Easy Meatloaf Recipe in the Oven
This easy meatloaf recipe is everyone’s favorite comfort food. Get your family to enjoy the great taste of meatloaf with this easy-to-follow recipe.
Who doesn’t love a good homemade meatloaf recipe? It’s a great comfort food, it’s delicious, and with this recipe it is so easy to make. Also, leftover meatloaf means meatloaf sandwiches for lunch the next day! Although, with this easy classic meatloaf recipe, there is a good chance you won’t have any leftovers.
There are so many ways to make meatloaf like our keto meatloaf, big mac meatloaf (also keto!), air fryer meatloaf, and our instant pot meatloaf, but you just can’t beat a classic. Your family will beg you to make this meatloaf one of your regular weeknight meals!
Just don’t forget the mashed potatoes, because meatloaf just isn’t the same without them! Other side dishes you may want to try are stovetop creamed corn, Instant pot collard greens, and crock pot macaroni and cheese for a complete meal the whole family will love.
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Ingredients for Meatloaf
- Breadcrumbs – Plain and unseasoned. You can make your own or buy them. If you wish to buy them, they should be in the baking aisle of your grocery store.
- Ground beef – We prefer a higher fat content of 80/20 as it makes for a juicier dish, but use whatever beef you prefer. You can try ground turkey or ground pork if you want to shake up this classic dish.
- Onion – You can use white or yellow onion for this dish.
- Egg – It helps to bind the meat together so your loaf doesn’t fall apart while cooking.
- Seasoning – Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, black pepper, salt
Just three ingredients – Ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce
Step 1 – Preheat – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2 – Mix it up – In a large bowl combine the ground beef, grated onion, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and salt to the breadcrumb mixture. Mix together until everything is fully combined, but make sure not to overmix.
Step 4 – Shape loaf – Shape the meat mixture into a loaf approximately 2 inches thick. Place on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet or loaf pan.
Step 5 – Bake – Put the meatloaf in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Step 6 – Make glaze – While the meatloaf cooks, make the sauce. In a small bowl whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce to make the meatloaf glaze.
Step 8 – Add glaze and cook again – After cooking for 30 minutes remove the meatloaf from the oven and spread the sauce over the meatloaf. Return it to the oven and resume cooking for the remaining 15 minutes.
Step 9 – Check temperature – When the timer goes off, check the meatloaf with an instant read thermometer. The meatloaf is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. If the meatloaf needs more time, put it back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
Step 10 – Rest and serve – Once it has cooked completely remove from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then slice and serve.
In general, 350 degrees is the perfect temperature to cook your meatloaf. This low temperature will allow the inside of the meatloaf to cook through without drying out the outside.
If you cook it on a higher temperature, you run the risk of the outside burning while the inside is still raw. The cook time of your meatloaf will vary depending on the thickness of your loaf.
Meatloaf is made with ground beef, so you want the internal temperature to be 160-165 degrees F to ensure it is fully cooked.
We suggest using a meat thermometer, such as an instant read thermometer, to check the temperature in the center of the meatloaf to make sure it reaches a safe temperature.
There is no need to cover your meatloaf as it bakes. Having it uncovered allows the outside to crisp slightly as it bakes.
Leaving it uncovered also allows your sauce to caramelize once you add it, giving it that classic glaze everyone loves on a meatloaf!
There are two secrets to an amazing, moist meatloaf: the ground beef and bread crumbs.
The ground beef should have a higher fat ratio, preferably 80/20 but 85/15 will work too. The increased fat in the meat ensures your meatloaf stays nice and moist as it bakes. A leaner ground beef runs the risk of drying out as it bakes.
The bread crumbs also help keep the meat moist. It mixes with the ground beef and absorbs some of the moisture as it cooks. This helps to keep the meatloaf moist and tender as it bakes.
Eggs and breadcrumbs help to bind the meatloaf together so it doesn’t crumble as it bakes.
Over mixing your meatloaf mixture can result in a dense meatloaf. You should mix the ground beef and other ingredients only as much as needed to bring everything together. If you mix for too long and too thoroughly, the ground beef will be packed tightly together and you’ll lose that light, moist texture that makes meatloaf special.
If you don’t have plain bread crumbs there are several ingredients you can use instead. Rolled oats, crushed saltine crackers, or crushed Ritz crackers make a great substitution for bread crumbs.
You can also buy plain bread crumbs at your local grocery store. Check the baking aisle near the cornmeal and you should find several brands to choose from.
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Easy Meatloaf Recipe
- 1 cup Plain breadcrumbs
- 2 pounds Ground beef, we prefer a higher fat content 80/20
- 1 medium Onion, grated
- 1 large Egg
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Black pepper
- 1/4 cup Ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl combine the ground beef, grated onion, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and salt to the breadcrumb mixture. Mix together until everything is fully combined.
- Shape the meat mixture into a loaf approximately 2 inches thick. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Put the meatloaf in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- While the meatloaf cooks make the sauce. In a small bowl whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce to make the meatloaf glaze.
- After cooking for 30 minutes remove the meatloaf from the oven and spread the sauce over the meatloaf. Return it to the oven and resume cooking for the remaining 15 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, check the meatloaf with an instant read thermometer. The meatloaf is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. If the meatloaf needs more time put it back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
- Once it has cooked completely remove from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then slice and serve.
I previously made this, and found it to be a tasty & beloved (by many) old fashioned Meatloaf. Personally, I like to add a bit of diced bell pepper into my Meatloaf (any color) because it adds more flavor. Green peppers are a little savory, while red & yellow peppers are very mildly sweet. Since my family doesn’t care for the sweet glaze most folks use on Meatloaf, so I spread ours with a couple tablespoons of Heinz 57 Sauce, which is a little savory & a little sweet. This suits my family’s palats well (kiddoes & grown-ups alike) since we’re a ‘savory’ family.
Hello, what am I doing wrong for my meatloaf isn’t a loaf. When I cut into it tends to fall APART!! PLEASE JELP!!!!
Hi, if your meatloaf is crumbling when you cut it perhaps try packing it together a little tighter before baking.