Not Your Mama’s Easy Meatloaf Recipe

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Definitely not your mama’s meatloaf. Packed full of amazing flavor, your family will love this easy meatloaf recipe so much, it’ll practically fly off the dinner table.

baked homemade meatloaf in a white baking dish

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.

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 is one homemade meatloaf that’s 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 this meatloaf 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.

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

Tips for how to make meatloaf:

First gather all of your ingredients for this easy meatloaf recipe… You’ll need ground beef, eggs, a large onion, ketchup, BBQ sauce, old fashioned oatmeal, and seasoned salt.

Pre-heat your oven to 350°, and grease a 13”x9” casserole or baking dish.

Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.

ingredients for the best meatloaf recipe ever in a large blue mixing bowl

Mix well using a large fork; or you can just use your hands.

Once everything’s been mixed together well, transfer the meat mixture to the baking dish, and shape it into a loaf.

how to make meatloaf, shaping the meatloaf into a white baking dish

Squirt ketchup all over the top of the meatloaf.

easy meatloaf covered with ketchup in a white baking dish

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.

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!

baked meatloaf recipe in a white baking dish

More recipes fellow meat lovers will love:

Sweet Chili Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Baked Italian Cauliflower Meatballs

Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham

Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey

Maple Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Kitchen tools you may need to make the best meatloaf recipe ever:

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.

forked bite of easy meatloaf recipe
Yield: 10 servings

Not Your Mama's Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Not Your Mama's Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Definitely not your mama's meatloaf. Packed full of amazing flavor, your family will love this easy meatloaf recipe so much, it'll practically fly off the dinner table.

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

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 large onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1-2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ketchup , for the top of the meatloaf

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°, and grease a 13”x9” casserole or baking dish.
  2. Add all of the ingredients 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. Again, 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.

Update Notes: This recipe was originally published on March 20, 2014, but was re-published with bigger photos and more details in April of 2018.

Not Your Mama's Easy Meatloaf Recipe
easy meatloaf recipe that's oh so delicious

20 thoughts on “Not Your Mama’s Easy Meatloaf Recipe”

  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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