Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Meatloaf

Meatloaf Recipe
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
518 Calories
22g Fat
32g Carbs
46g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 518
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 1186mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 46g
Calcium 134mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy meatloaf recipe sure lives up to its name. The buttermilk works its tangy magic to make this meatloaf tender and delicious. This great recipe is finished with a glossy brown sugar glaze that's a perfect compliment to the flavorful meat. If you're craving meatloaf but on a stricter diet, you can also try keto meatloaf.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (plain)
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Steps to Make It

While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this meatloaf dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for cooking.

For the Meatloaf:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a sauté pan, on medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until translucent.

  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the garlic, and let cool to room temperature.

  4. Preheat oven to 325 F.

  5. In a large bowl add the ground beef, the onions, and all the remaining meatloaf ingredients. Mix to incorporate.

  6. Lightly grease the bottom of a shallow roasting pan with a few drops of oil.

  7. Wet your hands with cold water and form the meatloaf mixture into a loaf shape, about 6 inches wide, by about 3 to 4 inches high.

  8. Bake for 30 minutes.

For the Glaze:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. While the meatloaf is baking combine the brown sugar, vinegar, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl for the glaze.

  3. After 30 minutes, remove the meatloaf from the oven and evenly spread the glaze over the top with a spoon. If you like, you can put a little of the glaze on the sides, but most of it should go on the top.

  4. Bake for about 30 minutes more. Insert an instant-read thermometer into the center to check to make sure meatloaf is done—at least 160 F/70 C.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


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