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The Best Ever Meatloaf Recipe

This meatloaf recipe is my family’s favorite. There is so much flavor packed inside, and the glaze is scrumptious. This meal is incredibly easy to make! Simply the best ever meatloaf recipe that I have ever had.

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Love Your Meatloaf

Think you don’t like meatloaf? It’s okay, I did not like it either. So many people were loving meatloaf though. There must be something to it. I must admit, I was not always a lover of meatloaf.

Over the years, I have tried several different meatloaf recipes and they were okay, but nothing that really was that great. Therefore, for years, I rarely made meatloaf.

Then One Day…Meatloaf Success!

Then one day; I stumbled upon a meatloaf recipe that was good. Amazingly, I wanted a second piece. Then I tweaked the recipe slightly. This has become my go-to recipe.

Delicious Meatloaf
Delicious Meatloaf

Now I LOVE meatloaf…if it is this recipe!

Hard To Have Just One Piece

I get in trouble with my family on meatloaf days. Why you ask? They eat too much and blame me. I love it! This is our family’s all-time favorite meatloaf. Make a double batch so you have some for the next day.

Mix a few ingredients and bake in a loaf pan for a quick and easy meal.

Great Meal Option

Serve the meatloaf with this mashed potato recipe, some green beans, and you have a delicious homemade family meal that everyone will love. Leftovers will be amazing too.

The Best Ever Meatloaf Recipe

Best Ever Meatloaf
Best Ever Meatloaf

Cooking Container Options

This recipe can be made on cookie sheets. Just shape one or two mounds of the mixture on the cookie sheet. Additionally, two bread loaf pans can be used. Fill them 3/4 full. However, if you have a special meatloaf pan that is made to help the fat drain away from the mixture while cooking; that would be a wonderful way to cook this.

No matter what vessel you have to bake this delicious meal in…I have a sneaky feeling…it will work just fine and taste amazing!

Storage and Freezing Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a great recipe to make in bulk. They will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

However, this is a great freezer meal. I like to bake it before freezing for faster meals later. Just bake and let cool. Wrap securely with a few layers of tin foil and label package. This will keep in the freezer up to 4 months.

When you are ready to eat, just remove from the freezer and thaw for faster cooking time in the oven. If you have not had a chance to thaw, as long as your container is freezer to oven safe, just bake for longer. (For this reason, the casseroles I plan on freezing, I make in a foil bread loaf pan. This way, I can pop it right into the oven with no worries).

Bake at 350 degrees F. until hot and bubble. Generally about 1 hour.

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The Best Ever Meatloaf Recipe

This best ever meatloaf recipe is the only recipe I need. Family loves it.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef, Comfort food, easy, recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 994kcal


Best Ever Meatloaf

  • 5 Lbs. Ground Beef
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 Cup milk
  • 5 Slices White Bread You can use any type of bread-even stale
  • 1 Medium onion Diced
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 1 Cup Carrot Shredded
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbl. Yellow Prepared Mustard


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. F. Prepare 2 loaf pans 9 X5 inch, sometimes I use a 9 X 13 inch cake pan. No matter which you choose, prepare it with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients except for the glaze: the ground beef, eggs, milk, bread, onion, carrots, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix the ingredients until incorporated.
    Mixing the ingredients before Baking
  • Transfer the ground beef mixture between the loaf pans or add to the cake pan.
  • In a clean bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Spread this on top of the ground beef mixture.
  • Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes or until meatloaf is cooked through. A thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F. 70 degrees C. Let cook a few minutes. Cut into slices and serve.

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Doesn’t this look delicious?
Best Meatloaf


Calories: 994kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 294mg | Sodium: 1124mg | Potassium: 998mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 3155IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 7mg
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Dorothy Berry-Lound

Friday 3rd of August 2018

As a vegetarian this recipe could be easily adapted by adding, say, brown lentils, to replace the beef. Great recipe, will be fun to try.


Saturday 4th of August 2018

Thank you for the vegetarian tip.

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