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Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe

Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 244654
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"Excellent! I made this exactly per the recipe and will be making again for sure. Served oven crispy potatoes."

gaylinda User ID: 8677247 244536
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"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!"

Catnip1 User ID: 8602205 244239
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"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)."

Hijinx1313 User ID: 8772501 243920
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"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!"

roamerat98 User ID: 5798409 243200
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"This is my favorite meat loaf recipe!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 242413
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Awesome! We really liked this meatloaf recipe. I rarely make meatloaf but this recipe might change that!"

rachelgattuso User ID: 8413486 242351
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"I love it but some times i use Italian bread crumbs instead of saltines"

kayjayc User ID: 4277199 241467
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"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!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 241197
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"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."

lttlewok User ID: 8358306 240815
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"Best I have ever had."

Charlotte1975 User ID: 7271848 240781
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"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."

Sunshinebakerpa User ID: 7360500 240674
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"I have made this and "Easy meatloaf" several times. For this recipe, we really like the ketchup mixture topping."

Maureen001 User ID: 6347111 240662
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"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."

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 240656
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"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.

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."

sgwing User ID: 8576770 239468
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"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."

cacampbe User ID: 8662131 239431
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"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!"

epeab3 User ID: 8661479 239375
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"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!"

Kartay User ID: 8650061 238802
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"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!"

bearwoman1975 User ID: 3538151 238615
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"Too sweet, would just use a little ketchup and not add brown sugar or add very little."

krysfielder User ID: 5728656 237196
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"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!"

hchambers User ID: 7140928 237035
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"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."

cdurocher User ID: 8058420 236895
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015


MY REVIEW User ID: 6331966 236288
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"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!"

catlinrose User ID: 3367133 235458
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"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.."

love2cook54 User ID: 8070327 235324
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"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 :)"

GigiGreen User ID: 8485634 235180
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"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!"

covPrincess User ID: 8564957 234322
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"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."

LindasPrincess User ID: 7678020 233969
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"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."

cb3lakes User ID: 82277 233580
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"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."

KTMJ User ID: 7417335 233323
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"Good flavor!"

WWJDASKHIM User ID: 5743485 233308
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"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?"

Srjr111 User ID: 8162463 233283
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"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"

hyburtt1966 User ID: 8227505 233278
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"There are very few recipes that get this high a rating....agree with 120 out of 125 on this one. Also agree with another need to be SO negative on a recipe. It can be done tastefully if you do not care for this has too much salt for me or it is a bit too sweet for my family..."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 233274
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"@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."

herling User ID: 2884648 233273
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"I have been making this for many years. Excellent recipe."

Donalee2 User ID: 1654265 233272
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015


tamsea User ID: 1024203 233271
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"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!"

EileenCu User ID: 2888735 233257
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"Held form well well and texture good. A little too salty for my taste with saltines and salt. May leave salt out next time"

Cimorene User ID: 8536705 232804
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"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!!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 232666
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"Great meatloaf recipe that was easy to make!"

Mom2TwoFriend2All User ID: 8522096 232108
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"The worst meatloaf Ive ever tasted. I followed recipe to the "T".


ekprice User ID: 4632834 231780
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015


Ant1qu1ty2002 User ID: 1142187 231444
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"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..."

meaganteal User ID: 814898 230908
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Delicious!! Can't wait for leftovers. Made mashed potatoes and Pioneers Womans Best Green Beans. Also made a fruit salad. Sooooo good"

MY REVIEW User ID: 5582874 230316
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 7064355 230192
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"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"

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 229152
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

"awesome! i used only 1 lb of ground beef. Worked great."

apschwartz User ID: 1393337 228408
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"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!"

MrsBishop33 User ID: 8418693 228078
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"OMG best meatloaf ever! Delicious!"

limirsh User ID: 1176770 226182
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"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."

grammamaz User ID: 3098746 225492
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2015

"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."

Shebuddy User ID: 7595966 224693
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2015

"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."

AMB118120 User ID: 4692854 223677
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"This was awesome! Made it tonight for dinner and my family loved it. Will definitely make this again."

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 223302
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015 Edited Sep. 1, 2015

"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"

CookinLovin User ID: 7872989 222845
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"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."

sg29 User ID: 1206715 222701
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"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"

mickey110257 User ID: 6406958 222687
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"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."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 222681
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"The only thing I changed was half the sugar, I don't like sweet meat. YUM!!"

Ivyscaped User ID: 2463182 222504
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"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!"

jen623 User ID: 7690858 220370
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"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!"

Yourmom242 User ID: 8211944 219622
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"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!!"

Sally65 User ID: 8224264 218546
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"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."

radavlin User ID: 7938069 218046
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Awful to sweet"

Salbo User ID: 48197 217503
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"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."

Micahman07 User ID: 5629472 216590
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"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."

myziggygirl User ID: 6360154 214841
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Really good!!!! I didn't have any cracker's so I used breadcrumbs, also only one egg. Turned out GREAT"

whymessz User ID: 1072087 202213
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"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."

alliec1224 User ID: 8062376 21874
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"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!!!"

bbunkowske User ID: 904462 19601
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"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."

Disir User ID: 7807400 22292
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014

"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."

Soonerdevil User ID: 7981581 49048
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014


annettedilley User ID: 7768942 42054
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"My husband loves meatloaf, this is the first one I have made that his loves"

kknight65 User ID: 2181283 75317
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"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 ! *****"

BuddyStar User ID: 5585568 43435
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"What is "rubbed sage?""

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 75315
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"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"

dezaraesorganics User ID: 7856048 18323
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"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."

HRGSCS User ID: 7820206 42053
Reviewed May. 25, 2014

"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."

12Shirley12 User ID: 4792529 49046
Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"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."

super grammy User ID: 7018528 18321
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Tasted just like my mother mae it. Good memory"

Sandybeach6565 User ID: 7774214 22289
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"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."

Mom_ForLife User ID: 7717621 18319
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"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."

Dutchess83 User ID: 3288161 49045
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"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."

KristiCooke User ID: 7639088 19598
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"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!"

kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 42052
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"This is a yummy classic meat loaf recipe. Who doesn't love a classic meat loaf?!"

bablack User ID: 7199376 15321
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"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!"

alyssa.dannielle User ID: 7341754 43434
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"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"

jfurnas User ID: 6417766 19117
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"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."

jfurnas User ID: 6417766 43432
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"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."

lizp909 User ID: 7084477 19116
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"So delicious made with ground turkey! I also placed some sliced pickled jalapenos on the meatloaf before pouring on the sauce! YUM!"

writeaway User ID: 86734 21095
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"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!"

Marty D. User ID: 6975523 46251
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"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."

Rileysmom39 User ID: 7104126 22271
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"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."

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 43431
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013


FrHornist User ID: 6181986 19597
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"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!"

Delores14 User ID: 1286731 46434
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"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!"

Suzzzannna User ID: 5775505 19115
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"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."

larissa1216 User ID: 6951280 15298
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"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."

mrichards1993 User ID: 5891468 18318
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"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."

fallongrrl User ID: 6261326 22269
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012 Edited Sep. 1, 2015

"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!"

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 42051
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

"It was very tasty."

lovelymomee User ID: 6605147 18255
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"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. :)"

zinger01 User ID: 5731993 49043
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"This was a hit with my picky eaters! Will definitely make this again."

martylb User ID: 1456305 75314
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Fantastic recipe. Definitely a keeper."

blackoctober13 User ID: 3101417 19114
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Delicious. I added garlic powder and dried thyme. The sauce on top makes it special."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 75278
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"Good meatloaf! My husband said it reminds him of his mother's meatloaf."

judi5165 User ID: 5196463 21094
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011 Edited Sep. 1, 2015

"Very good and very tasty. I changed a little bit by replacing some of the crumbs with bran and added garlic."

Tumbleweeds User ID: 594905 18254
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"Excellent. Just the right size for two people."

kmfest2009 User ID: 6145640 46431
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"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"

needsomezzzs User ID: 4392298 19593
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

"my this meatloaf is one my whole family loves. I made some gravy from the pan drippings for the mashed potatoes. yummy!"

Mamacheese2004 User ID: 2528734 49042
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"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."

deejeedoll User ID: 1428416 18253
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"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."

Cindy3703 User ID: 5889359 46248
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"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!!"

44473 User ID: 1263669 202212
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"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."

teri396 User ID: 3790128 21092
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"Husband loved it"

PatWTS User ID: 117277 75277
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010 Edited Sep. 1, 2015

"I have made this more times than I can count and it is always delicious. I double the Worcesteshire sauce for added flavor."

lj211 User ID: 4045620 21091
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"Was told to put this meatloaf in the rotation for dinner."

MissDavida User ID: 5593829 19585
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"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."

johnsen User ID: 2755435 49039
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"made 1/2 recipe, put in buttered loaf pan.


rmjjjamadori User ID: 1039593 202211
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2010

"A true favorite of my husbands! He loves the sauce."

micahp User ID: 4254165 46243
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"I did not like meat loaf or meatballs until I tried this recipe. I make this quite often and just love it!"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 19582
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"So easy to make and the glaze is delicious!"

tralyn28 User ID: 1649661 48145
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"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)."

fishrgal User ID: 1182152 75246
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"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."

smj2552 User ID: 3734318 202210
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and my family thoroughly enjoyed it."

carlyv User ID: 1908653 21803
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"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."

cwbuff User ID: 441425 46423
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"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!"

Toni_Armstrong User ID: 83589 48144
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"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!"

lsnyder User ID: 3276653 45338
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"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!


colleyho User ID: 359762 21801
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009 Edited Sep. 1, 2015

"This recipe has been a hit in our home since publication. The only change I have made is we omit the sage."

Dottyamaha1 User ID: 1043118 22265
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2009 Edited Sep. 1, 2015

"Simple... moist... tasty... meatloaf... Also, recommend meat mixture for italian meatballs... Dott"

mcamii7 User ID: 3439092 202209
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2008 Edited Sep. 1, 2015

"great recipe, my picky eaters ate it all up!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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