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When it comes to meat loaf recipes, this one is a classic. Our traditional meat loaf recipe is topped with an irresistible ketchup and brown sugar glaze. This delicious meat loaf is going to become a highly requested dinner from the family whenever you need a comforting dinner at home.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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20 mins
1 hr 10 mins
10 mins
1 hr 40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

*Meat Combos

Instead of using all beef, we also like to do these combos: ground beef + bulk sweet Italian sausage; ground turkey breast + ground pork; and ground beef chuck + ground veal. If the meat mixture is on the lean side, cover the meat loaf with foil for the first 35 minutes of baking to keep it from drying out.

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; fat 10g; cholesterol 108mg; saturated fat 4g; carbohydrates 13g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 7g; protein 19g; vitamin a 243IU; vitamin c 3mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 2.8mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 16.1mcg; vitamin b12 1.2mcg; sodium 676mg; potassium 104mg; calcium 60.6mg; iron 2.3mg.