Recipes and Cooking Best Meat Loaf 3.8 (77) 4 Reviews Need a comfort food dinner? This classic meat loaf recipe will hit the spot. Customize the glaze to whatever your family loves best. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on September 1, 2022 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 25 mins Bake Time: 1 hrs Stand Time: 10 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 35 mins Servings: 8 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 tablespoon vegetable oil ½ cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms ½ cup shredded carrot (1 medium) ⅓ cup finely chopped onion (1 small) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 eggs, lightly beaten ¼ cup milk 3 tablespoon ketchup 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup soft bread crumbs 1 pound ground beef chuck* 1 pound ground beef sirloin* ½ cup ketchup ¼ cup packed brown sugar 2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, carrot, onion, and garlic; cook and stir for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, the 3 tablespoons ketchup, the 1 tablespoon mustard, the Worcestershire sauce, and kosher salt. Add bread crumbs and vegetable mixture, stirring until evenly moistened. Add ground beef; using your clean hands, mix well. Line a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with foil. Lightly pat the mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf in the prepared dish. For glaze, in a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and the 2 teaspoons mustard; set aside. (For a change of pace, substitute one of the glaze options below for the ketchup-brown sugar glaze.) Bake about 1 hour or until internal temperature registers 160°F on an instant-read thermometer, spooning glaze over meat loaf for the last 25 minutes of baking. Let the meat loaf stand for 10 minutes. Using two spatulas, transfer loaf to a serving platter; cut into eight slices. Blaine Moats Glaze Options: Apricot-Mustard Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup apricot preserves and 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard.Nutrition analysis per serving: 387 calories, 26 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 13 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 546 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% ironPeach-Chile Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup peach preserves, 2 teaspoons Asian chili sauce with garlic, and 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger.Nutrition analysis per serving: 383 calories, 26 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 13 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 484 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% ironCranberry Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce.Nutrition analysis per serving: 356 calories, 26 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 10 g total sugar, 6% Vitamin A, 7% Vitamin C, 618 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% ironStrawberry Glaze: In a blender combine 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup plum jam, 3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chile peppers, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and blend until smooth. In a small saucepan heat strawberry mixture until boiling; boil gently for 10 minutes. Cool slightly before spooning over meat loaf.Nutrition analysis per serving: 391 calories, 26 g protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 14 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 25% Vitamin C, 536 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 21% iron *Tip: If you like, substitute 8 ounces bulk sweet Italian sausage, uncooked ground turkey, or ground pork for 8 ounces of the ground beef. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 369 Calories 18g Fat 24g Carbs 26g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 8 Calories 369 % Daily Value * Total Fat 18g 23% Saturated Fat 6g 30% Cholesterol 123mg 41% Sodium 649mg 28% Total Carbohydrate 24g 9% Total Sugars 13g Protein 26g Vitamin C 4.3mg 22% Calcium 71mg 5% Iron 3.7mg 21% Potassium 540mg 11% Fatty acids, total trans 1g Folate, total 32.1mcg Vitamin B-12 2.7mcg Vitamin B-6 0.5mg *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.