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Grilled BBQ Meatloaf

Grilled BBQ Meatloaf is a tender and juicy meatloaf with amazing flavor from sautéd peppers, onions and garlic. It’s basted with sweet and tangy bbq sauce and grilled to perfection.

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Grilled BBQ Meatloaf sliced over head view on a white platter

Classic meatloaf is one of the most popular comfort foods to make for dinner. Always a family favorite and pretty simple to make. Add a side of smoked mac and cheese for a family favorite meal.

My kids absolutely love our Cheddar Stuffed Meatloaf and if you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it makes the best sandwiches!


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How to Make BBQ Meatloaf:

Skillet with diced red peppers, diced onion and minced garlic

  1. Add olive oil, chopped onion, minced garlic and chopped red bell peppers to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until vegetables are softened.Cooked peppers, onions, and garlic in a black skillet
  2. In a bowl, add lean ground beef and add 2 beaten eggs, the sautéd vegetables, Italian seasonings, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. Ground beef with onions, peppers and garlic formed into a loaf on a white plate
  3. Mix together until well combined. 
  4. Shape into a loaf and place on a lined baking sheet.
  5. Get your grill ready with hickory or oak for smoke flavor with about a 300- 325° fire or preheat the oven to 375°.Grilling meatloaf
  6. Cook for 25 minutes. Brush generously with barbecue sauce. Meatloaf on the grill brushed with bbq sauce
  7. Keep cooking for 30- 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°.BBQ Meatloaf on a white tray
  8. Remove from grill or oven and allow to rest about 10 minutes before slicing. 

Since this meatloaf is gluten free, it doesn’t stick together as well as meatloaf that is made with bread. Just slice it carefully, I promise it’s just as juicy and delicious!

BBQ Meatloaf with 2 slices, sliced on a tray with a meat fork

Lots of folks top their meatloaf with ketchup but I love brushing barbecue sauce over the top so much more. Especially if it’s a sweet barbecue sauce!

Our barbecue sauce is gluten free when made with Lea & Perrins or French’s Worcestershire sauce. To make this meatloaf gluten free, be sure the barbecue sauce you use is gluten free too! It has a really great texture, more like a grilled burger than traditional meatloaf.

My family absolutely loves meatloaf, but I’ve never been the biggest fan. Well that is until we tried making our Easy Smoked Meatloaf on the grill.  It’s always been a texture issue with me and if you have similar feelings, this is the meatloaf you are going to love. 

If you haven’t tried grilling a meatloaf, you just have to give it a try. It’s a real game changer. Perfect for busy weeknights or Sunday supper with the entire family.

You might also like our BBQ Fatty that is similar to a meatloaf. It has a layer of ground beef, a layer of sausage with cheese, peppers and onion filling. All of that is wrapped in bacon and smoked to perfection. 

Slice of meatloaf with mashed potatoes and broccoli on a plate, sliced meatloaf on serving dish in background

Delicious Side Dishes to Complete Your Meal:

  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes are the classic choice to serve with meatloaf. So creamy and delicious!
  • Grilled Potatoes are filled with cheese and everything bagel seasoning and made right on the grill next to the meatloaf! So savory and delicious!
  • Broccoli with Toasted Walnuts is a great veggie side dish for any dinner. The toasted walnuts add a delicious crunch to steamed broccoli.
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob is so simple to make in a foil packet and cook on the grill with your main dish. The garlic butter takes it to a new level of delicious flavors!
  • Grilled Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables to grill. It’s super simple and cooks really quickly. 

More Ground Beef Grilling Recipes

Family favorite dinners to make on the grill this week using ground beef. Easy recipes that you will make again and again.

If you find yourself craving comfort food, I insist you give this grilled bbq meatloaf recipe a try. It’s so flavorful and delicious and like no other meatloaf I’ve ever tried. The peppers and onions add so much flavor and great texture. 

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli on a plate with a fork, sliced meatloaf in background




Grilled BBQ Meatloaf on a platter with 2 slices and meat fork
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BBQ Meatloaf

BBQ Meatloaf is a tender and juicy meatloaf with amazing flavor from sautéd peppers, onions and garlic. It's basted with homemade barbecue sauce and grilled to perfection.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Beef
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled meatloaf, ground beef recipes, meatloaf with peppers and onions, smoked meatloaf
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 515kcal
Author: Milisa


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 cup red bell peppers diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ cup sweet and tangy barbecue sauce


  • Add olive oil, onion, red peppers and garlic into a skillet and cook, stirring often until vegetables are softened. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add ground beef and beaten eggs.
  • Add cooked onions and peppers, Italian seasonings, pepper, salt and granulated garlic.
  • Mix well and form into a loaf on a lined baking sheet.
  • Prepare grill to 300- 350° with hickory or oak for smoke flavor or oven to 375°.
  • Cook meatloaf 25 minutes.
  • Brush top and sides with homemade barbecue sauce.
  • Continue cooking 30-45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°.
  • Allow meatloaf to rest 10 minutes before slicing.


*Our barbecue sauce is gluten free when made with Lea & Perrins or French's Worcestershire sauce. Use your favorite gluten free barbecue sauce for this meatloaf.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 752mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

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