The Hairy Bikers' meat loaf with gravy recipe

The Hairy Bikers' meat loaf with gravy recipe

The three types of meat used in The Hairy Bikers’ succulent recipe release lots of juice – perfect for turning into a simple serving gravy. 

This meatloaf doesn’t need a special tin, just form into a loaf shape on a baking tray or roasting tin. You’ll often find it made with a spiced tomato glaze, which brings additional flavour, but you can leave it plain if you prefer. 


  • 1 tbsp sunflower or corn oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stick, trimmed and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1.5 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 1 tbsp freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 300g (10.6 oz) lean minced beef
  • 300g (10.6 oz) minced pork
  • 450g (15.9 oz) good quality sausage meat
  • 7 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 75g (2.6 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 small bunch (around 20g) flat leaf parsley, leaves chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
For the gravy
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 400ml (14.1 fl oz) beef or pork stock (fresh or made up)
  • 1 tsp tomato ketchup


  • Cuisine: American
  • Recipe Type: Main
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 60 mins
  • Serves: 6


  1. Stir the chilli powder and thyme into the pan and cook with the vegetables for a further 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and tip the contents into a large mixing bowl. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan oven 180C/Gas 6.
  2. Add the beef, pork, sausage meat, 3 tbsp of the ketchup, 1 tbsp of the Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg, salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper to the vegetables and mix with clean hands until thoroughly combined. The mixture should feel fairly stiff but moist.
  3. Place the meatloaf mixture in the centre of a sturdy baking tray or small roasting tin and form into a loaf shape roughly 28cm by 14cm. (It is important that the tin has sides.) Mix the remaining 4 tbsp ketchup, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce and the sugar in a small bowl and spread over the top of the meatloaf.
  4. Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes until browned and firm. The loaf will have released lots of juice as it cooks but you can use this to make the gravy. Remove the loaf from the oven and transfer carefully to a warmed serving plate. Cover loosely with a piece of foil.
  5. Place the baking tray or roasting tin on the hob over a low heat and stir the flour into the juices using a wooden spatula. Cook for 20-30 seconds, stirring continuously. Slowly start adding the stock, just a little at a time, stirring constantly until it is all incorporated. Stir in the 1 tsp ketchup.
  6. Bring the gravy to a simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring to lift the juices and sticky sediment from the base of the tin. If the gravy is a little lumpy, use a metal whisk to help combine the flour. Season with a little more salt and pepper if necessary. Strain the gravy through a sieve into a warmed jug.
  7. Cut the meatloaf into thick slices and serve with the gravy for pouring.

Recipe taken from Hairy Bikers’ Mississippi Adventure, new and exclusive on Good Food, Sundays at 9pm from 19th August (Sky 247 / Virgin 260).

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