South Dakota Meat Loaf Recipe
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South Dakota Meat Loaf Recipe

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I've made other meat loaves, but I always come back to this one, which is based on my mom's recipe.—Lauree Buus, Rapid City, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 272 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 683mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into an ungreased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 hours; drain.
  2. Drizzle with ketchup; bake 10 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as South Dakota Meat Loaf in Taste of Home June/July 2001, p44

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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jennifer_a00 48947
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I have made this recipe many times over the last few years. It is the best! Sometimes if I don't have evaporated milk I just use regular milk, and that works too."

greenie 30946
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"I have been making meatlaof for many years & I just started making this one for something different... Everone loves it including me. I cook in a small retirement home the first time I made it on of our residents who is 99 years old asked me if I made it. I said yes. To Quote her exactly

( It's the best meatloaf I ever had in my in my life)i 99 years old. That is quite a .compliment Thanks for posting it"

cldevine 55487
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"Best meatloaf recipe I have ever tried!"

Tlcharette 103886
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"Make again! One of the best!"

itsmeinindy2 103883
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"i love this meatloaf. i love the texture that the oats give and i love sage but had never thought to put it in meatloaf. thanks for sharing."

LizCav 103865
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"I made this when my family came to visit... we all loved it (even the ones who later mentioned they didn't usually like meatloaf). I like how healthy it is. Also, I used venison instead of beef... the meatloaf is so flavorful though, nobody could even tell:)"

SplCst80 80235
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"I received one really big complaint on this. I DIDN'T MAKE ENOUGH!! My kids absolutely loved this recipe and this was their only complaint. I had a few other comments on how to improve it but these days my kids are the hardest to please. Which says a lot because they are boys and they should eat anything! ;-) But seriously this recipe as very flavorful and very easy. A must try!"

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