New Favorite Meatloaf Recipe–or an Ode to Worcestershire Sauce

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Pure comfort food for me–although I have to admit it’s not one of my kids’ favorites. Still, sometimes they have to suffer! This came from one of the freezer cooking lists I’m on, although I, of course, modified it a bit. First I halved it. I can never figure out these two pound meatloaves. I mean, 1/4 pound of ground beef is a good serving size if there’s plenty of other food so a 2 pound meatloaf is about 8 servings for me. I don’t like leftovers that much! Someone should publish a cookbook of just meatloaves. Maybe they have already… If so, this should be in it! I’m instantly attracted to anything with Worcestershire sauce in it, of course, as I’ve admitted before. Worcestershire chicken, Worcestershire shrimp, Pulled Pork, Crab Cakes, Welsh Rarebit/Rabbit–even the family favorite hamburger recipe.

My mother’s meatloaf recipe had the right idea, but didn’t carry it far enough. More! I have must have more Worcestershire. And the topping idea of maple syrup and ketchup was inspired.

Maple Syrup Meatloaf

With Worcestershire sauce mixed into the ground beef and maple syrup and ketchup on top, this meatloaf is full of flavor. Bake it in muffin tins to get it on the table faster.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, minced, or 1 Tbs dried onion flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup (or maybe more?!) Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed Ritz crackers or oatmeal
  • Topping:
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  1. Mix it everything but the topping together--but don't overmix. Divide between 6 muffin tins (sprayed or oiled) . Spread a bit of the topping on each and save the rest to serve at the table. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done.
  2. Note: If you're a 2 pound meatloaf kind of person, double this and bake in a loaf pan for an hour. You might delay putting the maple syrup and ketchup topping on until after the first 30 minutes.


  1. I tried this recipe a couple of nights ago. We both enjoyed it a lot. I used rolled oats, and it turned out great. Thanks!


  2. Hi there! Found you from following from….somewhere.

    Yeah, meatloaf is good! I sometimes use oatmeal instead of cracker or breadcrumbs (even healthier), and even sneak shredded zucchini or carrots in too. The boys don’t even realize! I never tried it with maple syrup, but it sure sounds good.

    I am also a big fan of Worchestershire. I buy big ‘ol bottles of it at Sam’s Club or GFS. There is also a ‘Try Me’ brand (they also make hot sauces and such) that makes a sherry and hot pepper type that is AMAZING. It’s a bit hard to find, so when we do, my brother and I always buy whatever is on the shelf.


  1. […] So I had pulled out the last of the “big meats” in there to cook. (Anyone want a free inefficient freezer?) The day was filled with chores and errands so I thought a crockpot recipe would be good. A few different ones caught my eye. I ended up deciding to go with one that had basically a cup of Worcestershire sauce added to the roast and then a cup of brown sugar pressed onto the roast. Recipes with Worcestershire sauce always catch my eye. (See Worcestershire Chicken, Worcestershire Shrimp, and my new favorite meatloaf.) […]


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