Rating: 4.25 stars
379 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 249
  • 4 star values: 51
  • 3 star values: 32
  • 2 star values: 18
  • 1 star values: 29

Yes! This is the classic meat loaf recipe you're looking for--the one that's topped with that irresistible ketchup and brown sugar glaze. No doubt about it--this is one of the all-time-best ground beef recipes around!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl combine eggs and milk; stir in bread crumbs, onion, parsley, salt, sage, and pepper. Add ground meat. Using clean hands, mix lightly until combined. Lightly pat mixture into an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.

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  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees F. Spoon off fat. In a bowl combine ketchup, sugar, and mustard; spread over meat. Bake for 10 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into eight slices.

Ham Loaf:

Prepare as above, except use soft bread crumbs. Substitute 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard for the sage, basil, or oregano and omit the salt. Substitute 12 ounces lean ground beef or pork and 12 ounces ground cooked ham for the 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, lamb, or pork. Bake and let stand as above.

Nutrition Facts

225 calories; 10 g total fat; 4 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat; 108 mg cholesterol; 676 mg sodium. 104 mg potassium; 13 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 19 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 243 IU vitamin a; 3 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 3 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 16 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 61 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

Reviews (11)

379 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 249
  • 4 star values: 51
  • 3 star values: 32
  • 2 star values: 18
  • 1 star values: 29
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2018
This is the favorite meat loaf of all my guests. Don't stop here though. All BUG recipes are yummy. Cheesecake, stuffed peppers, lasagne, stuffed pork chops, Apple pie are a few of my go tos.
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2017
I have been making this meatloaf since I was 10 years old, I am now 75! The recipe has been passed on many many times and still gets raves to this day. Often I mix the meat with pork and beef and to the sauce add 1/4 t nutmeg. Absolutely delicious!
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2018
I've been making this recipe for over 30 years. It used to be in the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book but somewhere along the line, they removed it! It is the one meat load recipe that makes people say, "Wow! This is MEAT LOAF???" Even people who swear that they hate meat loaf love this recipe (I've battle tested it on some hard-core nay sayers). One thing - the nutrition information has to be wrong. It says 225 kcal per serving. There's no way this stuff has 225,000 calories in a serving! I found other on-line versions of this recipe that quote the calories as 610 per serving which is much more believable - about the same as a big ol' hamburger. I use 93/7 ground beef for mine as it cuts the fat content way down
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2018
Bought new Better Homes and Garden paperback cookbook. Meatloaf recipe not in there. Had to go online to look for it. Very disappointed ! It's my go to one. My dad even has this recipe.
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2018
My family has used this recipe since I was a child. When I got married my Mom gave me the Better Homes & Garden cookbook with this recipe. That was over 40 years ago and now you can barely read the recipe because it is covered in all of the things I spilled on it while making this meatloaf. One friend of mine asks me to make this for hi m at least once a month. He claims it's the best he has ever eaten. He even asked me to make it for his mother and father. Simple, easy and delicious.
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2018
It came out delicious! I made it for the whole family, I had some leftover quinoa from yesterdays lunch and added it. But it was really good! We enjoyed it..I served it with a salad and that was it. Amazing!
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Rating: Unrated
04/05/2015
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Rating: Unrated
02/23/2015
First time making meatloaf ever. This recipe turned out great. I made a few adjustments according to my taste preferences. Used 1/2 # Italian Sausage, Italian seasoning, 1 small onion, and Worcestershire Sauce in both the meat mixture and the topping sauce. This meatloaf was reported as being the best thing I've ever made.
Rating: Unrated
02/28/2013
I have been making this recipe for years!! Everyone that has ever had some just LOVES it....and begs for the recipe. It is a must have recipe for every household.
Rating: Unrated
07/03/2016
I found this recipe years ago (2010, to be exact), when I bought BHG's "Our Best Recipes" cookbook. Have made it many times. I was prompted to write this review today after making this meatloaf last night for my husband and me. My husband just raved about it and commented that it is my "best meatloaf recipe, by far." I have made it my own by using a combination of 93% lean ground beef and ground pork (1lb. beef, 1/2lb. pork), 2 cups of day-old French bread crumbs (more like cubes, really), adding 1/2 cup shredded carrot along with the onion and parsley, and using crushed, dried oregano - no sage or basil. It is simply amazing. Company worthy! Today we made meatloaf sandwiches with the leftovers. We used bread from the same French loaf, buttered and pan toasted each slice; put a thin slice of yellow onion on each sandwich along with mayo and crisp iceberg lettuce. Just delicious. You have to try this meatloaf recipe!
Rating: Unrated
09/21/2013
I also have made this recipe for more than 20 years! We love it! I think the sage is what sets it off, gives it such a depth of flavor. One thing I alternate is oats for dry bread crumbs. I always have oats on hand I Iike the added nutrients in the oats.