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Meatloaf

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This meatloaf recipe is a classic dish made of lean ground beef mixed with a savory combination of seasonings, topped off with a homemade delicious meatloaf sauce.
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  1. MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS MEATLOAF RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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There are many meatloaf recipes that exist, but this is by far my favorite. This recipe makes the tastiest meatloaf. It has a unique and delicious flavor while still delivering the traditional dish we all know and love. It’s so easy to make the sauce that goes with it, and it’s the perfect finishing touch. You’re going to love this hearty meal.

Here are two more of our most flavorful beef recipes: these Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls and this classic recipe for Sloppy Joes. What about a great recipe for meatloaf in the slow cooker? Try our crockpot meatloaf.


MORE BEEF RECIPES:
Muffin Pan Meatloaf | Grape Jelly Meatballs


MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS

You will need: 

MEATLOAF

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

SAUCE

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PROTEIN: When making this dish you can swap out the lean hamburger for another type of ground meat if you’d like. Ground chicken meatloaf or ground turkey meatloaf are two other good options.

ONIONS: If you’re not a fan of onions, this recipe can be made without them.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS MEATLOAF RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a large loaf pan with nonstick spray.

STEP TWO: Place all of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl.

PRO TIP: Sautee the onion before mixing it into the beef mixture. Sauteeing will release the onion’s flavors, making your meatloaf even more flavorful.

STEP THREE: Mix with spoons or hands until fully combined.

PRO TIP: While messy, mixing the raw meatloaf mixture with your hands is the best way to make sure all the ingredients are well combined.

PRO TIP: Do not overmix the meatloaf mixture. Overmixing will make the meatloaf dry and dense.

STEP FOUR: Shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape and place it into a well-greased loaf pan.

STEP FIVE: Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Then simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

STEP SIX: Pour half of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf.

STEP SEVEN: Place pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

STEP EIGHT: Remove the meatloaf pan from the oven and add the rest of the sauce. Then, return to the oven and bake for another 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F on a meat thermometer.

STEP NINE: Remove from the oven and let the meatloaf rest a bit before slicing.

PRO TIP: Letting the meatloaf rest is an important step in this delicious recipe. It makes the meatloaf easier to slice but also allows time to lock in the juices.

HOW TO SERVE

Meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food and this flavorful meatloaf is perfect for an everyday meal. Add green beans and mashed potatoes or dinner rolls on the side. Our blueberry cobbler would be a perfect end to this cozy meal.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover meatloaf in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. Place in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Cooked, this traditional meatloaf recipe can be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap the meatloaf tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Then, place in a freezer bag. Defrost meatloaf in the fridge before baking.

This homemade meatloaf recipe is a classic home-style meal. Lean ground beef mixed with a savory combination of seasonings then topped off with a delicious tangy glaze. You can’t go wrong with this simple traditional dinner for busy weeknights.

FAQ

How do I make sure my meatloaf doesn’t turn out dry?

Dry meatloaf can be a result of overmixing. Only mix the meat until all the ingredients are combined. The other key to moist meatloaf is adding moisture at every step. For best results, don’t skip adding any of the wet seasonings including the eggs, tomato paste, mustard, or Worcestershire.They add both flavor and texture, while also making the meat super juicy.

What is the best meat for meatloaf?

Lean meat is perfect for this easy meatloaf recipe. An 80/20 meat mixture is just right as you want a bit of fat for flavor but you don’t want your meatloaf swimming in grease.

How long should I cook meatloaf for?

The cooking time will depend on the amount of beef you are using. Make sure your meat reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.

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Meatloaf

5 from 54 votes
This meatloaf recipe is a classic dish made of lean ground beef mixed with a savory combination of seasonings, topped off with a homemade delicious meatloaf sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

MEATLOAF

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 pounds lean hamburger
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a large loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  • Place all of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl
  • Mix with spoons or hands until fully combined.
  • Shape into a loaf and place into a well-greased loaf pan
  • Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour half of the sauce over the meatloaf.
  • Place pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and add the rest of the sauce. Then return to the oven and bake for another 45 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 160°F.
  • Remove from the oven and let it rest a bit before slicing.

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Notes

TIP: Sautee the onion before mixing it into the beef mixture. Sauteeing will release the onion’s flavors, making your meatloaf even more flavorful.
TIP:While messy, mixing the raw meatloaf mixture with your hands is the best way to make sure all the ingredients are well combined.
TIP: Do not overmix the meatloaf mixture. Overmixing will make the meatloaf dry and dense.
TIP: Letting the meatloaf rest is an important step in this delicious recipe. It makes the meatloaf easier to slice but also allows time to lock in the juices.

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 937mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. Natalie says

    5 stars
    Hi there! Delicious! This is now my new go-to meatloaf recipe. Husband couldn’t wait to try it haha. Thank you for the recipe. ♥ – Natalie

  2. Sha says

    5 stars
    Fantastic! The only thing I might try differently is to precook the bacon some. I only had thick bacon. I should have followed the directions better and used thin.

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