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Honey Balsamic Meatloaf
You may not believe it but this Honey Balsamic Meatloaf is one of my kids’ all-time favorite meals. I know, it sounds strange! Just hear me out…
Meatloaf of the past was a huge chunk of meat cooked in a loaf pan without much flavor. The way we make it takes a old classic and uplevels the flavor and texture.
Here’s why this Honey Balsamic Meatloaf is so good and what takes it to the next level:
- The small, individual sized loaves cook very evenly and get a crispy brown on the edge, all the way around.
- The small size also allows for tons of flavor from the Honey Balsamic Glaze, in every bite.
- The meat itself is made with so much flavor and fresh herbs, which really uplevels the taste.
- The Honey Balsamic glaze is so flavorful – it is sweet and savory all in one. It is also applied twice which adds so much flavor.
Not only is this meal a crowd pleaser, but it’s really easy to make. The meat only has several ingredients and the glaze is very simple. You could even double it for a large crowd.
Another plus of this meal is you can prep the meat and get the loaves made and in the pan early in the day, then just bake it when you’re ready for dinner. It’s versatile, it’s easy to make, and it’s delicious. My kids request this one from me!
Honey Balsamic Meatloaf
This Honey Balsamic Meatloaf makes several individual meatloaves filled with flavor and fresh herbs, smothered with a sweet honey balsamic glaze.
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped fine
- 1/2 onion, grated (yellow or white)
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1¼ teaspoons garlic salt
Honey Basamic Glaze
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
Honey Balsamic Glaze
In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and honey. Set aside.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or parchment paper and set aside. Preheat oven to 450°F.
Combine meat with bread crumbs and herbs in a bowl. Mix well with hands until it is well incorporated.
Form meat into oblong shape between hands, about as long as your hands and a couple inches tall. (see photo)
Make 5-6 small loaves and place onto prepared baking sheet. Brush each loaf generously with the honey balsamic glaze.
Bake for 15 minutes at first, then pull out of oven and brush each loaf with more balsamic glaze. Then bake for 10-15 more minutes, until meat is cooked through. (You can cut one in the center to double check it's cooked if you're not sure.)
Once cooked, remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before eating. Serve with a side of veggies and/or potatoes, and enjoy!
I hope you love this meal as much as we do! We love to have it with mashed potatoes and some sort of green veggie. It’s definitely one of our Tried and True favorite recipes – we’ve been making it for years. (You can find all of our other Tried and True Favorite Recipes here). Once you try it, it may just become one of your family’s favorites too.
Tag me with photos @plumstreetcollective on Instagram if you make this. Happy Cooking 😉
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