Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe

No frills here…just the best classic meatloaf recipe out there! Serve it as a main course at dinner and then use the leftovers for sandwiches!

Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Course Main Course
Servings 8
Calories 290 kcal


  • 1 lb meatloaf mix (beef, pork and lamb)*
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs**
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Meatloaf Topping:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl add meatloaf mix, bread crumbs, 2 tbsp brown sugar, onion, milk, egg, ¼ cup ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Combine well and press into loaf pan.
  • Mix ingredients for topping and spread over meatloaf mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 55 - 60 minutes until internal temperature reaches 160°F.  Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing or removing from pan.
  • * Many supermarkets and butcher shops sell a meatloaf mix of beef/pork/lamb or beef/pork. Ground pork and/or lamb can be reduced or eliminated by increasing ground beef.  Ground chicken or turkey can also be used.
  • ** Rolled oats or almond flour can be used in place of flour for a gluten-free option.
  • Hack: This meatloaf can be made and stored, covered, in the fridge for up to 48 hours before cooking. Cooked leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Hack: Slice leftover meatloaf and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, stack pieces in a freezer bag or container, separating slices with parchment paper.  Store in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  • Hack: Frozen or dehydrated onions can be used in this recipe!
Keyword classic meatloaf, gluten-free, ground beef, ground chicken, ground lamb, ground pork, ground turkey, meatloaf, meatloaf recipe


Did you know?  Beef has gotten a bad rap due to its high fat and cholesterol content but the health benefits make it a healthy addition to a balanced diet!

Suggestion:  Serve this with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

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4 Replies to “Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe”

  1. I always love the idea of skillfully and graciously getting rid of the leftovers. And having some meatloaf for sandwiches alongside my eggs feels like that somewhat gracious way. Plus, to me, leftovers are sometimes even better and more enjoyable than the original meal. I mean, there’s some beauty in the fact that you don’t have to cook anything the next day. Or have to do very little of it.

    Personally, I loved the recipe. I think it makes for an amazing meal. Plus, it feels very straightforward in terms of how to cook it. Thank you. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    I loved that fact you shared at the end. That’s so true. Neither fat nor cholesterol is always bad. 🙂

  2. Always good to see recipes of all sorts available online for anyone to just look up as the impulse grabs them. The way it should be. Well done!

    Personally though, unfortunately at the moment im on a fish only diet and have been cutting out the red meat altogether so wont be making this particular dish, but i see you have some other stuff up here.

    I also like how you have provided the fact that it contains Guten and provide the alternatives. This means a lot to me as im Gluten intolerant. So i’m gonna bookmark this site n look forward to following some of your recipes here.



    1. Thank you for your kind comments! The great thing about cooking at home is that you can substitute many ingredients according to your dietary restrictions, what you like and/or what you have on hand.  I don’t eat fish but I have many friends who do so I’ll ask around for some recipes and get them put up for you!

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