Best Meatloaf Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Meatloaf Recipe that is flavorful and juicy on the inside, with a delicious glaze spread on the outside. This dish is easy to make for dinner and is guaranteed to be your favorite homemade comfort food. It is the best meatloaf recipe you can get, with minimal preparation work required.

This easy and delicious meatloaf recipe will quickly win you over. It is so rich and tender, that you will not get enough of it. Serve it alongside Crispy Roasted Potatoes or Mac and Cheese Casserole for a complete meal.

Meatloaf Recipe

Best Meatloaf Recipe

This Meatloaf Recipe is our family’s favorite dinner meal because it is packed with delicious flavors. The best part is that it’s simple to make, cheap, and can feed a larger crowd. Simply, assemble the meatloaf, put in the pan, and let the oven do all the work. As a result, you will be rewarded with the most amazing, tender and juicy meal.

A homemade and classic meatloaf should not be hard to make. And this is exactly what we will present in this recipe. It requires affordable ingredients, such as ground beef, bread crumbs, onions, and parsley. And to finish it off perfectly, top the dish with the most amazing caramelized shiny glaze.

What is the secret to the best meatloaf recipe?

We have made a variety of meatloaf recipes and with certainty would say that using leaner ground beef is part of the secret. Many people think that the opposite is true. But our experience tells us otherwise.

The main problem in using high-fat ground beef is that once cooked, it makes a greasy mess. Also, since you will be mixing the lean ground beef with milk, egg, ketchup, and onion, it will help the meatloaf to be kept juicy and moist. More importantly, it will keep the shape intact, and give the dish the perfect look.

Similarly, it is crucial not to overmix it, as it might result in tough and rubbery meat.

Best Meatloaf Recipe

How to Make the Perfect Meatloaf Recipe Glaze?

The glaze is just as important as the meat itself. Therefore, you want to make sure you have the right glaze to top the meatloaf. Our homemade glaze has the right balance. It is not too sweet and not too tart. Half is spread over the meat before baking, and the other half is added on during baking. This gives the meal the classic, and homemade taste.

We use a mixture of ketchup, tomato paste, chili sauce, a hint of light brown sugar, and some cider vinegar. This simple yet delicious sauce truly compliments the dish completely. It has a perfect balance and gives the meal a rich and flavorful taste. Don’t skip it!

How to make the best Meatloaf recipe?

  • In a large bowl add 90% lean ground beef.
  • Then, add dried Italian bread crumbs and some diced onion.
  • Add dried parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Next, add milk, an egg. The ketchup-based sauce will be used to spread over the loaf before baking, and also during baking.

This meatloaf recipe is very easy to make. However, it is important to note a few crucial steps to ensure the perfect dish.

  1. As stated above, do not overmix the ingredients. This will cause the dish to be dense and not very juicy.
  2. Using milk is important because it gives this homemade recipe the needed moisture. So try not to skip it.
  3. Brush the meatloaf with sauce during cooking. This will ensure the flavor is locked in, and also add some moisture to it.
  4. Once cooked, let it rest for about 10 minutes. This helps with flavors to soak in, and also makes sure it won’t fall apart.

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How to shape the meatloaf?

There are a few ways you could do that. You could either:

  • Place it in a loaf pan. This is a quick and easy option, which also results in a uniform shape. The negative to it is that it may result in soggy edges instead of crispy once.
  • Another option, which we mostly use, manually form a loaf about 8″x4″ size and place it onto a baking tray. This might take a few extra minutes to do, but is what gives the loaf a homemade look. Also, this guarantees to have crispy edges throughout.

How long to cook meatloaf?

The cooking time will vary based on size. For our meatloaf recipe, we use 2lb beef, which needs to be cooked at 400°F (200°C) for about 45 minutes. Then, spread a little more sauce over the top and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until the glaze is nice and sticky.

Remember, to check the internal temperature of the meat with a thermometer, this is the best way to ensure an accurate reading. Fully cooked, it should have an internal temperature of 160°F. Lastly, let your meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to absorb into it. Also, resting will ensure not to fall it apart.

WHY DOES MY MEATLOAF ALWAYS FALL APART?

As stated above, it is important to use leaner meat but mixed in with milk and breadcrumbs. Usually, if fatty ground beef is used, especially with too much liquid, when cooked, the fat gets out, and the dish could fall apart.
To avoid this problem, use leaner ground beef, but balanced out with eggs, milk, and bread crumbs. These are key ingredients for a perfect meatloaf recipe. It will also help keep the dish together and give it a correct balance.
Similarly, you could add some cheese to the mix. This will also help it keep its form while maintaining a puffy look.

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH MEATLOAF?

Can you freeze meatloaf?

You can absolutely freeze it. Simply cover it tightly with plastic wrap and foil and then place it in the freezer. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost frozen meatloaf in the refrigerator the night before consuming.

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5 from 30 reviews
Homemade Meatloaf Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 slices
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

Meatloaf:

  • 2 lbs  ground beef  (90% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried parsley 
  • 1 teaspoon  Italian seasoning 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground paprika 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  Kosher salt 
  • 1  small onion  (finely diced)
  • 1 tablespoon  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 cup  bread crumbs  (plain)
  • 1 cup  milk 
  • 2  eggs  (beaten)
  • 1 cup  cheddar cheese  (shredded)

Meatloaf Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup  ketchup 
  • 1 tablespoon  tomato paste 
  • 3 tablespoons  brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons  sweet chili sauce 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with oil. Set aside.

Make Meatloaf:

  1. Combine all the "Meatloaf" ingredients, in the order listed up to the bread crumbs. Stir well to combine, and after that add the milk and beaten egg. Stir just until combined.
  2. Add the cheddar cheese and again mix well, but do not over-beat.
  3. Shape the beef mix into a loaf shape and place it on the prepared baking sheet.

Meatloaf Glaze:

  1. Combine all the Glaze ingredients in a small bowl until well combined and set aside. Brush about half of the glaze all over the meatloaf.

Bake:

  1. Transfer meatloaf to the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until the inside temperature is 160F degrees. Brush the remaining glaze all over the surface of the meatloaf and bake for another 15 minutes.
  2. Once the meatloaf is done, let it cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Calories: 462 Carbohydrates: 23 Protein: 27 Fat: 28 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 127 Sodium: 535 Potassium: 492 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 12 Vitamin A: 300 Vitamin C: 2.1 Calcium: 159 Iron: 3.5
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Anne Marie

This looks like a tasty, classic recipe! I love all the extra meatloaf tips you included, too. So many recipes leave out helpful ideas like that.

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Carol Bryant

OOOOH i like the moistness of this in your images. I make a turkey meatloaf and was looking for a good beef one.

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Kerrie Mendoza

One of our favorite meals is meatloaf. This looks delicious! Your tips will come in handy when we have this for dinner soon!

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Sherry

I haven't had meatloaf in ages. We only use lean ground beef so I am glad that this recipe calls for that. I can't wait to make it.

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Kathy

This meatloaf looks amazing. I haven't had meatloaf in so long and I love it. I'll be saving this so I can make it later.

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Brianne Manz

Whenever I see meatloaf it makes me think of when I was a kid. It wasn't one of my favorites but as I got older it grew on me. Your meatloaf looks like perfection! I will be trying it with my family soon.

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audrey

If I didn't know better I would think I was looking in a magazine at your meatloaf photos. They alone took me in from the moment I laid eyes on them. Your meatloaf is something I will be trying because it looks so good! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

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Jennifer

That meatloaf looks delicious! I’ll have to try your recipe! My husband and son love it! 

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Trina

My family loves meatloaf and this recipe looks incredible! I have to try it.

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Mystic

Somehow they forgot to add mustard in recipes ingredients , it show in video? how much?? i will be making today

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just 1 tablespoon

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Sharon Jensen

My Mom use to use 1/2 beef and 1/2 pork in her meatloaf. Would that work in this recipe and would I have to change anything on your ingredients?

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Yes, it will work and taste amazing, no need to change anything else.

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Lois Stone

This recipe sound amazing!!! Do you think I could use ground Turkey instead of ground beef?

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Yes, totally!!! Search the website for my Turkey Meatloaf too, its a great recipe.

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Rachel Brown

In your hints you used italian bread crumbs but list plain. Also garlic powder and minced garlic in the recipe list. What's best?

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Hi, this is totally up to you. We give both options based on preference, but you cannot go wrong with any of them. Whichever you have available will work just fine, hope you will enjoy this dish!

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Kim

I Haven't made meatloaf in years,but Made this for dinner tonight,it was very good,I did not have a sweet chilli sauce so I added in a little chilli powder to the sauce,turned out great.

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Hi Kim, glad you liked it! It is a great dinner for sure!

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Alice

Made your Meatloaf Recipe tonight for dinner. Meatloaf is one of my husband's favorite dishes, and I like to change it up now and then. Your recipe was great and a big hit with my husband. Thanks for posting

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Hi Alice, thanks for visiting. I am so glad and happy you and your husband enjoyed it. It is one of our go-to recipes, especially during the holidays. Thanks for the feedback!

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Suzanne

This looks amazing & plan on making tonite. Is there something I can replace for the sweet chili sauce? I saw one reviewer said she used chili powder but doesn't say how much. Any other ideas would be aporeciated. Thx!

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about 1/2 teaspoon, taste and adjust for your liking.

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Inna

Tried this recipe last week, and it was super delicious. Actually, it was so good that we ended up making another one the next day. It is what we were looking for, moist and flavorful, and the video surely helps. Thank you!

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Audrey

I made this recipe many times, and now it became my go to. The meatloaf is juicy and tender, the glaze is perfect. We usually serve it over potatoes with some steamed veggies and we use the leftovers to make meatloaf sandwiches.

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Tiff

great meatloaf recipe, made it last weekend for easter and was super flavorful, moist and yummy. the whole family loved it, 5 stars!

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Hi Tiff, and thanks for stopping by. Glad you and your family enjoyed it!

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Sharon

This was awesome!!! Doesn't fall apart so you can slice it thin if you want. I am gonna try this recipe for my meatballs. Thanks!!! 

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Keith

Just finished dinner and made this meatloaf. Man it was great. Moist and the glaze was very good.

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so happy that you loved it

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Irene Brunette

Delicious!!!😀

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Jim

I just made it tonight. I thought with all the ingredients it would be a little different. Different it was, and DELICIOUS. Definitely will have it again

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Maria

I have a question regarding the chili sauce. Do you use sweet chili sauce (Asian or Thai) or plain chili sauce like the Heinz brand? Thank you in advance for the clarification 

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Asian, sweet chili, its so much better.

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Matthew

This is my second time making your meatloaf recipe. Simply put this recipe is absolutely amazing! My family and friends absolutely love it! I will definitely be making this again and again. Thank you!  Cheers 

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Cam

Very tasty meatloaf guests asked for seconds. I would use less smell, maybe even half the milk next time so it stayed together a little better when you cut it. 3 1/2 stars for this one

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David Ryser

I had and old slow cooker recipe that had a number of mistakes in it. So I had to make changes on the run. One mistake it only called for 1/4 cup bread crumbs, some other minor changes I made on the fly. I only had very fat hamburger, and tube of pork sausage.to get my 2 lbs of meat. I had the results that are covered in this version of somewhat falling apart. The sides were not browned, (slow cooker) so with some sides effects I now know why happened will not occur again LOL.. I still give it a five star because the flavor is absolutely awesome. I can't wait to use this one and have a meat loaf to perfection

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Victoria

I’ve made this recipe over the weeken, and I can say that it was the best meatloaf recipe so far. What I also did, I used a little extra cheese and it was super moist and delicious!! Will be definitely making it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, this dish is highly recommended for sure! Btw, i made the potatoes in the pressure cooker based on your post as well. Also, it turned out great!!!

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Happy you liked it. This recipe is truly amazing, and we make it every time. Adding some extra cheese also sounds delicious!

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Emma Miano

What a delicious and amazing recipe. I love yours a lot, and thanks for the video it helps with the process. Like someone above mentioned, I used more cheese and the meatloaf was just super moist and juicy. Also, i am not shy of the glaze, so i covered it well in it))) my husband loved it a lot as well. We will be making it again! Take care!

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Glad you loved it Emma! Adding some extra cheese to it is a great idea as well!

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Monica

Hi from Canada! I’ve made this recipe the other day and it turned out perfect! My whole family loved this meatloaf recipe and we enjoyed it a lot! It was just as described, succulent, flavorful and simple to follow the steps. Thanks for this!

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Hi there, I appreciate your feedback, and happy you and your family enjoyed it!

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Inna

The best meatloaf recipe we had in a long time. Loved it a lot, I shared this recipe with my mom as well so she can also try)) i used garlic powder instead of minced and pretty much followed the rest. Loved it a lot how it turned out. We are a huge meatloaf fan, and this one is our favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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Happy you love it Inna. Garlic powder is a great alternative for sure. Thanks for visiting and providing your feedback!

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Alina

Amazing meatloaf recipe, juicy moist and delicious! All gone at once) thanks for the recipe

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Bella

Super delicious meatloaf! I usually never write a review, but after making this dish, I can’t be happier. It was very flavorful and tasty, was looking for an easy and full meal, and this made our dinner! Thumbs up!👍

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Linda

Yummy dish! I have added some sautéed onions as well and garlic powder, it was super flavorful! Would highly recommend it to anyone!

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happy that you enjoyed it!

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Marry Swanson

Hi there! Great dish, moist, flavorful and easy to follow. Can’t ask for more!

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Liam

Absolutely delicious and amazing meatloaf recipe! Tried many recipes before, but can certainly say this is the best one!!! It turned out just perfect 👌👍!!!

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Thank you for your feedback, and glad you love it as much as we do!

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Dave Soukup

I’m giving you five stars simply because I never thought of the glaze you have! Excellent! The sweet chili sauce and apple cider vinegar make for an absolutely fantastic flavor. I played with your recipe here and there, overall very similar. This is my permanent recipe for meatloaf now, thank you for taking the time to put it on the web.

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Hi Dave, I appreciate your feedback, and I am super happy that you loved the meatloaf and the glaze!

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Dallas

A true comfort food that is perfect for any day! My husband loves a good meatloaf, so I was searching to make him one that is homemade and with crumbs. This recipe did the job perfectly, and honestly, it turned out to be our favorite meatloaf recipe so far. The ketchup based glaze is also amazing, and is what makes this dish so flavorful. We served it with some baked potatoes and it was a delicious dinner!

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Hi Dallas, thank you for your feedback! Glad you and your husband loved it!

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Bella

A true classic and comfort food! Found your recipe online and gave it a try. It turned out nicely, the meatloaf was moist, tender and flavorful. The glaze was also yummy. We love it 👍❤️, thanks for sharing!

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Maria

Made this and it was perfecto 👌👍! Will be making againa, gracias!

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Gabe

Perfect! We enjoyed it a lot! The glaze is also amazing! Thanks

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Melissa

Superb! Ok... i made it and tweaked a little the glaze, i love my meatloaf the be moist and have extra glaze, so i used more ketchup and also some tomato paste combo, along with some garlic powder. I was delicious and moist!!! We had a family gathering and this was the main dish of the night, everyone was happy how it turned out Also, i made your sweet potato casserole and it was also very good. Liked them both a lot! The video tutorial also helps! Thanks for sharing

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Sound delicious as well! Thanks for your feedback!

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Monica

Like other reviewers said, this is a great and tender meatloaf. My whole family enjoyed it, and the video tutorial is a great bonus, which is a plus. It helps get the picture together right away. The glaze is fabulous and the overall recipe is one of the best I had so far. So, thanks for sharing, we truly LOVED it!!!

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I am super happy you loved it Monica! Thanks for your feedback!

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Sarah LeMay

This recipe was very good. Only changes I made was that I used ground venison and added a little sirracha to the meat mixture. It turned out very moist and yummy.

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Thank you for your feedback. Glad you loved it!

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