I know Randy on “A Christmas Story”, had issues with one of America’s family favorite meals.
“Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf…I Hate meatloaf.”
But just maybe it wasn’t so much the flavor Randy was protesting, rather it was his day to wash the pots and pans. With conventional beef, meatloaf will indeed emerge from the oven with a healthy layer of slimy fat in the bottom of the pan. Not a cleaning chore appealing to a kid or adult. Leaner Flint Hills Grass Fed Beef can definitely lessen the drippings, but this skillet meatloaf recipe lightens the clean-up even more.
You will love the flavor just as much as you love the ease of cleaning.
Less Mess MeatLoaf – Skillet Recipe
1 to 1 ½ lbs hamburger
1 cup Chopped onion
1 TB Balsamic Vinegar
1 TB Worchester Sauce
1 t thyme
½ cup Plain Bread crumbs (make your own or use a finely ground grocery store variety)
¾ cup ketchup
2-4 TB brown sugar
1 TB B-B-Q sauce
Large Skillet with a lid
Sautee the chopped onion in olive oil. Pull from the skillet and let it cool once the onion is translucent.
In a large mixing bowl, add:
Hamburger, Onion, Balsamic Vinegar, Worchester Sauce and blend well using your hands.
Sprinkle on pepper, salt, and thyme as you are mixing. Add Bread Crumbs and mix them in.
With a fork, blend in one egg for binding.
Form the beef mixture into 4 to 5 little beef loaf patties.
Add a little olive oil to the skillet and heat to medium before adding loaves.
Brown one side, flip and then spoon-on the ketchup topping.
At our house, we like a thicker consistency to the topping so it stays on thick to deliver a proper proportion of topping to meat loaf in every bite.
Cover. Then in 10-12 minutes check the internal temperature. You will want to continue on medium heat until the middle of the loaf gives you 160+ reading.