Ham Loaf

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This ham loaf recipe is one of the best ways to use up leftover ham. Baste with a sweet brown sugar glaze during baking for a delicious caramelized flavor. This works well with our oven roasted ham recipe and is a fun twist on traditional meatloaf.

Meat loaf is one of the foods that people love to hate. I’m here to say loud and proud that I can’t get enough of meatloaf. Hawaiian meatloafeasy meatloaf in a skillet and even Mexican meatloaf. It’s just so good and makes an excellent leftover meal.

When you have leftover holiday ham, make this glazed Ham Loaf recipe. The whole family will love how the salty ham pairs so well with the sweet pineapple glaze. 

ham loaf and pineapple glaze with one slice cut

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Frank says, “I have been looking for this old fashioned ham loaf recipe for years. My grandmother made and I thought it was amazing. And thank you!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kim says, “So good!!!!! ❤️ We all loved it!! I didn’t add the onion or paprika, because of personal preference but it was really good! Thanks 😊”

Ham Loaf Ingredients

ingredients for ham loaf

Key ingredients:

  • Ground ham. Use leftover ham or buy sliced ham for the recipe. Either way, use a food processor to quickly process the meat. If you have a meat grinder, you could do that too.
  • Ground pork. Buy plain, unseasoned pork, not ground sausage.
  • Mustard. Some have used dijon mustard, but I prefer a standard yellow mustard.
  • Graham cracker crumbs. Honey graham crackers give excellent flavors. Use bread crumbs if you’d like but the crackers blend in nicely.

✨ See the recipe card for the full recipe and ingredients. ✨

How to Make Ham Loaf

This is an easy recipe to make. If you’ve ever made meatloaf, it is very similar! It takes about 2 hours to make, but most of that time is hands-off and you can have it ready in 4 steps:

collage of how to make ham loaf
  • Make the meat mixture. In a large bowl, mix together the ground ham, pork, eggs, mustard, ketchup, onion, graham crackers and milk. Mix the meat mixture well.
  • Shape and bake. Shape the ham loaf mixture into a loaf, packing the meat firmly. (You can form two smaller loaves of if you prefer. They will take less time to cook this way.) Sprinkle the top of the ham loaf with paprika. Bake the ham loaf for 20 minutes. 
  • Make the brown sugar glaze. During this 20 minutes, make the glaze. Combine the brown sugar glaze ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until the sauce comes to a boil, then boil for 1 minute.
  • Bake and baste. Remove from the heat and set aside until the ham loaf is ready to glaze.After the initial 20 minutes of baking, brush the top of the loaf with the glaze. Bake again for 70 minutes, basting the ham loaf 2 or 3 more times during baking.
ham loaf with pineapple glaze
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Make it a meal.

Serve this ham loaf with a couple of the following:

Make Ahead and Storage Instructions

Make the ham meatloaf mixture a day in advance, cover and store in the fridge overnight. Then bake the next day.

​Freeze any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

ham loaf with leftover ham on a plate
ham loaf with leftover ham on a plate

Ham Loaf

4.53 from 36 votes
This ham loaf recipe is one of the best ways to use up leftover ham. Baste with a sweet brown sugar glaze during baking for a delicious caramelized flavor.
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

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Ingredients
 

For the ham loaf:

  • 2 1/4 pounds ground ham precooked ham
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk*
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple with pineapple juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground ham, pork, eggs, mustard, ketchup, onion, graham crackers and milk. Mix the meat mixture well.
  • Shape the ham loaf mixture into a loaf, packing the meat firmly. (You can form two smaller loaves of if you prefer. They will take less time to cook this way.) Sprinkle the top of the ham loaf with paprika.
  • Bake the ham loaf for 20 minutes. During this 20 minutes, make the glaze.
  • Combine the brown sugar glaze ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until the sauce comes to a boil, then boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside until the ham loaf is ready to glaze.After the initial 20 minutes of baking, brush the top of the loaf with the glaze. Bake again for 70 minutes, basting the ham loaf 2 or 3 more times during baking.
  • Serve warm with any remaining glaze drizzled on top.

Video

Notes

  • The original recipe (and video) called for ¾ cup milk. We’ve reduced that to ½ cup to help the loaf hold together better.
  • Store leftover ham loaf in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 3-4 days.
  • Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
  • The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 15, with 1 serving being 1 slice of ham loaf. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. **

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 391
Keyword easy dinner recipe, ham dinner, leftover ham

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Kim
7 months ago

5 stars
So good!!!!!❤️ We all loved it!! I didn’t add the onion or paprika, because of personal preference but it was really good! Thanks 😊

Paula
1 year ago

4 stars
Made this tonight. I haven’t had ham loaf in, dare I say, decades. It tasted wonderful but it completely fell apart. I followed the recipe to the letter, basting every 20 minutes. Baked it uncovered in a 9×13 pan as one loaf for almost 2 hours. Any suggestions?

crap site
2 years ago

Poor, poor turn out!!!! I think these internet cooks have never made the recipes they publish

Diane Cameron
3 years ago

4 stars
Loved the taste of this ham loaf but, in my opinion, it needed more of something to bind it together better. Maybe adding more graham crackers would have worked or less milk. Also, next time, I will split into 2 separate loaves and freeze one. This makes a huge batch in a 9×13 casserole. It was delicious, no matter how big and loose it was.

Sylvia
3 years ago

I just made this ham loaf & it was super…however the glaze was burnt on bottom of my pan which I had sprayed according to instructions…it is now soaking. Did I do something wrong or is this expected?

Debra J Hale
4 years ago

When the recipe calls for ground pork is that COOKED pork, ground sausage, or what? Really looking forward to trying this recip

Brooke
4 years ago

5 stars
Made this last night for the first time. I have two kids – 7 and 10 years old. They’re very picky and they loved this! Asked that it be added to the rotation (which so far only includes 2 meals 😉 Thanks for a great recipe.

Frank Jackson
4 years ago

5 stars
I have been looking for this thing for years. My grandmother made it like 2 times and I thought it was amazing. And thank you

Anonymous
5 years ago

Thus recipe doesn’t call for an egg or two?