Meatloaf on the Grill

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Whether you call it barbeque, cooking out, or grilling, cooking food over an open flame adds a different level of flavor that you don’t find when you broil, bake, or pan fry foods. As summer approaches, it’s a nice way to cook dinner without heating up the kitchen — and if the weather’s nice, then it’s a great excuse to get out of doors.

Hot off the grill at our house is Meatloaf. Yes, really. I had meatloaf on my freezer cooking list for this week and wondered what it would be like if I grilled it, instead of baking it in the oven. Our grill, a Holland Heritage Grill is an odd bird. It cooks like an oven, so I knew it would probably work.

I made two one-pound meatloaves and wrapped them in foil. (This is the great make-ahead part of this meal.)

Then near dinnertime, I threw them both on the grill, wrapped. Since this was an experiment, I left one wrapped longer than the other. I recommend unwrapping the foil after about 15 or 20 minutes. Then the covered heat of the grill should brown the top of the meat. The foil-wrapped meatloaf looked a little boiled, while the uncovered one developed a nice brown crust.

At this point you could baste the meatloaf with a sauce, but we like it plain. Once I knew it was done, I took it off the foil and let the grill brown it. I don’t think that really had much of an effect.

I also am not sure that this is a super-economical way to cook your dinner. Propane can be expensive and your oven may be more efficient than your grill.

This method does grant you a few things:

  • an easy make ahead meal, dare I say, Freezer Meal?
  • an option out of a hot kitchen
  • a hearty meal to take camping


What do YOU like to cook on the grill?

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  1. Jenny says

    I do meatloaf patties on the grill. Like meatloaf but made into burger patties. Fab! I shared my grilled pizza recipe, don’t fear the dough!

  2. I love grilling. It’s my favorite way to cook. Tonight I grilled cabbage for the first time. It was easy and great. Just olive oil, salt and pepper. I have thoughts of making fish tacos with a grilled cabbage slaw. Oh yum!
    I too have grilled pizza and Jenny’s right don’t let the dough scare you. I made appetizers with small dough. It’s a great way to get your confidence.

  3. That is so interesting! It doesn’t look as greasy as oven baked gets either.
    I am sharing some grilled pork chops we did the other night, one recipe we love grilled!

  4. Mindy says

    Yummy, I never thought about grilling meatloaf! thanks for sharing!

  5. Oops – I hit the ENTER key too early up there so one of my entries does nothing.

    Thanks for sharing! I am leaving one of my family’s favorites – Bean Fudge! You really won’t believe it! :-).

  6. So glad you had the grill theme today! I still haven’t decided what we’re going to eat on Memorial Day.

  7. Alisha says

    I wonder if this would work to throw them in the smoker and give them that flavor!

  8. Love grilling season. Thanks for having us all link up our favorites!

  9. hubby wraps corn on the cob in foil and puts on tobasco sauce. the kids, obviously, are not fans, so we make theirs plain. i love your moxie … trying to grill meatloaf! awesome!

  10. Chaya says

    The extra flavor of a barbecue must make these extra special.

  11. Cris says

    Totally {heart} my grill! Can’t wait to give all these a look! Yum!

  12. Susan says

    The meatloaf looks great. I never thought about grilling it. The broccolli side looks good, could you share the recipe?

  13. I am all for trying to cook whatever I can on the grill. I have been doing that a lot lately because clean up is so much easier. I will have to put this into our grill rotation. Thanks for hosting as well!

  14. Erika says

    We made this last night and it came out great!

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