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Onion Meat Loaf Recipe

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"My husband and I really enjoy this delicious meat loaf," writes Rhonda Cowden. The Quincy, Illinois cook needs just five ingredients to assemble the easy entree before popping it in the slow cooker.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 pounds ground beef


  1. Cut three 20-in. x 3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on the bottom and up the sides of a 3-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, oats, ketchup and soup mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf. Place loaf in the center of the strips. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Onion Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking January/February 2005, p41

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed May. 13, 2013

"This meat loaf was second only to my grandmother's recipe. It was delicious and moist and it was nice to have the oven free for other dishes."

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"This was great!! I added some diced red pepper and some leftover diced onion. So it was nice and onion-y! Didn't have oatmeal so I used 3 slices of white, whole-grain bread that I crumbled. Was super easy and delicious."

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"It was a great recipe. I used 1 cup of bread crumbs instead of the oats and topped it with stewed tomatoes. It was super easy to make, a real crowd pleaser, and it was nice to come home to dinner already made. My kids said it was a keeper recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"First time I have ever written a review, yet I use recipes off this web site all the time. Had to rate this one. It was great! Also added 1/2 cup of water and used beef onion soup mix instead of regular onion soup mix. Used my oven at 350 degrees for one hour instead of the slow cooker. Best meatloaf I have ever made and so easy."

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