Hackbraten (German Meatloaf)

"A traditional recipe, it is simple and homey. This recipe serves 3-4 but can easily be doubled."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Grease or spray baking dish that will hold your loaf with room around the edges for veggies.
  • In large bowl, gently mix Ground Meat and Breadcrumbs until combined.
  • Peel and dice on 1 Onion , heat 1 Tbsp of Butter in hot skillet, add diced Onion and Parsley , sauté until Onion is golden brown.
  • Beat Eggs in large shallow container; add Salt, Pepper, Rosemary and Nutmeg to Egg and mix. Pour Onion/Parsley mixture and Egg mixture over Ground Meat, knead together until uniformly mixed.
  • Mold meat mixture into loaf; roll in Flour until coated on all sides.
  • Lay Bacon slices in the middle of small casserole dish, set floured Loaf on top of Bacon.
  • Peel and slice Carrot and second Onion, pour Broth into casserole dish; scatter sliced Carrot and Onion around Meatloaf.
  • Heat 4 Tbsp Butter in warm skillet.
  • Pour hot Butter over meatloaf and place dish in preheated oven.
  • Bake 1 hour (or until cooked through (at least 160 degrees - no pink should be left), basting often With 5-10 minutes cook time remaining, spread Sour Cream over Meatloaf.
  • Remove dish from oven, move meatloaf to serving dish.
  • Stir Flour or Cornstarch into the juice remaining in pan to make sauce, return to oven to thicken or transfer mixture to a pot which can go on your stove top.
  • Slice and serve while hot.

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  1. JackieOhNo!
    This was a very unique take on regular meat loaf, full of flavor and very rich. I had about 1-1/4 lbs. of ground beef, and might add more next time, as the loaf was a little loose when forming it. The flour helped to seal it together, though. I did not add carrots (as I am the only one who likes them). I thickened the juices with cornstarch, which made a very nice gravy. I am so glad I tried this, and will be making this again! Thanks for sharing this.
  2. usafa_amy
    I made this because my husband requested meatloaf for his birthday. He loves German food so I thought it was worth a try. He loved it, even my very picky children loved it! Needless to say we will be having this again, thanks for the recipe!
  3. Gerry
    We rarely have meatloaf at our house - but that may change! The combination of ingredients came together to make for a meatloaf that had that old fashioned taste we love. I almost skipped the nutmeg (family not as fond of it as I am) but went for it - am sure the nutmeg and beef broth enhanced the taste - great taste and moist is a good combination. Served with a green salad and freshly baked buns ... we enjoyed!
  4. breezermom
    Very yummy recipe! I did reduce the amount of butter, but otherwise I made it as posted. DS loved this....it was different from our normal meat loaf, but deliciously different! I made this for ZWT6...thanks for sharing.



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