How To Make A Traditional Meatloaf

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It’s all about how to make a traditional quick and easy meatloaf today. It’s a whole lot different than the one my mom used to make. I have been making this recipe for about 20 years now. I grew up with meatloaf that was baked in the oven for so many minutes. Then the last five minutes we would pull it out of the oven and smear some ketchup over the meatloaf and return it to the oven to finish baking. It was really good and was always served with baked potatoes and green beans.

After I got married and had kids and they had kids of their own this recipe magically found its way into my kitchen. Of course, I modified the original recipe as we all do. It’s really too bad that hamburger is so expensive, but this recipe is a keeper and you’ll want to print it out and save it for sure.

My Quick and Easy Meatloaf

Here are the ingredients for your shopping list:

2/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 cup milk
1-1/2 to 2 pounds hamburger (uncooked)
2 eggs slightly beaten
3/4 cups chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground sage
Pepper to taste

Meatloaf topping:
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons of dry mustard (this gives it a little kick)

How To Make The Best Meatloaf
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
  • Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds hamburger
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • ¾ cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground sage
  • Pepper to taste
  • Topping added on top of the cooked meatloaf the last 10 minutes of cooking. Drain the grease before slathering the meatloaf with the sweet ketchup topping
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of dry mustard this gives it a little kick
  1. Instructions:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan or 9 by 9-inch pan.
  3. Soak the bread crumbs in the milk
  4. Combine the hamburger, eggs, onions, salt, ground sage and pepper in large bowl. Next, add the breadcrumbs that have been soaking. Now I use my hands to thoroughly mix it completely.
  5. I make the sweet and spicy ketchup topping and set it aside so it’s ready for the last ten minutes of cooking. Remember to drain the grease off before slathering on the ketchup mix. Bake UNCOVERED for 50-60 minutes. Pull the meatloaf out of the oven the last ten minutes to add the topping and return it to the oven.

Baked Potatoes

Do you have to have baked potatoes with meatloaf? Well, these potatoes my granddaughter’s helped me dig from a garden pot in my backyard. I have to say, potatoes or any vegetables you grow yourself taste better than store bought! I covered a small cookie sheet with foil then sprayed the potatoes with canola oil spray and sprinkled them with Kosher salt. I put too much salt, but that’s how it goes. I scraped some salt off after I baked them. I bake my potatoes this way at 425 degrees for about an hour. They were so moist and fluffy inside and crispy on the outside. I love it! All About Potatoes-National Potato Council.

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Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 rolls
  • 4 Teaspoons SAF Instant Yeast
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 Cups Warm Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 4 Teaspoons Dough Enhancer NutriMill (optional)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6-7 Cups White bread flour (Add 1/2 of the flour and then add more until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl)
  1. Place all of the ingredients in order into your mixing bowl. Be careful with the eggs not to add the warm milk too slowly or you will have scrambled eggs. Add half of the flour and keep adding the rest of the flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise the first time, about an hour. Punch the dough down and mold into small balls about 1-1/2 inches to 2 inches in diameter. Cover with greased plastic and let rise one more time, about an hour, or until double the size. Remove the plastic wrap and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Do not overbake. They should be golden brown. I spread a little butter on the tops after baking so the rolls are soft on top. If you like a crispier top you can skip this step.

I hope you love this quick and easy meatloaf recipe as much as I do! Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world. Linda

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11 thoughts on “How To Make A Traditional Meatloaf

  • July 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I have used basically same recipient but substitute oatmeal for breadcrumbs because of my daughters gluten problems.

    • July 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Hi John, good tip on the oatmeal! I think growing up my mom used oatmeal in her meatloaf. Have a great weekend, Linda

    • November 24, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      You beat me to the punch. While we don’t have any gluten problems, we always have rolled oats on hand and I’ve always used those. We also don’t add much in the way of spices like the sage. We have our own beef and usually grind the beef (hamburger) fresh so we usually have little or no grease to drain; but, even our pre-ground beef is about 98% fat free. Sometimes if we’re in a hurry, we’ll just use plain old Heinz ketchup on top, right out of the bottle. Side dishes generally include either baked or mashed potatoes, and either corn or French cut green beans with a bit of butter & vinegar.

      • November 25, 2018 at 7:57 am

        Hi, Ohio Prepper, I grew up with rolled oats and ketchup with my meatloaf as well! Linda

  • July 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks Linda, I pretty much make this same recipe passed down from my mother and grandmother. Can’t be beat it! Patty

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Hi Patty, sometimes we just need meatloaf for dinner, right? I can’t wait to order more water when the budget allows. Hugs, Linda

  • July 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Linda – Have you ever tried making meat loaf using freeze-dried ground beef?

    • July 13, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Hi Gaye, I am not sure it would work because of the consistency. Thrive freeze dried meat are little 1/4 inch or so size balls. You would need a lot of eggs to keep it together and even then I think it would just crumble. I have used freeze dried hamburger for tacos and the meat rolls out of the taco shell. LOL! It works better for soups or casseroles. Hugs, Linda

  • November 24, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Awwww….Linda! You know I love you ever so much but now you’ve gone and made me hungry! Yes, you are correct – I’ll have to print out the recipes!

    • November 25, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Hi Cheryl, oh you made my day!!! I LOVE your comment! It’s so fun to cook from scratch and eat at home, right??? My husband, Mark loves the smell of something cooking in the slow cooker or in the oven! Life is so good! Happy Holidays, my friend! Hugs! Linda


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