Traditional Meat Loaf Recipe

January 15, 2023

Traditional Meat Loaf is a classic and comforting dish that is perfect for a hearty dinner. It starts with a mixture of ground meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, and seasonings that is shaped into a loaf and baked to perfection. This recipe is easy to make and can be served with gravy, ketchup, mustard or any other sauce that you like, and usually served with mashed potatoes and green beans.

To create this classic masterpiece, start by combining lean ground beef with a mix of finely chopped onions, garlic, breadcrumbs, and a medley of aromatic herbs and spices. Don’t forget to season with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and tangy ketchup to enhance the savory profile.

Next, shape the seasoned meat mixture into a loaf, ensuring a firm and compact form to retain its juiciness during baking. Place the meat loaf in a baking dish, and then generously brush the top with a savory glaze made from ketchup, brown sugar, and a splash of vinegar. This glaze not only adds a delightful sweetness but also creates a tempting caramelized finish.

How To Make Traditional Meat Loaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour + standing

Yield: 6 servings


  • 3 slices bread
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded carrot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Tear bread into 2-inch pieces; place in a blender. Cover and pulse to form coarse crumbs; transfer to a large bowl. Stir in egg, milk, cheese, onion, carrot, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Transfer to a greased 9×5-in. loaf pan.

2. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients; spread over loaf. Bake 60-75 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

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