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This Easy Meatloaf is a favorite at my house. It’s the recipe we always use when we want a meatloaf that’s tender, super moist and utterly delicious!
This easy meatloaf recipe here is the only one you will ever need. Meatloaf is always a favorite in most households because it’s great comfort food plus it’s economical. Truly a classic family favorite! It’s what Sunday suppers are all about!
This meatloaf recipe is super simple to make and just absolutely fabulous. The best, most tender and moist meatloaf recipe you’ll ever need. Serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and you’ve got yourself a wonderful comfort meal whether it’s for a cold winter night or a warm summer day.
We all go crazy over it, and it’s the one of the only leftover foods we love.
Ingredients You’ll Need To Make This Meatloaf
Meatloaf are so popular because it doesn’t need any complicated ingredients to make it. Here’s what you’ll need to make it. Keep scrolling down for complete printable recipe:
- Vegetables – I used onion and bell peppers. I find it easy to shred the onion using a box grater. As far as other veggies, meatloaves are great to hide veggies in. Try other veggies, like mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, etc.
- Meat – I usually love to combine pork and beef together for great flavors, but if you’re looking for healthier options try ground chicken or turkey. However, I strongly recommend using pork in a meatloaf if looking for a juicy meatloaf.
- Breadcrumbs – I love using Panko breadcrumbs. You can substitute the breadcrumbs with a couple slices of bread.
- Milk – to add a little moisture to the meatloaf. If using bread instead of breadcrumbs, make sure to soak the bread in the milk.
- Egg – you’ll need at least an egg to bind all the meat and everything together.
- Worcestershire sauce – a must for that savory and sweet flavor.
- Barbecue sauce – use your favorite here.
How To Make Meatloaf
Making meatloaf is one of the first things I learned to cook when I was just a kid. So that shows you how simple it is to make.
Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees and spray a loaf pan generously with cooking spray.
Grate the onion with a box grater in a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and the milk and stir it together. Add the rest of the ingredients but only add about 3/4 cup of the barbecue sauce to the meat mixture. Mix the entire meat mixture really well using your hands or a spoon.
Add the meat mixture to the prepared loaf pan and shape it into a loaf. Brush with the remaining barbecue sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
How Long To Cook Meatloaf
The best temperature to cook the meatloaf at is 350 F degrees and it requires about 1 hour, depending on size and shape. 60 to 80 minutes should be more than enough for a 2 pound meatloaf. Best way to tell when a meatloaf is done is to use an instant-read thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the meatloaf and when it reaches 160 degrees F, it’s done.
Let it sit for 10 minutes before slicing into it.
How To Serve Meatloaf
Meatloaf is something we all grew up eating whether it was for Sunday supper or an easy meal your mom made during the week. I personally love it with mashed potatoes or even oven roasted potatoes and veggies. For a healthier version try serving it on a bed of mashed cauliflower.
I sometimes even make meatloaf sandwiches, mind blown! What’s not to love with this classic, it truly is a great meal for all the meat lovers out there.
There are also many different variations of this classic, probably every culture has their own twist to it. It’s economical, it’s easy to make and it’s always a crowd pleaser.
Tips for Making the Best Meatloaf
- Don’t be afraid to mix your meat . Never go all beef, add that ground pork, you’ll end up with a much better tasting meatloaf. Throw in some ground turkey for a leaner version.
- Soak in your breadcrumbs with the milk, this will ensure it will hold its shape while still staying moist. Don’t be afraid in to add more veggies as well, such as peppers and onions, but sometimes mix it in a bit with shredded zucchini, carrots or sometimes even spinach. Great way to hide those veggies and keep your it moist.
- Always always top it with that extra sauce, whether it’s your favorite barbecue sauce or just ketchup, it will add acidity and cut the fat a bit.
I wasn’t gonna try this because, I didn’t think the super market had ground pork. Well, they did and this is my new FAVORITE Meatloaf recipe, and it’s easy to make. Super moist and tasty. The sausage does it ! Jo is right ! Thank You !
How To Store Leftover Meatloaf
Store leftover meatloaf in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Can You Freeze Meatloaf?
Yes! Meatloaf freezes extremely well. The great thing is that you can freeze it before or after cooking. To freeze it before, place the meatloaf in a loaf pan and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, then in foil and freeze. Thaw it out in the refrigerator for about 18 hours before placing it in the oven to bake.
To freeze it after cooking, allow it to cool completely. You can either freeze it in individual slices, wrapped up tightly in plastic wrap or wrap up the whole loaf tightly in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped up slices or loaf into a large freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
To freeze individual slices, reheat them in the microwave oven. You can also place the frozen loaf on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper in the oven at 350 F degrees until heated through.
Meat Lover? Try These Recipes:
- Salisbury Steak Meatballs
- Porcupine Meatballs
- Stout Meatballs with BBQ Sauce
- Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
- Matambre: Argentinian Stuffed Flank Steak
- Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- Philly Cheese Steak Meatballs
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- 1 large onion finely chopped or grated
- 1 cup breadcrumbs I used Panko
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 green bell pepper finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 cup barbecue sauce I used Guy Fieri's Sweet and Smoky Kansas Style BBQ sauce
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
- Grate the onion (if not using chopped) in a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and the milk and stir it together. Add the rest of the ingredients but only add about 3/4 cup of the barbecue sauce to the meat mixture. Mix the entire meat mixture really well using your hands or a spoon.
- Add the meat mixture to the prepared loaf pan and shape it into a loaf. Brush with the remaining barbecue sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
- Bake for 60 to 80 minutes or until done. Best way to tell when a meatloaf is done is to use an instant-read thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the meatloaf and when it reaches 160 degrees F, it's done.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes before slicing into it.