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

Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe


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°.

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°. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing or removing from pan.

8 servings, 290 calories per serving

* 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 and/or lower carb option.

Hack: Slice leftover meatloaf and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, stack pieces in freezer bag or container, separating slices with parchment paper.