons pile food on a plate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2017
I made this meatloaf for the first time 6 weeks ago....I have made it 3 times since then and I'm making it today. It is so moist and has a great texture! I made it for my boyfriend's family. His uncle "needs" to have gravy with everything so I made Chef John's Mushroom gravy with it to serve on mashed potatoes. It was a dish of delish! This is also wonderful the next day in sandwiches on good white bread with Boston lettuce and mayo....Yum! Thanks Chef John! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2014
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 flavor. Delicious. Edit - I was craving this recipe but only had ground pork. It turned out so well I might always make it with pork from now on. Great flavor combination. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2020
I made this meatloaf for my family last night as directed The only exception being that I added to pressed clothes of garlic to the onion mixture near the end of the sauteing. oh and I also substituted one teaspoon of the regular salt for seasoned salt, just to get a little of that celery hint. anyway it was an excellent meatloaf. The brown sugar apple cider Dijon topping was to die for. I put it on when there was about 45 minutes left because I wanted to make sure all the vinegar was cooked off. The tarragon was a delightful and interresting surprise. The family loved it and went back for seconds. I've made chef John's other meatloaf that involves using a lot of vegetables, which I enjoyed as well, but this one was a lot easier though likely not as healthy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2016
Did not precook the onion put it directly into the mix. This was awesome. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2015
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 I used a little fresh parsley I think this recipe would work great with any herbs. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2016
This was a really good recipe. I will definitely use this recipe again. I didn't have the tarragon so It was omitted. The glaze was unique and both my husband and I really enjoyed it. Thanks Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/30/2020
Not enough flavor. Needs more spice. Read More