Slow Cooker Meatloaf
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Slow Cooker Meatloaf

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Today, I’m sharing my slow cooker meatloaf recipe. I bet you grew up on meatloaf, right? My mother always lathered the top of her meatloaf with a thick layer of ketchup. We loved having mashed potatoes and green beans with it. It was so good, my mother was a great cook.

This slow cooker meatloaf mixture can be made in about 10-15 minutes before placing the mixture into your foil-lined slow cooker. Then we let the slow cooker do its thing. Today, I cooked this one on high for 3 hours, it was perfect. I made the “glaze” and put it in the refrigerator ahead of time.

This slow cooker meatloaf is easy to make and is tender, moist, and juicy with a delicious topping. In case you missed my other meatloaf recipe here it is, Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

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Slow Cooker Meatloaf Instructions

Step One: Gather Ingredients

Gather the ingredients so you’re ready to make the recipe.


Step Two: Mix Ingredients

Grab a large bowl and combine the ground beef, chopped onions, eggs, stuffing mix, milk, Italian seasoning, parsley, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Mix with a wooden spoon or use your hands, I use my hands.

Combine Ingredients

Step Three: Totally Mixed Ingredients

This is what it looks like all mixed together and ready to scoop in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Step Four: Prepare Cooker – Bake

Line your slow cooker with heavy-duty aluminum foil or two layers of regular aluminum foil. Spray the foil with vegetable spray to keep it from sticking. Scoop the meat mixture into your slow cooker and mold it into the desired loaf shape. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, or 6 hours on low setting.

Meatloaf in Slow Cooker

Step Five: Remove and Serve

This is how it looks after baking. I love this recipe because it was easy to remove from the slow cooker by pulling the foil up and out of the pan. Yes, I used hot pads. I then removed the foil and put the meatloaf in a white baking dish so it was ready to have the glaze slathered over it. I didn’t broil the glaze on top.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Step Six Slow Cooker Meatloaf Glaze

These are the best ingredients you gather together for the meatloaf glaze.

Meatloaf Glaze Ingredients

Step Seven

Whisk the ingredients together.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Step Eight

It’s now ready to slather over the meatloaf. It has the sweetness we all like for our meatloaf, and it has a little bit of kick to it.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Step Nine

Decide how you want to serve this great entree. I love this recipe because it doesn’t crumble at all. It was moist and juicy throughout with a yummy topping.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Finished Product

Slice it and serve. Enjoy.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Slow Cooker Meatloaf
  1. 1. Grab a large bowl and combine the ground beef, chopped onions, eggs, stuffing mix, milk, Italian seasoning, parsley, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Mix with a wooden spoon or use your hands, I use my hands.

    2. Line your slow cooker with heavy-duty aluminum foil or two layers of regular aluminum foil. Spray the foil with vegetable spray to keep it from sticking.

    3. Scoop the meat mixture into your slow cooker and mold it into the desired loaf shape.

    4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or 6 hours on low.

    5. Combine the slow cooker meatloaf glaze ingredients. Whisk the ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth.

    6. After baking, check the temperature, it's safe to eat when it reaches (160°F) = (71°C). Lift the foil with the meatloaf out of the slow cooker. Place the meatloaf on a serving dish. Spread the meatloaf glaze over the meatloaf.

    7. Serve with mashed potatoes! Enjoy.

Can I bake this recipe in the oven?

Yes, you can. Grease a large bread pan and scoop the ground beef mixture into the pan. Bake at (350°F) = (176°C) for about one hour. Slather the glaze on top of the meatloaf 15 minutes before it’s finished baking. After baking, check the temperature, it’s safe to eat when it reaches (160°F) = (71°C).

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Can I use an 80/20% fat ground beef mixture? (80=lean and 20=fat)

Yes, it will work great, it may have a little more grease, just drain it off. I wouldn’t use the 90/10% beef because it may be too dry.

Would ground chicken or ground turkey work in this recipe?

I have never tried it, but I know a lot of people who only make their meatloaf with ground chicken or turkey in hopes it may have fewer calories. I would check the amount of fat in the meat and go from there. You may have to add a little olive oil to the recipe.

How do I store the leftovers?

You can store the leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

I love being able to freeze leftovers to make another meal on a different day. Place the amount you want to serve in an airtight container for 3-4 months in the freezer. Be sure and thaw it in the refrigerator for sandwiches, reheat a slice in the microwave, or in a skillet with a little butter.

What do you need to put in meatloaf to keep it from falling apart?

Meatloaf needs a binding agent like eggs and breadcrumbs which are the key ingredients to help keep holding its loaf shape together.

Why do we need milk in a meatloaf?

Well, the milk magically soaks the breadcrumbs and therefore makes our meatloaf extra moist. I use whole milk, but any milk will work, and possibly even non-dairy milk you use every day. Give it a try with your milk preference and see how it turns out.

Final Word

I hope you try my slow cooker meatloaf. It’s all about teaching our kids and grandkids to cook from scratch. Life is good when we eat at the dinner table and teach manners by example. Life is so good! May God Bless this world, Linda

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  1. Hi Linda,
    I think the word in the second lie is supposed to be Slathered…
    i make a similar one, and use oven.. i have a slow cooker- i don’t plan meals far enough i advance…to have it together on the counter cooking…(also have limited counter space) have not plugged it in in years…
    I use instapot, oven or stovetop for all meats…normally.. but do not use breadcrumbs, milk nor any sugar. the ingredients you have for glaze i put in the meatloaf. and i use either cooked or instant rice, or old fashioned oats instead of breadcrumbs, I use steak seasonings, or hamburger seasonings – not Italian( we have thyme sensitive person in household.) The recipe will also work made into patties for a hurry up meal. we call them extendo burgers. and often add mushroom powder( made from fresh ones.w/ dehydrator and grinder.

  2. Linda, I have got to try this recipe in my slow cooker. I make meatloaf much like yours, but normally just use ketchup for the glaze. I also just use bread crumbs instead of stuffing and bake it. Yours sounds much better.

    And if we have leftovers–and I try to make enough that we do–I can then enjoy meatloaf sandwiches.

    Question: Instead of foil could I just use a slow cooker liner bag?

    I’m making shrimp fried rice tonight in my InstaPot, but maybe I’ll make this tomorrow.

    1. Hi Ray, oh yes you can use the slow cooker liners. I need to get some of those. Wow, shrimp fried rice sounds awesome!! I love meatloaf sandwiches, boy do we think alike!!! Linda

  3. I love almost any kind of meatloaf! My mother didn’t make it, but once I had some I wanted more. This was back about the time TV dinners were becoming popular. I begged mother to get them for me. The TV dinner meatloaf was pretty bad, but I ate them. When we go to Cracker Barrel that is what I get.

    I saw this story yesterday and was perplexed to think brands of tomato products we use come from China. Of course, most things today come from there. How frightening! What do you all make of this news?

    1. HI MtGrammy, now I need to go try the meatloaf at Cracker Barrel!! I love hearing this!! As far as the ketchup being made in China, well it very well could be. My bottle of Heinz ketchup shows it being manufactured in PA. Did it come from China, I do not know the answer to that. I read this article about Heinz Ketchup,
      It’s now manufactured in Fremont, Ohio, and another in Muscatine, Iowa. I’m not sure that the website, “deep roots at home” is reliable based on what I researched. Linda

  4. 5 stars
    Love meatloaf! A favorite around here, mostly in winter since we grill so much in the other 3 months. I am going to throw in shredded zucchini to boost the nutrition. I’ve been known for adding shredded carrots. Always a comfort food! Would never have thought to use slow cooker. Will try soon.

  5. 5 stars
    Saw this recipe this morning. We are meatloaf freaks!! LOL. Grabbed hamburger from the freezer the other ingredients from pantry and…ta-da!!! Meatloaf!! It was 88 here today, no way was I using the oven. Perfect recipe!! Love, love, love that glaze! Thanks Linda!!

    1. Hi Beth, aww, thank you my friend for the 5 stars and your kind words!! I love meatloaf and I did not want to heat up my kitchen either!! Life is so good! Linda

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