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Mom’s Meat Loaf


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup finely crushed saltines
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • Dash pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into an 8x4-in. loaf in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, stirring to dissolve sugar; remove 1/2 cup for sauce. Spread remaining mixture over meat loaf.
  • 3. Bake 60-65 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 366 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 1092mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.


Average Rating:
  • xenazoe
    Dec 10, 2018
    I have never been a fan of meatloaf either, but this recipe won me over! The only change I made was omitting the sage. The meatloaf came out moist and flavorful! My kids loved it and the leftovers didn't last very long. This is now my 'go to' recipe when my husband requests meatloaf from now on!
  • lisa.hepfer
    Dec 10, 2018
    Hello.....just recently made your meatloaf but it didn't turn out. I followed the directions exactly but it seemed overly moist when trying to form into the loaf. It actually fell apart during cooking. Any suggestions?? Smelled wonderful and tasted great but would want it to hold its shape to be able to slice for presentation and sandwiches for leftovers.
  • pung
    Nov 1, 2018
    I made a meatloaf for my sweeties sister - she loves meatloaf, him, not so much. I had some caramelized onions left over from something else and decided to put them in a small portion of the meatloaf mix for just him. Then, I topped it with bar-b-que sauce. I lined the loaf pan with foil and made a separate section for his meatloaf by making a foil partition. He loved it! They will be getting both now, she loved this recipe:)
  • suefalk
    Oct 1, 2018
    Yummy! A simple and delicious meatloaf. Having fewer veggies in the recipe makes for a denser meatloaf. So it makes it easier to cut into slices for sandwiches.
  • Christine
    Jul 11, 2018
    I find best meatloaf is a combination of ground beef, pork, and veal.
  • LeslieH
    Jun 10, 2018

    I have made this a few times, although I always halve the recipe as there are only two of us eating it. It is a very nice meatloaf, being easy to make and very tasty. Today I used the ground veal that I got on sale at the store and it was just as tasty as the ground beef. I think you would use whatever ground meat you have on hand.

  • Laurie73
    May 23, 2018

    The best meatloaf I have ever had!

  • Carla
    May 20, 2018

    We love this recipe so much that we had it for a Christmas party. It was a big hit. Reqested recipe.

  • KieranSam
    May 9, 2018

    I use 2 lbs ground beef and 12 ozs of Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage. No brown sugar and 1 Chopped green pepper. Also, 1 can of evaporated milk and a whole sleeve of crackers. The sausage and green pepper takes it to another level. Still use the sage seasoning and one8 oz of tomato sauce instead of catsup. Use half in the meatloaf and half as the topping.

  • bratz02
    Apr 8, 2018

    This is my favorite recipe but instead of the crackers I’ll use bread crumbs

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