Not Your Mama’s Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Oatmeal

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How to make the best meatloaf recipe with oatmeal and ground beef. Simple, easy, delicious dinner idea that's quick to mix up. Recipe with how to video!

Oatmeal meatloaf is one meal that our family loves, and it's become a go to meal for me when planning our menus. I love making it because I know we'll get at least two meals out of one easy meatloaf recipe.

meatloaf with oatmeal baked in white baking dish

Now I know this recipe definitely has some carbs; so I've actually taken my meatball recipe and kinda tweaked it to make a low carb meatloaf recipe if you're looking for a low carb option.

But really this meatloaf with oatmeal is super easy to make. Basically, dump the ingredients in a bowl, mix them up, and drop the whole mixture into a baking pan.

You can pat the ground beef into a larger loaf and bake it in a 13″x9″ pan; or we've even made it by patting the meatloaf into a larger sheet pan. If you do choose to make it in a sheet pan, it likely won't need as long to bake.

Either way you bake it, I highly recommend you use a meat thermometer to make sure the meat has come to temp and is fully cooked. Homemade meatloaf has never been so easy to make.

If you love cooking with the Instant Pot, this Instant Pot meatloaf and potatoes is just the recipe for you.

easy meatloaf recipe sliced on a pretty white plate ready to serve with a fork

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MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

13″x9″ casserole or baking dish – I love using this size baking dish to make a big 2-pound meatloaf that will stretch to give our family of five more than one meal.

Large mixing bowl – This makes it easy to just dump in all the ingredients and start mixing.

Meat thermometer – We use ours all the time; it really helps to tell if the meat has come to temp and is fully cooked.

HOW TO MAKE MEATLOAF WITH OATMEAL

You'll need to pre-heat your oven to 350° F, and grease a 13”x9” baking dish.

  1. Add all of the ingredients, including the ground beef, eggs, minced onion, ketchup, BBQ sauce, oatmeal, and seasoned salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix well using a large fork; or you can just use your hands.
  2. Once everything’s been mixed together well, transfer the meat mixture to the baking dish, and shape it into a loaf.
steps for how to make oatmeal with meatloaf in large blue mixing bowl and white baking dish

Then an optional step, but one I highly recommend… Squirt ketchup all over the top of the meatloaf.

unbaked oatmeal meatloaf covered with ketchup in a white baking dish

HOW LONG TO COOK OATMEAL MEATLOAF

Bake the meatloaf for about an hour, longer if needed.

Again, a meat thermometer is definitely something I recommend to make sure the meat has come to temp and is fully cooked.

homemade meatloaf in a white baking dish

SHOULD I COVER MY MEATLOAF WHILE BAKING?

There's really no need to, unless your meatloaf starts to brown too quickly on the top or sides… But I have never had this problem.

Keep in mind, I use a gas oven, so oven time may vary.

WHAT IS THE BEST GROUND BEEF FOR MEATLOAF?

We prefer to use 90/10 ground beef when we're mixing up a meatloaf. In fact, we use 90/10 for pretty much everything.

Our reasons are that it's leaner, there's less fat, and there will be less grease around your meatloaf.

Don't worry about flavor… You'll still get really good flavor from a leaner ground beef. And you'll also be eating a bit healthier, as well.

Note: You can use ground turkey for this recipe in place of ground beef. However, it will change the look, texture, and flavor of your finished meatloaf.

CAN YOU SUBSTITUTE OLD-FASHIONED OATS FOR QUICK OATS?

Yes, you can. I've used both old-fashioned oats and quick oats for this meatloaf.

I've even used gluten-free quick oats more recently, so if you want a gluten-free meatloaf with oats, this is the way to go (although you should also check ingredient labels on your other ingredients just to be safe).

forked bite of meatloaf with oatmeal

GOOD SIDE DISHES TO SERVE WITH MEATLOAF

When it’s fully cooked, remove it from the oven; and serve it with sides like mashed potatoes, green beans, or broccoli.

You can even do what my family absolutely LOVES to do with meatloaf… Make the most delicious meatloaf sandwich ever! Mmmm, I love meatloaf sandwiches… My favorite way to use leftovers!

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Yield: 10 servings

Not Your Mama's Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Oatmeal

Not Your Mama's Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Oatmeal

How to make the best meatloaf recipe with oatmeal and ground beef. Simple, easy, delicious dinner idea that's quick to mix up. Recipe with how to video!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F, and grease a 13”x9” baking dish.
  2. Add all of the ingredients, including the ground beef, eggs, minced onion, ketchup, bbq sauce, oatmeal, and seasoned salt, to a large mixing bowl. Mix well using a large fork; or you can just use your hands.
  3. Once everything’s been mixed together well, transfer the meat mixture to the baking dish, and shape it into a loaf.
  4. Squirt ketchup all over the top of the meatloaf.
  5. Bake the meatloaf for about an hour, longer if needed. A meat thermometer is definitely something I recommend to make sure the meat has come to temp and is fully cooked.
  6. When it’s fully cooked, remove the meatloaf from the oven; and serve it with your favorite sides, like mashed potatoes and green beans.

Notes

*We prefer to use 90/10 ground beef when we're mixing up a meatloaf. Our reasons are that it's leaner, there's less fat, and there will be less grease around your meatloaf. Don't worry about flavor… You'll still get really good flavor from a leaner ground beef. And it'll also be a bit healthier, as well.

Note: You can use ground turkey for this recipe in place of ground beef. However, it will change the look, texture, and flavor of your finished meatloaf.

**I've used both old-fashioned oats and quick oats for this meatloaf. I've even used gluten-free quick oats more recently, so if you want a gluten-free meatloaf with oats, this is the way to go (although you should also check ingredient labels on your other ingredients just to be safe).

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 828mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 30g

Update Notes: This recipe was originally published on March 20, 2014, but was updated in December 2019.

28 thoughts on “Not Your Mama’s Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Oatmeal”

  1. Again and again you say to use a meat thermometer. BUT you did not tell us what temp . Any suggestions as to what temp the meatloaf should reach to be done?

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  2. Oatmeal meatloaf to me is the best tasting meatloaf. I am NOT a fan of breadcrumbs. My son the fine dining chef will not allow me to use ketchup, too much sugar and sub-par ingredients. So I compromise by using a cup of jarred chili sauce. Or canned tomatoes or even V-8 juice. I put chili sauce on top , sometimes over a thin layer of brown sugar.
    My all time favorite meal, with potatoes of any sort and peas. Aahhh.

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  3. Hi there…this meatloaf sounds amazing! I’ve never made meatloaf with oats before. On top of oats being a bit healthier, do the oats also make it more juicy? Plus, if I use more towards the 2 cups of oats, will that make it more dry?

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    • Catherine, thank you! I haven’t found that 2 cups makes it dry at all; in fact, I think the oatmeal helps it to be more moist, as long as I follow the other ingredient measurements.

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