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!
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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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