Is There Such A Thing As A Gourmet Meatloaf Sandwich

Is there such a thing as a gourmet meatloaf sandwich? After making a wonderful meatloaf sandwich on toasted herbed foccacia with caramelized onions and truffled ketchup, I think you could call it gourmet. If you don’t want to call it gourmet then just call it delicious. But whatever you do, make the sandwich.

Meatloaf Sandwich On Herbed Foccacia With Caramelized Onions And Truffled Ketchup
Meatloaf Sandwich On Herbed Foccacia With Caramelized Onions And Truffled Ketchup

My husband and I love meatloaf and I make several different ones…two of our favorites are a traditional meatloaf and a Mexican meatloaf. If you have read my posts about these two varieties, you know that I make two smaller meatloaves instead of making one large meatloaf. We eat one the night it is baked, the other is wrapped up to have for meatloaf sandwiches.

Something wonderful happens while the meatloaf rests in the refrigerator over night…the flavors seem to enhance and the texture improves just like when you make a rustic country pâté or meat terrine. The result, when you are ready to make your sandwich is delicious. Now if you like, you can make your sandwich with cold meatloaf on soft white bread with just ketchup…my husband loves it that way. If you want to get fancy, add a pickle spear and some chips. If you would like to make the sandwich special and serve it for dinner along with a mixed green salad, then try this recipe…I think you will love it.

For my basic meatloaf recipe click here. For this particular meatloaf I made a few changes. I sautéed onion, fresh fennel and garlic and used fresh thyme in my seasonings. Instead of using Worcestershire sauce in the meatloaf and as a topping, I used steak sauce which has a little extra taste and body. The most important thing when making a meatloaf is for it to be well seasoned and moist.

Caramelized onions gives this sandwich a wonderful depth of flavor. Slice onions (one onion for each sandwich you will be making) and add to a skillet over medium heat with some olive oil, salt, pepper and pinch of sugar to help the caramelization. Sauté until the onions turn translucent, then turn the heat down some and cook slowly until the onions are soft and caramelized.

Take enough ketchup for the sandwiches you are making and add a little white truffle oil. Truffle oil is very strong and a little goes a long way. You can always add more…so start with a small amount and taste until you have the taste you like.

Slice the meatloaf while cold and warm slightly.* I warmed the meatloaf under the heat lamps on my stove…you could put it in a warm oven for a just a few minutes…you want it just warm but not hot.

Slice the foccacia in half and remove the center of the bread…leaving it about a half-inch thick. Brush with bread with olive oil and lightly toast. Assemble your sandwich and enjoy…it is that simple.


I served my sandwiches with a green salad simply dressed with an olive oil and sherry vinegar dressing. My husband and I felt we were eating something more than just your average sandwich. It was easy to put together but also a memorable and delicious meal. We thought we were having a gourmet sandwich for dinner.

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177 thoughts on “Is There Such A Thing As A Gourmet Meatloaf Sandwich

  1. There is nothing better than a meatloaf sandwich! We do the same thing you do, make 2 smaller ones – if it’s just the two of us – and put one away for the next day. I never thought to put truffle oil in ketchup but I will have to try it!

    1. Hi Kelli, A meatloaf sandwich is one of my husband’s favorite sandwiches. A little truffle oil in the ketchup was great. Making the two smaller loaves works so well.

  2. I am stealing your idea of making two smaller meatloaves – what a great idea. I would say this looks gourmet! My husband used to work in a nice restaurant in downtown DC before we were married and he said the most popular lunch item was their meatloaf sandwich. I love the onions on top and the truffled ketchup. I could eat this for breakfast!

    1. Hi Becki, I started making two smaller loaves so that we could have one and keep one for sandwiches and it works out great. They also don’t take as long to bake which is a good thing. The onions and truffled ketchup made the sandwich especially good.

  3. A few months ago I was watching an episode of America’s Test Kitchen and they were talking about the first recipes for meatloaf. There were things in there that would make your hair curl. Just unnatural. Thank goodness that meatloaf recipes have evolved to this deliciousness. I agree with you, meatloaf the next day is almost better than the first.

  4. I have never made a meatloaf before – not sure it is something my hubby would enjoy – not that that is my excuse, guess we were never brought up eating it. I think meatloaf if an American tradition?
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. Hi Mandy, I think a lot of people would consider meatloaf to be an American tradition. We do eat a lot of meatloaf but I think our tradition came from German (hackbraten and leberkase) and French origins (terrine and pate). It makes a terrific meal served hot and wonderful when cold in a sandwich. Just think of it as a fancied up hamburger.

  5. Hi, Karen. I love a good meatloaf sandwich. It’s one of my favorite meals. Insofar as gourmet food is concerned, gourmet food is simply food of the highest quality and flavor, prepared well and presented in an artful manner. Your meatloaf sandwich would surely qualify. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Richard, There truly is something pleasing about a good meatloaf sandwich. I’m glad you like this version and thank you for your compliment.

  6. The caramelized onions make this sandwich gourmet. I want to get one of those Forman grills for my boys for the holiday and this would be a great sandwich to give it a trial run.

  7. I’ve always loved my meatloaf sandwich with just butter and salt–but this looks wonderful. Karen, you are so creative in the kitchen. PLEASE adopt me!!!! (Hint-I’ll NEVER quit trying this maneuver, but if in case it doesn’t ever work, I’m sure enjoying the recipes and the teasing-LOL!)

    1. Hi Sue, Thank you for your lovely compliment. I think making two smaller meatloaves is perfect when you want sandwiches. I do like taking something ordinary and turning into something a little more special…it keeps meals interesting. Just for the record, you are at the top of the adoption list. LOL.

  8. I have to agree wholeheartedly! My wife does the same thing. You have to have a second meatloaf for sandwiches. I was intrigued by your reference to Mexican Meatloaf. I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for the new thoughts your post gave me.

    1. Hi Nick, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Making the second meatloaf for sandwiches does work out good. If you like Mexican flavors, I think you would enjoy the Mexican Meatloaf. My husband loves it.

    1. Hi Bishop, I think you will enjoy the Mexican meatloaf…it is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. Your fresh tomatoes from the garden will be perfect in the warm salsa recipe.

  9. I will have to try this. I am always looking for something to do with ground meat and have not been very successful with meatloaf, but I am always willing to give it another go. I think I’ll use your recipe though! 😉

    1. Hi Julien, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. The secret to a good meatloaf is to season it well and to make sure it is moist. I hope you will enjoy my meatloaf recipe.

  10. LOVE the addition of the truffle oil in the ketchup, really takes it to the next level without the chore of making your own. Although I know of two bloggers who’s home made ketchup recipes are on my list!
    I’m not a huge fan of meat loaf but i would live a bite of this sandwich!

    1. Hi Eva, Thank you for your comment. Something as simple as adding truffle oil to the ketchup really added to the overall flavor of the sandwich. I think that you might enjoy this meatloaf sandwich.

  11. Love your idea of adding sauteed onion to the meat mixture, copying that idea together with the mini meatloaves. Agree, meatloaf taste better the next day and what’s not to like about a gourmet meatloaf sandwich. Salads dressed simply are the best..

    1. Hi Norma, I think the secret to a good meat loaf is making sure it has lots of flavor. Sautéing the onions really does help. Two smaller loaves really works…one for the meal and one for sandwiches. Adding a simple green salad to this sandwich really makes it a nice dinner.

  12. YUM YUM YUM meatloaf indeed makes the perfect sandwich. It has always been my favorite…in fact, like you, we will make a meatloaf specifically for sandwiches…now where is my mixing bowl…

    1. Hi Susan, I’m glad you like the sandwich recipe…thank you. I think there might be a lot of people making meatloaf soon just so they can make this sandwich. It is nice when you can get two meals from a recipe.

  13. It’s so weird, but I have never made meatloaf! I like it, and sometimes order it in restaurants, but just have never done it. I think maybe some of the really bad meatloaf I had as a child left a scar. Anyway, meatloaf sandwich is a wonderful thing, and I love your idea of making two small meatloaves. I think my New Year’s resolution will be to finally make meatloaf! Good post – thanks.

    1. Hi John, I can’t believe with all the cooking you do that you have never made a meatloaf. Definitely make it one of your New Year’s resolutions. Thank you for your comment.

  14. If they DON’T … they should, because this meatloaf sandwich certainly qualifies as something above a run of the mill meatloaf sandwich. Although I don’t know that I have the delicate palate for ‘truffle oil’ in my ketchup, I’m all over that caramelized onion. It’s great on a goat cheese, proscuitto pizza and I still have a small container in my freezer for when I want to add a powerful flavour hit to a dish without standing over a stove and making another batch. 🙂

    1. Thank you Boleyn, for your lovely compliment. It definitely isn’t your ordinary sandwich. I like your idea of freezing caramelized onions…thanks.

  15. Since this is one of my all time favorites, I’d have to ask “Is there such a thing as a non-gourmet meatloaf sandwich?” 🙂

    1. Hi Daisy, Thank you for your compliment. I think people that say that they don’t like meatloaf have probably had a meatloaf that is dense, dry and under seasoned. For food to taste good, it needs proper seasoning.

    1. Hi France, Thank you for your compliment. If you enjoy meatloaf or a meat terrine of any kind, then you will enjoy a meatloaf sandwich. It really is delicious.

    1. Hi Celia, I’m glad that I have inspired you to make a meatloaf again. Meatloaf and meatloaf sandwiches are favorites in our home. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  16. We love meatloaf too! And we love meatloaf sandwiches, I can’t wait to try it! I would definitely say it’s gourmet! Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve got a 3rd recipe for you! I’ll post it later this week!

  17. I love your meatloaf, actually all your recipes sounds tasty. And I love meatloaf in general, but never made one from the meat myself (I made mushroom meatloaf and vegetables, but I guess it’s not really a meatloaf if it doesn’t have any meat in it, is it?!) Need to fix it! 🙂

    1. Hi Marina, Thank you for your very nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoy my recipes. I think that I would call what you described made with mushrooms and vegetables as a terrine which I love as well.

    1. Hi Piglet, I think that you should try making a meatloaf…it is very good. And as you can see, many people love having a meatloaf sandwich as well.

  18. I fully agree with Conor Bofin: who indeed cares about ‘gourmet’ – just use your imagination the way you have and enjoy both the cooking and eating. And meatloaves are huge in popularity in Northern Europe: I grew up on them. In Estonia one calls them ‘pikk poiss’ – a ‘long boy’: interesting semantics. And, oh boy, are they good with various curry spice combos 🙂 !

    1. Thank you Eha, for your compliment. I know that a lot of people think meatloaf is an American invention but it is prepared in many parts of the world and known by different names. Thank you for letting us know what it is called in Estonia. I’m sure it is good with curry spices.

  19. Can you believe that I never had meatloaf sandwich? And seeing yours make me feel that I should try this and very soon. Looks delicious Karen!
    Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Juliana, Thank you for your nice compliment. The flavor of meatloaf gets better after resting in the refrigerator and makes a delicious sandwich. I think you would enjoy one. I hope you have a lovely week as well.

    1. Thank you Roger, The sandwich was as good as it looks. If Jenny doesn’t eat meat, that would definitely explain why you haven’t made meatloaf.

  20. OK, so now I know what we are having for dinner tonight AND tomorrow …good thing we made rustic rosemary sourdough bread this morning. It will be perfect!
    thanks for sharing! I’m enjoying exploring your blog!

    1. Hi O’Manas, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. It is nice to hear that you are enjoying my blog. Your homemade rosemary sourdough will be terrific with the meatloaf sandwich.

  21. now I know what we are having for dinner tonight AND tomorrow …makes me even happier that there’s rosemary sourdough baking in the oven right now. I think it’ll be a perfect fit!

  22. One of my favorite things about making meatloaf is enjoying a sandwich made with the leftovers, I like the addition of the caramelized onions on top! Beautiful site you have with wonderful inspiration for my meal planning;-)

    1. Thank you so much Patty, for your nice compliment. It is always nice to know that my recipes give inspiration towards someone’s meals. The caramelized onions are wonderful on the sandwich. I appreciate your stopping by for a visit.

    1. Thank you Diane, for your nice compliment. I think you will enjoy my meatloaf recipe. To make sure it doesn’t turn into a brick use fresh breadcrumbs and don’t over mix the meat and you should like the result.

      1. I think you will see a difference. I usually use my Cuisinart and make enough to fill a large zip lock bag. I keep them in the freezer for whenever I need fresh breadcrumbs.

  23. This is my kind of comfort food. Caramelized onions, chewy bread, and delicious meatloaf. A perfect dinner. Now where’s that bottle of wine?

    1. Hi Susan, My husband and I don’t often have a sandwich for dinner but when we do I try to make it special. The meatloaf sandwich with the green salad was wonderful meal. Yes, we had a nice Shiraz with the sandwich as well.

  24. I hated meatloaf for many a year…until I had my first turkey meatloaf of all things, then I became a meatloaf connoisseur! And of course I also became a convert to the meatloaf sandwich. Your gourmet version here looks mighty…as in mighty gourmet AND good!

    1. Hi Betsy, I have always loved meatloaf but it was my husband who got me to be a meatloaf sandwich lover. Since then there has been no stopping me. I’m glad you like this sandwich…it was delicious.

    1. Hi Amy, Thank you for your compliment. I’m glad you like the idea. My husband is crazy about this sandwich so I think Nate would love it as well.

  25. so much to catch up on here! great that you are back cooking again. restaurants hopping is fun but our own kitchens are the best, aren’t they? I personally love meatloaf (even if lately I am taking a break from meat) and with bread and salad is just heavenly.

    1. Hi Barbara, This time of the year we all have so much to do. Yes, back in our kitchens after a long period away is very nice. If I know you, you can take my sandwich and turn it into something delicious without meat. Thank you for your nice comment.

    1. Hi Amy, Glad to know you are a meatloaf lover like myself. Happy to know that you like my idea of a meatloaf sandwich taken up a notch. Thank you for your nice compliment.

    1. Hi Judy, I like making two smaller meatloaves just so that I can save one for sandwiches. I think you would enjoy the sandwich. Thank you for your nice comment.

    1. Hi Suzie, Thank you for stopping by to visit and your nice compliment. If your husband is like mine, he will love this sandwich. The truffle ketchup really added to the overall flavor of the sandwich.

    1. Hi Mary, It seems that there are a lot of us that love meatloaf. The truffled ketchup was perfect with the sandwich. I’m glad you like the idea…thank you.

  26. Gotta love leftover meatloaf in any form – including a sandwich. Of course this also reminds me of a horrible thought from my past. We were visiting my in-laws who were wintering on the Florida panhandle. i made meatloaf the night before, and leftovers were in the fridge. My wife and I were walking the beach, and then started talking about a meatloaf sandwich for lunch. Upon our return, the leftovers were gone because my father-in-law didn’t want leftovers in the refrigerator! …. and to this day, we don’t let him forget it!

    1. Hi Frank, I know what you mean about having leftover meatloaf. That is why I love make two loaves. I can’t believe your father-in-law doesn’t allow leftovers in his refrigerator. He doesn’t know all the wonderful things he is missing…besides being wasteful.

    1. Thank you Southern, for your nice compliment. Making two loaves works well for my husband and I as it gives us one specifically for sandwiches. I hope you and your husband will enjoy my recipe…I’m glad that I inspired you.

  27. I think that the title of this tasty post is about right. Yes, there are many self designed excellent gourmet meatloaf sandwiches & this is one of them: Perfect for me with excellent flavours in here too! 🙂 Thanks! 🙂 xxxMMMM!

    1. Hi Tanya, You are never late…anytime you stop by is fine with me, especially with someone as busy as you have been. I’m glad you like the sandwich and think it is gourmet. I do know that it was so good.

  28. Karen, your Gourmet Meatloaf Sandwich looks and sounds fabulous and I must agree with you, one night in the fridge always improves the flavor of meatloaves. I love to serve a few “cold slices” the next day on sandwiches. And I love caramelized onion – glad to read that I am not the only one because they add such a depth of flavor to a lot of different dishes!

    1. Hi Andrea, I’m glad you agree with me about the flavor of meatloaf improving after a day in the fridge. The caramelized onions really do add to the overall flavor of the sandwich. Thank you for your nice compliment…I appreciate it.

  29. Something I need to try and make at home indeed! Meatloaf is something which I never really had (being a Chinese kid who lived in Australia.) when you say truffle oil, I know I definitely need to try this.

    1. Hi Alli, Your comment really made me smile. I love that a talented little Chinese artist that lives in Australia wants to try my meatloaf sandwich with truffled ketchup. You are one of the main reasons why I love creating dishes and blogging about them. Thank you so very much for your comment.

      1. So welcome! I’ve been working from home this week (upcoming deadlines,) so there’s been a little sandwich love in my household too! Hope you have a terrific weekend!

  30. I LOVE meatloaf sandwiches and your take on them looks brilliant. I made Mario Batali’s stuffed and rolled meatloaf the other week and it made a WONDERFUL sandwich.

    1. Hi Jerry, I’m glad you like the meatloaf sandwich…it was delicious. Mario has some wonderful recipes…we have eaten at one of his restaurants and it was great as well. Thank you for your compliment.

  31. My goodness, you always have 1,000 comments! It’s probably because you are such an excellent food blogger (as well as travel blogger and other kinds of blogger too.) If I ate meat I would make this tomorrow. Since we don’t, may I just drool? It looks good.

    1. I have to say “oh my goodness” back to you and thank you for your very nice compliment. I do have a very loyal readership. My blog is very different and if you read about what not to do when creating a blog…it is mine. I’ve always marched to a different drummer and I consider myself very lucky that people enjoy my varied subjects. If I can make a non meat eater drool, I consider that a real compliment.

    1. Thank you Lisa, for your nice compliment. The sandwich is definitely a winner as far as I am concerned. The truffle ketchup adds such a great taste to so many different dishes…even the ordinary french fry.

  32. You WERE having a gourmet sandwich for dinner! This sounds so good. I haven’t had a meatloaf sandwich in I don’t know how long, probably because I haven’t made meatloaf in ages. I agree, there’s something about a meatloaf sandwich that’s just so darned good. And yours looks spectacular!

  33. I haven’t made meatloaf in ages, but this sandwich is definitely got me craving some now! Love the tiny touches that bring an extra bit of polish to delicious comfort food.

    1. Hi Ruth, I do hope you a make a meatloaf soon. Not only will you have a nice meal but then you get to try this sandwich. Thank you for your comment.

    1. Hi Ambrosiana, A meatloaf sandwich truly is comfort food. Adding the truffled ketchup and caramelized onions made it special. I’m so happy that you stopped by…I hope your family is well.

    1. I have to agree with you Carol…the flavor of meatloaf seems to improve by the next day. This was a terrific sandwich. Thank you for you nice compliment.

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