Amazing meatloaf recipe, so tender and juicy. This classic recipe is easy to make by combining ingredients together and baking it in the oven. The glaze on top is a wonderful compliment to the meat and has only three simple ingredients.
The most comforting dinner is homemade meatloaf with soft and fluffy mashed potatoes.
Nothing gathers a family around the dinner table better than a plate full of juicy meatloaf with a side of fluffy mashed potatoes and green beans. When it comes to comforting, easy, and cheap dinners, meatloaf is perfect recipe. It comes out tender and juicy every time and the glaze on top is such a perfect addition of sweet and tangy flavors.
I’ve been tweaking this recipe for a few years and it’s time to update it for everyone else. To make sure that my meatloaf has the best texture, I use a combination of ground beef and ground pork, add finely diced onions, and use two eggs. For the best flavors, make sure to add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and fresh herbs. The family will be begging for this every week!
There is never a need for gravy with this moist and flavorful meatloaf. You just need to decide what kind of sides you wish to serve with it. Do you want to go healthy or go all the way for comforting? Decide and enjoy this classic, always satisfying family dinner.
Ingredients You Need:
Ground meats- I always, always use a combination of beef and pork in my meatloaf and meatballs. This is a great combination for juicy and tender meatloaf. Choose either an 85/15 or 90/10 ground beef for the best meat to fat ratios. Remember that when the meat is too lean, it will most likely come out dry.
Onion – yellow onions works well but make sure to finely dice it.
Garlic – fresh garlic is always the best choice.
Eggs – two large eggs.
Bread crumbs – use Italian seasoned bread crumbs or Gluten Free bread crumbs if needed*.
Dijon mustard – use Dijon mustard for best results or spicy mustard if needed, but not yellow mustard.
Herbs – a combination of fresh dill weed and parsley.
Salt and pepper to taste
Gluten Free Notes*:
It’s very simple to make this meatloaf recipe gluten free by just swapping out bread crumbs for gluten free bread crumbs. For this recipe, I prefer to use Italian bread crumbs.
Italian style gluten free bread crumbs are not as widely available as plain, so you may need to get plain gluten free crumbs and add dried parsley, dry oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to get the flavors into it. You only need a little bit of that seasoning in the bread crumbs as most of these flavors are already present in the meatloaf.
How To Make Meatloaf:
This is the best part about cooking meatloaf, it’s so easy! All you have to do is quickly combine the ingredients and pop it in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly grease a 9×5 loaf baking pan.
Combine all the ingredients for the meatloaf in a mixing bowl and mix it until ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout. Transfer the meat mixture into the prepared baking pan and use a wooden spoon to spread evenly in the pan.
How Long To Cook Meatloaf:
Cook meatloaf for 45-50 minutes until it reaches the internal temperature of about 155°. Mix the ingredients for the glaze and spread it over the top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Safe internal temperature for meatloaf is 160°.
If planning to freeze meatloaf, you can use aluminum loaf baking pans to bake it and freeze right in it. It can also be baked in a regular loaf baking pan and then transferred into aluminum ones after.
Prepare the meat mixture according to the recipe and transfer into the baking pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until just cooked. Cool completely before freezing.
Transfer the loaf into aluminum pan, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil and the plastic wrap. Label and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
Thaw overnight, in the refrigerator. Spread topping all over the top and reheat at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
Serving Suggestions – Complimentary Sides:
- 1 lb ground beef 90/10 lean to fat ratio
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
- 3 garlic cloves pressed
- 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill weed
- 1 Tbsp minded fresh parsley
- fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly grease a 9×5 loaf baking pan.
- Combine all the ingredients for the meatloaf in a mixing bowl and mix it until ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout.
- Transfer the meat mixture into the prepared baking pan and use a wooden spoon to spread evenly in the pan.
- Cook meatloaf for 45-50 minutes until it reaches the internal temperature of about 155°.
- Mix the ingredients for the glaze and spread it over the top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- Let it rest for about 10 minutes before cutting.
Originally published on Will Cook For Smiles on July 2, 2011.
My girls loved it!
Easy to follow easy to make and very tasty
Great tasting recipe. It is quick to make and the topping is delicious!. Amkeeper that the family loves.
Great simple recipe
Thank you, Carla!
Okay, first time that I take the time to actually leave a comment but this recipe was AMAZING. My husband and I are Mexican. I did not grow up eating this at all. This meatloaf was so delicious and my husband rated it as his top five favorite foods…ever. This recipe is going into my family recipe book. Thank you for the amazing recipe!!!
Wow! Thank you for this amazing compliment! I am so glad he liked it so much and that you came by to tell me. 🙂
Is the nutritional value for the whole thing or per serving?
Hi Brian, It is the calories when splitting the meatloaf in 4 equal slices so if you made it into more slices it would reduce the calories.
How would you reheat this recipe after it sat in the refrigerator for one day?
You can reheat it in the microwave for 45 seconds to a minute or you can slice it and heat it up in a pan for a few minutes on each side.
My fiance has never been big on meatloaf but I made this recipe for when his parents visited. And the other day when I asked what he wanted to have soon, he wanted meatloaf! My only issue is both times it takes much longer than the recommended time. I’m wondering if it’s maybe because I’m using a glass loaf pan rather than metal. Regardless, it’s delicious!
Yes, The pan can make a difference, as well as the size. I have noticed that while cooking this dish so cook it until the internal temperature is 160°. I am glad you liked it though!
Made this and it was sooooo good! My husband and I loved it! The 755 cals is the total cals for the loaf, not per serving right? Just double checking 🙂
Yummy 😋 definitely make again. Only alteration I made was to increase to 3 eggs & I always double the garlic in every recipe I make (Garlic addict here) .
Yum! Glad you liked it, Teresa!
This is one of those recipes that’s really forgiving. I think you could switch out the seasonings for pretty much anything you want. If you don’t have the exact right measurement of anything it’s not going to ruin the recipe. Just make sure you don’t leave out the pork sausage.
Glad you like it, Nicky!
My husband says this is a 5 star meatloaf!! I agree!!