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Meatloaf slices on a wooden cutting board.

Meatloaf Recipe

This classic Meatloaf recipe is just like Mom used to make: baked as a free-form loaf and brushed with a ketchup glaze. It's delicious for dinner and just as good as leftovers the next day (meatloaf sandwich, anyone?).
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 583kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
  • In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl by hand, combine beef, onion, eggs, breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix on low until combined.
  • Rinse a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with water (to help the meatloaf release). Pack the meat mixture tightly in to the pan.
  • Flip the pan over the prepared baking sheet and jiggle carefully until the meatloaf slides out. Bake 60 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. Brush remaining 1/4 cup ketchup on all sides of the meatloaf. Return to oven and bake 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes before serving. 



  1. Ground beef: No need to seek out a special meatloaf mix; regular 80% lean, 20% fat ground beef tastes terrific.
  2. Eggs: The yolks lend moisture and flavor, while the whites add structure and help the meatloaf maintain its shape.
  3. Bread crumbs: To make your own breadcrumbs, just pulse bread in a food processor or blender.
  4. Yield: This Meatloaf recipe makes six thick slices, ideal as an entree-sized portion. Double the batch to ensure plenty of leftovers for sandwiches!
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 665mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 4mg