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Recipe: BBQ Oatmeal Meatloaf

Breathe new life into an old recipe with this sweet and tangy take on an American family classic. This is a tasty and filling way to stretch your groceries while shrinking your grocery bill

BBQ Oatmeal Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • pound mild sage-flavored breakfast sausage

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, shredded

  • 5 tablespoons dry onion soup mix

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1? cups barbeque sauce

  • 1 cup rolled oats, or more if desired

  • 6 slices bacon, divided

How to Make BBQ Oatmeal Meatloaf

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Mix the ground beef, sausage, onion, carrots, onion soup mix, brown sugar, eggs, and barbeque sauce together in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined. Stir in enough oats to make the mixture hold together -- you can use up to 2 cups of oats. Divide the mixture in half, and spoon into 2 9x5-inch loaf pans. Place 3 strips of bacon the long way onto each loaf.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle and the juices run clear, about 1 hour.

BBQ Oatmeal Meatloaf Nutritions

  • Calories: 348.8 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 22.3 g

  • Cholesterol: 115 mg

  • Fat: 19 g

  • Fiber: 1.6 g

  • Protein: 21.1 g

  • SaturatedFat: 6.8 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 906.1 mg

  • Sugar: 11.9 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

BBQ Oatmeal Meatloaf Reviews

  • I forgot to mention that, if you like a glaze on your meatloaf, you can remove the bacon at the 40 min mark and add a BBQ glaze made from BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar.

  • Excellent meatloaf recipe The only changes I made was to use regular breakfast sausage because thats what I had on hand. Ill try the sage kind next time, Im sure that would add a nice flavor. Also, I line the bottom of the loaf pan with bread slices. They soak up all the fat, then you just throw the bread away when serving your meatloaf. Its a great tip I got from another reviewer. Thanks Jeffery for a delicious recipe, my whole family loved it

  • Hubs and I loved this, tho I did make a few changes that made this more appealing for us - I skipped the carrots as well as the sugar - cant even imagine how sweet that would have been and I knew that wouldnt work for us, tho were not fans of sweet/savory to begin with. To fill in for the carrots I tossed in some chopped celery and green pepper. As for the sausage, I didnt have any breakfast sausage but I did have ground pork - that and a good shot of freshly ground pepper worked fine. I made a half recipe, one loaf, for the two of us and used the entire package of the onion soup mix. The best part of this meatloaf in my view was the barbeque sauce and the flavor it imparted - awesome good Then again, the bacon on top was pretty darn good too. One final word for this - repeat.

  • Quoting my husband, the meatloaf connoisseur, This is the best meatloaf Ive ever eaten. I halved the recipe and made only one meatloaf. Now I wish I hadnt because he had eaten 75% it all himself within an hour. I made only 1 change based on personal preference. Subbed finely chopped green peppers for the carrots. I also made the traditional topping per hubs request. 1/4 Cup ketchup, 1/4 C brown sugar, and 1 Tbsp mustard. This is going to be my new standard meatloaf recipe. Thank you for sharing

  • I love meatloaf but I wanted to try something new because I am sick of the same old meals. This recipe was genius I left out the sausage, bacon and brown sugar because I did nto have them available at the time and even still this was a wonderful dish. It makes a lot so I shared the leftovers with others who also raved about this tastey meal

  • DELICIOUS My mom hates anything with a BBQ flavor and even she had seconds. I lightened it up quite a bit using 96/4 ground beef, turkey sausage, egg substitute, and turkey bacon. The only thing that was missing were the extra calories I chopped the carrots very fine since my family *thinks* they dont like carrots (yessir, Im a sneaky cook) and I used 2 c. of finely ground rolled oats. I think Ill have to add about a cup or so more to the extra amount I froze since the 1st loaf did fall apart; Im thinking is due to the egg substitute. A must-try for all you meatloaf fans who are looking for a twist to the "usual".

  • Thanks Jeff I used a pound of 96% lean beef and a pound of 99% lean ground turkey. I Omited the sausage and spiced it up with sage to make up some of the flavor loss. To add back fat in a good way I used 5 tbsp of olive oil. Left off the bacon and used 2cups oatmeal. It was awsome Thanks again Jeff.

  • Best meatloaf ever I left out carrots and added 1 can of rotel.

  • My family really enjoyed this dish...I sautee onions in bacon fat and omited the bacon slices...used 1 package of onion soup mix and added parsley, I also used less BBQ sauce (about 1/2 a bottle) as in the past I used the whole bottle and it made the dish too sweet. Will make again

  • Everyone loved it I added diced zucchini to mine.

  • I am NOT a cook, but this recipe was super easy and is now one of my absolute favorites. My husband is a very picky eater, and even HE enjoyed it. I left out the bacon and carrots just bc I did not have them already. About 5 minutes before the loaf was completely cooked, I drizzled BBQ over the top. It turned out better than I had even expected

  • What a great meatloaf My husband and I both enjoyed this. It is quite the change from the traditional meatloaf, which we also like. I had no problem with the recipe. I substituted whole oats for rolled oats because that is what I had, and I used frozen carrots that I chopped up fine because I didnt have any fresh ones. It turned out perfect anyhow We fed the inlaws and a friend with it as well, and had nothing but compliments. Thanks for sharing, Jeffery

  • We love this recipe I have made it with regular mild sausage and sage We like regular mild sausage better.

  • This was okay. It was super crumbly (maybe I put too much or not enough oatmeal?). It also did not have a knock-out flavor- though the flavor was not bad. Maybe I would use a hot Italian sausage next time.

  • This was very good. I didnt have any sausage, and cut back on the recipe for 2 of us. I used 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef, one onion, one cup of shredded carrots, a whole envelope of the onion soup mix, no brown sugar as others suggested, 2 eggs, about 3/4 cups of barbeque sauce and 1/2 cup of gluten free oats. A painted a little of the barbeque sauce on the top, but no bacon. It turned out very well, just sweet enough; very moist; and the carrots added a tiny bit of crunch.

  • I did not care for the flavor of this oatmeal and it never did reach the right consistency, despite using a full 2 cups oatmeal. It was much too sweet and fell apart. I always rate recipes based on the ingredients and methods given, not on how I alter it. So based on the contents of this recipe, I have to give it 2 stars. I would not make it again and I dont understand what all the hubub is over this recipe

  • Tasted very good. Thought recipe may have had more BBQ sauce than I would like. May cut back next time. Overall, a great tasting and moist meatloaf.

  • I made this for a few of my friends and every single person said it was the best meatloaf they have ever had The only thing that I did was use 2 large onions and not three onions. And I removed the bacon and glazed the meatloaf with BBQ. Huge success

  • This was wonderful Easy to put together and I like that it made two loaves. One for now and one for the freezer. I did substitute whole wheat bread crumbs for the oatmeal but kept everything else the same. Moist and delicious. My husband loved it

  • It is OK. I dont think I am a fan of oatmeal as filler in meatloaf. I think I will go back to breadcrumbs. Just personal taste.

  • This is the absolute best meatloaf recipe I have ever made. It was moist and very flavorful. My family loved it

  • Very satisfying. Only made three changes. First, I didnt use any sausage. I thought that would be too much meat. Second, I only used 3/4s of a cup of barbecue sauce. Im glad I did, because it came out very sweet. And lastly, I added a jalapeo.

  • I used Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage (1 lb instead of 3/4 lb), no carrots, no brown sugar, and I used 2 cups of bread crumbs instead of the oatmeal (gave it a finer texture). I used KC Masterpiece Original BBQ sauce, tried for a not so sweet sauce which is why I left out sugar and carrots. Texture was great and family gave it thumbs up, so it goes in the make again pile.

  • BBQ Oatmeal Meatloaf Haiku: "Ill forgive texture, because the taste was so good Think its a keeper." Husband and 8yo daughter loved the meatloaf on top, I liked the BBQ flavor throughout it, rather than as a glaze on top. It fell apart easily despite my letting it rest for 20 min. b4 slicing, and a crumbly meatloaf gives me the frownie face b/c then I cant turn leftovers into a sandwich. (And what leftovers there were the baby ate. The texture was spot-on for her)

  • Really good.

  • Easy crowd pleaser. Made it twice - neither time did it become leftovers. Sweet, smokey and dense. I will make it again.

  • We love this... We flip it out of mold and bake on parchment. It is wonderful.

  • Made this with 1.5 lbs ground pork and a pound of ground round. Omitted the brown sugar and used about 2 Tblspns raw honey. 1 1/2 c. Oatmeal and 2 eggs. Since I made it in one big loaf I cooked it 90 mins. Cooked it as a special treat for my 88 yo father who hasnt had meatloaf since mom passed in 2001. Dad loved it and said it was the best meatloaf hes ever had I was overjoyed and it brought tears to my eyes. Meatloaf sandwiches tomorrow with the leftovers :)

  • Made it for elderly parents who loved it. Did not use the bacon. Kept it very mild.

  • Im giving this 5 stars because the recipe cooks up nicely as printed and my husband and 3 teen boys loved it. I, however, was not a fan of the sausage. You can really taste the sausage in it, so if you are not a fan of your meatloaf reminding you of breakfast food, this recipe might not be for you. But again, it cooks up nicely and my men all thought it was great Just personal preferences here.

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