This meatloaf is bursting with flavor and is so moist it practically melts in your mouth. My original concept for this recipe was to have all the goodness of a burger, mixed into a meatloaf. I then took some inspiration from my grandfather through a special gift from a family member. For Christmas this year, my cousin had canvases made out of a handwritten copy of my grandfather’s meatloaf recipe. I love the way that traditions and memories and be passed down through food, so I decided to incorporate what I think is his signature ingredient – beer. I love the distinct flavor that it adds to such a traditional dish. When I say this meatloaf is really moist, I mean it – If you like it a little more firm, I recommend either using more beef, or scaling back on the liquid ingredients. Enjoy!

“Beer and a Burger” Meatloaf

1 1/3 lb ground beef

¾ c. rolled oats

½ of a medium onion

1 egg

½ c. ketchup

¼ c. yellow mustard

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 Tbsp minced garlic

½ c. dark beer (I used a lager)


  1. Place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Coarsely chop the oats in a blender or food processor. Empty the oats into the bowl, and use the food processor again to finely mince the onion. Add to bowl.
  3. Add the egg, ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, and beer, and mix well – I think using your hands works best.
  4. Transfer meat mixture into a loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 350º.
  5. Allow to cool slightly, slice, and serve.


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