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
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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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."

vsmith8403 User ID: 8575215 256620
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2016

"This meatloaf was very good. My whole family loved it, and my husband is not a "meatloaf guy". I didn't have any problems with it being dry at all or falling apart. I give it 4 stars only bc it was a little too sweet for me as well. And without the sauce the meat was pretty bland, although my husband liked the fact that the meat wasn't overly seasoned bc the sauce had a great taste. The only thing I may do next time is season the meat a little more and probably not put as much brown sugar. But I wouldn't make many changes bc my family (husband and 2 kids) LOVED IT. I paired it with some mashed potatoes and green beans. Overall a great meal."

charirae User ID: 7904179 256587
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2016

"I am sorry but this was not good at all. Very dry. We threw what was left in the garbage. Followed the recipe exactly. I have two other go to meatloaf recipes that I will continue to use. What intrigued me was the crackers in it because mine falls apart a lot. I will not make this again. No flavor either, I felt like I was eating dry hamburgers."

plt99 User ID: 8960978 256088
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"I followed the recipe exactly and I ended up with a sloppy mess. The loaf just fell apart. Also, the sauce is way too sweet."

speechp User ID: 417237 253414
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"I have made this in my crockpot for years. Best meatloaf recipe ever. I never liked meatloaf before trying this recipe."

KimandTommy User ID: 7946929 249232
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"This was really good. My husband was never a huge meatloaf fan but he also gave this 5 stars. I only put in half the brown sugar that the recipe called for because #1) I'm trying to cut down on sugar, and #2) there were a number of reviews saying the sauce was pretty sweet. With half the sugar it still seemed pretty sweet to me. Next time I will put in a quarter of the sugar that the recipe calls for."

Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 248712
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"Very good flavor for a traditional meatloaf."

s_pants User ID: 174050 248547
Reviewed May. 23, 2016

"I have made this for many years. It is my family's favorite. Love the sauce on top and having leftovers for sandwiches....though, I have to make 2 to have leftovers! I used Ritz crackers instead of the saltines this time and loved it just as much."

LindseyLu User ID: 8860565 248302
Reviewed May. 16, 2016

"I was never a meatloaf fan, but reluctantly agreed to make it for my husband after constant requests, I used this recipie and now I LOVE meatloaf. I make it all the time and no matter who is eating they all go back to seconds and there are no leftovers."

Parkhart User ID: 8132484 248083
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"This is delicious! We have made it several times and I doubt we will ever stop."

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