Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf

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  • Published May 13th
  • Ready In1h 20m
  • Servings8
  • Calories265
This is an easy tasty meatloaf made healthier with less sugar, low-fat milk, added parsley and whole wheat bread crumbs. Enjoy!

Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf for 8 servings:

  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup low-fat (1%) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook1h
  • Ready In1h 20m

To cook Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf is about 1 hour , and you can serve your Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf within 1 hour 20 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  2. 2 Press brown sugar in the bottom of prepared loaf pan and spread ketchup over sugar.
  3. 3 Mix ground beef, milk, eggs, salt, ground pepper, onion, ginger, bread crumbs, and parsley thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Shape into a loaf and place on top of ketchup.
  4. 4 Bake in 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).


  • Editor's Note:
  • This recipe is a healthier version of Brown Sugar Meatloaf.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 265 calories; 12.8 grams of fat; 16.3 grams of carbohydrates; 21.2 grams of protein; 106 milligrams of cholesterol; 735 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jul 13th 2017

    Question - Healthier than what? Seems like baking the sugary glaze into the bottom along with the grease makes it less healthy. And the low fat milk and whole wheat crumbs are of negligi ...

  2. Sep 15th 2016

    I used half lean turkey and half lean beef. I also left out the salt, my husband and I don't like added salt in our food. Followed recipe for the rest of the process. Turned out great, we ...

  3. Nov 19th 2014

    I really liked this meatloaf. It made a basic home-style meatloaf. It was nice that I didn't have to figure out a topping later on and it baked with the meatloaf on the bottom. My only chang ...

  4. Apr 27th 2014

    Wow my husband never asks what I did to the meat loaf but he did today. I was not sure if it would be a good thing but it was. I did not use the whole wheat bread crumbs. I make a few change ...

  5. Nov 5th 2013

    I used panko breadcrumbs 1 1/2 cups it worked perfectly. I forgot to grease the pan before putting in meatloaf but I solved it by dripping evoo all around the pan between meatloaf and the si ...

  6. Aug 13th 2013

    To be honest, I don’t care for meatloaf so this is my family’s input. My DD loved it and gave it 5 stars. My DH said it was good and gave it 4 stars but complained that there wasn’t ...

  7. Aug 9th 2013

    This turned out so yummy! I only had about half the breadcrumbs on hand and didn't have any ginger but otherwise followed the recipe, it turned out fantastic! At the end I melted a bit of mo ...

  8. Jun 18th 2013

    My whole family LOVED this recipe. I put the ketchup/brown sugar mix on top, and used slightly less salt but otherwise did it the same and it was perfect! Tender, soft and VERY flavorful. Th ...

  9. Mar 30th 2013

    I followed the recipe closely, only cutting back on the salt a bit and omitting the ginger. I threw in a few seasonings (onion powder, garlic powder, italian seasoning) to give it a little m ...