Grilled Meatloaf Recipe

You can grill just about anything, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. If you haven’t tried making a grilled meatloaf, you’re missing out. Grilled food is pretty much my favorite type of cooked food overall.

I make meatloaf frequently and in a variety of ways, but my teenage son’s favorite has always been one in which I sauté a good amount of onions and jalapenos (and/or poblanos or green or red peppers), season them well, and then add them into the meat mixture that has already partially cooked.

The trick to making a meatloaf is to season it well (a bland meatloaf is so not worth eating) and inject as much flavor into it as you can through the ingredients you add to it. I actually love making meatloaf (for me) with diced sautéed sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions because it’s so delicious and different. You get a nice sweet flavor from the veggies. Y-U-M!

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Grilled Meatloaf with a Honey BBQ Glaze 🔗

Ready for the perfect meatloaf recipe? This grilled meatloaf with a honey BBQ glaze is packed with awesome meatloaf flavor and grilled to perfection. It’s a great dinner for any day of the week, and your whole family is sure to love it!   

Prep: 20min

Total: 80min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 409 kcal, Carbohydrate 25 g, Protein 22 g, Fat 24 g, Saturated Fat 9 g, Trans Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 122 mg, Sodium 2171 mg, Fiber 1 g, Sugar 19 g, unSaturated Fat 11 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 2 pounds ground beef (85/15)
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup yellow onion (grated)
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup Hey Grill Hey Everything Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce)
  • ¼ cup honey


  1. Preheat. Preheat your grill for two-zone cooking with the heat on one side and no heat on the other. The overall temperature of your grill should be around 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix the meat. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix the ingredients gently until just incorporated.
  3. Make the loaf. Form your meatloaf into an even shape on a grill basket. The holes in the basket will allow excess moisture to drip away while cooking as well as add extra flavor from the grill to the meatloaf.
  4. Grill the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf on the indirect heat side of the grill. Close the grill and allow the meatloaf to cook for about 30 minutes. Open the lid and rotate the meatloaf so the opposite side is facing the higher heat side of the grill. This allows for more even cooking.
  5. Glaze. In a small saucepan, stir together the BBQ sauce and honey. Pour slowly over the top of the meatloaf to create a nice, even layer. Let the glaze drip down the sides of the meatloaf while you pour.
  6. Finish grilling. Close the lid again and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of your meatloaf reads 165 degrees F.
  7. Rest and serve. Remove your meatloaf from the grill and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.


What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

Eggs, ketchup, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire, barbecue sauce, or any other combination of wet seasonings should be added because they not only give the meat flavor and texture, but they also make it incredibly juicy.

What do you put in meatloaf to keep it from falling apart?

Lack of binding agents, such as eggs and breadcrumbs, is the most frequent cause of meatloaf failure; these ingredients are essential because they help the meat mixture adhere to one another and maintain its shape while cooking.

Does meatloaf need to be covered with foil while baking?

If you have a single large meatloaf, you should cover it with aluminum foil while it cooks to keep it moist, but do not leave it covered for the entire cooking process. Instead, remove the foil for the final 15 minutes of baking.

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