Amazing homemade Meatloaf Recipe. The meatloaf is so tender and juicy on the inside with a sweet and tangy glaze that adds so much flavor to the meatloaf. Serve the easy meatloaf with mashed potatoes and a side of asparagus

Meatloaf recipe sliced and served on a plate with mashed potatoes and vegetables

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Meatloaf Recipe:

Ground beef mixed with onion, Panko breadcrumbs, fresh parsley and seasonings produces an irresistibly tender and juicy meatloaf. The sweet and tangy glaze adds amazing flavor to this classic meatloaf.

meatloaf glazed with meatloaf sauce

Tips on How to Make the BEST Meatloaf:

  • DO NOT OVERMIX which can result in a tough/dense meatloaf
  • Line your loaf pan with parchment paper with edges hanging over the pan for easier removal of meatloaf. 
  • Keep the juices from the pan and pour over the sliced meatloaf before serving.
  • Chop the onion finely, allowing it to cook through (or sautee onion before adding)
  • Gently press meat into the pan so it holds its shape.
  • Rest meatloaf for 10 minutes before slicing

Collage how to make meatloaf and shape into pan.

What is the Best Meat for Meatloaf?

You want to use ground beef that is 85% or 90% lean meat. Do not worry about using lean meat – the rest of the ingredients will keep your meatloaf moist and juicy. Avoid super lean meats. 

Meatloaf Sauce:

This meatloaf sauce is incredible as a glaze for the meatloaf with the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. Ketchup combined with brown sugar, garlic and onion powder, salt, pepper and vinegar creates an irresistible sauce. Once baked, the glaze caramelizes and is SO GOOD! 

Step-by-step collage how to make the best sauce for a Meatloaf recipe.

Can I bake Meatloaf on a baking sheet?

For crispier edges, bake meatloaf on a baking sheet. Out of foil, create a self-made pan with edges to keep the drippings from the meatloaf as it’s baked. Shape meatloaf and place into the foil. Continue with baking instructions. NOTE: Baking time may slightly vary, depending on the shape and thickness of the meatloaf.

baked meatloaf sliced and ready to serve

How long to cook Meatloaf?

Cook the meatloaf uncovered for 40 minutes at 375°F. Add the sauce, and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature is 160°F. If using a smaller loaf pan than 9″x5″, increase cooking time.

how long to cook meatloaf in loaf pan

Leftover Meatloaf?

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, here are some leftover meatloaf ideas (and I’d love to hear your ideas in a comment below):

Can you freeze Meatloaf?

Yes, meatloaf may be frozen before cooking. To freeze, prepare meatloaf per instructions. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil and freeze.

Defrost the raw meatloaf in the refrigerator covered. Continue with baking instructions.

Meatloaf served on a plate with potatoes and greens and garnished with parsley

More Easy Dinner Recipes to try:

Meatloaf Recipe with the Best Glaze

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Author: Valentina Ablaev
Amazing homemade Meatloaf Recipe. The meatloaf is so tender and juicy on the inside with a sweet and tangy sauce that glazes the meatloaf and adds so much flavor!
Amazing homemade Meatloaf Recipe. The meatloaf is so tender and juicy on the inside with a sweet and tangy sauce that glazes the meatloaf and adds so much flavor!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 servings

Meatloaf Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef, 85% or 90% lean
  • 1 med onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground paprika

Meatloaf Sauce Ingredients:

Instructions

  • Line a 9”x5” loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix well to combine.
  • Add meat to the loaf pan, gently press meat down and shape evenly and bake meatloaf at 375˚F for 40 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients together for the sauce. Spread the sauce over meatloaf then return to oven and bake additional 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160˚F. Rest meatloaf 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with baking juices from the pan.  

Nutrition Per Serving

344kcal Calories18g Carbs24g Protein18g Fat7g Saturated Fat118mg Cholesterol910mg Sodium507mg Potassium11g Sugar410IU Vitamin A4.5mg Vitamin C65mg Calcium3.3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Meatloaf Recipe with the Best Glaze
Amount per Serving
Calories
344
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Cholesterol
 
118
mg
39
%
Sodium
 
910
mg
40
%
Potassium
 
507
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
Vitamin A
 
410
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
4.5
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
65
mg
7
%
Iron
 
3.3
mg
18
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf, meatloaf recipe
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 344
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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • lisa w
    June 12, 2024

    this is my go to meatloaf recipe. i have made it with the glaze and without the (brown gravy)!! 5 stars! amazing!!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 12, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Lisa!

      Reply

  • Joy Nesbit
    June 11, 2024

    This recipe looks delicious! We love rice at our house. Could I just add cooked white rice to this recipe during the mixing stage?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 11, 2024

      Hi Joy! Without testing that, I can’t say what the outcome would be but it’s worth experimenting with. Let us know how it turns out if you try.

      Reply

  • Dorene
    June 10, 2024

    I made this recipe with one exception and it turned out good. I topped the meatloaf with barbeque sauce instead of sauce in the recipe. I saved the recipe and will be making it again.

    Reply

  • Jeb Clonts
    June 10, 2024

    While I have my own family meatloaf recipe which is similar to this one, I always use this glaze. It’s a family favorite.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 10, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Jeb!

      Reply

  • Linda
    June 10, 2024

    Can’t remember just how many times I’ve repeated this recipe but it’s the only one for our family since I found it. Thank you so much for sharing

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 10, 2024

      You’re so welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Linda!

      Reply

  • Pamela Plambeck
    June 10, 2024

    This meatloaf is incredible…particularly the glaze! I was looking forward to using any leftover meatloaf for Spaghetti Bolognese, but it was quickly consumed.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 10, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Pamela!

      Reply

  • liz strickland
    June 9, 2024

    This was the best meatloaf I have ever eaten. So moist and the glaze is amazing. Before this, I never liked eating meatloaf. I will definitely be making this again .

    Reply

  • Danny
    June 4, 2024

    Delicious! My favorite meatloaf recipe. Quick question, can you substitute impossible beef instead of real? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 5, 2024

      Hi Danny, thanks for your great feedback! I haven’t tested using impossible beef to advise if that will be fine.

      Reply

  • Jess Lilly
    June 3, 2024

    Family loved it! Especially the glaze! We’ll definitely will be having this again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 3, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Jess!

      Reply

  • Sara
    June 3, 2024

    This looks like a great recipe! Can I use 80% ground beef? It’s all I have on hand.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 3, 2024

      Hi Sara, that will still work. Here’s what one of my readers wrote: “Easy to prepare and SO GOOD. My partner and I couldn’t get enough (and we ate for two days lol). We used 80% lean because that’s all we had, and it was still delicious.” I hope this helps.

      Reply

  • Wendy
    June 2, 2024

    This is my go to recipe for meatloaf! I’ve used it for years now. My favorite, by far! Family loves it! It’s a definite winner!!!

    Reply

  • Valeri Volland
    June 2, 2024

    I was more than happy to uncover this great site. I want to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely loved every bit of it and I have you saved as a favorite to see new information in your blog.

    Reply

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