The Best Classic Meatloaf

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This is the best meatloaf recipe ever! This traditional meatloaf recipe is just like mom used to make, made with ground beef and a sweet and tangy glaze topping.

Three slices of meatloaf with ketchup glaze on top.

What Makes A Really Good Meatloaf

I think the trick to good meatloaf is using lean ground beef.  The problem with a lot of meatloaf recipes is that they call for ground beef with a high fat content.  As the meatloaf cooks, the fat cooks out and makes a greasy mess.  Not this recipe!

Best Meatloaf recipe - 2 slices on a blue plate

How To Keep It Moist

You may be thinking, but won’t lean ground beef make the meatloaf dry?  Not at all!  The milk, egg, ketchup, and diced onion in the meat mixture are all working to keep the meatloaf moist and delicious.

Loaf Pan Versus Baking Sheet

I prefer to use a loaf pan because it keeps all the glaze in place perfectly and the meat is juicier.  But, you could line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Shape the meatloaf into a loaf shape.  Top with the glaze.  And, bake as normal.

How To Make The Best Meatloaf

*Note: This is a summary. The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

Make the Meatloaf:

  • Add 90% lean ground beef to a large bowl.
  • Add dried bread crumbs  and some diced onion.
  • Add milk, an egg, ketchup, and worcestershire sauce.
  • Add dried parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Meatloaf recipe ingredients in a mixing bowl: ground beef, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, dried parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper.
  • Mix it together REALLY well.
Meatloaf ingredients mixed together in a mixing bowl for the best meatloaf recipe
  • Pour the meat mixture into a loaf pan.
  • Spread it into a flat even layer.
Meatloaf mixture pressed into a loaf pan, ready to bake

Make the Ketchup Glaze

  • Add ketchup, brown sugar, and red wine vinegar to a bowl.
  • Whisk until combined.
  • Pour the glaze over the meatloaf.
Uncooked meatloaf with ketchup glaze in a loaf pan, ready to bake
  • Bake it!
  • Let it cool before slicing.
The Best Easy Meatloaf sliced on a white plate

Can This Be Made Ahead Of Time

Absolutely!  Just cover the loaf pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until you’re ready for it.  Then, uncover it and let it come to room temperature as you’re preheating the oven.

Can This Be Frozen

Yes!  Prepare the meatloaf, put it in a loaf pan, and top with glaze according to the recipe directions.  Cover the pan and freeze.

Place the frozen meatloaf in the refrigerator to thaw about 24 hours before you want to bake it.  Then, uncover it and let it come to room temperature as you’re preheating the oven.

I’ve been playing around with this recipe for the past few months, making it many times.  And, I didn’t mind the repetition at all because I do believe I ended up with the best classic meatloaf recipe ever. 🙂

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Three slices of meatloaf with ketchup glaze on top.

The Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe

4.97 from 1986 votes
This traditional meatloaf recipe is just like mom used to make, made with ground beef and a sweet and tangy ketchup glaze topping. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

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Servings 10 slices
Calories 164 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley leaves
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, add the beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Use your hands to mush and mix these ingredients together until well combined.*
  • Add the meat mixture to a loaf pan. Pat the meat down into an even layer.
  • In a small bowl, add ¼ cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Pour the sauce on top of the meatloaf and spread it into an even layer.
  • Bake uncovered for 55 minutes.
  • Let the meatloaf rest for 8-10 minutes before serving (or it may fall apart).**

Notes

*Be sure to mix the meat really well.  This is a very moist meatloaf recipe so under mixing can cause the meatloaf to be too soft/mushy. 
**I use two thin spatulas to remove the meatloaf from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. You could also slice and serve the meatloaf directly from the loaf pan, or use parchment paper to line the pan for easy removal.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/10th of the meatloaf | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.8g | Protein: 11.7g | Fat: 5.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 49.9mg | Sodium: 399.3mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 6.7g
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Main Dish
Keyword best meatloaf recipe, classic meatloaf, meatloaf with ground beef
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks
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  1. 5 stars
    Love how easy it is to bake and prep it was my 1st time making my own meatloaf and I have falling love with this recipe I don’t have a lot of time to cook n this was perfect

  2. 5 stars
    My first meatloaf ever for me and my mom. Followed the directions and portions exactly. We both loved it and my mom was talking about it the next day still and tod me she wished made more of it.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is incredible! Super easy too! I didn’t have red wine vinegar but I used balsamic vinegar and it was amazing!!! Will make this all the time!!!

  4. I’ve made this many times, and have shared the recipe with family and friends. All of us agree that this is truly a great classic meat loaf recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I consider myself very fortunate that my mom has always been a great cook. So growing up there wasn’t much I didn’t like and I was exposed to all kinds of food. I don’t consider myself a picky eater either. That being said there are alot of different ways to make meatloaf and hands down this recipe was the absolute best I’ve ever had. I ate three servings that evening when normally I’d either pass on eating meatloaf all together or only have a small piece. This was so moist, flavourful and savory! Definitely comfort food! I have not stopped raving about this recipe! Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    This is the BEST meatloaf recipe I have ever made or eaten I misplaced it and made a different: not as good as this one is!

  7. 5 stars
    Just amazing the flavors are very succulent. Even the after taste has a very pleasant taste.
    I have made this with one with ground beef and one with ground turkey both turned out awesome
    I mixed all dry togather and wet separately then add meat. I have also tried and use different types of breads like Italian bread and still this recipe doesn’t disappoint 😋
    I served this with mash potatoes and peas n carrots for a side 😋 highly-rated

  8. 5 stars
    This has been one of my go-to recipes for years, a perfect meatloaf recipe. Unfortunately I recently found out I have celiac disease so I’m trying to find a swap for the breadcrumbs. Has anyone found a gluten free substitute that doesn’t turn into a goopy gummy sloppy mess?

  9. 5 stars
    Great meatloaf recipe, especially like the glaze! I followed except I added the dry seasonings (parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper) to the breadcrumbs to make sure they were well blended before mixing into the meat.

    1. 5 stars
      I cook every week for a Pot Luck, mostly seniors, and this is one of the most requested by the group. Moist and very flavourful. Great recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    I love this meatloaf recipe and I always get rave reviews!
    Question – if I want to double it for a large crowd, how would that change the cooking time? (Maybe I’m better off making two…..)

  11. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I made it as stated to the best of my ability. I only had panko breadcrumbs and I also had no milk. I subbed for equal parts water and soaked the panko breadcrumbs in the water before adding to the mixture, just to help incorporate the two items more easily. Not sure it that was necessary, but it turned out perfectly. Thanks for the great recipe! I will make it again and double it and freeze one.

  12. 5 stars
    This may go to meatloaf recipe and my husband loves it. Today I’m trying it with a stone meatloaf pan that I bought from pampered chef.

  13. I am always looking up recipes at last minute, but does not work so well. I included the topping with brown sugar and vinegar and ketchup and mixed it all in before i realized it was a topping.

  14. 5 stars
    Turned out perfect and the sauce on top was delish!! You do need let it cool before serving or it will fall apart while slicing. This will be my new go to meatloaf! Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    I discovered this recipe many, many years ago. It is my go to meatloaf recipe! My family absolutely loves it! I generally make a four pounder! It never goes to waste!

  16. 5 stars
    This is my go-to meatloaf recipe and I just made it as presented with the exception of doubling the topping. So easy!

  17. 5 stars
    I found this recipe by accident and now my mom requests it at least twice a week so yummy and easy

  18. 5 stars
    This has been my go-to meatloaf recipe for close to 7 years and is officially a staple in our home. We follow the recipe exactly and it’s never done us wrong. If you haven’t tried or are new to cooking and want something super easy/straightforward, try this recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      I have made this so many times over the past year and just love it. I have made a bit of a change with the bread crumbs. I now use 3/4 cup rolled oats instead. Otherwise, I follow it completely and my very picky eater husband just loves it!

    2. 5 stars
      My Go To Recipe for meatloaf. Do buy beef/pork/veal mixture and add some lean ground beef The Best! Topping YUM

    1. 5 stars
      I called meatloaf feetloaf as a kid still isn’t my favorite but this is some delicious feetloaf I won’t eat any other recipe

    1. With just the wife and I this is perfect size. I like to follow a recipe exactly so I can try it the way it should. This is the best easy meat loaf I have ever made . I’m in my late sixties so have eaten many and made to so many mote. . This has been the only one we use.the last five years.My wife likes it with Ketchup me a nice mushroom gravy. Tonight I’m making it into mead ball with gravy with a side dish of homemade macaroni and cheese. Thank you .

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve been using this recipe for over a year and it is amazing! Although I don’t follow the sauce topping recipe, I just like a mix of ketchup & tangy bbq mixed to my liking but everything else i follow exactly (except seasonings) and it’s tasty and never comes out dry. Thank you!

  19. 5 stars
    Meatloaf is my favorite dish to make. I really enjoyed your recipe. I want make it any other way. Delicious!!!!

  20. 5 stars
    I really thought my family had the best meatloaf recipe but this one proved it was all a lie. Delicious and turned out absolutely perfect. I used saltine crackers as that’s all I had on hand.

  21. Great recipe! I’m really not a cook but after making a meatloaf using this recipe I somehow became the new family cook. At least on meatloaf day.

  22. 5 stars
    I made this last night >>> OMG we loved it. I had to use balsamic vinegar instead of the red wine vinegar >> and it was really good! This will be made regularly in my house!

  23. 5 stars
    Just a great lil meatloaf recipe. Very close to my own in which I used cheese-it’s in place of bread crumbs. I never went strong on my glaze till this recipe. First time I made this I followed the recipe completely, and still do, but after that I used jalapeño ketchup for the glaze. Omg!! Just a lil kick to it but works so good. Even my fiancé, who didn’t like meatloaf, eats it and asks for it. Well done. Thank you

  24. I’ve made this three times and each time better. I prefer it with a non-HFCS ketchup! Yum! A five-minute prep puts a delicious meal on the table in one hour; you can’t believe how comforting a good meatloaf is on a chilly winter’s eve.

  25. 5 stars
    This recipe was very good. It wasn’t greasy and messy in the oven. I did take a few liberties with the ingredients…using ground bison, Italian breadcrumbs, skim milk, and balsamic vinegar in the glaze. It was firm enough to slice and serve after the 10 min. rest. Thanks for a recipe good enough to print!

  26. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe a few times and my kids love it. I have done a few modifiers to it however. Instead of beef I use ground bison, I also switched ketchup for maple bourbon bbq sauce, I also used a tbs of hickory liquid smoke.

  27. 5 stars
    I am seriously in love with this meatloaf and the topping is to die for, it’s definitely a family favorite and I thank you for that. As a matter of fact I just sent it to my mom and she is making it right now 😊😊

  28. 5 stars
    I never really cared for meatloaf. It was always dry. NOT this one. This meatloaf is amazingly easy and tasty. I make this several times a year.

    1. 5 stars
      Love this recipe! My go to meatloaf. I always use 1lb of a meatloaf mix.
      I was also wondering if I can make these in a muffin tin?

  29. This has become my go-to meatloaf recipe. I always double the recipe even if just me and my husband so we have leftovers. I use one pound of 85% and one pound of 93% as I have found that to be the perfect ratio for not too greasy but still moist loaf. And since we both love garlic I do add more but otherwise, keep the recipe the exact same. The glaze topping is perfect.

  30. 5 stars
    Just as good as others have mentioned. I made it as directed except I used 93% lean ground turkey. The taste was still amazing. I will be making this meatloaf again.

  31. 5 stars
    I have made this 3 times so far and each time it was delicious! The first time was by the book. The second and third time I adjusted seasonings to fit different tastes. All three times I added a sheet of parchment paper under the loaf and let it have an overhang. I used that to get the loaf out of the pan. Then I placed it on a baking sheet and put it under the broiler for a couple of mins so that the sides get a bit crispy. To me, this the best foundational meatloaf recipe that is delicious as-is but allows you play with it and make it your own as well. Thank you for this!

  32. 5 stars
    One of the best I have ever made and tasted. Can add other spices to made even more tasty. Bravo Amanda.

  33. 5 stars
    Best meatloaf recipe, I’ve tried! Very moist and tasty. The red wine vinegar really made the sauce good. I was worried to use it at first because I usually use mustard but it was great. I used Panko breadcrumbs.

    1. 5 stars
      This is the only meatloaf recipe I make since I found this recipe 3 or 4 years ago. It is always a hit. So good, moist but firm, great flavor. I do add a little Lawry’s seasoning salt in addition to the other ingredients but my husband, children, and I LOVE this meatloaf. The topping is top notch!

  34. 5 stars
    Great meatloaf recipe! I’ve made it many times and usually use balsamic vinegar for the topping since I don’t ever have red wine vinegar. Also have used many different kinds of meats include pork sausage, beef, and venison, and typically mix them together to double the recipe. Tastes delicious everytime!

    1. I was never a big meatloaf fan. I used to just mix meat with onion soup mix and put ketchup on top. This is excellent and is a new family favorite.

  35. 5 stars
    I have made this meatloaf many times. So delicious! My husband gets a big smile on his face when I tell him I’m making it for dinner!

  36. 5 stars
    This meatloaf recipe is amazing and I’ve been making it for almost a year now time and time again the whole family loves it! It’s moist and flavorful (even tho I like to keep my meat loaf covered). Yum!!

  37. This is so easy to fix. I have made it at least once a month for a year and my family loves it by eating it. I have been cooking only a few years as my wife had a stroke during covid and isn’t cooking anymore. thank you so much.

    1. 5 stars
      My family has been requesting this exact recipe at least once a week for years and years! I always make a little extra topping because we love the glaze so much. Thanks!

  38. 5 stars
    My husband’s favorite meal. Very moist. I try to use a lower fat beef since the fat stays in the loaf pan (hence the moistness). It’s very tasty! Thank you!

  39. 5 stars
    This recipe is one I’ve used from my ancient BH&G cookbook for many, many years, with the exception of adding ketchup to the meat, and adding the brown sugar/red wine vinegar to the topping. I did both of these things… We LOVED the touch of vinegar to the topping!! I will do this from now on. Thanks for sharing this classic recipe, with a twist we love. Highly recommend doubling and freezing one, cooked, for quick family night meals, or thawing and slicing for sandwiches. Also, we have access to sweet onions year round, which is the only onion I now use, and they cooked perfectly in the meat.

  40. 5 stars
    This is the best meatloaf I have ever made! My wife & I loved it! I think the sauce topping really sets it apart.
    I did not have any bread crumbs so I substituted Ritz crackers and I also placed some small gold potato’s
    around the dish.
    Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe.
    Sincerely,
    Harold Hawkins
    Louisville KY

  41. 5 stars
    Best meatloaf ever. Best tasting and I had little to no grease in the pan. Very easy to make. My mammaw absolutely loved it and she’s eaten and cooked a few meatloafs in her 92 years!

  42. 5 stars
    This is my favorite meatloaf recipe! Was wondering can you make this ahead and freeze it if not how long can it be refrigerated?

  43. 5 stars
    Have tried several different meatloaf recipes. Some were quite good but this is now my Go To recipe. I use turkey as the protein and it so darn good and makes for great leftover meatloaf sandwiches. Highly recommend this recipe.

  44. The recipe was easy to follow and with clean up only took 35 minutes. I used disposable gloves and mixed it well with my fingers. Turned out great and everyone loved it!

  45. 5 stars
    A good wholesome recipe for you and your family 😊😊😊😊 I highly recommend it for those people who loves to prepare a Great meal

  46. 5 stars
    Classic recipe is excellent. The Worcester in the meat loaf and the red wine vinegar for the sauce gives the meatloaf that distinctive taste 9f you must have worked hours preparing the meal. Love ❤️ it.

  47. 5 stars
    OUTSTANDING MEAL LOAF. Quick to prepare and enjoyed by my wife and self for many meals of this easy to cook and very discriptive recipe.
    Another one is in the oven today.
    Thanks to you

  48. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I divide the red wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar. Equal parts. Just because I love balsamic vinegar but it’s not necessary. I also course grind a brisket. This recipe is 5 stars all day. Everyone that’s ever tasted my meatloaf (using this recipe) says it’s the best they ever had.

    1. 5 stars
      Delicious! The Only thing I changed was I didn’t use wine or ketchup, was out of both 🙁 so I improvised and substituted with “ manwich sauce “. Family loved it!

  49. 5 stars
    Have made this recipe at least 20 times, after the first time I cut the milk in half. I use a pound of beef and a pound of pork. I do 1.5 x all the other ingredients but now I leave the milk out completely. Learned a lot from Mom…… Meatloaf MUST be cooked in an iron skillet so no loaf pan for me 😎

  50. 5 stars
    This is the first time making this meatloaf but it was super easy to put together. I found most of the ingredients were common items from the kitchen. Can’t wait until it is baked and ready to be served

  51. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe several times and it’s always moist, delicious, and a big hit! I do make one small tweak: I add a 1/2 cup of diced celery, and I saute the celery and onion together in a few tablespoons of butter and then cool before adding to the meat mixture. And be sure to put the topping on! Takes it over the top!

  52. 5 stars
    I’ve made this receipie numerous times.. Best one I’ve ever had,and easy. My husband loves it.

  53. 5 stars
    I have made this many times and is one of my favourites. Sliced cold and put into sandwiches the next day is delicious.

  54. 5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe! I’ve been making this meatloaf for about 3 years now. Every person I serve it to asks for the recipe. This is literally the first time I have ever left a comment on a recipe before but I just had to say thank you. This is awesome.

  55. 5 stars
    Hubby and the rest of the family LOVED this recipe! This is the 2nd time I’ve used this particular recipe to the T…and it didn’t disappoint! So good!!! Thank you for sharing!

  56. 5 stars
    My family LOVES this meatloaf! In fact my grandson made it for a contest at Boy Scout summer camp and won the Golden Spoon award. Five stars all the way.

  57. 5 stars
    Loved this – nice glaze the husband raves about – made it four or five times over the last year and again tonight.

  58. 5 stars
    This was incredible!! A simple dish that is delicious.

    I did use white wine vinegar the second time I made it, but it worked just as well as the red wine vinegar I used the first time.

  59. I tried swapping out gluten free panko breadcrumbs and the flavor was amazing but the texture was too soft and mushy. Any ideas on how to combat that?

  60. This is my second time making it. It is really good! I only had 85% ground beef so I baked it on a baking sheet. One trick I used was to microwave the minced onion for a minute. Last time the onion was still a bit crunchy. I also followed another reviewer’s tip to mix the liquid and seasoning separately first, then add to meat, bread crumbs and onion. I cut the brown sugar to a tablespoon (too sweet last time). Bumped up the S&P & Worcestershire a bit too. Enjoyed a yum dinner at 60 mins cook time. Thanks so much!!

  61. 5 stars
    I have tried many meatloaf recipes, and this IS by far the BEST meatloaf recipe I have found!! I have made it for friends, for company, and for myself several times now. I appreciate the fact it’s not that difficult to prepare and it really does taste like the meatloaf my grandmother used to make. Thank you!

  62. 5 stars
    This is my go-to recipe for meatloaf. It’s perfect just the way it’s written; however, I have to use dried minced onion instead of fresh for my kids otherwise they call it Mom’s onion loaf!

    1. 5 stars
      Great classic meatloaf! My picky husband loved it too. My two cents: sauté your onions! It makes them more fragrant and soft. And use a meat thermometer. Every oven cooks differently. Meatloaf should reach a minimum of 160F. I used 85/15% ground beef, no issues with that. I didn’t have vinegar and used another glaze recipe: 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 tbs light brown sugar, 1/2 tbs worchestire sauce. The glaze turned our sweet and smokey, almost with a hint of bbq. Hope this helps someone.

    2. 5 stars
      I am not a meatloaf fan until now! I’ve made this over and over for my family of 5. My kids love it as well (ages 9, 6, and 4)!

  63. 5 stars
    I’ve made this delicious meatloaf for years now..
    It is so yummy 😋 everyone that I’ve served it to also loves it ❤️🙏

  64. 5 stars
    My husband and Mother-in-Law said it was the best they ever had! Plus, my daughters went back for second helpings! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  65. 5 stars
    Delicious! Ive made this twice, it’s too hot for oven so I use my ninja foodi on bake, learned the first time, bake for 30 minutes then add glaze to top or it burns badly. Lesson learned lol

  66. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this, I’m not a meatloaf person but this is good and the whole family loves it. I use ground turkey with no issues.

    1. 5 stars
      Well, I guesd I can say I’ve used all those ingredients, minus the milk, for years. And that’s was Mom’s old recipe. WAY TO GO MOM!❤️
      She’s from the South, so growing up I had homemade salad dressing, sweet potato pies from scratch. I have to say, this recipe is a Winner!

  67. 5 stars
    We loved it! This was so moist and flavorful, including the leftovers (if we have more people over, there are no leftovers!). I’ve made this recipe several times, and it’s great every time.

  68. 5 stars
    Have made this meat loaf receipe several times, my family absolutely loves it. Not only is it good but so simple to make, thank you for sharing.

  69. The best meatloaf I ever had. The sauce on top is absolutely delicious. I would recommend it to everyone.

  70. 5 stars
    Absolutely the best meatloaf recipe. My family loved it and said to only use this recipe. Very moist and flavorful. I doubled the recipe and it was delicious.

  71. 5 stars
    This is the BEST meatloaf recipe I’ve ever made. My husband has never liked my meatloaf, he loved his mother’s but she has passed so . . . . . I made this and my husband went crazy for it. He said it was like his mothers’. I tasted it and WOW it was wonderful! This is my go to recipe from now on when it comes to Meatloaf! Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      I always have tried this recipe and it always fell apart I kept trying because it’s too moist no matter how many times I tried. I kept trying because of all the reviews and tips and my sister kept making it perfectly. Well I moved out of my apartment and tried it in my new house and it turns out it was just my oven!! This recipe is great! And if it comes out wrong and you followed it to a T get an oven thermometer!

  72. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe and the meatloaf was delicious!! The best!! So moist and flavorful. It will be my go to meatloaf recipe in the future. Yum!

  73. 5 stars
    We made this for 50 people at our ALPHA at our church. It was a sit down dinner that had to be served buffet style with everything hot. This recipe was delicious, easy to make and serve and stayed hot and moist on our hot plates. We got so many compliments on it and many had second and third helpings. We made enough for 100 people, so we froze half and had it reheated 3 weeks later. It was even better. Very moist, Excellent glaze. I don’t usually follow a recipe, but I did this time. I didn’t have wine vinegar, so cider vinegar was substituted. GREAT RECIPE

  74. 5 stars
    This has to be the best meatloaf recipe ice ever tried. So yummy! I’ve made it several times and its always perfect!

  75. 5 stars
    Was unquestionably great! Used about 1.5lbs of ground meat – and followed the rest of the recipe precisely. I thought the dinner was good, but the cold meatloaf sandwiches the next day was even better. Will totally do this one again.

  76. I have made this several times for my family and my son will eat it so I know its fantastic. The only change is I double the topping – its really good.

  77. 5 stars
    Hands down, the best recipe. Although I mix half beef and half ground pork but it is great with just the ground beef as well.

  78. 5 stars
    This was a super easy, super delicious meatloaf!! Everyone loved it. I will definitely be making this one again!!

  79. 5 stars
    I had one pound of ground beef on hand and most of my meatloaf recipes call for 2 pounds of ground beef or my brother’s gourmet combo of ground beef, pork and veal. I decided not to reduce one of my larger volume recipes in half just to see how a one pound meatloaf would turn out. I’m so glad I did! The meatloaf was scrumptious! I sent the recipe to my daughters who are novice cooks and just now compiling recipes. Thanks for such a delicious – and easy – meatloaf recipe. I’m keeping this recipe on file.

  80. 5 stars
    This meatloaf is the best I have ever made! It is so simple and easy to make. I have made and tried tons of meatloaf recipes over the years and nothing compares to this one. There is no need to try to make it fancy by adding extra veggies and/or spices. It is simply amazing. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It is now my go to for a quick prep dinner.

  81. 5 stars
    This really is the best meatloaf recipe I’ve ever made! I used a meatloaf blend of ground beef and ground pork. Thank you for sharing!!!

  82. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! My entire family loves it. This is the only meatloaf recipe I use now. Thank you!

  83. 5 stars
    This is the best meatloaf I have ever made. It is moist, flavorful, and a huge hit in this house. Thank you for sharing!

  84. 5 stars
    Just made this, only substituted the vinegar types and therefore amounts in the sauce recipe. Turned out fantastic. A tiny bit softer than I personally prefer so next time I’ll just spend more time mixing in the ingredients and see if that helps.as far as flavor goes, it’s delicious! Hickory sweet but Italian zest! I don’t know. It’s fantastic. 10/10 only recipe for meatloaf I’ll be using.

    1. 5 stars
      Made this once before & loved it so much!
      Just got over being in hosp and want to make
      It again! So very good!

  85. 5 stars
    The Best meatloaf I ever made it was delicious just love it and that milk I’m from Southdown and we do something different

    1. 5 stars
      Wonderful recipe, it’s one I have used over and over. I love the glaze and always make extra. It’s a definite keeper!!

  86. 5 stars
    I’ve been using tempo meatloaf mix. They stopping selling it . So I tried this . This was delicious, moist and the sauce was unbelievable. I did everything according to directions . I minced the onions so that they would cook thoroughly. Repeating this one for sure

  87. 5 stars
    Yup! Best meatloaf I’ve ever made. I admit though that the milk gave me pause! Followed directions precisely and it is wonderful! Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      I used a plant based meat (Impossible) but followed the recipe exactly except I didn’t have red wine vinegar so I used balsamic.
      Delicious! My picky eater husband loved it and asked me to save the recipe!
      I’ll be making this regularly!
      Thanks for sharing!!

  88. As a vegetarian of 33 years, I just used beyond beef and oat milk and vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. Yum! It’s fantastic and the family thinks so too! Win win!!!

    1. 5 stars
      Hilary I have not had meatloaf in 33 years bc I am a vegetarian too! YAY I get to have it again!! Thanks!
      I may just make theirs and then I have the while pan to myself of the vegetarian one lol

  89. 5 stars
    This is the best meatloaf ever! Super easy, and super delicious! Also smells amazing when it’s baking!

  90. 5 stars
    Made this last night and everyone loved it. Looking forward to that meatloaf a sandwich for lunch today.

    1. 5 stars
      Best meatloaf ever!!! Making it tonight again cannot wait. Have been making it this way for over a year now, finally leaving a comment hahaha

  91. 5 stars
    Everybody loved it, especially the picky eaters! You’re recipe was requested and passed on. It’s a keeper.

  92. 5 stars
    I love meatloaf and found several I’ve like and just as many I didn’t. But tried this recipe for the family and they loved it. My work schedule make it hard to cook so between me and hubby I cook about 3 nights a week and this is most requested!

  93. 5 stars
    brings back memories of family meals. very good recipe. did convert recipe to crock pot stuffed bell peppers and put left over in the oven. Just a super recipe and the topping is better than cheese we thought and not adding tomato paste kept the flavor just right. Like the bread crumbs instead of oats.

  94. 5 stars
    I have never really liked meat loaf, until I came upon this recipe! I bet I make this meat loaf 3 weeks out of 4, so easy to put together and makes several meals. I do use turkey when making the meat loaf, and is it really great Thank you!

  95. 5 stars
    This is by far the BEST meatloaf we have ever made. This is it – the forever ML recipe. Followed it exactly.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    YUM!

    Sherman

  96. 5 stars
    I’ve ate a lot of meatloaf but this one is by far my favorite, I usually need spicy to eat thinge but not this.

  97. 5 stars
    My only critique on this excellent recipe is ensuring to mix correctly, liquids, egg and seasoning first mixed then hamburger mixed, then finally the breadcrumbs. Little more effort for the best possible result in my opinion. Thank you for this recipe, a 5 star family favorite.

    1. 5 stars
      This was amazing! Absolutely no one complained and everyone are all their dinner. I will be adding this to our dinner menu especially since it was easy, simple and turned out delicious.

  98. Oooh this was the best meatloaf I’ve ever made!! It made our house smell so good while cooking. Definitely bookmarking this, it’s a keeper!

  99. 4 stars
    Tried this last night and my teenaged son almost ate the entire loaf himself!!! I would call this a hit =]

    The glaze was too sweet but can be altered a bit for next time. Already have requests to make this again soon!

  100. 5 stars
    I made this for a crowd and used 7 lbs of beef- all I had was 80/20 but this still worked beautifully because I shaped all of it into 4 loaves and baked them on sheet pans. The grease was able to escape and not make the meatloaf too greasy. So. Many. Compliments. People really loved it. One woman came back for seconds and said, “This is so good, and I HATE meatloaf!” Haha! This is now my go to meatloaf recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  101. 5 stars
    This meatloaf has been a favorite in my family for several years now! I’m re-working my recipe binder and decided to finally rate this delicious dish!

  102. 5 stars
    This truly is the best meatloaf recipe, I have made it multiple times now and it is great every time. You really need to make it!

  103. 5 stars
    We ketoed this delicious recipe by substituting 1 cup almond flour for the bread crumbs and 1/2 c goat yogurt to replace the milk. Other changes that result in a delicious meat loaf are the addition of lightly sautéed diced carrots, green and red peppers, and onion plus 1/2 c of my homemade beet/cabbage sauerkraut. Everything else stayed the same as in the original recipe. My husband is a meatloaf lover and he loves this variation.

  104. 5 stars
    I made it with impossible burger and it was one of the best meatloafs I have made in a long time! The recipe gave it great flavor and it held together beautifully. I didn’t have bread crumbs so I used the same amount of dry oats. Delicious!

  105. 5 stars
    This is such an easy recipe & so delicious. Simple but very tasty. I dont know about you but I dont get 10 slices. Maybe 7. For my husband & I we get three servings.

  106. 5 stars
    I printed this recipe off several years ago and have never used another since. My wife loves the topping better than any other she’s had.

  107. Tried the recipe tonight for dinner.we thought it was a very good tasting meatloaf and will make it again…thank so much for sharing this recipe

  108. 5 stars
    I’m not one to comment on recipes very often but this one deserves some praise! I made this last night and served it to a variety of ages from 10-75 years of age and ALL of them commented on how good it was!. I will be using this recipe from now on. Thank you so much!

  109. 5 stars
    This was so good. I used panko for the crumbs, and I added 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. I always shape my loaf and lay it across 2 pieces of sandwich bread to absorb grease. The topping was excellent, and I couldn’t resist adding 3 slices of provolone cheese 5 minutes before removing from oven. Yum!

  110. 5 stars
    Been making meatloaf for 30 yrs
    This is the best meatloaf my family has ever had,
    I double all, one is never enough

  111. 5 stars
    Delicious! I used bison instead of beef and oatmeal instead of bread crumbs. Will definitely use this recipe again. Thank you!

  112. 5 stars
    My family went crazy over this recipe. The meatloaf was moist and held together well. The glaze was perfectly tangy. They are begging for this to be a weekly dish. I’m happy to do it because it was so easy to make.

  113. 5 stars
    Very good I also quartered potatoes and baked them on each side of meatloaf. Baked 1 hr 15 minutes at 350°

  114. 5 stars
    In a word..DELICIOUS!!
    I have been meatloaf challenged for 30 years, but with this recipe I’ve become the queen!!😁

  115. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I’ve searched far and wide for a flavorful, low fat yet moist meat loaf recipe. My search is over! I omitted the W sauce and used Italian bread crumbs because that’s what I had on hand. I used plain ketchup for the topping so my grandkids would eat it. Delicious!

  116. 5 stars
    Have not made meatloaf in years this was a simple classic recipe that did not disappoint. Flavourful and hearty will definitely make again. Used parchment paper for easy cleanup and letting it sit for 10 min allowed for a firm meatloaf to cut… no crumble here YUM

  117. 5 stars
    I found this recipe because my husband requested a Classic Meatloaf just like he had as a kid. I found this recipe and it was EXACTLY what he wanted. It has since become a family favorite. I have made it more times than I can count. It turns out perfect every time. I highly recommend it! I have made it exactly as it is written every time and it never lets me down.

  118. 5 stars
    Truly the best classic meat loaf though I made a small change. In place of bread crumbs, I crushed Pepperidge Farm herb dressing.

  119. 5 stars
    The easiest, yet most delicious and healthiest meatloaf you can make, that will instantly be a go to favorite. Follow the instructions for perfection!

  120. 5 stars
    This meatloaf is a huge hit at our house! My wife can’t get enough of it. I have stopped using ground beef and now I use 93%/7% Lean Turkey instead. No one knows its turkey unless we tell them. It is delicious! Thanks for posting this recipe.

  121. 5 stars
    I’ve made many good meatloafs throughout the years but This is the most Delicious meatloaf recipe I’ve ever tried! I’ve been making it so often, I know the ingredients by heart now. My boyfriend was never a fan of meatloaf UNTIL I persuaded him to try this one. Now he requests it quite often!!! Thanks so much Amanda for sharing your recipes. Merry Christmas and I highly recommend this recipe to anyone searching for the BEST MEATLOAF!!!

  122. 5 stars
    Big hit! I didnt have any red wine vinegar but used white vinegar and was still amazing. My 9 yr old picky eater loved it so much that he had seconds! He also wants me to pack it in his lunch! Lol

  123. 5 stars
    I keep forgetting to leave a review, but I make this recipe at least 2x a month and my entire family of 6 loves it! We are gluten and dairy free due to one of my children’s allergies, so I make breadcrumbs from his allergy friendly bread-ends, and we use oat milk. I double the recipe and use 2 separate loaf pans, and I think if I made a third there still wouldn’t be a single bite left.

  124. 5 stars
    I used ground turkey, instead of beef, added poultry seasoning, & eliminated milk.
    for topping I used balsamic vinegar instead of red wine.
    This meatloaf recipe is delicious, definitely a keeper. My family loved it,

  125. The ONLY meatloaf I make, since I discovered this recipe years ago! But … my son says it was better when I used minced garlic, instead of powder. lol Love it!

  126. 5 stars
    I love everything I’ve tried from Amanda’s recipes. The meatloaf was so quick and easy to put together, juicy and tasty. As a single guy, The Wholesome Dish is definitely my go to web site for one dish wonders anytime of year. 😎

  127. 5 stars
    I’m picky when it comes to meatloaf, because I compare it to the meatloaf my mom made when I was growing up. That being said, I love this recipe. It’s now my go to meatloaf recipe. The sauce on the top ties it all together.

  128. 5 stars
    Thanks Amanda, my hubby & I love this!
    It is a tried & true meatloaf recipe! Super easy to make and is not only great for dinner but it also makes wonderful sandwiches for lunch the next day!
    The only thing I changed was that I replaced 1/2 of the bread crumbs with crushed cheez-it’s! It gives it a little bit of cheesy flavor without being over powering.
    I make the topping but I don’t cover the meatloaf with it, we use it as a condiment to dip the meatloaf in, and use it on sandwiches the next day. One side of the bread gets this and the other side gets mayo. Y7mmy meatloaf Sammie’s.

  129. 5 stars
    This is my favorite meatloaf recipe!!! Its so moist and flavorful. I saute the onions before I throw them in, it gives a nice roasted flavor. I also use the Italian breadcrumbs in the blue container that are seasoned. Delicious! Try it with half ground pork & half ground beef! Yum!

  130. 5 stars
    This is my bookmarked go to recipe for over 5 years now. My family loves it and often requests it. I’ve made an Italian seasoning version which they liked, and also have had to mix half bread crumbs and half ritz crackers before. You really can’t go wrong with this one.

    1. 5 stars
      I finally found a meatloaf recipe that is as I remember a favorite recipe from years ago. This is a delicious meatloaf and one I’ve made over and over, including tonight!
      I substituted the red wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar for a yummy flavor.

  131. 5 stars
    This was very good. The only thing I added was one half of a chopped bell pepper. . Also used a meatloaf mix (veal, beef and pork).
    Will make this again.

    1. 5 stars
      I just had a request to make this again! The first time I made it both my husband and father-in-law said it was the best they’ve ever had! I’m afraid to mess with it and add any other veggies, they requested green pepper.

    2. 5 stars
      My husband Mike is SUPER picky when it comes to meatloaf. I have tried for 25+years to find a recipe he considers excellent.
      I made 2 changes – I used the traditional beef/pork/veal meatloaf mix and I used panko crumbs cuz that’s what I had. I do had to bake it about 70 min to get it to just over 160 degrees.
      He loved this meatloaf! He said it’s one of the best he’s had and wants the leftovers tonight (and he doesn’t eat leftovers).

      Thank you!

    3. 5 stars
      My GrandKids cleaned their plates before the adults could fill theirs! At ages 10 & 12 they are usually picky eaters and even thanked me for the extra loaf I made for their weekday dinners! The few changes I made to the recipe included 1/3 each ground round, ground pork & ground bison, tripling the recipe. Plus I split the milk quantity with low sodium bone broth & chicken broth.

  132. 5 stars
    Hands down the best Meatloaf. Over 30 years of attempting meatloaf recipes herself My mother has even praised me for having the perfect meatloaf recipe. I’m now in charge of making it. It stays together perfect, never greasy, and taste so unbelievably good. The sauce ontop is thw perfect touch. I’ve saved it in my phone and wrote it in my cookbook. It’s a keeper and my only meatloaf recipe I’ll ever use again. 100%

    1. 5 stars
      This is our all time favorite meatloaf recipe! We double it to “cook once, eat twice.” use 90/10 beef, gluten free seasoned breadcrumbs, 4-5 leaves of chopped (sage- my fav) and for the topping unsweetened ketchup and coconut sugar & the RWV for the topping – we use 1/2 the amount of sugar and it’s still awesome. Cook for 53 minutes here but different for everyone’s oven.

  133. 5 stars
    My Momma who made the best meatloaf ever said this was perfect! Now that says a lot to me, now that she is no longer with us, I feel I have something to give my family that they will love that I made.

  134. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. I make 1.5 pound. I go a little heavy on the egg and onions. I have celiacs so I have all gluten free. I was short on bread crumbs so I added an undried piece of gluten free bread. It was the best one. I do it in a 6×9 Pyrex. I go half on the brown sugar. Delicious.

    1. Can I leave out the sugar in the topping? Catsup already has sugar in it, and adding more doesn’t sound very appealing.

    2. 5 stars
      I’m so grateful for this recipe. I don’t eat meatloaf but I tried making t fir the first time for my husband who loves meatloaf. He states its the best meatloaf he has had and as soon as it finish I had to make him another one. That’s how much he love it. Thank you for the recipe.

  135. 5 stars
    I have made this meat loaf three times so far and we love it. This is our favorite meat loaf receipe by far. I am so glad that I found it on line. Thank you.

  136. 5 stars
    So delicious and easy to put together, I usually double the recipe as we like our meatloaf thicker to slice. We recently lost quite a bit of weight so I now use half lean beef and half ground turkey and substitute milk with almond milk, same great taste and juicy and moist with a few less calories.
    Freezes well for a quick meal when needed.

  137. 5 stars
    This is the only recipe I use. Really is The Best and easy. Sometimes I do half beef and half pork and it is very nice as well.

  138. Substituted 100% moose burger for beef. Also added a bell pepper just cause I had one. Didn’t have any vinegar for the glaze so I used the juice from a jar of pepperoni peppers. The best meatloaf that I’ve ever tasted!

  139. 5 stars
    So delicious & so simple. While baking i through in a few baking potatoes or foil wrapped sweet potatoes for an almost complete meal. Thanks for sharing.

  140. 5 stars
    I Love the simplicity of the instructions and how beautifully it cooks… And the taste, OMG … Greatness!!! Thank You…

  141. 5 stars
    The best meatloaf I’ve ever had. My husband and kids love it too. I’ve made it a few times now, and it’s the only recipe I use now. Thank you!!!

  142. 5 stars
    My family hated meatloaf night. After scouring hundreds of recipes, I found this one. YAY!!! Everyone is happy now. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. 5 stars
      My husband found this for me. This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever made. When doubling the recipe, double everything except the milk and cook 10-15 minutes longer. At our family reunion this is one of the first dishes emptied!

  143. 5 stars
    Made this last night and we loved it so much!! Even a picky 7 year old liked it! Thank you so much will be a staple from now on.

  144. 5 stars
    Delicious and easy to make. My oven is old and the recipe takes longer so I have to wing it a little. But the meatloaf gets raves all around.

  145. 5 stars
    I never used to like eating meatloaf until
    I found this recipe and now I find myself making this meatloaf a couple times a month. The meatloaf is so moist and the ketchup glaze is so delicious I double the topping recipe so every bite has a good amount of topping for it. Thank you so much for posting this it really the best!

  146. 5 stars
    My family really enjoyed this meatloaf recipe, prepared exactly as written. We all went back for another slice! I’m making it for the second time tonight. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!
    Margie

  147. 5 stars
    Love this recipe and everyone including my picky toddler ate it all up. Has anyone tried making it in muffin tins? Just curious how one might adjust the cooking time so as not to overcook.

  148. 5 stars
    I have made this several times. It is my go to meatloaf recipe. I love I! And the sauce on top is delicious!

  149. 5 stars
    This meatloaf was truly delicious! I used Italian breadcrumbs and honey instead of brown sugar. This will be an all time go to. Thanks!

  150. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday; 10/26/2022, super easy, very moist and taste great.
    Frist time I have ever made a meatloaf.
    Everyone loved it, will make again and again.

  151. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I’m always looking for easy, tasty meals and this has becomes a firm family favourite! Really moist and the sauce is so simple to make and really lovely. Clean plates all round when I cook this for dinner 😀

  152. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I really like meatloaf, but this is the best I’ve ever tasted in any restaurant or kitchen. Such a great flavor and texture. I haven’t tried the sauce yet, because I do like simply squeezing ketchup onto my meatloaf slices, but I look forward to trying it again soon! Can’t wait to make this for others.

  153. 5 stars
    Great meatloaf, followed the recipe to the “t” and it was perfect, great flavor! It came together quickly, too.

  154. 5 stars
    This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. I love making it for my boyfriend and me, along with some mashed potatoes and peas. I love that I can make it ahead and stick it in the fridge and warm it up later. My absolute go-to recipe!

  155. 5 stars
    Just want to thank you again for this recipe, not had it for a couple of months, but made it again tonight and I’d forgotten how good it is, it’s pretty special.

  156. 5 stars
    This is the one meatloaf recipe my family agrees on. When my husband asks what’s for dinner and I say meatloaf, he asks if I’m making this one.

    1. 5 stars
      This meatloaf has been a family favorite for a while now! My kids and husband devour it, the neighbor kids love it, extended family loves it. Everyone! I follow the recipe exactly and will always just make 2. One is never enough for a family of four.

  157. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe many times including using Beyond Beef (plant based ground). Family loves it each and every time. I’ve substituted red wine for red wine vinegar. I’ve also substituted flax seed and water for the egg. Very forgiving recipes and always delicious.

  158. 5 stars
    I have made this so many times!!!!!! It’s delicious! We use ground Turkey instead of beef. And I make a little extra of the topping, just incase anyone wants a little extra after we serve aka ME! 😂

  159. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I always bake it straight on parchment for the extra “crust”. I Sautee the onions with fresh garlic too.

  160. 5 stars
    This meatloaf recipe is truly great! Perfectly balanced flavor and texture. Very easy to make. I have found my new, signature, go-to family dish!

  161. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe for almost 4 years now, my husband who “doesn’t like meatloaf” requests this almost weekly. This is the BEST meatloaf! I typically double the sauce and bake in muffin tins!

  162. 5 stars
    I hsve been making my mothers Meat loaf for many years. Good but-a little boring already! I was looking for something different. I certainly found it ! Love It! Juicy and so filled with flavor.
    Sorry MOM

  163. Amazing meatloaf, can’t wait to meal prep it. I make two 2 pound loafs, get almost 20 meals. Can’t wait to eat them for lunch. And yes, the sauce is amazing as well!

  164. 5 stars
    This is really the easiest and best meatloaf ever. The meatloaf stays moist and the glaze is delicious. The only thing I do do different is season the loaf with a polish seasoning salt called vegeta. I don’t use the parsley etc. You won’t regret making this!

  165. 5 stars
    This is my go to recipe for meatloaf! I do always double the sauce because we like it saucy! So good and so easy!

  166. 5 stars
    Phenomenal recipe that works every time. My late father LOVED this meatloaf. I get all kinds of compliments on it. It truly is the best!!!

    1. 5 stars
      Great recipe! I double the recipe, 1lb of 80/20 beef and 1lb of pork, a quarter cup of grated carrot, couple of grated garlic cloves, and 1/4 lb of spicy sausage and baked it on a fine rack.

  167. 5 stars
    I have been making meatloaf since before the internet. One day I googled world’s best meatloaf and this recipe came up. I have been making it ever since. It is delicious! The glaze to put on top brings it to a 5 star rating.

  168. 5 stars
    Best meatloaf recipe I have ever tried. It’s even better than my mom’s and it’s the only recipe my stepson uses. Thank You for this delicious meal..

  169. 5 stars
    You are right. This is the best meatloaf recipe! I found this very easy to prepare and bake and the results are terrific! This will be my go to 1 oound recipe forever. Thanks, Amanda!

  170. 5 stars
    Even with the foresight to double this recipe, I left them promising to make it again ,soon. I was told that it was the best meatloaf they ever ate. Thank you for making me look like a superior cook.

  171. 5 stars
    I have made this several times and it is always a family favourite. I double the topping because we love to have extra. Delicious!

  172. 5 stars
    It’s the best meatloaf I’ve ever had! I never really liked meatloaf until I made this recipe. It’s so delicious! The sauce on top is the best!

    1. 5 stars
      Fantastic recipe!! My children loved it! My son who is usually a picky eater and usually won’t eat meatloaf ate a second serving! That says it all!!

  173. 5 stars
    I found this recipe during Covid. It’s delicious. It’s one of my favorite things to eat. I scale the size up or down depending how many people I need to feed. We love the Topping recipe so I always double or triple it. Both the meatloaf & topping freeze well!

  174. 5 stars
    Thank you SO much for this easy, delicious recipe. It has become a household favorite. We make it at least once a week. The sauce is everyones favorite. I usually have to make extra so they can dip everything on the plate in it.

  175. 5 stars
    This is the best meatloaf I have ever made. I do make good meatloaf but this one was so moist. This is now my go to meatloaf recipe.
    My husband and our friend went on and on about how good it was.

  176. 5 stars
    Literally make this almost once a week! My fav meatloaf recipe! Even some friends have stolen it as well 🤣
    Only thing I do different is use ground turkey instead of ground beef (it makes your meatloaf stick way better, it’s healthier, & less grease) & I double the topping. Everyone loves it.

  177. 5 stars
    Searching for a classic easy meatloaf last night and this came up. It was exactly what I was looking for. Flavorful, moist and super easy to prepare. The family loved it. I was never a meatloaf fan growing up but this may have changed that!

  178. 5 stars
    This is absolutely the best meatloaf recipe and I make it regularly. I slice up the leftover, wrap the slices individually in cling wrap and freeze them. Always delicious! Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      I don’t really care for meatloaf, but have been trying to find one I like. I made this tonight and liked it a lot. I would definitely make it again.

  179. 5 stars
    This had been my go to meatloaf for several years now. Sorry I didn’t review it until now. My husband and son both LOVE it! I have made many versions of meatloaf over the years, including Paula Deen’s, and this one is the favorite. It comes out perfect everytime!

  180. 5 stars
    Meatloaf is exceptional! Great flavor and not dry. I usually double the recipe and make 2 loaf pans so my son can freeze one to take to college.

  181. 5 stars
    Just wanted to thank you for this recipe. Made 2 meatloaves (1 – 2 lbs & 1 – 1 lb) the same day and they were both fantastic!!!! Followed recipe precisely and they turned out perfect as the recipe and reviews state. I only added diced bell peppers to them because I typically have more vegetables in my meatloaf (shredded carrots, diced celery, onions and bell peppers).
    This recipe was a supper hit with the family that received the large loaf along with the small one for home. Husband loved it! Outstanding and so appreciated!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    1. 5 stars
      I made a double batch. I used one pound of ground beef and one pound of ground pork. It was something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I used the same combo for spaghetti sauce and my guys loved it! Well, the meatloaf came out so good that I was given one complement after another throughout the entire meal! Even my brother l, who doesn’t say a lot, murmured a mmmmm after his first bite! Best meatloaf I have ever tried!!!

  182. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It is easy and tasty. I have been making it for the last 2 years maybe.. one of my favorite recipes and BTW I am not a great cook! 😆

  183. 5 stars
    It was the best meatloaf I ever made! Since my husband is diabetic I used a combination of parmesan cheese and crushed low carb crackers in place of the breadcrumbs, and almond milk in place of regular milk. I also used low sugar ketchup. I cut the topping measurements in half on account of the brown sugar, but it was still delicious. I discovered that Splenda makes brown sugar so next time I’ll use that in the full amount. It took a little less time to cook for some reason – about 45 minutes. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  184. 5 stars
    My family loves loves loves this meatloaf. I use dark brown sugar rather than light. Everyone gets excited when they find out I’m making it.

  185. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, almost as good as my dear moms. Made it the first time and my girlfriends loved it, as did I. Thank you for the recipe.

  186. 5 stars
    I love this recipie and I’m not a meatloaf girl. My husband bugged me for months to make one. Luckily the first one I tried was it!

  187. 5 stars
    This came out Awesome– It creates the meal that we all want meatloaf to be. Other recipes leave much to be desired. Great for the whole family.
    I’ll be saving this in using for multiple meals in the future!

  188. 5 stars
    Very moist and flavorful! Easy and quick to throw together with on-hand spices. I was looking for something different than my go-to recipe and this worked wonderfully. I will certainly make it again!

  189. 5 stars
    Excellent meatloaf. I skip the milk which , in my opinion, makes it better as it is more firm. This is my go to recipe and currently printing it for my mother-in-law, so it must be good.

  190. This meatloaf starts a new ranking of 6 stars!!! So easy to make, tastes fabulous all the right ingredients that are already in the kitchen .. wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  191. 5 stars
    I thought this turned out really good. It was moist but held together. I did make sure to follow the author’s instructions to mix very well and let stand for 10 mins and it must have worked because it was not mushy and sliced firmly. I added diced green bell peppers to mine because I just like them. I used dark brown sugar since I didn’t have light for the topping. I don’t know if it made a difference but it tasted good to us. The recipe was easy to follow and easy to make. Will definitely make it again!

  192. 5 stars
    I really like this recipe. I learned something that I didn’t know. The 90/10 ground beef stays together better than 80/20. I’ve been cooking for 65 years and never knew that. It really does come together better. The gla3 is lovely also. A new twist on an old favorite

  193. 5 stars
    I put a half pd. of ground pork it just elevated the Meatloaf. Thanks for a delicious recipe of Meatloaf. Cindy 😊✌🏼

  194. 5 stars
    Literally the best meatloaf! We make it at least 3 times a month! So good! We even add some bacon and jalapeno occasionally for extra kick/flavor.

  195. 5 stars
    Wooowww!! This is a great recipe to follow. The instructions are clear and well written. My kids LOVED IT…not liked it LOVED IT (their words 🙂
    I did not have any Worcestershire so I used a 1/2 tbsp of bbq sauce. I also did not have any brown sugar so for the topping I used 2 tbsp of Ketchup 1/2 tbsp of bbq sauce and 1/8 tbsp of prepared yellow mustard, and did not put it in until the last 15 mins of cooking time.

    Will definitely be making again!!!

  196. 5 stars
    Made many meatloafs in my 79 years this is in the top 3 . Actually it’s even with numbers 1&2 Mom’s was always #1 with me , but this is pretty darn close . Loved it. I can’t match mom’s but I’ll make this !!!!

  197. 5 stars
    Just perfect. Old fashioned and yummy. My whole family loved this meatloaf I made. I gave the recipe out to them and my cousin then lost it. But found it again !

  198. 5 stars
    Awesome!! So good!! I made meatloaf all my life seemed to come out good to us. But this one was amazing very moist ever used milk in it before and very please with the recipe. We’ll make this way for now on. Can’t wait to try other recipe of yours.

  199. 5 stars
    This was a very delicious and easy meatloaf recipe. I prepped the meatloaf in the morning, covered with foil, and refrigerated until evening for dinner. I baked it in a pie plate, so it was easy to search as wedges. Thank you!

  200. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this meatloaf recipe for years, my whole family loves it. I usually double recipe for the topping because we love it. I also cook it in muffin tins for easier serving. Delicious!!

  201. 5 stars
    AWESOME RECIPE! I doubled the recipe and used 2 T minced garlic (jarred with the juice) vs powder.

  202. 5 stars
    I have made meatloaf my whole life, 49+ years. It was always a crap shoot on whether it was dry or turned out sloppy. This is one of those classic recipes a lot of us grew up with(my mom’s was ok, just ok). Whether it was good or not we had to eat it anyway! Needless to say, meatloaf was never one of my favorites…, until I went looking and found yours! My husband loves it, I love it, so easy to make, so flavorful.., oh so delicious!! Thank you for reinstating my love for meatloaf when I had all but given up and quit making it!! I can’t wait to see how your other comfort foods turn out!! Thank you, THANK YOU!!
    Krikket W and Family!!

    1. 5 stars
      Awesome recipe! I cook plenty of food for my homebound elderly patients and this gets rave reviews! Leftovers are perfect sandwiches…

  203. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe several times and I use grated Parmesan cheese instead of breadcrumbs and it taste awesome. Because of the other seasonings and onions you can’t taste the Parmesan cheese.

    1. 5 stars
      I double the glaze cause it’s so darn good!! I’ve made it at least a dozen times now and won’t try any other. Thanks!!

  204. 5 stars
    Delicious meat loaf. I used Bison meat because that is what I had in the fridge. I did not have brown sugar so i sprinkled raisins on the ketchup. Very tasty

  205. 5 stars
    I added 1/4 cup green bell pepper, 1/2 cup chopped olives and little white cheese pieces about 1/2 cup.

    Excellent

  206. 5 stars
    I agree this is the best meatloaf I have ever tasted. Awesome!! I will be making it again and often!!

  207. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect as written. The secret is the milk which tenderizes and binds when mixed with the bread crumbs leading to a moist result that holds together nicely. The same strategy works very well with meatballs which can then be dropped into simmering sauce without browning which yields the tenderest of meatballs while holding together in your sauce. Meatloaf is one of those recipes that can be altered successfully in infinite ways. It is always puzzling to me, though, why people want to rate a recipe, only to describe how they’ve changed the entire thing. All I can say is, do yourself a favor and try this one as written. And, if you do alter something on future tries, whether for personal tastes or available supplies, be sure to use milk and breadcrumbs!

  208. 5 stars
    You ain’t lylin’… this is truly the best meatloaf recipe I have ever tried. I make it with ground turkey and it is incredible. Thank you so much

  209. Magnificent recipe! The essence of my childhood, ‘67 baby, with a side of mashed potatoes, cabbage and cornbread. Yummy, yum, yum! Thank you for sharing this gem—absolute perfection.

  210. 5 stars
    I have been making meatloaf for over 35 years . I tried this recipe and my husband loves it . I have made this meatloaf about 6 times now and it’s a winner everytime . Thank you The Wholesome Dish for sharing this wonderful and flavorful meatloaf . It is a wonderful flavorful meatloaf . I had been meaning to comment everytime but got sidetracked . Today is the day , I am giving this meatloaf a 5 star review. Much 💘 from Tennessee !!

  211. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe about ten times now. I don’t change a thing. This meatloaf is the most delicious recipe ever. There aren’t enough words to describe how good it is. I make sandwiches with it the next day for lunch at work. Thank you for posting it.

  212. 5 stars
    I literally HATE meatloaf. I always have (I’m 37). My husband wanted something different so I decided to try this recipe. OMG it is absolutely delicious. It is so good that I basically ate the entire pan Sunday night. It’s so good that today (Tuesday) I have 2 more pans in the oven right as I type this. 1 for them and 1 for me!

  213. 5 stars
    My family loved this meatloaf. I replaced the ketchup with Classico pizza sauce – only because I didn’t have any ketchup on hand – and added a little more brown sugar to the glaze!

    1. 5 stars
      I made this recipe without Impossible meat since we are vegetarian. I didn’t have ketchup so I subbed with Chinese barbecue sauce. It turned out spectacular. My husband can’t wait for the meatloaf sandwich tomorrow.

  214. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious!!! Printing and replacing my existing recipe!!! Definitely recommend!!!

  215. 5 stars
    Followed recipe precisely and my husband said it was new favorite meatloaf recipe, so two thumbs up!👍👍

  216. 3 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly but it still didn’t come out good for me. For me it fell apart even though I waited 15 minutes and really didn’t have much flavor.
    Can someone please help me!

  217. 5 stars
    This is my go to meatloaf recipe. It’s the closest one I could find to my grandma‘s. It does not disappoint and it comes out perfect every time!

  218. 5 stars
    Hands down the very best meatloaf recipe ever. My husband LOVES it!!!! I double the recipe and freeze one loaf pan of meatloaf.

  219. 5 stars
    I have been making this meatloaf for a couple years. Meatloaf is not my favorite meal, but this recipe is outstanding! It is so moist and flavorful. No one complains about having meatloaf when I use this recipe.
    Thanks for sharing it!

  220. 5 stars
    So moist! So happy I found your recipe! Big winner for dinner tonight and is sure to become a staple in our home, thank you!

  221. 5 stars
    Best meatloaf ever!!!
    I love meatloaf and have tried every recipe I can find. This one tops the list. Simple and delicious!!!

  222. 5 stars
    I’m so glad I found this recipe. I make it weekly. The brown sugar is literally the sugar on top. 5 stars all day long

  223. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for dinner this evening. It was absolutely delicious! I plan on doubling it next weekand baking to 165 degrees in my extra large pan for meat loaf with a drip pan to drain any grease it drips. Thank You for submitting this awesome recipe

  224. 5 stars
    Excellent easy meatloaf! It stays together and has great flavor. I have used 7% fat and 10% fat burger and both taste really good!

  225. 5 stars
    Yum! This is the first time I made a meatloaf that wasn’t too heavy. I will be using this recipe from now on. I doubled the recipe, but used 1 lb beef and 1 lb pork. I also used tomatoe sauce instead of ketchup. Thank you!!

  226. 5 stars
    Best meatloaf I’ve ever eaten..hands down! I thought I would deviate from my usual meatloaf and just try a different recipe. This was the best and moistest I have ever cooked and eaten and will definitely be making this again…as I finally found a meatloaf that was worth the effort of making. Super easy and super delicious!

  227. 5 stars
    My first time making. Big hit with family!
    Great presentation and VERY tasty.
    Love this meatloaf recipe! Will definitely be making again and again. (Thanks for sharing!)

  228. 5 stars
    This is our go to meatloaf recipe! We leave out the onions(not a fan of the texture) and sub for onion powder to give it the flavor. It really only takes 55 mins in the oven and is moist and delicious every time!

  229. 5 stars
    I actually doubled the recipe and it turned out perfect and I think my husband is still salivating over this meatloaf.

  230. 5 stars
    This is my go-to recipe for meatloaf. It’s moist and delicious! I love the topping, it’s exactly what it should be. The only change I make is I sauté the onions with real garlic before adding to the meatloaf since we don’t like onion pieces in the loaf. I also was out of breadcrumbs once so I crushed saltine crackers and it turned out so great I do that every time now. Thanks for the great recipe! xo

  231. 5 stars
    I really don’t comment on line to much but this meatloaf recipe was out of this world!! I’ve made this recipe 4 or 5 more times since the 1st time that it turned out so yummy. This will be my “put in my recipe file box” Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

    1. Came here to ask the same question. I assumed so and when I made it, I doubled the recipe and it was nowhere near done at 55 mins.

    2. I doubled it and did cook it at least 10-15 minutes longer, but I used a thermometer to gauge when it was done. 160 degrees.

  232. 5 stars
    This is actually my second time making this Meatloaf recipe!
    I have never had anyone notice my Meatloaf was different before, first time my husband took a bite he said WOW this is really good , what did you do different? ! LOL
    Hope this one is just as yummy or better 😋! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. 4 stars
      I don’t do a lot of cooking but I had been craving meatloaf and found this recipe on line. the directions were very easy to follow, even for someone like me who doesn’t cook much. The meatloaf was very good although a little mushy even though I thought I had mixed it well enough. I will definitely make this again and make sure that I mix it really well. And I really enjoyed the meatloaf sandwiches too!

  233. I recently made this most delicious receipe recently.Now my family requests that I make it weekly.I serve it with garlic mashed potatoes &green beans.Serve with crusty Italian bread Yummy.Leftovers for sandwiches.

  234. 5 stars
    Been using this recipe for about 3 years now. It is BY FAR THE BEST! I’ve gotten so many compliments thanks to you Amanda!

    1. 5 stars
      I use this recipe often, I love it. The family loves it. I started doing one thing differently because of my family’s taste preference, I use jalapeño ketchup in the glaze instead of regular. It kicks up the flavor but doesn’t make it spicy. It’s a great variation. Great meatloaf recipe 👌

    2. 5 stars
      My son & grandson’s love this recipe. They come for dinner every Wednesday & would be happy with this each week. I make the recipe as written but I may try some of the suggestions on the other reviews. Thanks!

    3. 5 stars
      We are thoroughly enjoying this meatloaf it was wonderful I’m glad you took the time to figure it out and share with us. It turned out so nice I photographed it as well to share

  235. 5 stars
    My husband loves meatloaf but I have never made a good one till now!!! He absolutely loves this recipe!!!!

  236. 5 stars
    I doubled the recipe and used one pound of ground turkey and one pound of ground sweet sausage. It was moist and delicious!

  237. 5 stars
    Followed to the T except had no parsley so I used Italian seasoning and im in love with the taste my new favorite recipe for meatloaf!!!

  238. 5 stars
    This is my go to recipe, I use it every time I make meatloaf. My boyfriend specifically requests it, even though he never used to eat meatloaf.

    1. 5 stars
      My mother use to make the most delicious meatloaf, but I was never able to duplicate it. She’s gone now, so I just decided I would have to find a recipe totally different from hers, and this one is, but it’s also wonderfully delicious! We love this recipe! This is the one we use all the time now! Thank you so much for sharing!

  239. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. First time making meatloaf and this recipe is very easy and delicious. Printed a copy since I know I will be making it quite often.

  240. I would like to use Oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs, and almond milk instead of regular milk.
    One cup of oatmeal seems like a lot.
    Can you please suggest an amount for the oatmeal and the almond milk?

    The recipe looks great!

  241. 5 stars
    Wow. This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever made. Quick and easy. I doubled the recipe and cooked 5 extra minutes. I also used 1/2 panko and 1/2 regular breadcrumbs because that’s what I had. Definitely a keeper. In fact I think my meatloaf recipe search is over!

  242. This is the best meatloaf!! My husband and son love it!!
    I decided to cook it in muffin pan this time and it turned out great!! I cooked it for 30 minutes. Also this time I used cracker crumbs because I didn’t have any bread crumbs. Still tasted Great!!

  243. I just fixed this recipe except I did not put milk in but put in not quite a lb. Of pork sausage. Otherwise, it was good to go. Man o man!!! My husband liked it alot… it was very good. I plan on making this from now on. Thank you

    1. I was just wondering about that since we have 2 canisters of Quaker Oats…
      However, I used a packet and a half of the Saltine crackers and used a can of evaporated milk instead. I’m gonna find me out how it turns out at dinner tonite!!!

  244. 5 stars
    The best meat loaf recipe ever! Moist, favorable and easy to make ! This is my first review of a recipe because I usually make adjustments to others posted but this one, perfect!

  245. I made this and it was fabulous. I used Heinz Honeyracha Ketchup instead of regular ketchup, and the flavor is amazing.

  246. Has anyone tried making this into meatballs? Wondering if that would work well. Obviously I would change the flavor profile to make it more Italian (no glaze, tomato paste instead of ketchup in the meat, oregano instead of parsley), but anyone have any thoughts on that?

  247. I have made this recipe in the past and my family loives it. Now I’m making it for 8 people. Do I double everything?

  248. 5 stars
    I MADE THIS MEATLOAF A FEW WEEKS AGO AND WE LOVED IT! Just spend two hours looking for the recipe because I forgot to marked it. Now I have it printed.. wasn’t sure if I was going to like the red wine vinegar but it made the sauce.

  249. Wonderful old-fashioned goodness. My family loved this meatloaf recipe best out of all the recipes I’ve tried. It’s simple to make with ingredients most people already have. Love it!

  250. 5 stars
    This is the BEST meatloaf…. I was never a fan of meatloaf but made this for my boyfriend. This is incredibly moist, flavorful, and the topping is the best!!

  251. My youngest daughter makes this for me and freezes it for extra meals. I love this recipe. Now tonight I’m going to surprise her by making it. I hope she still makes it for me. It tastes so much better when she cooks for me😊❤

  252. 5 stars
    This is one of the best meatloaf recipes I’ve tried. My daughter won’t eat any other kind now. And it’s just as easy as the recipe I used to use, and I like the flavor of this glaze more than the other one too. This has became a weekly staple in our house, and the only thing I sometimes change is to use fresh garlic instead of powder. But we think it’s great either way.

  253. 5 stars
    It is a good recipe. I added mushroom gravy mix for a little extra umph. I really enjoyed it and everyone else must have too since it was demolished.

  254. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe all the way to the tee and didn’t omit anything and it was the best meatloaf ever! My family loved it! Will definitely save it and make it again, THANKS!

  255. 5 stars
    I love this dish! I’ve made it so many times. This is the first time I’ve stopped to rate and comment on an online recipe. Thank you for this!

  256. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight for dinner, and I think it is “THE one.” I have been trying meatloaf recipes, trying to find one that pleases everyone. I had a copycat Boston Market recipe that, while it tasted good, was just too, too soggy, and fell apart — even after letting it sit for ten minutes. Plus, my son in law found it too ketchupy. With your recipe, I made 2 loaves with just under a total of 4 lbs. of meat (so about 1.8 lbs. for each.) I had to estimate a bit to nearly double the other ingredients. I had to bake it for an additional 15 mins. — until a meat thermometer registered 155 degrees F. I let it sit for ten mins., and it came out beautifully! In one piece, juicy and flavorful. I think the Worcestershire sauce is a very nice touch. I was annoyed I didn’t have parsley, but used equal parts thyme and rosemary, and it was terrific. Next time, I’ll try the recipe as written, with parsley. I strongly suggest people buy the two part meatloaf pans, which have an insert with holes, to drain away the fat. I was able to use cheaper, 80% fat hamburg, and with the two part pans, drained away excess fat.

  257. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe. Our family loves meatloaf. This recipe is great. My modifications were to brown the onions for more flavor and add grated carrots and dived green peppers. I also put katsup on top of the glaze at the end of baking and then it under the broiler for about 4 minutes. I would have had bacon strips on top but we were out of bacon at the time. My meatloaf was free form, sitting on tin foil on a rack sitting that was in a sheet pan that also was protected with foil for easy clean up. Again, Thank You.

  258. 5 stars
    Terrific!! Has just become my go to recipe for meal loaf ❤️ Only change I made was to the glaze – I have my own recipe for that. Thank you!!

  259. 5 stars
    This recipe was so easy to make and was super delicious. I doubled the recipe and made it with beef and pork. Also, since I didn’t have ketchup for a topping, I used BBQ sauce and it was turned out quite good.

  260. 5 stars
    This is the second time making this wonderful meatloaf. Cutting back on my salt intake I followed the basic receipe, but this time making it I added 2 Tbls ea. of sauteed but still crunchy Green, Yellow, Red and Orange Bell Peppers and 1/2 lb. Of Tennessee Pride Hot Sausage. I omitted salt, pepper and worcestershire sauce. It was great and made a slightly larger meatloaf enough to freeze. Baked 10 mins longer.

  261. 5 stars
    I’ve made this meatloaf a few times and it is absolutely delicious. It is my go to meatloaf recipe now. Thank you for such a tasty and easy recipe.

  262. In this meatloaf, I added cinnamon and cumin powder. Minced ginger. In the topping, added chilli flakes. It was moist and delicious. Thank you.

  263. This was fantastic. I have tried several meatloaf recipes in recent months and this was the best. Very moist and delicious, a huge hit. I made 2 and froze one! Easy.

  264. Very good recipe. If I use 5 lbs of hamburger do I do anything different in the ingredience

  265. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I added small amount of chopped mushrooms sautéed with onions on the 2nd time I made it. Plus used 2 eggs instead of milk. Liked the simple glaze. Four grandsons liked the addition of mushrooms.

  266. 5 stars
    I never cared for meatloaf, but this recipe is a keeper! Easy and delicious! Made a convert out of me! Everyone I’ve made it for just raves about how good it is! 👍🙏🏻Thank you!

  267. 5 stars
    Very good meat loaf, it stayed together when slicing it.
    It also makes the best sandwiches when it’s cold.

  268. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I actually doubled the recipe because I had almost 3 lbs of beef. I also only added a light layer of sauce. Because of the amount I used a glass rectangle dish and molded into a large loaf. I’m looking forward to leftovers tomorrow!

  269. I normally hate meatloaf. All my life always hated it. Made this recipe and I absolutely love it as does the family.
    I don’t change anything in this recipe.

  270. We have a joke in our family every time I cook meatloaf pizza magically appears that our So I tried your recipe and they ate it right up didn’t even leave me enough for a meatloaf sandwich the next day!!

  271. 5 stars
    I make this meatloaf recipe every month and don’t change anything. It’s my family’s favorite! Thank you

  272. 5 stars
    This recipe is the best! I make it as written and sometimes sprinkle a few French fried onions on top of the glaze. My husband and I love it and our toddler does, too! We just cut off the top part with the glaze for her because the flavor is a bit strong for her, but as she gets older I’m sure she’ll love that part, too.

  273. 5 stars
    This is now a go to weeknight meal that feels like Sunday dinner. It’s simple to make and comes out perfectly every time. Thank you!

  274. 5 stars
    This is the BEST meatloaf recipe!! I use my mixer to mix the ingredients together. I make 2 loaves;cook them and freeze one for another meal.

  275. 5 stars
    This meatloaf is SO good. There are few things my kids ask for and even less that they both eat. This is one of them.

    So easy to make and declious. 🙂

  276. I made this recipe meatloaf 2 weeks ago andnit was a hit with scalloped potatoes my family loved it! I used red wine instead of Redwine vinegar delicious!

  277. 5 stars
    Old dude, not a baker and/or cook. Took this to a senior citizen luncheon meeting as my contribution. Many positive comments including requests for the recipe. I have to agree. It really was delicious.

  278. 4 stars
    A lot of great tips for this recipe! I did find that there wasn’t enough flavor to it so I will add a little more next time and also add minced garlic, the most important tip as you said DO NOT cut it until it cools, not only to hold its shape but to keep it moist, if you cut it too soon the juices will escape forever 🤣

    1. Enjoyed this recipe very much. I always was stand off when it came to meat loaf. But this one is great. It makes the best meat loaf sandwiches.

  279. This is by far the best recipe for meat loaf I make it at least once a month! Everyone asks for recipe! Thank you

  280. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this meatloaf. I used italian croutons and crushed them a little (those suckers are hard!) and soaked them in the milk (great tip). Only because I was too lazy to make breadcrumbs. This will be our go to recipe from now on.

  281. 5 stars
    I doubled the topping which made my husband very happy. The best recipe ever, probably, because of the topping.

  282. 5 stars
    I substituted the dried parsley for fresh and the red wine vinegar for balsamic. This was the best meatloaf I have ever made!!

  283. 5 stars
    The recipe was moist and delicious with 97%-3% ground beef. So much so, that we’re adding it to our regular rotation. I doubled it the first time I made it, I just wish they made a longer loaf pan that was self draining so I wouldn’t have to wash two pans.

    1. I have a meatloaf pan that is two layers. The top layer pan that you put the meat in has small drainage holes and the bottom is a traditional loaf pan. I got mine at Williams and Sonoma but I’ve seen it for a lot less at Walmart.

      1. I just bought two of those pans, and I am so happy with them! They drain away a lot of fat, making for a healthier meatloaf.

      2. Those pans work great. It separates the oil in the ground beef from the beef as it cooks.

      3. Thank you for this .I’m a RN and try to decrease saturated fats without sacrificing taste. My family has some issues with DM and heart disease.

  284. I liked this recipe, but I felt like there were too many bread crumbs. Next time, I won’t use so many. I must not have mixed it well enough, cause you could see some of the bread crumbs & it just looked like mold in the meatloaf. If you use all the bread crumbs, make sure you really do mix it well.

  285. Love this recipe! Didn’t have vinegar so had to skip the glaze. Doubled recipe too. I always shape meatloaf by hand and place atop slices of bread or thin buns in the bottom of a cast iron skillet.I also use my finger to create a trench on the top center of meatloaf before cooking. It keeps it extra moist. Family loved it!

    1. Any kind of vinegar will work. I used apple cider vinegar because that’s what I had and it turned out great. Even without any kind of vinegar (ketchup has some), ketchup and brown sugar is good on its own, just a little sweeter.

  286. 5 stars
    I made your recipe today and both my husband and I really enjoyed it. I used brown gravy instead of ketchup and brown sugar. It was absolutely Delicious!
    I will be making this recipe again.

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Elizabeth…just wanted to comment that you really missed the boat by not using the recommended glass. Not sweet – just DELICIOUS! You really should try it next time.

      Annie B.

  287. 5 stars
    Best meatloaf recipe I have ever used. Perfect for us. Makes great meatloaf sandwiches the next day. I have tried many recipes. I also add chopped celery.

  288. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe several times, and it is the best meatloaf recipe! Everyone loves it, and it now lives in our “family favorites” recipe box.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  289. 5 stars
    This is a recipe I come back to over and over again. I have it memorized but also saved on my phone. The 90% really is the secret.

  290. 5 stars
    This was so delicious the meat loaf was soft and moist. I didn’ have milk so use water instead but it was good thank you for sharing this recipe and looking forward to try your other recipes

    1. I made this for my family. I don’t know how to cook America food but this recipe helped me. My grandson’s loved it. I’m making it again.

    2. 5 stars
      Have made this a bunch of times. Probably the best recipe I’ve found. I follow the recipe exactly except for the glaze, never have red wine vinegar..Instead I use a fruity balsamic, usually cherry. Amazing every time!!! Thanks