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Meat Loaf from the Slow Cooker

This simple, easy-to-make meat loaf is one of my personal favorites. I'm often asked for the recipe. —Laura Burgess, Mount Vernon, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crushed saltines (about 10 crackers)
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound reduced-fat bulk pork sausage
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Cut three 25x3-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 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well (mixture will be moist). Shape into a loaf. Place meat loaf in the center of the strips.
  • In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients. Spoon over meat loaf. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Using foil strips as handles, remove the meat loaf to a platter.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 284 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • treconmom
    Oct 3, 2020

    Loved it and so did my kiddo.

  • gremaux
    Jul 7, 2020

    Very Good

  • shannondobos
    Jan 9, 2020

    I loved the inside texture of this meatloaf because it was perfectly cooked and not at all dry. I also loved that this could just be prepared and forgotten in the slow cooker. However, I didn't achieve that nice browned edge that I get when I make it in the oven (although it sounds like some reviewers did), and the sauce kind of became watery on top. So, although this tasted pretty good, it won't replace the oven version for me.

  • Debglass11
    Dec 11, 2019

    I've never made meatloaf in a slow cooker and I'm so glad I tried this recipe! Instead of adding the 1/2 pound of sausage, I used 2 lbs of ground beef and did add a few more crushed saltine crackers. The meatloaf lifted out of the slow cooker easily, was nicely browned around the edges and had a nice, moist texture. This dish met with rave reviews and being able to fix it and forget it in the slow cooker made it a winner! I'll definitely make this one again!

  • reyj1022
    Jul 30, 2018

    Love this slow cooker meatloaf!

  • Kimberlysain6
    Jan 28, 2018

    Very Good...Mixture seemed a little loose, so I added a few more crushed crackers

  • sd20
    Oct 20, 2017

    Very good!

  • P
    Oct 1, 2017

    I'm planning to make this, but I wonder... I use Crockpot Liners all the time, they are so easy and eliminate most of the mess and clean up. I love them especially at winter holidays when I put a turkey breast in the crockpot to cook - Wow - just lift out over the sink! So, I'm curious if I really need to use the strips of foil also since the liners are pretty strong. Comments? Suggestions? Thank you!

  • Sylvester90
    Mar 22, 2014

    This is the only way I make meatloaf!

  • blfreeman
    Jun 26, 2013

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