Jun 3, 2012

Grilled Meatloaf Recipe

I was planning out my meals this and to do this I was looking at the grocery store ads to see what was on sale. I also took a peak into my fridge and pantry to see what was in there so nothing spoiled while I forgot about it. I had a ton of broccoli on hand and then I saw that ground beef was on sale. For me, nothing goes better together than broccoli and meatloaf. I've heard that some people eat meatloaf and mashed potatoes, but that's just weird.

So I bought all my groceries and then Saturday aka meatloaf night rolled around. That is when I realized that there was a major flaw in my planning-it was 106 degrees outside when I had to start cooking dinner. No way in hell was I going to turn on my oven for over a hour in that heat! I thought about making hamburgers shaped like hot dogs since I had hot dog buns and not hamburger buns, but my heart was really set on meatloaf.

And then the most awesome moment of my cooking career occurred to me.........grill the meatloaf! I was feeling really brilliant that I thought to grill the meatloaf. Now I could have my comfort food without heating up my house. And man was this the BEST meatloaf I've ever made!! I didn't change my recipe, I just changed where I cooked it. Brett raved about the meatloaf for about two hours off and on last night. It was that big of a hit!

Grilled Meatloaf Recipe

1 pound ground beef
2 slices of bread (I use the sandwich ends since no one wants to eat them)
1/8 cup chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 t prepared horseradish
1 egg
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
ketchup, BBQ sauce, cheese optional

1. In a med sized bowl add egg, salt, pepper, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce and mix together.

2. Put bread in the blender and make bread crumbs.
3. Add ground beef, bread crumbs, and onion to the egg mixture and combine. I use my hands, it is the easiest way in my opinion. Note-I normally saute my onion and garlic in a little olive oil first, but I was feeling a little lazy last night and I skipped this step. I will not be that lazy next time, it just tastes better sauted.
4. Shape into 3 mini meatloaves. I put a little extra salt and pepper on top.


5. Turn on your grill to medium heat.
6. Once your grill is ready, lower the temperature to low and put on the meatloaf and close the lid. Cook for 7-10 minutes on each side. (Grill temps are going to vary so watch your meat.)


7. At the end of your cooking time you can add ketchup, BBQ sauce, or cheese to the top and serve!

 I put cheese on my kids' meatloaf since they'll eat a cheeseburger and not meatloaf.
I wanted to trick them - and it worked!

Now what makes grilled meatloaf so much better than baked meatloaf? It is so much juicer on the grill than in the oven! Not to mention that it cooks in 20 minutes instead of a hour! I put this meal on my table from start to finish in 30 minutes. And let us not forget that I didn't have to heat up my house to make this meal too! Plus it solves the ketchup versus BBQ sauce arguement in my house. I like ketchup, Brett likes BBQ sauce, now we are both happy!

I'm so excited! I found a way to make my favorite winter meals in the summer in less than half the time! I will never make meatloaf in the oven again!

And between you and me, I was feeling awfully proud of myself last night. I was kinda convinced that I created a new dish since I had never heard of grilled meatloaf before.

Hahahhahah, not so much! I googled it this afternoon and I found about a hundred recipes for grilled meatloaf. So I'm not an original after all, but I'm still pretty proud of myself. Pin this recipe, bookmark it, print it out, it is not to be missed!


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