The Rice Krispies used in this recipe are my mom’s secret ingredient. While they may seem odd or out of place, they help hold the meat loaf together. Once cooked, no one realizes they're even there. —Kelly Simmons, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
I got this recipe from my aunt when I was a teen and have made these miniature loaves many times since. My husband and three children count this main dish among their favorites. —Kathy Bowron, Cocolalla, Idaho
Grated carrots and cheese add a hint of color and good taste to this nourishing, homey loaf. And my family always looks forward to meatloaf sandwiches the next day! —Sandy Etelamaki, Ishpeming, Michigan
I created this meat loaf one day when I wanted to make cheeseburgers—my husband's favorite—but it was too chilly to grill outside. I've served it numerous times since then, and it never fails to get rave reviews. Even your most finicky eater will enjoy this oven-baked main dish. And you'll appreciate the price—just 51¢ a serving.
Barker, New York
I combined a few great-tasting meat loaf recipes to create this flavorful version, which my husband loves. And because it's made in the microwave, the entree is perfect for busy nights. —Deb Thompson, Lincoln, Nebraska
If you're looking for a hearty meal, just follow Michelle Beran's lead. The Claflin, Kansas cook whips up this delicious loaf when she's looking for a downsized main course. You'll love the pleasant sage flavor and scrumptious sauce. Plus, it's easy to double for sandwiches the next day.
My husband goes wild for my meatloaf, but I don't know how healthy it is. The Taste of Home Test Kitchen experts slashed the calories and fat, but kept the original's tender and delicious qualities. —Jodie Mitchell, Denver, Pennsylvania
This is no ordinary meat loaf - the recipe is so good it's been passed down in our family for three generations. The zesty seasoning gives the flavor a spark. I remember Mom's delicious meals. She loved to serve this meat loaf.
-Linda Nilsen, Anoka, Minnesota
My family loves meat loaf—and this one in particular. I created the recipe after trying and adjusting many other recipes over the years. Cheddar cheese tucked inside and a flavorful bacon topping dress it up just right for Sunday dinner! —Sue Call, Beech Grove, Indiana
Barbecue sauce is a Southwestern staple, so I use it in meat loaf instead of ketchup. The buttermilk and garlic also lend a tangy flavor. Whenever I serve this, it gets rave reviews, even from those who don’t ordinarily care for meat loaf.