Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1 slice equals 366 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 135 mg cholesterol, 1,092 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 26 g protein.
Reviews for Mom's Meat Loaf
"Excellent! I made this exactly per the recipe and will be making again for sure. Served oven crispy potatoes."
"Made this for the first last week and have cooked it four times by special requests from family...they all LOVE it...i use 2 pounds of ground beef and increased other ingredients accordingly. Since my family does not like catsup I use Sweet Baby Ray original sauce..this meatloaf is gourmet. I also substitute Saltines in favor of Club or Ritz Crackers. Instead of bulb onion I used about 6 green onions including the green parts. This meatloaf has lots of flavor!"
"Love it! I've tried several different meatloaf recipes (my husband loves meatloaf) and this is the one my husband thinks is the absolute best. I've never been much of a meatloaf fan and even I truly enjoy it. The only change I made was to reduce everything by a third since there are only two of us, and we still have leftovers for the next day's lunch (at least he does)."
"My husband loves my meatloaf. But I'm always on the lookout for new recipes and ways to make it. Mine rarely turns out the same two times in a row. But he always loves it.Seeing that this had 5 stars, I decided to try it. I made it exactly as the recipe was written. Yes, it was moist, but it was the most bland, tasteless meatloaf I have ever made. Totally a waste of good ground beef. Sorry, but I won't be making this recipe ever again!"
"This is my favorite meat loaf recipe!"
"Awesome! We really liked this meatloaf recipe. I rarely make meatloaf but this recipe might change that!"
"I love it but some times i use Italian bread crumbs instead of saltines"
"This is baking in my oven right now, on a rainy, cool Sunday afternoon. I have made this meatloaf many times before.and I think the sage gives this meatloaf the unique flavor. It smells so good baking. I do use reduced sodium crackers, Worcestershire and catsup as a rule in cooking. It is moist and flavorful, served with yams and roasted carrots of many colors. This meal is a winner in our home. Thanks for sharing, Michelle!"
"I made this with 93/7 ground beef and skim milk. My husband liked the sauce and also said it was moist and tender but held together nicely. He still prefers his mom's meatloaf recipe."
"Best I have ever had."
"My family loves this recipe. I do not use the sage. I add a little ketchup to the meat mixture just cause I like a little tomatoy inside the loaf. I sometimes poke holes on the loaf so the topping can seep into the loaf."
"I have made this and "Easy meatloaf" several times. For this recipe, we really like the ketchup mixture topping."
"Too much sugar in this recipe, both added and hidden! Try using tomato paste with a little Worchestershire sauce stirred in for your topping with bell pepper rings for garnish (I like the yellow ones). Instead of a runnier sauce you will have a tangier topping that is absorbed into the flavor of the meatloaf in the top layer. Change the saltines to seasoned bread crumbs (Italian or Garlic seasoned), add chopped sundried tomatoes to bring hints of the tomato tang throughout the meatloaf and use chopped sweet Hawaiian onions for a flavor balance."
"if I had ground beef in the house right now I would make this for dinner. it's freezing cold here in Los Angeles California and this sounds like it would warm our hearts > perhaps I'm on my way to the market :))) yep my husband had a Dr apt and took me to grocer. it's in the oven right now made exactly as written. I'll report back.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'DEEEEEEEE-LISH!!!!!!!!!!sgwing > "use less what?"kittiekatt > all due respect to you as well. my MIL without fail always used crushed saltines for her meatloaf and meatballs, they were always exactly the same and 2 of my favorite meals she made. our kids well, they adored it and her."
"This was very good, but a little too soft for my taste. I think next time I'll use less and see if that might firm it up."
"I had never made meatloaf before and have never cared much for it either, but my husband asked for it one night. This recipe was super easy to make and tasted delicious. My husband loved it and I did too! He especially liked the sauce. I used breadcrumbs in place of crushed saltines. I would highly recommend this recipe!"
"I'm a single Dad, who like many people, I'm raising my child on my own. I'll be the first to admit that my cooking skills would make Chef boyardee and Martha Stewart blush in shame. However, last night I tried this Meatloaf and man you should have seen the look on my kids face after her first bite it was worth the time and effort. What topped it off she asked for thirds. Thank you!"
"This stuff is dope! I almost never eat ground beef, but was looking for something different to make for dinner. Seriously delicious. Made the recipe exactly as written, used the extra sauce too and loved it. Great combination of savoury and sweet. Reminiscent of good Southern bbq. Would gladly make again very soon. Thanks for this scrumptious dish!"
"Too sweet, would just use a little ketchup and not add brown sugar or add very little."
"My family really liked this one and while I did too, I think I might tweak it a little. Maybe a little diced green pepper in it or a little more Worcestershire sauce. Definitely a keeper though!"
"Meatloaf is a family favorite and this is a good one. I usually mix a 1/2 pound of ground pork with 1 pound of ground beef in my meatloaf. Served with some mashed potatoes, this is comfort food at its best."
"I really enjoyed this recipe. It made a lot of food and tasted great. I served it with mashed potatoes and smothered with brown gravy on top (instead of the reserved sauce) and it was filling and delicious. Perfect for a chilly night. Thanks for the recipe!"
"I too have commented repeatedly about the rudeness of the reviewers on this site. I don't see this as much on other cooking sites. Sure hate to try and meet their standards. I appreciate suggestions & honest critiques.."
"Wow! Delicious! I used thyme instead of sage because I don't care for sage. Put a couple dashes of worcheshire and ketchup in the meat mixture (used 75% lean). Other than that, I followed the recipe. It is sooo juicy and delicious. Served it with baked sweet potatoes. Definitely a keeper!! Thanks :)"
"Yummy! I added1/4# of ground sausage everyone raved. I'm not usually a fan of this but it was the best I've had!"
"I used oatmeal instead of saltines and did not add more salt. The meatloaf was bland without sauce. And I used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar great flavor on sauce. I will follow recipe as is to get the true flavor. And I used a meatloaf mixture instead of all ground beef. I will make recipe again and post another review. Some times it doesn't work when substitutions are made from early on or first time following recipe. My Bad."
"I have been making a recipe almost exactly like this for 40 years. The only difference is that I use quick rolled oats instead of saltine crackers and omit the sage, although I will try sage next time just to see if the family likes that spice in the meatloaf. Thanks for sharing. Our mothers before us knew what satisfied at the dinner table, that's why recipes like this are still around, albeit with slight differences."
"This is my family's favorite meatloaf recipe. I have been making it for over 15 years. If I try a different recipe, they know it. I believe the sauce is what makes it so good."
"Donalee2. First of all you don't type in all caps as you are shouting. Secondly and most importantly, why on earth are you reviewing a recipe you haven't even tried. Seriously?"
"This is a good meatloaf recipe. I agree with the others, I wish reviewers would not bombard us with their negative comments. Not all recipies are to everyone's liking, but please be considerate of the submitter and professional about your review"
"There are very few recipes that get this high a rating....agree with 120 out of 125 on this one. Also agree with another reviewer...no need to be SO negative on a recipe. It can be done tastefully if you do not care for it...ie: this has too much salt for me or it is a bit too sweet for my family..."
"@Donalee; not that many calories if you exercise a bit during the week. You should wait till Sunday to do your preaching. This is our go to meat loaf recipe except if we use saltines we eliminate the salt. Most of the time we use Italian bread crumbs."
"I have been making this for many years. Excellent recipe."
"I HAVEN'T TRIED THIS RECIPE BUT IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS AN AWFUL LOT OF CALORIES FOR JUST ONE PIECE OF MEATLOAF. THAT IS ALMOST YOUR WHOLE MEAL WORTH OF CALORIES. DONALEE 2"
"I've been making this recipe for years (11 ?) and it's one of my go to recipes. The meatloaf is moist and very flavorful! Love, love, love it. And my husband, who grew up having meatloaf, loves it too!"
"Held form well well and texture good. A little too salty for my taste with saltines and salt. May leave salt out next time"
"I made this into a spectacular BACON MEATLOAF!Fantastic base recipe.Changes: I fried 2 chopped thick bacon pieces in a skillet, and blended them with the milk and eggs for 15 seconds. Then, I added spices to the leftover bacon grease in the skillet, and sauteed the onions in it until they started to caramelize--before mixing it all together!Sauteeing the onions and adding the blended bacon gives the meatloaf an extra delicious kick without changing the yummy texture!!"
"Great meatloaf recipe that was easy to make!"
"The worst meatloaf Ive ever tasted. I followed recipe to the "T".Yak!!!!"
"This was excellent!!! Thank you for sharing your mothers recipe with us. Everyone's taste is different and tweeks things the way they want. I think if you do not have something nice to say, you should not say it at all.We LOVED the recipe..."
"Delicious!! Can't wait for leftovers. Made mashed potatoes and Pioneers Womans Best Green Beans. Also made a fruit salad. Sooooo good"
"We love this meatloaf, even my meatloaf hating son. The sauce is the winner and is sooo yummy! This isn't to sweet for us, but can easily be adjusted for others who don't like it this sweet. The only adjustment I do is use bread crumbs instead of crackers."
"Excellent meat loaf made 8 mini loafs with this recipe added a 1/2 pound of sweet Italian sausage to it will make this again"
"awesome! i used only 1 lb of ground beef. Worked great."
"We loved this even though neither of us are big meat loaf fans. Thinking I had enough ketchup, I ended up having to use about 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce to supplement. Still turned out great!"
"OMG best meatloaf ever! Delicious!"
"I love this meatloaf. Been making similar one for years. Instead of Worcestershire in the topping, I use tabasco. We love the sweet hot taste. Especially good on those sandwiches made from the leftovers. Yum."
"A most excellent meatloaf. My husband claims it's the best he's ever had. I agree. I did substitute 1/2 lb. of mild Italian sausage for the 1/2 lb. of ground beef. I will never use another recipe for meatloaf again. Thanks."
"This recipe is the exact same recipe as the one published in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. My version of the cookbook is just over 30 years old."
"This was awesome! Made it tonight for dinner and my family loved it. Will definitely make this again."
"I wouldn't have thought this would be so different but it was and it was wonderful. My hubby loved it too. I loved it and am making it again today, thanks for sharing the recipe"
"Been making meatloaf this way for years, except I use 1 1b ground beef and 1/2 lb ground pork. I add a little minced celery and saute them with the onions and clove of garlic to soften them up as we don't like crunchy veggies in meatloaf. I also use crushed onion crackers vs saltines and add a pinch of dried mustard. Excellent meatloaf."
"I've been making this recipe for years.. Won't make any other meatloaf but this one. Plus it's so easy to put together. Everyone loves it just the way it is. Delicious"
"I use this same recipe except I exchanged the saltines with oatmeal, and instead of Worcestershire sauce I use mustard, I use ground turkey instead of beef. My family loves it. Thanks for sharing."
"The only thing I changed was half the sugar, I don't like sweet meat. YUM!!"
"I've been searching for a meatloaf as good as Grams used to be and this is it! Moist flavorful and thumbs up from the whole supper table! Only changes I made were used 2lbs of 80/20 ground beef because that's what I had and omitted the sage because I didn't have any, it still turned out delicious! Thanks for sharing this is a keeper!"
"Made this for my family tonight & it was a hit! Future husband told me it was better than his mom's :-) super easy to make as well, will definitely be my go to meatloaf recipe!"
"I used a little bit of ground pork with the ground beef and used poultry seasoning instead of sage... I didn't think such a simple meatloaf recipe would come out so simply DELICIOUS!!! So much more easier than the meatloaf I usually make, this is ridiculously good!!! My family loved it!!"
"I have been using this meatloaf recipe for almost 17 years now, and there are never any leftovers!!! I have played with it some over the years and it can be as sweet as you want it to be or just use less of the brown sugar. My family loves this recipe, thank you for sharing."
"Awful to sweet"
"I have made this recipe for several years! sometimes I add grated cheese inside. sometimes I make into about 7 or 8 small loaves and bake about 45 minutes when I'm in a hurry."
"I have made this meatloaf for years. I have 5 boys and double the recipe. We never have leftovers! I also made this for my parents 50th wedding anniversary party (50 people) everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. This is the best meatloaf ever. Would not understand how someone would not like it."
"Really good!!!! I didn't have any cracker's so I used breadcrumbs, also only one egg. Turned out GREAT"
"This is very tasty! We both loved it. I used club crackers in place of saltines, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, minced garlic cloves (2-3) and used 2 to 2-1/2 lbs meatloaf mix and 1 lb 80/20 ground beef. I have tried so many recipes for meatloaf but this is my go to now."
"This was AWFUL!!! My husband loves meatloaf so I thought I would give this recipe a go. I couldn't finish my meal & he proceeded to throw away the leftovers. Thanks for the $12 waste!!!"
"To 'buddystar' - rubbed sage is just crushed sage that is rubbed between your fingers and then added to your mix. This is a very good recipe, but I omit the sage; but at times I will add some chopped green pepper."
"This was a pretty good meatloaf. I usually don't like putting raw onion in meatloaf (want to saute it) but this came out really well. Will definitely make it again."
"My husband loves meatloaf, this is the first one I have made that his loves"
"I've made this meat loaf several time & never have any left over's.. If I don't have crackers I use oatmeal or break up bread & add a little garlic salt..I add ketchup in meat & top off with sugar & ketchup on top & bake. .very good ! *****"
"What is "rubbed sage?""
"I had prepared this meatloaf when it first was featured in Taste of Home! I did make the following adjustments: I used ITALIAN bread crumbs, 1 onion, chopped, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and 1 cup of Barbecue sauce at that time since I didn't have the ingredients to make regular BBQ sauce! I'd used a meatloaf pan to bake this meatloaf!I would probably omit the brown sugar in this sauce if I choose to use prepared BBQ sauce and I'd probably omit the Worcestershire sauce since BBQ sauce has all the additions in it already! As I recall, this meatloaf was really good! Thank you for sharing it with Taste of Home! delowenstein"
"I did make some alterations to this recipe, first change was I used Almond milk (used Original, that is what I had on hand) because I have a son highly allergic to dairy milk, then the 2nd change is that I added about 1/4 cup of A1 sauce to the ketchup mixture to add a little more of a kick.I absolutely love the way it turned out. If you need to substitute the milk because of allergies, this is a great recipe."
"My husband and I have been together for 11 years and I have only made meatloaf once or twice. He loves meatloaf, but I hate it...until now. The recipe is simple to make and full of flavor. My husband requested that I make it once a week. I also cooked this recipe for a family get-together and everyone kept telling me how good it was! Next day leftovers are amazing too."
"I love this recipe.... I accidentally added all ingredients together......topping and all. It was too moist but my family loved it. Next time I still put all ingredients together.....just cut back on the ketchup. The flavor were great together... Brown sugar, sage and ketchup. It is our family favorite. Out of mistakes comes something awesome."
"Tasted just like my mother mae it. Good memory"
"I just made this today and it came out perfect! I will never need to try another meatloaf recipe. My husband loved it! This is my first review...I joined just to tell you how good this meatloaf and sauce was. Thanks for sharing it."
"Delicious! Made this for the first time today (doubled the recipe) and my husband said he could eat an entire loaf himself. My 11 year old son was amazed about how much he liked it . In fact, he said, "...Mom, I want you to make that meatloaf for my birthday!" For the sauce, I didn't have ketchup, so I used tomato sauce instead and cooked the sauce for a few minutes on the stove to thicken it a bit before spreading on the meatloaf."
"This is a delicious tender meatloaf. I am not a fan of ketchup on meatloaf but loved this one-the brown sugar and worcestershire sauce make all the difference. Its our family's favorite meatloaf recipe."
"I have tried so many good meatloaf recipes, but this one is soooo delicious!!! I will definitely be making this one more often. So easy and the house smells wonderful while it's cooking!"
"This is a yummy classic meat loaf recipe. Who doesn't love a classic meat loaf?!"
"This meatloaf is out of this world! I did use breadcrumbs instead of saltines since I didn't have any in the house and it still came out beautifully. I will make this again and again for my friends and family!"
"This was SOO good and so easy! First time I've ever made meatloaf and it came out excellent. Can't wait to make it again. Oh and i doubled the Worcestershire bc we love it so much haha"
"Moist and very tasty. It makes a lot of sauce, so I cut the sauce portion of it in half and still had plenty of sauce."
"Very easy to make and will definitely make it again. It makes a lot of sauce for the top, so the second time I made it, I cut the sauce part in half and still had plenty for the top of the meatloaf."
"So delicious made with ground turkey! I also placed some sliced pickled jalapenos on the meatloaf before pouring on the sauce! YUM!"
"I made this meatloaf recipe (times 2) and some mac 'n' cheese to send to two different families who are coping with sick loved ones. I was a little nervous because I hadn't made it before. I cut it into nice slices before packaging it up for sending, which allowed me to taste a slice first. It was delicious! Both families prefer simple, home-cooked foods and this was just the ticket. When I told my sister about the recipe, she reminded me that our Mom used to use crumbled saltines in her meatloaf way back when...! I only made a couple of slight variations to the recipe here. I used 2 lbs of ground round and I added about 1/3 of a packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix to the recipe (something my Mom always used in meatloaf. I also only made up a half-quantity of the topping sauce because I didn't send any with the meatloaf for serving. I kept a couple slices behind for dinner that night and my husband asked for seconds (there weren't any!). He doesn't even usually like meatloaf!"
"I've been making this recipe for years, and everyone loves it. It's easy, uses ingredients I usually have on hand, and is great left over. The only thing I change is that I usually add either fresh garlic or garlic powder."
"This is my most requested dish. When I tell everyone I am making meatloaf the first time they are not so excited but once they eat it they are mad at me if I dont invite them over when I make it."
"I always cut the topping down by half because I've found it to be more than enough to cover the meatloaf and still leave some extra for a topping after it cooks.Also, since I usually don't have sage handy, I substitute 1/4 tsp. thyme, 1/4 tsp. oregano, and a few pinches of dried parsley.Oh, and the more onion, the better!"
"Excellent meat loaf recipe. I made a few adjustments to sub for ingredients I had on hand: garlic & herb breadcrumbs for saltines; garlic powder for sage; honey bbq sauce for ketchup. Also added bacon strips to the top before backing. Both my husband and seven year old love it!"
"Great recipe for a basic meatloaf. I used 2# hamburger and increased the other ingredients a little. I made 2 small loaves, and poured all of the sauce on top before I baked them. My family thought this was delicious. I'll definitely make this again."
"I served this at a dinner party and everyone loved it! It was the best meat loaf I have ever eaten! I don't think there was any left over."
"I added some diced celery and 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and substituted thyme for the sage (because I didn't have any sage). It was very tasty and I will make it again."
"This meatloaf is the best I've ever had. I made it one night, my mother doesn't even like meatloaf....but she loves this one!"
"It was very tasty."
"I made this for dinner tonight. It was easy and perfectly done. All my family (even my 3 picky eating kids) loved it. I will definitely add this to my weekly recipes. :)"
"This was a hit with my picky eaters! Will definitely make this again."
"Fantastic recipe. Definitely a keeper."
"Delicious. I added garlic powder and dried thyme. The sauce on top makes it special."
"Good meatloaf! My husband said it reminds him of his mother's meatloaf."
"Very good and very tasty. I changed a little bit by replacing some of the crumbs with bran and added garlic."
"Excellent. Just the right size for two people."
"YUM YUM YUMMY Will make again, I also didn't have an onion on hand so we used dried minced onions that you get off the spice aisle(The conversions were on our bottle). Great to make if you have are running low on ingredients to make most other ground beef recipes :D"
"my this meatloaf is one my whole family loves. I made some gravy from the pan drippings for the mashed potatoes. yummy!"
"I have made a lot of meat loaf recipes but this is by far my favorite. My family loves it just as much as I do. It's so full of flavor. I have made this meat loaf many times and never get tired of it."
"This is a great recipe and the only meat loaf recipe I use. We like the use of sage and the flavor it gives. Makes a wonderful sandwich from leftovers."
"I had been looking for a great meatloaf recipe and bought the magazine specifically for this recipe. I have made this meatloaf several times, and I absolutely love it. I add in about 1/16 tsp of dry mustard, and as I don't like ketchup, I substitute BBQ sauce, and it works great! The meatloaf is tender and very flavourful. Also, because I'm single, I actually double the recipe and make two loaves, slice them after cooling, and freeze into individual portions. I generally have some at least once a week - it's that good!!"
"Not my husband nor myself cared for meatloaf until I tried this recipe. Now it is a favorite dish! I have made this meatloaf for company many times, and EVERYONE likes it. I break up the brown sugar and warm the ketchup...that seems to help the sauce mix better."
"Husband loved it"
"I have made this more times than I can count and it is always delicious. I double the Worcesteshire sauce for added flavor."
"Was told to put this meatloaf in the rotation for dinner."
"I took out the sage and worst. sauce I have picky eaters to feed. I also cut the ketchup to 1/4 and I glazed it after 30 mins it was so good I half wished I made more. It was soooo good. I served it with scalloped potatoes, and steamed carrots and corn, and a salad with red onion, cucumbers, mushrooms, grated cheddar cheese, and home made ranch dressing."
"made 1/2 recipe, put in buttered loaf pan.Excellent"
"A true favorite of my husbands! He loves the sauce."
"I did not like meat loaf or meatballs until I tried this recipe. I make this quite often and just love it!"
"So easy to make and the glaze is delicious!"
"This is the best meatloaf ever. I've been using this recipe since its publication. I gave the recipe to a co-worker who could not find a meatloaf recipe that her kids would eat and she ended up making it three times that first week (at the kids request)."
"This is the only meat loaf I ever use anymore. Have made it dozens of times, not only for family but for special guests, and people go back for seconds."
"Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and my family thoroughly enjoyed it."
"This recipe was quite easy. Everything was mixed in one bowl so clean up was minimal. It has a sweet and tangy flavor. Very good."
"It's the topping that for me really makes this recipe - I use it all the time, even on top of other meatloaf recipes. Much better than ketchup!"
"I started making this recipe when it was first published in TOH and my family LOVES it. They will not let me make meatloaf with any other recipe!"
"I love this recipe, in fact I have shared this with many of my family members who rave about it too! My youngest son who is 8 requests this one often!Lara"
"This recipe has been a hit in our home since publication. The only change I have made is we omit the sage."
"Simple... moist... tasty... meatloaf... Also, recommend meat mixture for italian meatballs... Dott"
"great recipe, my picky eaters ate it all up!"
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.