Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe
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Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe

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Mom made the best meat loaf, and now I do, too. When I first met my husband, he wasn't a meat loaf guy, but this recipe won him over. —Michelle Beran, Claflin, Kansas
Featured In: Mom's Best Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup finely crushed saltines
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • Dash pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 366 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 1092mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into an 8x4-in. loaf in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, stirring to dissolve sugar; remove 1/2 cup for sauce. Spread remaining mixture over meat loaf.
  3. Bake 60-65 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Meat Loaf in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p35

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Eta User ID: 9143724 264695
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"This is a great recipe-I no longer use any other. I substitute panko for saltines and since my family doesn't love sage in beef I substitute granulated garlic."

dig1 User ID: 6907234 264062
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2017

"This is a test comment."

Florida User ID: 9119173 263900
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"Use ground chuck and a half pound of ground pork and also panko bread crumbs, no sugar or salt. Use some diced green pepper and onion for added background flavor. Maybe a couple of bacon strips on top. Best ever. And better meatloaf sandwiches the next day. (For Diabetes person)."

missteddybear User ID: 8940173 263683
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2017

"botanner, then tweek the recipe to cut down the salt."

Margaret1234567890 User ID: 8119279 260349
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"Absolutely yummy, this is a keeper."

lamsden User ID: 8554497 259011
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2017

"I have made this many times. We love it. I cut the salt to 1/4 tsp or omit altogether. I use bread crumbs in place of crackers. I shape it to fit my crockpot, place it on aluminum foil with holes poked in it to release the fat, put it on a rack or a couple of jar covers side-by-side and cook it on low for 4-5 hours. Pour the sauce on the top of the loaf for the last 30-45 minutes. This is delicious!"

Nonniebakes User ID: 7201627 258156
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2016

"This meatloaf is very good. I found after making it according to the directions that the next time it worked better for me to make half the sauce and to use only 1/2 a cup of milk. Tasty and different from most meatloaf recipes."

teryn69 User ID: 6818421 258151
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2016

"The sauce I knew would be too sweet for our taste. I didn't use any of the brown sugar, and instead used less milk and a little ketchup in the meat mixture, and of course on top. I also used more spice, garlic powder, marjoram and a lot of pepper as is our preference. Almost carmelizing the onions is something I've always done, it adds a lot more flavor to the meatloaf. I've never measured the crackers, I just crumble until it looks right :-) This recipe, with my modifications, is how my mom made meatloaf, minus the onions."

Mandy User ID: 8985454 258117
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2016

"Good recipe, but the sauce was a bit too sweet and tasted more like a barbecue sauce. I would cut the amount of sugar by half next time. I baked mine in muffin tins at 350 for about 30 minutes."

KiniaB User ID: 8453994 257098
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"Delicious! This recipe is good I just changed two little thing. Instead of 1/2c sugar I do 1tbs and The sauce I pore everything on the meatloaf. Made it like this every time including the very first. Love taste of home recipes everything I made was delicious."

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