Savory Buttermilk Meatloaf


This savory, melt-in-your-mouth meatloaf is topped with a Dijon mustard glaze. I only used onions, but their sweetness, along with the simple brown sugar glaze, was a great contrast to the other flavors.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
1 9x5-inch loaf



  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 2 ½ pounds ground chuck

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.

  2. Make the meatloaf: Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 6 to 7 minutes. Cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes.

  3. Combine cooled onion, ground chuck, bread crumbs, buttermilk, ketchup, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, hot sauce, tarragon, and Italian seasoning in a bowl; mix together with a fork and let sit until bread crumbs 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.

  6. While the meatloaf is baking, make the glaze: Whisk brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar together in a small bowl.

  7. After 45 minutes, remove meatloaf from the oven and spread brown sugar glaze over top. Return to the oven 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 (per serving)

398 Calories
29g Fat
16g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 398
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 738mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 343mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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