Sweet Potato Meatloaf

What happens when lean ground beef and sweet potatoes mate?

sp meatloaf 014Sweet potato meatloaf!

As I scanned the kitchen for inspiration for tonight’s dinner, a sweet potato caught my eye. Ryan had to work late this evening, and I figured he would be thrilled to come home to meatloaf, since it’s one of his favorite meals.

An idea was born!

Combine the tater and the meat and hope for the best!

sp meatloaf 017 sp meatloaf 018I added several other ingredients to the mix before cooking the meatloaf for an hour.

While waiting for the loaf to cook and for Ryan to arrive home, I entertained Sadie outside with several rounds of fetch.

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The apartment smelled fantastic by time time Ryan walked in the door. His eyes lit up when I told him what we were having for dinner.

My little sweet potato meatloaf experiment was a success!

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Sweet Potato Meatloaf


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. honey mustard
  • Slightly less than 1/4 c. ketchup
  • Slightly less than 1/4 c. barbeque sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. garlic salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook sweet potato. (I do this by wrapping a sweet potato in saran wrap and microwaving it for 5 minutes on high.)
  • Remove sweet potato peel before or after cooking, depending on cooking method. (I just scooped out the sweet potato flesh when it was done cooking.)
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and place meat mixture in pan.
  • Cook for approximately one hour or until meat is no longer pink in the middle.


  1. Alison says

    I have never heard of sweet potato meatloaf, but it looks delish! I bet it makes the meatloaf super moist! You should submit it to a fitness magazine lol


  2. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries says

    OMG, Julie. I NEED to make this. Sounds so good! Except for that part about less than 1/4 cup ketchup 😉


  3. Jamie says

    i think sweet potato is one of those ingredients that makes almost everything better. weird that Ryan doesn’t like onion in his meatballs, but likes it in his meatLOAF! my boyfriend doesn’t like meat shaped like bread on principle lol


  4. Danielle says

    Hi Julie. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I appreciate it so much! I’ve tried a few of your recipes and this was GREAT! My fiance, who is a very picky eater, loved it too.

    I also want to say thanks for your blog and writing all about your workouts and recipes. I work out six days a week and you’ve introduced me to some new ideas (interval training especially), which has been so helpful.

    Anyways, thanks again for sharing your life, and congrats on your upcoming wedding and your blogging success.


  5. Danielle says

    Have you tried cooking this in a muffin tin vs. a meatloaf pan? I’m curious what the cook time would be. Just wondering since I do not have a meatloaf pan, and this sounds delicious. 🙂


    • Kaitlyn says

      i never use a meatloaf pan, i just shape the mixture into a loaf and bake on a foil lined cookie sheet 🙂 i need to try meatloaf muffins, though! they are all the rage and i bet they are great for portion control. i wonder what the cook time would be?


  6. Kaitlyn says

    made this today. whoa – it made a lot of meatloaf! i ended up splitting it into two loaves, still only took around an hour to cook though. i wonder if i can freeze the other loaf? anyway, i haven’t tried it yet – letting it rest. i’m sure it will be great because i love sweet potatoes!



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