Save on Pinterest

Zippy Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf

Put this zippy twist on your meatloaf dinner. It is a sweet and sour taste which will delight your family. They will be requesting all the time.—Deb Thompson, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup, divided
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, mustard, bread crumbs, dry soup mix, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into an oval loaf.
  • Place in a shallow 1-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 7-8 minutes; let rest 5 minutes. Microwave 1-3 minutes longer until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°; drain.
  • Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the sugars, vinegar and remaining ketchup; drizzle over meat loaf. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes longer or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounce-weight: 353 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 944mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • Suzanne
    Oct 31, 2020

    AGAGIN, cannot see entire recipe due to advertisements in the way/blocking recipe. As I have looked at the last 10 or so recipes, cannot see entire recipe.

  • Debglass11
    Jan 23, 2020

    Super yummy meatloaf! Instead of using the microwave, I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour and 15 minutes. Since I doubled the recipe, I used the entire packet of onion soup mix and used only the ketchup, vinegar and brown sugar for the glaze, omitting the sugar for a family member's dietary needs. This meatloaf had a great texture and wonderful flavor. I'm keeping this one handy. We loved it!

  • marmees
    Aug 26, 2016

    This makes boring, ordinary meatloaf, into mouth watering, extraordinary meatloaf! I bake in the oven also. I don't cook in microwave ovens. Bake this in the oven for best results.

  • stparks
    Jan 11, 2016

    This is DELICIOUS!!

  • MommyTwoThree
    Jan 31, 2015

    I made this for my husband because he loves meatloaf and I didn't have a recipe of my own!! I am not a real fan of meatloaf but as soon as I tasted this recipe I absolutely loved it!! This is the only recipe we use and will ever use!!! My children love this meatloaf and usually ask for seconds!! I also bake this in the oven because we don't have a microwave.

  • kuchen84
    Mar 6, 2014

    Been making this for 20 plus years. It is the favorite of my family. My kids call it Mom's Meatloaf. I bake it in the oven instead of microwave. 350 for 1-1/4 hours.

  • germanycook
    Jan 3, 2012

    This is super good - not your average bland meatloaf! I did it in the oven though, can't really remember how long but I think it was over an hour at 350.

  • ccgrad
    Jan 26, 2011

    Love this recipe. It's quick and so good. My family loves it.