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Dill Pickle Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf goes from boring to hip with this recipe. Dill Pickle Meat Loaf is THE meat loaf for pickle lovers. But whether a pickle lover or not, you need to try this meat loaf. It has the most amazing flavor! Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans for a delicious All-American dinner. Even skeptics will become believers after just one bite!

Dill Pickle Meatloaf

A half a cup of pickle juice gets mixed into the meat loaf and I can’t really identify precisely what it is that the pickle juice does to the meatloaf. But it really does give it a unique and fabulous flavor.

The meat loaf is covered in a slightly sweet and plenty tangy glaze that is full of chopped dill pickle slices.

Dill Pickle Meatloaf recipe

Note: One thing to watch out for is the salt content in this recipe. The salt content of dill pickle juice can vary greatly and it can be rather high. So you may or may not need to add additional salt. The first time you make it you will probably have to taste your pickle juice and kind of go by how salty it is and your cooking instincts to tell you if you need to add salt or not.

Dill Pickle Meatloaf flavored with pickle juice and chopped pickles

Seriously y’all. Dill Pickle Meatloaf is the tastiest meat loaf you will ever put in your mouth! And it has such a unique taste, everyone around the table is bound to perk up when they take a bite.

Dill Pickle Meatloaf- an all-American meal!

Dill Pickle Meat Loaf

Dill Pickle Meat Loaf is THE meat loaf for pickle lovers. Covered in a thick glaze with chopped pickles, this meat loaf has such an amazing and unique flavor.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 1 hour
TOTAL: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium yellow or sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup chopped dill pickle slices
  • 6-8 dill pickle slices


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking dish.
  • Whisk together egg and pickle juice in a large bowl.
  • Add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, onion, and ground beef. Mix together, gradually sprinkling in the bread crumbs as you mix it together. 
  • Transfer mixture to prepared pan and shape into a  loaf.
  • Place in oven for 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile mix glaze. In a small bowl stir together all ingredients. After 40 minutes, pour glaze on top of meatloaf. Top with a row of pickle slices. Return to oven for 20 minutes.


Most likely, the pickle juice will be very salty. If it is, you do not need to add any salt to the meatloaf. If you like your food salty, add 1/4 teaspoon.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com


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5 thoughts on “Dill Pickle Meat Loaf”

  1. Tried this for dinner because I love pickles and I wasn’t really a fan. The pickle juice makes it very moist but the pickles just make it taste like a hamburger and makes me want some bread and onions and all fixens. An interesting flavor but I think I’ll stick to adding my stuffing mix instead. Thanks for the recipe though for something new.

  2. Beautiful photos! Definitely going to try making it as pretty as yours tonight, just have one question: What pickles do you use? I like Bubbies pickles because they don’t have vinegar, but would you go with dill or sweet (like bread and butter?) Thanks for sharing!

  3. OMG my mouth started watering as soon as I started reading your post. I love anything vinegar-y and this sounds so amazing. As a kid I used to eat lemons for desert!! I have to try this for sure. Thanks for posting it.

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