Meat Loaf


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • ¾ cup milk

  • cup fine dry bread crumbs or 2 cups soft bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried leaf sage, basil, or oregano, crushed

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 ½ pound lean ground beef, lamb, or pork*

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard


  1. 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.

  2. 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 Loaf
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*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 (per serving)

225 Calories
10g Fat
13g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 676mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 104mg 2%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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