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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  • Kristin Stout
    February 26, 2024

    Where have you been my whole life!! I DO NOT like meatloaf, or so I thought. Followed this to the letter, down to the parchment paper and it was fantastic!
    YEP! I like meatloaf!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 26, 2024

      That’s wonderful to hear! So glad you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  • Myrts
    February 25, 2024

    I don’t know where all the rave reviews came from. That was not the best recipe. It was a bit dry and just so so. People just love that glaze I believe the sugar, you can’t deny the glaze was good but meatloaf itself needs some moisture.

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    • Natasha
      February 26, 2024

      Hi Myrts, I’m sorry to hear that. This is a very popular recipe on our site. A dry meatloaf is due to either over-baking or using a beef that is too lean.

      Reply

  • NonnaTLC
    February 24, 2024

    YUMILICIOUS! Best recipe by far for meatloaf I’ve ever made (and I’m in my 70s, lol!) I did make one mistake (and I will continue to make it) I sautéed the onions and garlic before adding them in. I know it’s an extra step, but after tasting it, I thought it came out perfect. And the glaze is to die for! Thank you for this recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 24, 2024

      That’s wonderful! Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad you found this recipe!

      Reply

  • Nicole
    February 24, 2024

    *****
    I decided to try this recipe since there’s so many reviews, I followed it exactly except I added some shredded carrot. It was very delicious! It wasn’t bland as some other reviewers suggested. I thought it was spiced just right! The glaze was so flavorful! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe Natasha

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 24, 2024

      That’s great, Nicole! Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

      Reply

  • Lorraine Cheek
    February 23, 2024

    My family doesn’t care for meatloaf but this sounded so good, I did something different. I used the meatloaf ingredients and rolled 2 1/2 inch meatballs from them, then baked them on a wire rack in a baking pan for about 45 minutes on 350. I mixed the sauce ingredients and served it on the side. They loved it!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 23, 2024

      Thanks so much for sharing, Lorraine!

      Reply

  • Texas Judy
    February 21, 2024

    Well Made it tastier than his Momma. Third wife at 80+ plus Momma and knew part pork was the answer. Was the right answer. He can’t stop raving especially the glaze. (Admit added a little yellow mustard). You live long enough and you are gifted with good cooking. Thank you for the validation. Make a lot of your recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 21, 2024

      Great to hear that it was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • Bud
    February 20, 2024

    I am very disappointed in this recipe. I cut back to 1/3 of the garlic; it was still overpowering, along with the Italian seasoning.

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    • Natasha
      February 24, 2024

      Hi Bud, I’m sorry to hear it didn’t hit the mark for you. We haven’t found those two ingredients overpowering but those are definitely things that can be adjusted to taste. That’s what I love about meatloaf – you can customize it to your preferences.

      Reply

    • Craig
      February 24, 2024

      Try sauteeing the onions and garlic before adding to the meat mixture.

      Reply

  • Bun
    February 20, 2024

    This is my go to meatloaf recipe! So tasty and easy! Sometimes I do a combination of ground beef/pork (a pound each) and it’s amazing as well! I don’t think I could ever try another recipe! Thank you so so much for sharing!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 20, 2024

      Hi there, great to hear that this is your go-to recipe! Thanks for sharing, good to know that the combination works well!

      Reply

  • CLAIRE DION
    February 19, 2024

    I have been using Paula Deen’s meatloaf recipe for years and my husband has loved it. Today I decided to try this recipe because of the 4,600 5-star reviews. Well guess what? My husband could not stop raving about it and I must say, neither could I. Absolutely delicious! Paula Deen’s meatloaf recipe has been deleted and I will be making this recipe from now on! Will be passing this along to my two daughters and my daughter in law as well. Thank you Natasha!!!!!!!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 20, 2024

      Hi Claire! I’m so glad you found this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

      Reply

  • Kristin Stout
    February 19, 2024

    I made this recipe word for word and it was delicious! This is definitely replacing my original recipe and good riddens. I never liked it anyway.
    Thank You, Natasha!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 19, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Kristin! Thanks for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Heidi
    February 18, 2024

    I had some hamburger in my fridge that needed to be cooked and decided to cook meatloaf. I was looking for a different way to cook it as my son has never liked my meatloaf and would never eat it. He decided to have some for dinner instead of cooking something different and said that the meatloaf was very good. Lol. I have never gotten a compliment on my meatloaf in 15 yrs. Everyone loved it in my house! Great recipe! Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2024

      Yay thanks for the huge compliment!

      Reply

  • Megan
    February 17, 2024

    Followed the recipe pretty closely, I might have checked it too often, ended up leaving it in for an extra 20 after the 15-20 minutes, checking every 5 because after 20 with the sauce it was at 145. Finally got to 165, now to see how it tastes!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 17, 2024

      Hi Megan! It’s important to ensure the oven is fully preheated before you start baking this. Also, the type of pan and size of pan used can affect the bake time. Certain materials distribute heat differently. It may require some tweaking since every oven bakes differently, but it shouldn’t be a drastic difference. This recipe is written for a conventional oven, on regular bake mode. I hope that helps. If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend getting an internal oven thermometer (amazon affiliate link) to ensure your oven is heating correctly.

      Reply

  • Ja’el
    February 16, 2024

    Love this recipe! I did add a bit of smoke paprika to the meat and also a bit of liquid smoke to the sauce on the top. Awesome meal!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 16, 2024

      So glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • TERRY MCLEISH
    February 15, 2024

    I’m making it as we speak for my wife and I. Just put it in the oven. I’m using ground moose meat harvested here in Ontario. I’m not much of a cook and I’m hoping it turns out…for my sake! Thanks for the recipe! Terry

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 15, 2024

      Hi Terry! Let us know how it turns out. I’ve never tried moose meat.

      Reply

  • Barbara J Turkel Beaudoin
    February 13, 2024

    I have made this meatloaf at least 10 times, each time it is delicious. I will always line my loaf dish with parchment, now.
    The balance of herbs is perfect. The glaze is the best. I use organic beef or US Wagyu beef. I use either organic white balsalmic vinegar,
    or White champagne vinegar for the sauce. It adds a delicious tangy flavor. Otherwise, the recipe is exact. Thank you for sharing this fantastic meatloaf recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 13, 2024

      Thank you for sharing, Barbara! I’m so glad you love the recipe.

      Reply

  • Polk
    February 12, 2024

    I only have a glass, 8.5×8.5 baking dish and I was wondering, what would be a good baking temperature for the oven and cook time? Thank you!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 12, 2024

      Hi Polk! I have not tested this in different size pans to provide those instructions. You may have to experiment with it a bit. Use a meat thermometer (Amazon affiliate link) to check for doneness. Generally with baking, it’s suggested to reduce the temperature by 25 degrees. Let us know how It turns out if you experiment.

      Reply

  • Cathy Moore
    February 12, 2024

    Fantastic! It was absolutely delicious. Very easy to make. Served with mashed potatoes and green beans.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 12, 2024

      I’m so glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Lindsay
    February 10, 2024

    I’ve been making this recipe for years and everyone always loves it! The glaze is amazing. I hated meatloaf growing up and this recipe is the reason I now like meatloaf! Delicious!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 10, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Lindsay!

      Reply

  • kim
    February 10, 2024

    I made this today and followed the recipe exactly. It fell apart. It still tasted amazing tho! Any ideas about why this happened?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 10, 2024

      Hi Kim, I’m sorry to hear that, but I’m so glad you still loved the taste. If the meatloaf does not rest long enough after it’s baked, it can fall apart when you try to cut it.

      Reply

  • Bonnie Bunton
    February 10, 2024

    I made this recipe yesterday and it was fabulous. This will now be my “go to” recipe for sure. Even my husband (who isn’t as much of a meatloaf fan as I am) raved about it. We especially loved the glaze.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 10, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Bonnie! So glad you found a new go-to recipe.

      Reply

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