How To Make Tasty German Meatloaf – Deutscher Leberkaese

I am super excited to share with you today how to make a tasty German meatloaf. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a bit of muscle power to knead the meat mixture.

German Meatloaf/Deutscher Leberkaese is such a classic German dish that most people absolutely love. It is a hearty and rustic meal that you will find in most German regions.

Other German dishes, you may like to try: The Best German Potato Salad – So Delicious, Authentic German Potato Pancakes (Deutsche Kartoffelpuffer), or German Apple Cake With Streusel Topping

I found the recipe on YouTube on a German channel called ‘kein Stress kochen’ (ksk) and was amazed at how delicious the German meatloaf tasted.

spice mix

The spices play a very important role and, best of all, you can easily adjust them to your liking. Leave something out maybe or add spices you really like.

For the meat, you’ll need an equal mix of ground beef and minced pork to give the meatloaf a great flavor.

pork and beef mice

To mix everything together, I wear gloves because not only do I have to add icy cold water but also have to work the meat dough for around 10 minutes.

Btw, you’ll find the exact instructions in the printable recipe card below.

If you have a stand mixer or a handheld kitchen mixer, you can also mix the dough using the dough hooks.

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adding cold water to meat mixture

Lastly, grease a loaf pan with a little bit of oil so the meatloaf won’t be sticking to it once it has been baked in the oven.

Here is an important tip: When you fill in the meat dough into the loaf pan, make sure to press the mixture down as tight as possible.

This is necessary to prevent any air bubbles during the baking process. Check out my YouTube video so you know exactly what I mean.

meatloaf before putting it into the oven

Before putting the meatloaf into the preheated oven, smoothen out the surface with a little bit of water. Just slightly wet your hands and go over the top part.

cutting the german meatloaf

Wow, after one hour in the oven, my German meatloaf looks and smells absolutely amazing. As hard as it is, I recommend waiting a few minutes before cutting it so the meat juice can stay inside.

I love to serve the meatloaf either with German potato salad on the side or with pan-fried potatoes plus a fried egg as well.

You can choose how thick or thin you’d like to cut the slices. Everyone is different but as a main meal, I prefer thicker slices.

german meatloaf

So I do hope you will give this recipe a try. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Now let’s get cooking…

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