Amazing Meatloaf Recipe

Amazing Meatloaf Recipe

My kids aren’t fans of green peppers in their meatloaf. After MANY years of trying different recipes, I was given this by a good friend and it’s the only way I make it now.

Here’s the Amazing Meatloaf recipe I use, it’s super easy too!

Amazing Meatloaf Recipe

From Girls With Coupons | Main Dishes | American

Best meatloaf I have ever had. It’s not too dry and doesn’t fall apart. It’s tasty, juicy and scrumptious! Everything you could want in a meatloaf but never had. Try it and tell me what you think? Some folks tweak it and that’s okay too. I, however love it just like it is and so do my kids!


cal Calories 368kcal

High fat Total Fat 23g

High sat-fat Saturated Fat 9g

High chol Cholesterol 90mg

High sodium Sodium 670mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 22g

Serving size 166g Calories from fat 211kcal Fiber 1g Protein 17g Sugar 14g
8 servings


  • 1 1/2 pound of Ground Beef
  • 3/4 cup of Oatmeal or Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup of Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried or Regular Mustard
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar


  1. In a large bowl mix together:
  2. 1 and 1/2 pound of Ground Beef/Turkey/Pork/Chicken (what ever you like or have on hand will work)
  3. 3/4 cup of Oatmeal or Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  4. 1 cup of Milk
  5. 1 Egg
  6. 1 Tablespoon Minced Onion or Dried Onion – does not have to be fresh.
  7. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  8. 1 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt (I just use regular salt or sea salt)
  9. 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried or Regular Mustard
  10. Be sure to smush (I mean mix) this together very well. I use a potatoe masher, it works great!
  11. Place in an oil sprayed bread pan.
  12. Bake on 350* for 1 hour
  13. While baking, mix together in a separate bowl:
  14. 3/4 cup Ketchup and 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  15. Heat in microwave until brown sugar is melted. After hot, mix thoroughly again.
  16. You can always tweak this for your taste.
  17. If it’s too sweet, add more ketchup, if it’s too ketchupy add more brown sugar.
  18. 10 minutes BEFORE your meatloaf is ready, take it out of the oven and spoon the ketchup mixture to the top. Replace back into oven for the remaining 10 minutes.
  19. Let stand for 5 minutes, then slice and serve!


  • If your family are dippers like mine are, make extra ketchup mixture. It’s so yummy!
  • *Time saving tip. If you have extra ground beef on hand, make a double batch of this. Use half now and freeze the other half in a Ziploc freezer bag. Then you’ll have some all ready for a quick go-to meal for another day.
  • Serve with Mashed potatoes and a veggie and you have supper! Enjoy!


  1. 1


    This is truly the best meatloaf recipe I’ve found. My boyfriend and dad are major meatloaf lovers and this one is a huge hit. I made a couple changes though. I upped the meat to two pounds since we but hamburger in bulk and package by the pound. I also increased the bread crumbs to a heaping cup full and added a hearty tablespoon of minced garlic. I left the rest of the ingredients as is. The loaf comes out perfectly. Not too dry and not too wet or falling apart. The sauce on top absolutely makes this.
    Great recipe and the only one I use!

    • 2


      That’s great Alexis, I’m glad it was a hit with your boyfriend and his dad.
      Every meatloaf I have ever eaten was terrible. They were either too dry or too full of so many things that it would fall apart.
      This one certainly is a hit.
      By the way, I like the sauce so much I make extra for dipping! Shhh, don’t tell anyone. 😉
      Thank you so much for your comment!

  2. 5

    Kerry says

    The sauce on this recipe is the best and the meatloaf is a good starter. I added onion (not the powder) as well as celery and green chilies (we live in NM) for extra texture. Turned out great!

    • 6


      Thank you for taking the time to comment Kerry.
      This recipe is so easy to customize to your own liking, isn’t it?
      I’m thrilled you enjoyed it.

    • 8


      Thank you for your question Carissa!
      I don’t really prefer one over the other, they both work great in this recipe.
      I use which ever one I happen to have in the cupboard or can grab first! lol
      The oatmeal is a little healthier for you but the bread crumbs do seem to mix in really well. It’s a tie!
      In my opinion, the consistency doesn’t change much in the finished product no matter which one you use.
      Try them both and see what you think. After all, it should be more to your taste and ease of use. 😉

  3. 11

    Claudia says

    I have use the ketchup brown sugar recipe for 40 ears with one additional ingredient. I add mustard and it makes a sweet sour delicious taste. I use 2 parts ketchup to one part mustard and brown sugar to taste. I simmer it on the stove and then put on meatloaf the last 10 minutes of cooking and of course plenty for dipping My family LOVES this sauce.

  4. 13

    Lisa S says

    I just put this in the oven…but I made a mistake…lol I mixed the brown sugar and the ketchup into the meat. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out…

  5. 15

    Katie says

    Hi, I just made this and took it out of the oven. I can’t wait to try its, my husband LOVES meatloaf. I was just wondering, do I need to somehow drain the grease out? There is a lot in the loaf pan and I am afraid it will make it soggy.

    • 16


      Hi Katie,

      The fat content of your ground beef will dictate how much grease you end up with.
      The lesser fat content the more expensive the meat is.
      I find I’d rather pay a little more, have less fat drippings and more meat but that’s just me.
      I usually try to find the one that’s at least 90% lean.
      However, some may need to save the money and get the lesser lean meat and that’s fine too.
      Either way I do drain mine. I’m sorry for not mentioning that.
      You can absolutely (and should) drain it. It will still be moist and delicious!

      Thanks for your great question!

  6. 17

    Beth says

    Love this recipe! My husband doesn’t want me to ever try another meatloaf recipe because he said nothing can top this one! :-). My question is if anyone has ever tried to freeze this at all. My maternity leave ends in a few weeks, and I would like to make a few weeks worth of dinners ahead of time until I get back into the swing of things.

    • 18


      Hi Beth,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Congrats on the new baby!
      You CAN freeze this meatloaf. I would recommend making the loaf and either freezing without baking it or freeze cooked slices.
      The cooked slices will thaw and reheat easier. The uncooked loaf can be baked at another time.
      Either depends on how quick and easy you want to make it for yourself later.
      I would lean towards baking first, then freezing the slices. 😉
      Us moms need all the short cuts we can find. Especially on those nights when we’re tired or extra busy.

      Glad to hear you and your husband enjoyed it!

  7. 21

    Darlene says

    My advice, do not use ground Turkey and ground Chicken together, it was nothing but mush.needs only about 1/4 milk, It was so bad I had to defrost a regular package of ground beef to add to it, and that didn’t help either added more oats and also added panto bread crumbs. It is still mushy :( put it in the over anyway. This will be better with 1 pound 90% ground beef and 1/2 pound pork. All I had was the chicken, Turkey and by luck found a pound of beef at the bottom of my freezer.

  8. 22

    Darlene says

    Ok had to write another ….with the addition of the ground Beef to the ground Turkey and Chicken, added more Panko bread crumbs and 21 Salute seasoning (no salt) a bit more onion, extra Worcestershire sauce, pepper,more dry mustard. It was still mushy but I cooked it on top of four pieces of bread (Arnold’s wheat bread …because it’s denser soaked up oil) 350* an hour and 20 mins. Didn’t put the ketchup or brown sugar. everyone likes to use their own topping. But it came out awesome! Didn’t fall apart and stayed moist will definitely use again.

    • 23


      Thank you for your comments Darlene.

      Some tweak this recipe to their own liking BEFORE actually trying this one, the way it is.
      I think you’ll really enjoy it – as is..that’s why I posted it the way the recipe dictates.

      My family has always loved it so I never wanted to deviate from the recipe…but that’s just me.
      Next time, try the exact recipe I posted and let me know what you think, then. :)

  9. 25

    Lianne says

    This recipe has become a favorite of my husbands. One week he asked for it twice in one week! I make my own topping that is just a tad different. One time I wrapped the meatloaf in bacon before baking….that was awesome! I’m planning on making a double batch tomorrow and freezing one.

  10. 29

    Vickie says

    I found your recipe by way of Pinterest on easy and great meatloaf recipes ~ and you are right ~ it was “AMAZING!!!” My husband usually doesn’t care for meatloaf but he said it was good! The sauce ~ oh my ~ even my Mother who lives with us when I gave her a taste ~ both of us at the same time said ~” this would be great even on toast or biscuits!” And, YES ~ I did make extra sauce. So glad I made two ~it’s in the freezer for next week! Thanks for this recipe ~ I’ll be making it again. Have a blessed day~


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