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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf Recipe

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf Recipe

When my husband and I were first married, he refused to eat meat loaf because he said it was bland and dry. Then I prepared this version, and it became his favorite meal. —Suzanne Codner, Starbuck, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours + standing YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • 1. Cut three 25x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on bottom and up sides of a 5-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  • 2. Combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a round loaf; place in center of strips in slow cooker. Cook, covered, until a thermometer reads at least 160°, 5-6 hours.
  • 3. In a small bowl, whisk ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Spoon over meat loaf. Cook until heated through, about 15 minutes longer. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter. Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 346 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 150mg cholesterol, 800mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

Reviews for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf

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ttagert User ID: 6034777 254331
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"At 70 years of age this was the best meatloaf I have ever cooked. I did add some ingredients. I left out the dried minced onion and aded about 1/4 to 1/2 cup cup each of minced fresh onion and green bell pepper. I also added a minced fresh garlic pod and 1/2 tsp of black pepper. Instead of regular bread crumbs I use seasoned dressing. After reading the reviews I too decided to cook my meatloaf in a convection oven for 1 hour. The topping was so delicious I made a double batch for the table and for leftovers. This was even better the second day. My boyfriend is 74 and by far this was the best he has ever eaten."

Linda User ID: 152434 254143
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2016

"I am always searching for the "perfect" meatloaf and now I have found it. Made this for dinner the other night and my hubbie loved it, as did I. He said that it is his favorite of all the recipes I have tried through the years. I stayed with the ingredients however, I didn't use the crockpot but instead cooked it at 350 in my convection oven for about an hour. I especially liked the fact that it did not fall apart. Definitely a keeper for us and has been filed away in "My Favorites"."

carolestroyne User ID: 8919290 253039
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"I have been looking for a recipe for meatloaf for 50 years. That's how long we have been married and this is the best meatloaf we have ever tasted. And we have tried every recipe and restaurant around. I highly recommend it . The only thing I did different was not add mushrooms and used a regular onion grated. It was delicious."

childbook User ID: 7873845 250200
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2016

"Was soo good -my husband and thought it was the best meatloaf we've had-just make sure you set it on low -I made that mistake the first time-my stupid crockpot has 4,6,8,10timer-I guess I was a little stupid myself for not putting it on low for 5-6 hrs."

Alw1750 User ID: 8529033 232423
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"This meatloaf is literally one of the BEST I've ever tasted. I absolutely love that I can cook it in the crockpot- nothing like coming home from a long days work to the smell of a home cooked meal! I was hesitant on the ketchup sauce topping because of my former experiences with ketchup topped meatloaf but can I just say that it completed the taste and it was exceptional. I did want to prepare a few loaves to freeze and cook later but I don't think I can because of the egg and milk in the recipe - I've read that they separate once frozen. If anyone has info on this that would be great!"

MaggieBedell User ID: 1823016 221250
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Outstanding. Changed a few things. Definitely add green pepper & onion."

luv2crochet User ID: 3205843 218877
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"I have made this meatloaf several times.. I add chopped onion, chopped green pepper to it and it is delicious! I make it with or without the sauce, When making without the sauce, I make gravy and mashed potatoes, when making the sauce I make twice the sauce and serve it with scalloped potatoes."

BakerLittleK User ID: 4738337 218762
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"First-rate! I added additional onions both in the meatloaf & around it. Easy prep makes this a dish I will favor. I grew up on baked, dry meatloaf until my brother came home with a new recipe for meatloaf that included liquid (milk) to make it more moist. My mom ditched her dry meat loaf recipe after that & we found a few other recipes along the way."

lokerd User ID: 8170607 215361
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"This is a one sad dish. I have never made nor eaten anything so disgusting in my time of cooking. There was no taste, no spice, no nothing. The dried minced onions do little for the recipe toward enhancing the flavour. I suggest some real onions as a substitute and maybe some shredded carrots for colour. Actually, I'd remove this recipe from you list. This is NOT a crockpot meal, full stop. I wasted a lot of money buying top mince to make this and the dish was a failure. I am glad we did not have guest for this meal."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 205688
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"I have to give this only 3 stars because the texture was way too moist for me. The flavor was fantastic, but I couldn't stomach the wetness of this meatloaf. I will make this again but adjust the liquid ingredients for sure."

debstamp User ID: 6321450 136318
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"Made this yesterday and both my husband and I really enjoyed it. I did take a reviewer's suggestion and used a package of onion soup mix as I didn't have the minced onion and sage and that gave it a nice flavor."

beckins1217 User ID: 899580 89956
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"yes you can use ground turkey. I use the 97% lean Shad Brook Farms ground turkey breast. Put the sauce ingredients on the bottom and cook for 3 hours on high. Perfect EVERY time.... Bonus is I don't have to turn on my stove :-)"

Synderlee User ID: 7660301 65366
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"Quick, easy and delicious! I am a crockpot queen so this recipe absolutely rocks. I will only fix it this way from now on. Love, love, love it and so does every member of my family!"

TeresaWitt User ID: 4117537 128548
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Bland, boring, and tasteless"

kykim User ID: 7350005 129675
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"Suzanne my husband would not eat meat loaf. Made your recipe, he ate and says this is the best. Wow Thanks to You!!! And I agree. Very moist and the sauce is great! Thank you for sharing."

wineloverinnz User ID: 3788438 89874
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"more a comment if you put the sauce ingredients on the bottom of your dish then put meat mix on top you have a self saucing loaf that is even more moist and delish just turn it out onto a plate the bottom of your loaf becomes the sauced top"

cakoron User ID: 3453718 89515
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"Will try this with the beef, but has anyone tried it with chicken or turkey."

sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 89869
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"Delicious! Very simple & convenient to make..My husband & I love this tasty meatloaf.."

fcackowski User ID: 4529687 129672
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"I always use a 1st time recipe and then adjust according to my taste the second time. This one is a keeper w/o ANY changes whatsoever. Thanks so much for sharing."

EHOE User ID: 7451399 49529
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013


cookinmama11 User ID: 7143465 48866
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Finally a meatloaf recipe my whole family loves!"

nibseysgirl User ID: 7129472 129665
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"Flavorful and moist. I changed it a little bit. I used prepared mustard and deleted the sage. Its a keeper for sure and very easy and a go to meal when I don't know what I want to make and don't have a lot of time...."

nibseysgirl User ID: 7129472 65365
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"Very flavorful and moist. My family loves meatloaf. This one has a nice flavor and a bit of tang. The only thing I changed was I added a little regular mustard vs dry and I deleted the sage."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 49524
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"This was really easy and delicious. I loved making it in the crockpot. My family also enjoyed and raved about the sauce. I would suggest trying the tip about the foil from another reviewer. My meatloaf stuck to the crockpot a bit, so I will be trying the tip next time :)"

katdesant User ID: 7194601 131965
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"can i sub turkey meat for beef?? will the time be the same??"

akruz User ID: 7173981 65343
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"best meatloaf ever!!!! i only make this recipe now that i've found it and my hole family looks forward to it!!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 136317
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"This was very good and easy to make. My only complaint was that it was so moist before cooking that it didn't hold the loaf shape very well in the crockpot and flattened out quite a bit. It still tasted great and had great texture. The end result was still a very firm loaf, despite how moist it was before cooking."

blhenn User ID: 5747906 97341
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"Best meatloaf ever and soooo easy! I do like the "sling" idea someone else had and I will do that next time. Not only will it make it easier to get out of the crockpot, I will keep it a bit off the bottom of the crockpot so it dont sit in the fat the entire time."

supersportgirl User ID: 4980393 136316
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"Great meatloaf! I love that it's so moist and actually has a flavor. And talk about easy!! I popped it in before I went to work and it was done when I came home. Next time i'll double the finishing sauce to have some extra on the side. Definitely a keeper"

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 49495
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"We enjoyed this recipe... I don't even think I'll change anything next time we make it. Thanks for the great option for dinner!"

slbros User ID: 6183881 59877
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"Fantastic way to make meatloaf! Excellent recipe."

ezondii User ID: 1189790 55458
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Have made this several times, super easy way to make meatloaf. I suggest using a tin foil "sling" to make it easier to lift it out of the crockpot. Fold foil into 2 strips, and crisscross in the pot before adding the meat."

abandcsmom User ID: 6338916 49489
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This has become my husband's favorite meatloaf. Even better than his mom's! :) Instead of dehydrated onions and sage I use a packet of onion soup mix. So good!"

abandcsmom User ID: 6338916 136315
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This is my husband's favorite meatloaf. Instead of minced onions and sage I used a packet of onion soup mix."

Ashlynne User ID: 5713367 49457
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"This is my second try at this recipe; for my husband and me it's ok but it is one my children will eat therefore, this becomes a staple until they leave home and we can go back to ones we prefer. I'm also trying different fat levels of hamburger since too much grease makes me very sick...I was nervous about cooking this in the crock pot but so far so good....."

DeHamm1100 User ID: 1009677 89867
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"We always make extra sauce for leftovers. The flavor is perfect!"

granolamomma User ID: 4325044 129664
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I usually make meatloaf up as I go, but put this in my box as a place markers for meal planning.

My family LOVED it. I've never put sage in it and the topping was really good.
Will definitely make this again."

sedmonds1483 User ID: 6176390 55455
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"I will never make meatloaf in the oven again! This was so moist and flavorful and the sauce complimented it nicely."

enamorgirl User ID: 5511136 89862
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"This recipe is freaking amazing and delicious! Defintely a family favorite"

Turkeybaby User ID: 5598871 136314
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"Made this recipe for my family. They absolutely loved it and it was easy and convenient cooking it in the slow-cooker."

enamorgirl User ID: 5511136 131957
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"This is amazing! I actually mix half ground meat and half ground sausage and it is a household favorite"

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 89786
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"We loved this meatloaf.I'm always trying a different one.I got rave reviews even from my grandchildren who are very picky.The topping was alittle too sweet for us, so I will probably cut back on the ketchup and sugar next time. I will be making this agan."

apple_juice30 User ID: 5804521 97320
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"This recipe is fabulous, as great as it is the first day it gets even better on day two!"

blhenn User ID: 5747906 128545
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"Best meat loaf ever! and it was so easy. All you do it throw it together and it cooks it's self all day. Next time I am going to add some red pepper flakes to spice it up a tad."

Granny 9 User ID: 74991 141725
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"This is the best meat loaf we've ever had! I too, substituted oatmeal for the bread crumbs. I added some Mrs. Dash seasoning."

Skinny12 User ID: 2675008 71940
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"I made this recipe last nite and my husband loved it. super easy to make and moist and tasty"

toni.m User ID: 5441752 89503
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Excellent! The only change I made is I used oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs. I have been using oatmeal since my husband suffered a heart attack. Got that suggestion from the american heart association. My family had no idea of the switch and it's healthier for you."

ashd052406 User ID: 5481205 131956
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"This is a very good meatload recipe! I never thought to make meatloaf in the slow cooker before, but I am sure glad I tried this! Made the house smell wonderful, it was so easy and quick to throw together and came out perfect! Hubby liked it too as well as our very picky 2 year old daughter who didn't leave a single crumb on her plate! I loved that while slicing it, it didn't crumble or fall apart either!"

knunes User ID: 5305862 89500
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"Best meatloaf ever"

cobysmom User ID: 3634107 136309
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010


megaina User ID: 5282528 65341
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"This is the only meat loaf my kids will eat. We substituted 1/2 lb of sausage for the 1/2 lb of ground beef."

Springscook User ID: 4280266 59874
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"It was very good but I cooked it on high for 6 hours. I don't think it would have been done on a low setting."

mom2matahna User ID: 4982660 129663
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"This has become my fav meatloaf recipe. Texture is perfect for sandwiches the next day and since it uses dried onions, my daughter has no clue they're there! :P"

straud User ID: 4643897 141722
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"This is the best meatloaf I have ever eaten! My family agrees. It is great leftover--if you can keep any."

Diane916 User ID: 4004264 97316
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"This is the best meat loaf recipe ever. My kids ask for this all the time, and I make it once a week. Easy, fast, and never any left overs. fantastic"

momofaap User ID: 4744062 59873
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"This recipe was especially nice because I could spend a few moments in the morning preparing it for the crockpot, then forgetting about it until dinner time. Works especially nice on days when you will be away from home with no time to prep. a meal. Served with some mashed potatoes (real or instant), and a frozen veggie, makes for a very nice meal."

lisa pickens User ID: 1965484 205687
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"I made this last night and it was a huge hit. I did not use a slow cooker. I baked it in a 350 degree oven for an hour. I have been looking for a new meat loaf recipe and am glad I tried this one. I will definitely make this again."

annalisa_harmon User ID: 4521665 48865
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010


ychaney2101 User ID: 3367974 65324
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"my husband said this was the best meatloaf I had ever made, though I am not a fan of using a slow cooker for ground beef, so I baked this in the oven at 350 for 90 minutes adding the glaze the last 15 minutes of cooking time"

anniewil User ID: 503285 89785
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"I made this the first time in appeared in Quick Cooking and my family will no longer eat baked meatloaf. The only thing I did to change the recipe is to add Worcestshire sauce to the meat mixture as well."

vereader User ID: 4527409 55454
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"We really enjoy this recipe--especially with the barbecue sauce on top."

SandraB477 User ID: 1475419 48798
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"Easy and all my family loves it."

KimberlyV65 User ID: 3135275 89784
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"Excellent meatloaf recipe; turned out even better than I expected! Will make again soon!"

HeidiLSB User ID: 1348517 141720
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2009

"Should have taken Sweet Em's advice: The meat itself was just okay. Flat and a bit salty. Couldn't eat it without the ketchup mixture. And the ketchup mixture is the part I'll prepare again - but it is sweet, for those not prepared!"

Sweet Em User ID: 343699 131838
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"This was ok, not a lot going on in the flavor department. Easy to make, used half ground turkey, half beef. I thought the sauce was the best part, my husband did not like it. My dog loved it, but he thinks I'm the best cook in the world."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 205686
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

"I prepared this ahead of time, put in a storage bag, popped it in the cooler and brought it to our mountain home to make for guests the next day. They loved it! I loved the convenience. Will prepare this ahead of time for traveling in our motorhome."

jillea User ID: 1763985 55452
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2009

"Great recipe but I too was worried about it cooking in a crockpot. Kids loved it!"

kruizer User ID: 2806119 136301
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2009

"I always thought it was unsafe to cook raw ground meats in a crock pot since the meat stayed in the range where bacteria grows for too long a period. Is this not true?


nomer15 User ID: 475289 71824
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"This is one of my favorite recipes. My husband and I both love it!"

Sprowl User ID: 29186 135979
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"My grandkids even like this recipe!"

blup User ID: 2929199 128541
Reviewed May. 2, 2008

"This is the first recipe that

I used with slow cooker!!
It is very easy to make!Me and
my husband just loved it!"

1<3carbs User ID: 2832288 128538
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2008

"This recipe is amazing! I adapted it a little though. I did not use the worchester sauce and I baked it at 350 for about an hour and did not add the sauce till 15-20 before the end of the baking time.

Thank you so much for sharing!"

us2bthin User ID: 786211 89783
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2008

"Very Good"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.