Beet rat! Beetroot in this rat shaped meatloaf is perfectly horrifying for Halloween. Get your freak on with this freaky rodent! In this recipe I’m going to add grated Beets to my meatloaf recipe. The Beets will give this a special bloody look when you slice into it.

The inspiration for this dish was a Beetroot root, that I often thought looks so much like a tail of a rodent … not that I have ever been that up close and personal.

A little history here … there is nothing that creeps me out more that a mouse, a rat or even a Bandicoot. I was once trapped in an apartment with a Bandicoot and have lived to tell the tale. When I look back at the pictures of my Beet Rat, I get creeped out and hence you know I’ve done my job!

Beet Rat (Beetroot Meatloaf)

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Meatloaf mixture

  • 1 cup grated cooked Beets
  • 2 lbs ground meat Beef, Lamb or Chicken
  • 1 cup diced Onion
  • 2 tbsps minced green Chilli
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp red Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric


  • 1 Beetroot root
  • 3 boiled eggs
  • 4 Chicken feet
  • Beef Salami or any other cold cut
  • 2 pickled Onions
  • 1 – 2 uncooked Spaghetti
  • Almond slivers
  • 1 – 2 tbsps Black sesame
  • 2 tbsps Ketchup


  • Cook the beets and grate some reserving the tail
  • Add onion, green chilli, egg, salt, Garam Masala, chilli powder, cumin and turmeric powder and the grated beets to the meat and mix it well.
  • Make a base with the mixture with a well in the centre – add the beetroot root on one end and the eggs back to back in the well
  • Cover with the rest of the mixture and pack it in
  • Shape the meatloaf so it best looks like a rat
  • Add the chicken feet, salami for ears, onions for eyes and almond slivers for teeth
  • Sprinkle the top with black sesame seeds
  • Cook for 1 hr 15 mins and clean the edges in between and brush with ketchup