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15-Minute Meat Loaf

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Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


4 servings

I combined a few great-tasting meatloaf recipes to create this flavorful 15-minute version, which my husband loves. And because it's made in the microwave, the entree is perfect for busy nights. For an extra boost, I flavor the meatloaf with onion soup mix.—Deb Thompson, Lincoln, Nebraska
15-Minute Meat Loaf Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup, divided
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, mustard, bread crumbs, dry soup mix, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into an oval loaf.
  2. Place in a shallow 1-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°; drain.
  3. Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the sugars, vinegar and remaining ketchup; drizzle over meat loaf. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes longer or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces: 375 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 960mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch.

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  • Geri
    Jun 9, 2019

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  • snker0521
    Jun 6, 2019

    We baked ours. The first time we used time we used the sauce from the recipe. The second time we used my daughter's favorite barbeque sauce. The meatloaf was even better that time. We also use panko instead of bread crumbs. We like them better.

  • klm4655
    Feb 3, 2019

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  • Brossi
    Nov 29, 2016

    Wonderful flavour; very moist. Cooked this in the oven for an hour on 160C. All of us thoroughly enjoyed this meatloaf and gave it a 10! Another favourite meatloaf recipe for the family!

  • Amym267
    Feb 22, 2016

    I won't make this again. The flavor and texture were funky and made everything on the plate taste a little off. Family didn't enjoy...disappointed especially after reading all the positive reviews.

  • derindamd
    Nov 8, 2013

    This is a family favorite! I now just make my meatloaf the way I want but I still ALWAYS use the sweet and sour topping. It is amazing! Just absolutely love it. My super picky husband loves it. He likes NOTHING!

  • acehunter
    May 16, 2013

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  • andajaja
    Apr 26, 2013

    I have used this recipe over and over and for me and my family it is our favorite .

  • yellow97skittles
    Apr 22, 2013

    i love this recipe. the only difference is that i bake mine instead of using the microwave. its the best meatloaf ever

  • mldevin
    Jan 24, 2013

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