Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients

For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (80/20 or 85/15 lean works well)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (plain or Italian seasoned)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Instructions:

  • Preheat Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  • Sauté the Onion: In a small skillet, cook the chopped onion over medium heat until softened and slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Mix the Meatloaf: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, cooled onion, milk, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix the ingredients gently until just combined (avoid overmixing).
  • Shape and Bake: Transfer the meatloaf mixture to the prepared loaf pan. Shape it into an even loaf. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Make the Glaze: While the meatloaf bakes, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard in a small bowl to create the glaze.
  • Apply Glaze and Finish Baking: After the initial baking time, carefully remove the meatloaf from the oven and spread the glaze evenly over the top. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
  • Rest and Serve: Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans!

Tips:

  • Breadcrumb Substitute: If you don’t have breadcrumbs, you can use crushed crackers, quick oats, or even crumbled stale bread.
  • Flavor Variations: Add herbs and spices like dried thyme, Italian seasoning, or a pinch of garlic powder for extra flavor.
  • Cheese Please! For a cheesy twist, stir in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the meatloaf mixture.
  • Keep It Moist: Avoid overmixing to prevent a tough meatloaf. You can also drizzle a little broth over the top if it appears to be drying out while baking.

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