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Easy Meatloaf Recipe

An easy meatloaf recipe

This is a basic easy meatloaf recipe, delicious, and one of the best meatloaf recipes you will find.

Meatloaf is one of everyone’s favorite comfort food recipes and this one won’t disappoint.

You’ll want leftovers. They are great sliced into a sandwich.

A sandwich made with leftover meatloaf and a little butter and mustard is one of my favorite lunch treats. Don’t you just love two for one meals?

Lean ground beef is a wonderful protein food and turns this into a pretty healthy recipe.

If you want to create a very low fat meat loaf, in addition to the lean ground meat, use a double loaf pan. It drains the fat off the meat loaf as it cooks and keeps it away from the meat.

Fresh bread crumbs or cubes are ideal for this recipe but use dried if that is what you have. It will be fine.

Easy meatloaf recipe

Easy Meatloaf Recipe

This is a basic easy meatloaf recipe, delicious, and one of the best meatloaf recipes you will find. You'll want leftovers. They are great sliced into a sandwich.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 628 kcal


  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, or small bread cubes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground veal, or more ground beef
  • 1 onion, small, chopped finely
  • 1 carrot, finely shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, or 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 eggs, large, lightly beaten


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Soften the bread crumbs in the milk for a few minutes, then pour off the excess milk.
  • Combine the 3 meats and mix well. Add all other ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Place in large loaf pan, 2 smaller loaf pans or shape into loaf shape and bake on flat baking pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350° or until browned and fully cooked inside.


Calories: 628kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 45gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 250mgSodium: 906mgPotassium: 807mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2678IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 5mg
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  • You can use all beef, but the pork and veal combination with the beef add extra flavour and tenderness. All are great protein foods.
  • Top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce or ketchup for added flavor. Or kick it up a bit with some salsa.

Meatloaf is a pretty good diabetic recipe. Although it contains some bread crumbs, the rest of the ingredients are quite low in carbs.

If you like this easy meatloaf recipe, you will probably love our oats meatloaf recipe too. Find it here.

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3 thoughts on “Easy Meatloaf Recipe”

  1. Meatloaf recipe is ok.

    We tried this recipe tonight and it was just ok. My 11 yr old daughter said the last meatloaf we made was better. This recipe is lacking a bit of flavor. I did add Worch. sauce and some italian seasoning. Our family rated this recipe a 3.5.

    Note from Karen:
    Thanks for your comments. Everyone likes different flavors. Feel free to add what your family prefers.


  2. meat loaf

    Originally posted by JS from Canada

    Love this recipe, it is delicious. Wondering if you bake it in muffin tins, would you need to adjust the temp. or cooking times?
    Hi JS,
    Adjust the cooking time for sure as there is far less volume than with one large meat loaf. Try 20 to 30 minutes at the same temperature.


    From JS.

    Thank you for your input. I went ahead and used the muffin tins. I found them to be a little hard to get out of the tins, even though I had sprayed them with Pam. I did cut the cooking time to about 35 minutes. They are handy to use this way, but I don’t think I would do it again.


    Easy Ground Turkey Meatloaf

    Originally submitted by D Wanamaker, from McMinnville, TN

    1 lb. Ground Turkey
    1 can Vegetable Soup
    1 Egg
    1 envelope dry Meatloaf Mix
    1/2 cup catsup
    Green Pepper diced to taste

    Topping: Catsup and sugar
    Combine above ingredients (less topping) and shape into a loaf. Line rectangular pan with tin foil. Place small rack on top and cover with tinfoil and poke holes in tin foil. Add loaf. Spread catsup and sprinkle with sugar on top. Cook at 400 degrees for about 1 hr. or until done.


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