5/17/2022 | By Roger Disher

Give the grill a night off this summer and show your oven some love instead! This flavor-packed recipe brings in a hint of sweet and tangy in the topping. Although Chef Roger’s hearty Marvelous Meatloaf can stand alone, you can “summer-ize” it by serving with sweet cornbread and a crisp salad or coleslaw.

Marvelous Meatloaf recipe provided by Roger Disher, Executive Chef, Independence Village of Greenwood

Roger’s Marvelous Meatloaf


This flavorful recipe, Chef Roger Disher's Marvelous Meatloaf, has hints of sweet and tangy in the topping. Independence Village of Greenwood
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup panko-style breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley leaves
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, add the beef, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, shredded cheese, parsley, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Use your hands to mush and mix these ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Add the meat mixture to a loaf pan. Pat the meat down into an even layer.
  4. In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Pour the sweet and tangy sauce on top of the meatloaf and spread it into an even layer.
  5. Bake uncovered for 55 minutes.
  6. Let the meatloaf rest for 8-10 minutes before serving (or it may fall apart).

Roger Disher, Executive Chef

Independence Village Executive Chefs Roger Disher (left) and Callie Bird

Independence Village of Greenwood

Roger is a native Hoosier who came back home to share his talents! After culinary school, he worked in 5-star resorts and hotels until he became executive chef for Kansas State University, eventually transferring back home to be executive chef at IUPUI Indianapolis. Roger now enjoys creating a great dining experience for residents, always keeping meals healthy, but flavorful!

IMAGE, above: Independence Village Executive Chefs Roger Disher and Callie Bird

Roger Disher