Here is my favorite recipe for venison meatloaf:

1 1/2 lbs ground venison (if necessary, start with my base recipe)unnamed
1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup quick oats, bread crumbs, or cracker crumbs (I prefer to use quick oats, but any of these will work)

Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Set 1/4 of this aside for the top of the meatloaf. Next, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape into a loaf, approximately 8″ x 5″ and place into loaf pan or 9″ x 13″ pan. I prefer to use the loaf pan so it will keep my top coat in place; note that using the loaf pan is more likely to lead to slightly burnt meatloaf edges (believe it or not, my husband and I actually prefer the burnt edges). Pour the remainder of the ketchup mixture over the top of the meatloaf and spread evenly. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour at 375°; remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Some other great alternatives:

Layer bacon across the top of the meatloaf before cooking


Shape into patties for meatloaf burgers and throw on the grill


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Comments (19)

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      I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you thought of it, and thank you for visiting my site and trying one of my recipes!

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      Thank you! It’s been a little while since I’ve made it, but I absolutely love it!! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I really get a lot of joy out of creating recipes.

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      So glad you enjoyed it! I guess it’s good that you didn’t have any leftovers, but I will admit that I love a leftover meatloaf sandwich!

  1. Marsha

    Reply elk with.1/2 lb.pork.sausage…!

  2. Dai


    I just put this in the oven. Used barbecue instead of ketchup though. Praying it turns out good!

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      I hope you enjoy it! You’ll have to let me know how it turned out. I even have people that hate meatloaf that have loved this recipe.

  3. Michelle


    I lined the loaf pan with bacon, used Italian bread crumbs, and added a bit of milk. It smells awesome!!!

  4. Mary


    Do I have to cover the meatloaf with foil when baking? I usually put foil on a cookies sheet and then put the meat on there shapes as a loaf. This time using deer meat.. I’ve never cooked it before though

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      I have always covered my meatloaf with foil, mainly to keep it from overbrowning on top. It also helps hold in the moisture, but it is not necessary. You can use this recipe and make your meatloaf exactly as you have in the past. Sometimes I even put it in muffin tins and I don’t cover it for that.

  5. Kelley


    Can I crank the heat slightly so we won’t be eating at 7:00? Lol (forgot it was meatloaf Friday 🤦🏼‍♀️😳

  6. Jan


    I made this tonight for dinner and I have never had a tastier meatloaf ever!!! This recipe is wonderful can’t wait to share it with family and friends!!

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