The BEST Easy Meatloaf Recipe

This is the BEST Easy Meatloaf Recipe. This traditional meatloaf is so juicy and packed with flavors with a sweet and tangy glaze that completes the homemade meatloaf. Serve this meatloaf with rice and roasted cauliflower.

Just like this meatloaf, I love to serve my family our Chicken Fried rice or our One Pot Spaghetti for an easy dinner.

Classic meatloaf with caramalized glazed in a loaf pan held with hot pads.

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easy meatloaf recipe-

Oh, I’m so excited to finally be sharing my version of a classic meatloaf. Sauteed ground beef loaded with onion, breadcrumbs, fresh herbs and seasonings make for a juicy and tender homemade meatloaf. The glaze is what really gives this meatloaf recipe the title of the BEST recipe. The sauce is sweet but tangy and so different than a classic glaze on meatloaf.

Sliced meatloaf on a bed of mashed potatoes with green beans in a plate.

tips on how to make an easy meatloaf-

Meatloaf is such a great recipe and so forgiving. For the perfect loaf that will not crumble and fall apart, be sure to use the indicated ingredients and follow these tips for meatloaf that will not fail.

  • Be sure to chop the onion super fine, so they’ll cook through.
  • Be sure you don’t overmix the meat or it will result in a tough meatloaf.
  • For easier removal of the meatloaf, line your loaf pan with parchment papers with the edges overhanging on each side so you can put up the meatloaf whole.
  • Reserve the juices from the pan and pour over the meatloaf before serving.
  • Rest the meatloaf for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and slicing.

what’s the best kind of meat for meatloaf?

You want to be sure to use lean ground beef that is about 85% or 90% lean meat, nothing higher. No, the meatloaf won’t taste dense, the remaining ingredients will keep it moist and juicy.

Step by step collage how to make a meatloaf from scratch.

the BEST meatloaf sauce-

What really makes this recipe unique and stand out from the rest is the glaze used. Ketchup combined with brown sugar, onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper, and vinegar make for a sweet and tangy sauce that caramelizes and penetrates into the meatloaf as it’s baked adding so much flavor.

Collage how to make sauce for the meatloaf glaze.

how long do I cook meatloaf?

In a 9”x5” loaf pan, you want to cook the meatloaf for 40 minutes at 375°F, uncovered. Then, add the sauce, and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the internal reading is 160°F. For a smaller loaf pan, increase the baking time and for a larger pan, decrease baking time.

can I freeze meatloaf?

Yes, meatloaf may be frozen before it is baked. To freeze, prepare meatloaf per instructions. Cover tightly and freeze. DON’T add the sauce.

Defrost the uncooked meatloaf in the refrigerator until thawed (covered). Bake per instructions, prepare and apply glaze per instruction.

Meatloaf on a cutting board sliced into pieces.

meatloaf on a baking sheet-

The meatloaf may be baked on a baking sheet (instead of a loaf pan) for crispier edges and glaze. Out of foil, create a self-man pan with edges (a little larger than your meatloaf) to keep the drippings from escaping as the meatloaf is baked. Place meatloaf into the foil and continue baking per instructions. TIP: Baking time will depend on the thickness and shape of the meatloaf.

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I can’t wait for you to try our spin on the traditional Meatloaf Recipe! You’ll want to eat the space with a spoon it’s so good!

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5 from 6 votes

The BEST Easy Meatloaf Recipe

This traditional meatloaf is so juicy and packed with flavors with a sweet and tangy glaze that completes the homemade meatloaf.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


Meatloaf Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef, 85% or 90% lean
  • 1 med onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground paprika

Meatloaf Sauce Ingredients:


  • Prepare a 9”x5” loaf pan by lining with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatloaf until well incorporated.
  • Transfer meat mixture into the loaf pan. Gently press and shaped the meat evenly.
  • Bake the meatloaf at 375˚F for 40 minutes, uncovered.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce, spread over meatloaf then return to oven.
  • Bake for an extra 15-20 minutes.
  • Rest the meatloaf 10 minutes before slicing. Remove from pan and drizzle with juices before serving.
Nutrition Facts
The BEST Easy Meatloaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 838mg36%
Potassium 479mg14%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 415IU8%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

NOTE:  This recipe was developed by Valentina’s Corner and first published on Natasha’s Kitchen.

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Show 14 Comments
  • Rebecca richman 06/23/2019, 7:09 pm Link Reply

    Loved it and .i don’t like ketchup. Very moist, flavorful, really good meatloaf and easy recipe to follow. Thank you.

    • Valentina's Corner 06/24/2019, 3:49 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Rebecca. So glad you enjoyed the meatloaf. 🙂

  • Emily 06/10/2019, 9:37 pm Link Reply

    I love the sauce on this meatloaf! It’s so flavorful!

    • Valentina's Corner 06/10/2019, 10:00 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Emily. The sauce is my favorite as well. 🙂

  • Eden 06/10/2019, 5:29 pm Link Reply

    Love this meatloaf!! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    • Valentina's Corner 06/10/2019, 9:35 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Eden. So glad to hear that.

  • Steph 06/10/2019, 5:00 pm Link Reply

    Love this meatloaf! So flavorful and it was perfectly moist!

    • Valentina's Corner 06/10/2019, 5:32 pm Link Reply

      Steph, thank you! Glad you enjoyed our Meatloaf recipe.

  • Natasha 06/10/2019, 4:36 pm Link Reply

    This looks so moist and delicious

    • Valentina's Corner 06/10/2019, 5:33 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Natasha. 🙂

  • Anna 06/10/2019, 4:34 pm Link Reply

    This meatloaf is delicious! Can’t wait to make it again!

    • Valentina's Corner 06/10/2019, 5:33 pm Link Reply

      Anna, glad you enjoyed this meatloaf recipe!

  • Victoria 05/28/2019, 12:38 pm Link Reply

    This easy meatloaf recipe is such a great dinner! And the sauce is AMAZING!

    • Valentina's Corner 05/28/2019, 1:01 pm Link Reply

      Victoria, Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed this meatloaf recipe!

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