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Home-Style Glazed Meat Loaf Recipe

Home-Style Glazed Meat Loaf Recipe

Grated carrots and cheese add a hint of color and good taste to this nourishing, homey loaf. And my family always looks forward to meatloaf sandwiches the next day! —Sandy Etelamaki, Ishpeming, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed saltines (about 30 crackers)
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cheese, saltines, carrots, onion, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50 minutes.
  • 2. For glaze, in a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, ketchup and mustard to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until heated through. Spoon over meat loaf.
  • 3. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°. Drain; let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 266 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 494mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 261711
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2017

"Great Meat Loaf. Made exactly by the recipe instructions. Loved the sauce on top."

jravielli User ID: 8331636 225266
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"Excellent meatloaf. Moist, sweet and tangy."

Incrediblehutch User ID: 4114346 60345
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

"Finally - a meatloaf my husband and children will eat! It's so delicious and moist. I halved the recipe and it still makes plenty. Thanks so much!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 144812
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"This is a delicious meatloaf. I made 1/2 the recipe for a smaller loaf and it was perfect. I had no problems with it falling apart like others mentioned."

Treasure13 User ID: 7448883 60342
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Fast and easy to make. Great finished result, and the glaze on top adds the perfect finishing touch."

WCIN User ID: 3418222 63316
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"My teenage kids ask for it by name.... Need I say more?"

Lizardo7 User ID: 1792624 126233
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"I've been trying to find a meatloaf recipe for thirty years the hubby will like..."too stiff...too spicy...falls apart too much..too bland...." This one was a winner! I halved the recipe, but did the full sauce amount. Also, I substituted the saltines for Ritz crackers, as that is all I had on hand. I grated the carrots, but not fine, and I think it gave more texture. As someone else said, it goes great with green beans. I didn't experience falling apart. I will definitely be making this one again!"

kctherr User ID: 5474413 129476
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"The best meatloaf ever!! My whole family loves it!!"

1DomesticGoddess User ID: 2778356 63009
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"This is an excellant tasting meatloaf. This is my daughter's favorite recipe to use when she makes meatloaf. My daughter always doubles the glaze ingredients, where as I just prepare a batch and a half of the glaze. I only add 28 saltine crackers, and prefer to just add a 1/2 cup of shredded carrots to the meatloaf mix. This recipe definitely deserves more than 5 stars, as that's how good it is!!"

KD89 User ID: 6213354 206837
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Very good recipe my sister found. A nice change from the traditional meatloaf I grew up on."

dknudson User ID: 3256388 129375
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"What a great twist on meat loaf with the addition of grated carrots and cheese. Have made this many many times. Makes great sandwiches the next day."

wadi2u User ID: 1696609 60325
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"Thi was sooooo kids inhaled!!!"

katseguin User ID: 1675075 144810
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"We love this meatloaf recipe at our house. Even my picky girls eat it up!! Last time I made it my 5 year old daughter request a slice for her bedtime snack:) A wonderful meatloaf recipe. I make it as is and it has never fallen apart for me (I've made it without carrots before too and it still stayed together nicely)"

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 63314
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Been making this since first printed. DELICIOUS! Best meatloaf ever. Some reviewers have said it falls apart--I have made it many times and never had that problem. Also, DON'T leave the carrots out. They add extra flavour, moisture and nutrition. Those who have tasted it said the carrots seem to be the secret ingredient.

And lastly, the sauce is the true piece de resistance of this recipe. Amazing. Just go careful with the Dijon. Too much and it tastes awful."

dklinkow User ID: 1300619 76837
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"An extra couple of eggs solved my falling apart issue. Extra black pepper and a splash of jalapeno sauce add lots of savor."

dklinkow User ID: 1300619 76831
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"This has turned into my family's favorite meatloaf recipe. Have been making it for about 2 years now. The extra sauce is the seller on this American staple of dinner. Goes very well with some cheesy potatoes and green bean casserole. I actually save this menu for special occasions. Meatloaf for special occasions...who knew!"

BRANDI29 User ID: 3617595 143627
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"i read that this meatloaf falls apart for most. maybe its the carrots because i leave them out and mine has never fell apart."

BRANDI29 User ID: 3617595 206836
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"very delicious. my whole family loves it.i leave out the carrots though and use club or ritz crackers instead of saltines. oh yeah, and i make extra sauce. the meatloaf is definately good with mashed tators."

JenniP User ID: 895592 153946
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"We have tried a few different meat loaf recipes and this one has stuck with us. The meat loaf is moist and the sauce on top is delicious!"

stinnett User ID: 3124218 206835
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"Love it. I make it for church suppers very often. A minister didn't want to eat it because he didn't like meat loaf, but now he asks me to make it, too. He loves it! It's the only meat loaf my family will eat."

Deah User ID: 1199870 129475
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2009

"This is family and friends have all given it 5 stars and requested it again and again. I've never met a meatloaf I enjoyed making before this one. It really is enough to serve 12. For the average family, you can form it in 2 loaves in the 9x12 and have enough for two meals. Also, I just use regular mustard and I usually double the sauce recipe b/c everyone likes extra for rice or potatoes.. For badkitty...make sure the measure the vegetables...too many make it too moist and it will fall apart. Also, make sure to bake it until it reaches temp...then allow 10 minutes to "set up" after removing from the oven. This helps keep it from falling apart."

messergirl User ID: 2686004 206834
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2008

"You couldn't beat this if you tried. We loved it."

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