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South Dakota Meat Loaf

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


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into an ungreased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 hours; drain.
  • Drizzle with ketchup; bake 10 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 272 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 683mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • jennifer_a00
    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
    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
    Aug 28, 2012

    Best meatloaf recipe I have ever tried!

  • Tlcharette
    Jan 21, 2012

    Make again! One of the best!

  • itsmeinindy2
    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
    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
    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!