Traeger Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

Smoky, juicy, full of flavor! This Traeger Smoked Meatloaf is full of delicious tender & meaty perfection. Make this your new go-to summer meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total 1 hour 20 minutes

This Smoked Meatloaf recipe is perfectly juicy and tender. It is smoked to perfection, making it a super delicious summer time dinner. Keep the heat out of the kitchen and whip up dinner out on the Traeger grill..or your favorite smoker!

With only a few simple ingredients, you’ll have a dinner that the whole family will enjoy!

Meatloaf is a great alternative to hamburgers and makes such a great option for summertime meals, family dinners, and when you have guests over!

white platter with the finished smoked meatloaf

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What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • KID FRIENDLY – Our meatloaf is a kid favorite in our home! It’s a great option for summertime family dinners!
  • FLAVORFUL – This is an incredibly delicious take on a traditional meatloaf. Using a Traeger pellet grill (or your favorite smoker), gives an amazing smoky flavor that pairs well with the BBQ sauce.

Traeger smoked meatloaf tips

  • Using a sweet wood pellet like cherry or apple works really well for this recipe, but is pretty light in flavor. We like to use mesquite or hickory for a more bold flavor. We alternate between the two and they are both incredible!
  • Be sure to choose good quality beef. You’ll want one that has a bit of fat to keep it moist and juicy, but not leave it overly greasy.
white plates with the smoked meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans


I love a simple recipe that uses the best basic ingredients. And my favorite smoked meatloaf uses a barbecue sauce vs the standard tomato sauce or ketchup topping.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this meatloaf:

  • ground beef – choose a good quality that is more lean but also has a little fat.
  • onion, chopped
  • large eggs
  • bbq sauce – choose your favorite! I like to use a honey based one like this homemade bbq sauce, a mesquite sauce, or one with a little hickory flavor and brown sugar.
  • breadcrumbs
  • salt
meatloaf ingredients in small glass bowls

Tools you’ll need

Here’s what you’ll need to make this meatloaf:


Begin by preheating the smoker at 375 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes. Next, mix the meatloaf ingredients in a large glass bowl.

When mixing up the ingredients, be careful not to over mix because this will make this meatloaf a bit tough.

meatloaf ingredients layered in a large bowl
all ingredients combined in a large glass bowl
shaping the mealoaf into a bread loaf pan

Shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape inside of a bread loaf pan.

Brush the top of the meat mixture with a little bit of your favorite bbq sauce.

Place in the preheated Traeger grill racks and smoke for about an hour or until cooked through. Don’t overcook. The internal temperature should be about 160 degrees F

brushing the meat loaf bread with a little bbq sauce
meatloaf in a bread pan
white platter with the smoked meatloaf

Allow the cooked meatloaf to rest about 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy paired with your favorite side dishes like mashed potatoes, gravy, and green veggies for a complete comforting meal.

slices of meatloaf on white platter

How to store and reheat leftovers

If you have leftovers, they can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Add the slices of meatloaf into an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in a preheated 350 degree F oven until warmed through.

Favorite recipes that pair well with this meatloaf:

If you’re looking for a few yummy dishes that pair well with this summer time favorite, try one of these!

FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What do you put in meatloaf to keep it from falling apart?

To keep a meatloaf from falling apart, you’ll need binding ingredients. This recipe uses eggs and breadcrumbs to hold it together.

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

Using a good quality ground meat with a little fat, but not too much or it’ll be greasy. Combining ground beef and ground pork together is another great option for a moist meatloaf. And avoid over mixing and over cooking when making the meatloaf.

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Traeger Smoked Meatloaf

Mary Beth
Smoky, juicy, full of flavor! This Traeger Smoked Meatloaf is full of delicious tender & meaty perfection. Make this your new go-to summer meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Rest Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 259 kcal



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 large egg
  • cup bbq sauce plus a little for the top
  • cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the Traeger grill to 375 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes, or until it comes to proper temperature.
  • In a large bowl, add the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, chopped onion, bbq sauce, and salt. Mix well, but be careful not to over mix.
  • Shape into a loaf and place in loaf pan and brush with a little more BBQ sauce (about 1-2 tablespoons). Place on preheated Traeger grill and cook for about an hour or until cooked through. Don’t overcook. The internal temperature should be about 160 degrees F.
  • Remove from grill, drain any excess grease. Allow to rest and cool for just about 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1gCalories: 259kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 15gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 656mgPotassium: 282mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg
Keyword traeger meatloaf, traeger smoked meatloaf
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