Ask anyone what their favorite comfort meal is, and there's a good chance the answer will be meatloaf. As good as meatloaf is, however, it can also become a bit boring. Luckily, it doesn't have to be. As these recipes show, you can dress up meatloaf as much as you want. Make it extra elegant by combining it with the flavors of French onion soup or go for the sweet side by adding brown sugar.
No matter how you dress it up, one thing always remains: There is nothing more comforting than a delicious meatloaf fresh from the oven.
1. Brown sugar meatloaf
Meatloaf is a comfort food classic, but this version puts a bit of a spin on the original. Adding brown sugar to the ketchup mixture adds a gentle hint of sweetness as well as a richness from the caramelization that occurs naturally in the oven. It's sure to become a new favorite. Get the full recipe here.
2. French onion meatloaf
This meatloaf is so impressive, you could even serve it to company. Even though guests might at first be impressed with the melted Swiss cheese on top, they'll love it even more after they take their first bite. That's because the cheese isn't the only way this meatloaf mimics French onion soup: It's also full of caramelized onions inside and out. That might be the best way to dress up traditional meatloaf. Get the full recipe here.
3. Bacon-wrapped meatloaf
Meatloaf is even better when it's shrunk down into individual servings. This version of meatloaf is wrapped in bacon and baked in a muffin tin. That leads to tender portions of meatloaf with a crunchy exterior and a slightly sweet, glazed topping. Get the full recipe here.
4. Cheeseburger meatloaf
Meatloaf can sometimes seem ho-hum, but inside this meatloaf is a cheesy surprise. The recipe below is stuffed with a layer of cheese and pickles and is topped with a ketchup glaze. The result is a meatloaf that tastes just like a cheeseburger without the bun. Get the full recipe here.
5. Mac and cheese-stuffed meatloaf
What could be better than serving mac and cheese? Stuffing it inside a meatloaf, of course. This recipe melds two comfort classics into a warming, juicy and cheesy meal. Even though you might think this would take a lot of time or effort, take a peek at the ingredients list. Using a box of mac and cheese mix streamlines the process and makes this meal qualify for a weeknight standby. Get the full recipe here.
6. Bacon BBQ meatloaf
It’s hard to improve on a dish as perfect as meatloaf, but that doesn’t stop cooks from trying all sorts of variations. The recipe below takes a classic meatloaf recipe and kicks it up several notches by adding bacon and spicy-sweet barbecue sauce. These little twists turn an old favorite into a seriously crave-worthy meal. Get the full recipe here.
7. Meatloaf roll
If you love barbecues but want to make something a little different--you are going to fall in love with this meatloaf roll recipe. This is not your mom's regular meatloaf! While the recipe is simple, a few small alternations take it from good to absolutely wonderful! Get the full recipe here.
8. Chickpea meatloaf
This version has nothing to hide—the base is chickpeas and sautéed vegetables, but the ketchup sauce, seasoning, and presentation guarantee every bite is a taste of nostalgia. Get the full recipe here.
9. Southern Tennessee meatloaf
This meatloaf might not be fancy, but it is one of the most comforting meals on the planet. Part of the reason might be because it's nothing fancy. It takes just tender and moist beef, a few seasonings and enough zesty tomato sauce to pull everything together. It's down-home comfort food at its finest. Get the full recipe here.
10. Low-carb meatloaf
Meatloaf is a favorite go-to weeknight meal for my family. It’s easy to make, budget-friendly and everyone loves it. This low-carb recipe replaces the usual bread crumbs or rice with almond flour, which gives the dish a bit of heft as well as a little extra protein and flavor. Get the full recipe here.
11. Turkey meatloaf
Meatloaf is one of those dishes that turns out even better when cooked in a slow cooker. This cooking method prevents the meat from drying out and overcooking at the edges, keeping all the juice and flavors inside. This recipe uses ground turkey instead of a fattier meat, so it’s lower in both fat and calories but every bit as delicious. Get the full recipe here.