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Meatloaf Recipe with the Best Glaze

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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Hey, hey! Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing our Meatloaf recipe.

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

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Meatloaf Recipe with the Best Glaze

4.92 from 25 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
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!

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: meatloaf, meatloaf recipe
Calories: 344 kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

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:

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 ½ tsp vinegar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Line a 9”x5” loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix well to combine.
  3. Add meat to the loaf pan, gently press meat down and shape evenly and bake meatloaf at 375˚F for 40 minutes.

  4. 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. Rest meatloaf 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with baking juices from the pan.  

Nutrition Facts
Meatloaf Recipe with the Best Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 910mg 38%
Potassium 507mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Sugars 11g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 8.2%
Vitamin C 5.4%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 18.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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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  • Tatiana
    March 16, 2019

    Hello! Can we omit or replace the milk with some other non-dairy product? Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2019

      Hi Tatiana, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Tracy Doran
    March 15, 2019

    This recipe sounds wonderful and I really want to try it, do you have a recipe for a turkey meatloaf? I have cut beef from my diet, I know crazy! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and laughs! I love your videos! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      Hi Tracy, I haven’t tested this recipe with meatloaf but I think it could work. I do not have a turkey meatloaf at this time. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Luba
    March 13, 2019

    Is there anything I can use instead of sugar for the glaze? Reply

    • Natasha
      March 14, 2019

      Hi Luba, I haven’t experimented with anything else but honey should work. Reply

  • Heather
    March 13, 2019

    Wow, this looks delicious. With the panko and THAT GLAZE. OMG. Must try! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2019

      Thank you for the wonderful review, Heather! Reply

  • Lynda Ruggerio
    March 9, 2019

    One thought — I always put a slice (or two) of bread under the meatloaf to soak up all the juices that accumulate. It works great! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with me, Lynda! That’s a great suggestion! Reply

  • Tess
    February 27, 2019

    This is the BEST Meatloaf that I’ve ever had or made!! Definitely a Keeper… If I could give it 10 Stars I would. 🙂 I would like to thank you for all the tips you listed.. such a big help to me. My husband & I really enjoyed your recipe. Keep up the good work. 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 27, 2019

      That’s so awesome, Tess!! Thank you for sharing that awesome review with me! I love that you found a new family favorite on our blog! Reply

  • Robin Dinsmore
    February 23, 2019

    Hi Natasha – Is that Apple Cider or White Vinegar in your sauce toping for your meatloaf? I only read Vinegar. Thank you. If you can answer ASAP, it would be appreciative. Want to make this for tonight’s (2/23) dinner. Thank you. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2019

      Hi Robin, that was just vinegar. I hope you love it! Reply

  • Katie C.
    February 22, 2019

    I made this tonight and the two of us enjoyed it. Needless to say with just the two of us, we have leftovers but that’s a good thing! Is there a reason that you use Panko bread crumbs instead of regular, either dried or fresh? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 24, 2019

      Hi Katie, Panko is a staple for us – we love that they are larger crumbs, but I think you could sub with regular just fine, just keep in mind that regular bread crumbs are crushed more finely so you might need slightly less. Reply

      • Katie C.
        February 25, 2019

        Thank you. That helps because I was thinking about making this for my sister who is gluten sensitive. Reply

  • Debbie
    February 22, 2019

    Made this last night for dinner with mashed potatoes and a vegetable. Never had a glaze on meatloaf before except ketchup. This was so much better. Will make again. Reply

    • Natasha
      February 22, 2019

      I’m so happy you loved the recipe! Thank you for sharing your great review – isn’t that glaze awesome? So glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Karla Torres
    February 22, 2019

    Hands down, best meatloaf ever! My husband is not s huge fan of meatloaf. He loved this so much that I’m making it again. Twice, in one week!!!! Moist and delicious! Glaze was incredible! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2019

      That’s so great, Karla! I love that you found a favorite on our blog! Thank you for sharing that awesome review with us! Reply

  • Mary
    February 18, 2019

    Thank you for sharing another Valentina guest post- I enjoy the recipes!! This meatloaf turned out delicious!! What is the best way to reheat it? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 19, 2019

      Hi Mary! We are happy to have her! We reheat this in the oven covered with foil Reply

      • Lauren
        February 19, 2019

        Although I’m not a meatloaf fan, this recipe by Valentina has me thinking maybe I could be. Made it yesterday with mashed potatoes and a salad, a classic combo. My husband asked for the leftovers again tonight so it’s going in, covered with foil to reheat at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

        I used Herbes de Provence. Added a few tablespoons of shiracha to the sauce for some extra zest.

        Best meatloaf I’ve ever made! Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          February 19, 2019

          Wow! That’s so great! We are so happy you loved this recipe Lauren! Sounds like you found a new favorite! Reply

        • February 25, 2019

          Thank you for the sweet comment, Lauren. 🙂 Reply

    • February 25, 2019

      Thank you for the kind feedback, Mary. Makes me so happy. 🙂 Reply

  • Jocelyn
    February 18, 2019

    The glaze on this meatloaf is so good. We really enjoyed this for dinner! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Jocelyn! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Oxana
    February 18, 2019

    Made this loaf yesterday for my family and friends. Gone. Should make two of it. So delicious! Thank you. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2019

      Sounds like you found a new favorite, Oxana! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Alli
    February 18, 2019

    This meatloaf is so perfect. Thanks for all the tips as well, super helpful. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2019

      You’re so welcome, Alli! Thank you for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Sarah Skaggs
    February 17, 2019

    This is the best meatloaf I have tried. Love the sauce! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 17, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Pam Dana
    February 17, 2019

    This recipe was a hit with my family! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 17, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Pam 🙂 Reply

  • April
    February 17, 2019

    I made this tonight and was sure my husband would complain that it wasn’t what he was used to. I noticed the HZ 57 still sitting on the counter that he always puts on his meatloaf…..he didn’t need it…he raved about the glaze and how delicious it was and told me to make it like that every time. It was excellent! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 17, 2019

      I am smiling big reading your review. That is awesome! I’m so happy you both loved the meatloaf 🙂 Reply

  • Sommer
    February 17, 2019

    This recipe was a huge hit with my family! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 17, 2019

      Hi Sommer, I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Rebecca Myers
    February 16, 2019

    I needed a change from my meatloaf recipe, yours was fantastic my family really enjoyed it, and yes the glaze really adds a lot. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 16, 2019

      Hi Rebecca, I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Maria
    February 15, 2019

    Gave this recipe a try today! Family and myself absolutely loved it! Had just the perfect flavor and it was so easy to make! Definitely adding this one to my favorites list! 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that, Maria! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Eugene Azbill
    February 13, 2019

    My meatloaf is very similar to your recipe with two exceptions: I use oatmeal instead of panko crumbs and I use yellow mustard in the sauce instead of the vinegar. I get raves everytime I serve it to friends or family. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Eugene! Reply

    • Don Rowan
      February 15, 2019

      Is your oatmeal precooked? Reply

      • Eugene Azbill
        February 16, 2019

        No. It is basically the recipe that appears on the Quaker Oats box. Just learned that. Don’t use instant or “Quick” oats. Use only the original ones. You will not be disappointed . Reply

  • Liz
    February 13, 2019

    I am on a restricted salt diet and I notice the sodium content is very high. How can this be cut down? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 14, 2019

      Hi Liz, salt is an important building block for flavor but you could omit if from the glaze and add it to taste in the meat; maybe start by reducing it by a third or up to half for the meat mixture. I hope you love the meatloaf! Reply

  • Binsy
    February 13, 2019

    Hi Natasha,
    I use a very similar recipe and it always turns out delicious. To get some veggies, I dice carrots and beans (very very small size) and sauté them before adding to the ground meat mixture. Since they are so tiny and sautéed, kids don’t notice but still love it! I also add a few drops of sriracha sauce to the mix. Thank you for your recipes!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Love from Munchkintime.com
    February 12, 2019

    Wow! Natasha, that glaze looks amazing! Making me drool so much! Yummy! 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2019

      Thank you for that wonderful review, Love! 🙂 Reply

  • Sabrina
    February 12, 2019

    That glaze sounds amazing! We also love making sandwiches out of the leftovers, if there are any! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 12, 2019

      Ha ha! “If” is the keyword! Yeah leftover meatloaf is a treat! Thanks Sabrina 🙂 Reply

  • Erin
    February 12, 2019

    We love meatloaf and this is great with that glaze! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2019

      Definitely can’t skip that glaze! Thank you for the great review, Erin! Reply

  • Julie Blanner
    February 12, 2019

    Delicious! This will be perfect for a weeknight dinner. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Kim
    February 12, 2019

    Yum! I am always up for trying a classic meatloaf recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2019

      You’re so welcome! Thank you for that wonderful review, Kim! Reply

  • Steph
    February 12, 2019

    Meatloaf is definitely my favorite comfort food! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      February 12, 2019

      I hope this becomes your new favorite meatloaf – that sauce is hard to beat! 😉 Reply

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