Frisch's Shares Ketchup-Free Meatloaf Recipe... with Tartar Sauce

Apparently there's a ketchup shortage? Not to worry. This favorite Frisch's recipe uses tartar sauce instead.

Apr 23, 2021 at 12:01 pm
The tartar sauce meatloaf - Photo: Provided by Frisch's
Photo: Provided by Frisch's
The tartar sauce meatloaf

Apparently there's a ketchup shortage in America, or so say media outlets like CNN. This dearth seems to apply more to those little foil packets than bottles of Heinz, but still. 

Frisch's Big Boy is taking the threat seriously and the local diner chain's Chef John Zenk has several suggestions for how people can cope without this omnipresent condiment. The answer? Tartar sauce. 

"'I don’t have ketchup for my burger.' Dress your burger with Frisch’s Tartar Sauce. 'I don’t have ketchup for my French fries.' Dip your fries in Frisch’s Tartar Sauce. 'I got ketchup on my lucky shirt.' Use Tide," says Zenk in a release.   

Zenk also shared a recipe for special Frisch's Big Boy Meatloaf with — you guessed it — tartar sauce instead of ketchup.

“In 2020, America suffered through a toilet paper shortage and Frisch’s Big Boy was there, offering tissue and other household staples through the newly created Big Boy’s Market,” said Alison O’Keefe, VP of Marketing of Frisch’s Big Boy, in a release. “In 2021, our creative team is back at it, offering Frisch’s Tartar Sauce and Big Boy Meatloaf as a fix to the tomato fixins deficiency."


  • 2 lbs. 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup of diced dill pickle
  • 4 tsp. of dill pickle juice
  • 1 tsp. Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh garlic, minced (3 cloves)
  • For the topping and serving: 8 slices of American cheese; 1 jar of Frisch’s Tartar Sauce.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except for the ground beef. Mix well with spatula or your hands to mush and mix these ingredients together until well combined. Add ground beef and fold in all the ingredients. Be careful not to over-mix. Form an even loaf (about 10-inches-by-5-inches) on a foil-lined, rimmed sheet pan. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Remove meatloaf from the oven.

Add 8 slices of American cheese, overlapping to get all slices on the meatloaf. Return to oven for 5 minutes to melt cheese. Let meatloaf rest for 8-10 minutes before cutting. Cut and serve with Frisch’s Tartar Sauce on the side.