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

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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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  • Nora
    March 1, 2024

    I’ve made this recipe 4 times now and it is by far the best meatloaf I’ve had. My neighbors are thrilled when I make this for them……it’s now a neighborhood favorite!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 1, 2024

      Hi Nora! That’s so great to hear. Thank you so much for sharing.

      Reply

  • Louise
    February 29, 2024

    Meatloaf tasted great, but fell apart, even though I followed the recipe exactly. Looked a bit like a dog’s breakfast on the plate. Thanks.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 1, 2024

      Hi Louise, while mealoaf is not the most beautiful dish, it also should not fall apart that way. Did you make sure to add the crumbs and eggs – those two ingredients help it hold together.

      Reply

  • Lynne Tonn
    February 29, 2024

    My mom’s was my favorite until now. So good and I especially loved the tip of making is a little crisper with tin foil pan on s cookie sheet. Not only good but the easiest clean up.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 1, 2024

      I’m glad you love this recipe! Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Tracy
    February 29, 2024

    I made this recipe with ground turkey instead, my boyfriend loved it! I will definitely make this again! Delicious!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 29, 2024

      Thank you for sharing, Tracy!

      Reply

  • Corbett Shope
    February 29, 2024

    Always great. Subbed honey for brown sugar. Took out of oven a few minutes sooner.

    Reply

  • Janet
    February 29, 2024

    My all time favorite, making more often than I should. It’s delicious.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 29, 2024

      I’m glad you love it, Janet!

      Reply

  • VG
    February 28, 2024

    Dear Valentina,
    This was incredibly moist and delish!👍🏾🎊🎉

    Reply

  • Tracy
    February 28, 2024

    I was always happy with my “passed down” meatloaf recipe but this one is even better! The sauce is fabulous, as well! I’ll be adding it into my meal rotation for sure. Personal tip that came from my grandmother…put slices of unused bread under the meatloaf to absorb the grease while it bakes. 😊

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 29, 2024

      Thank you for sharing, Tracy! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Cindi
    February 26, 2024

    Making this deliciousness again! (With my own little tweaks) Best recipe ever, you’ll never go back to anything else because well, Mom’s meatloaf is simply the best damn one out there! 😂

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 26, 2024

      Aaaw thanks, Cindi. We appreciate your wonderful review!

      Reply

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