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MOMMA’S BEST MEATLOAF RECIPE (+Video)

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Momma’s Best Meatloaf recipe is full of flavor and is moist and scrumptious! It’s simple to make and comes out perfect every time!

MOMMA’S BEST MEATLOAF RECIPE

I think most folks at some point in their lives have had either great experiences with meatloaf or really bad ones. Maybe the meatloaf was a tad dry or maybe it tasted like a lump of beef and nothing else. Don’t worry, I am about to change your mind about any of your bad meatloaf experiences! This meatloaf recipe is not only delicious and flavorful, it is most definitely not dry!

TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST MEATLOAF:

  • Use some meat that has fat. This is not the place for lean beef. Lean beef is more expensive and it can be dry because there is not much fat.
  • I would not recommend ground turkey for this recipe.
  • This meatloaf will seem a bit “wet” as you form it. Don’t worry that is normal – I promise it will turn out great!
  • I like the cubed breadslices for this but bread crumbs (about ½ cup) can be substituted for the bread slices.
  • Want to fancy it up a bit? Add a little balsamic vinegar to the ketchup before topping the meatloaf.
  • This can be made in a loaf pan (with the same cooking time.) Cooking it on a sheet pan will help some of the fat spread away from the meat.
  • I converted this same recipe for the INSTANT POT too!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

ground beef (80/20 works good)
milk
egg
sliced bread
Worcestershire sauce
onion powder
salt
dry ground mustard
black pepper
hot sauce (optional)
garlic powder
ketchup

HOW TO MAKE MOMMA’S BEST MEATLOAF:

Heat oven to 350F degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (except ketchup.)
Don’t be afraid to get in there with your hands – they work best.
Spread mixture into an ungreased loaf pan or shape into a loaf on a sheet pan.
Spread ketchup on top of meatloaf.
Cook for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes (or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.) 
Let stand for 5 minutes and serve.

CRAVING MORE? GIVE THESE RECIPES A TRY!

INSTANT POT MEATLOAF AND POTATOES
CROCK POT MEATLOAF
MEATLOAF MELTS
MOZZARELLA STUFFED BBQ MEATLOAF
THE BEST CROCK POT CHILI
CROCK POT MEATLOAF MEATBALLS

MOMMA’S BEST MEATLOAF

Momma's Best Meatloaf recipe is full of flavor and is moist and scrumptious! It's simple to make and comes out perfect every time!

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: The Best Meatloaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 slices bread torn up into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder or ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup ketchup

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350F degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (except ketchup.)
  • Spread mixture into an ungreased loaf pan or shape into a loaf on a sheet pan.
  • Spread ketchup evenly on top of meatloaf.
  • Cook for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes (or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees).
  • Let stand for 5 minutes and serve

Video

Notes

This can be made in a loaf pan with the same cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 832mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 3.5mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

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Originally published: August 2011
Updated & republished: December 2019

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