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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

More Easy Dinner Recipes to try:

Meatloaf Recipe with the Best Glaze

4.99 from 3038 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
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
Cuisine: American
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Calories: 344
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:

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 or until the internal temperature is 160˚F. 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*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 910mg40%
Potassium 507mg14%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* 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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  • Gayle Davis
    May 13, 2022

    I am curious. Why would I pour all the grease from the meat all over the meatloaf after it is cooked?? That would not be very good, but instead greasy.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 13, 2022

      Adds great flavor and keeps it moist.

      Reply

  • Victoria Anderson
    May 13, 2022

    I had to bake this for 20 addi’l minutes after the initial 40/20 glaze and 10 set. 2lbs meat is a lot of meat and to me is not fully cooked in 60 min. I also would leave out Italian seasoning and use Worchestershire instead.

    Reply

  • Crystal
    May 12, 2022

    Great recipe! Made this tonight with ground elk and it was a hit with my husband. I unfortunately didn’t have enough ketchup, so I had to add some tomato sauce. I also added just a tad more brown sugar, garlic, onion to off set the tomato sauce. It was great! This is definitely a keeper! Thank you!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 12, 2022

      Oh that sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing, so glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • M. Good
    May 12, 2022

    I will not use this recipe again. It took twice as long to cook. And it caused a lot of excess grease in the floor of my oven, which I atrributed to the use of parchment paper. The flavor was ok, but nothing special.

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  • Lori
    May 12, 2022

    You didn’t miss ANYTHING in explaining what to buy, how to make it, bake it, and use leftovers. Also nutritional information!….and it’s wonderful! I’ve been looking for a basic meatloaf recipe for years! Thank you!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 12, 2022

      Hi Lori! Thank you so much for the great feedback and review. I’m so glad you found this recipe. 🙂

      Reply

  • Lou
    May 12, 2022

    For anyone that doesn’t like meatloaf, you will like this one! I have been making meatloaf for 25 years to punish my husband when he makes me mad.this one he gets when he’s been good! Lol, he loves it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 12, 2022

      Thank you for your wonderful feedback, Lou!

      Reply

  • Charlotte D
    May 12, 2022

    This is mine and my family’s favorite meatloaf! We have it at least a few times a month and there are never any leftovers! Thank you for sharing your yummy recipes with us!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 12, 2022

      I’m so glad your family enjoys this recipe. Thank you for sharing, Chartlotte. You’re very welcome.

      Reply

  • Chris
    May 8, 2022

    Good recipe. Unfortunately loaf came apart because parchment paper was cooked to crispy and could not be used to remove loaf. Seemed like a great idea at the time. I will make this recipe again but skip the “easy” removal parchment.

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  • David Walters
    May 7, 2022

    This meatloaf recipe was excellent! The tomato-based topping provided a wonderful finishing taste. My 80 year old mother-in-law commented that it was the best meatloaf she’s ever had. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 7, 2022

      That’s great, David! I’m so glad this recipe was enjoyed. Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Diane Poldy
    May 7, 2022

    This recipe makes a fantastic meat loaf! It’s taste is very close to the one my mother made for which there is no written recipe. I did add 3 T. of sweet pickle relish because I remember my mother doing it. I also used smoked paprika. Don’t know if those changes helped may it so delicious, but I will continue doing them because this meatloaf was perfection!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 7, 2022

      Paprika sounds like a great addition. Thank you for the review, sp glad you enjoy this recipe.

      Reply

  • Marimar
    May 6, 2022

    Best meatloaf I’ve ever made. My family loved it! Natasha, your recipes are wonderful. I caramelized the onion .
    Thank you for the great recipes

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 7, 2022

      Thank you for the review, I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe. My family loves it too!

      Reply

  • Celine Rickards
    May 5, 2022

    This is a fabulous recipe and the only one I’ll use from now on. I did use half ground pork (home-grown) and half very lean grass fed beef. It turned out excellent with just the right amount of juices. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 5, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Sue
    May 4, 2022

    I have tasted many a meatloaf, all good. However, this one is absolutely delicious! From this day on, quite sure I will make no other. Thank You so very much for sharing! Our supper tonite was awesome, thanks to you. Ps. Much better than a five star🥰👍

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 4, 2022

      Aww, Sue! That is so sweet. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. You’re very welcome. Thank you for the wonderful review.

      Reply

  • Calliope_j
    May 3, 2022

    Best meatloaf I’ve ever had!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 4, 2022

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

      Reply

  • Joann Decker
    May 3, 2022

    This is the absolute best meatloaf recipe I have ever made. Over the years (I am 88 ) I have tried many different ones and have never found the right one. This is the right one—thank you so much.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2022

      Love it! I’m so glad you tried and found this recipe, thank you so much for your good comments and feedback!

      Reply

  • Jen
    May 2, 2022

    This recipe is fantastic! The glaze is just yum!!! Thank you for sharing.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 2, 2022

      You’re welcome, Jen! So glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Julie
    May 1, 2022

    Unfortunately my family did not care for this meatloaf at all, and I followed the recipe exactly. Too much Italian seasoning or something, but we are going back to a more simple traditional recipe.

    Reply

  • Lana
    May 1, 2022

    Hi, I’m confused about one part of this recipe – the pan juices. I’m cooking in a loaf pan. Do I drain liquid out of the loaf pan after it finishes cooking, then drizzle back on meat??

    Thanks for any guidance.

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    • Lana
      May 1, 2022

      Also…

      Why does this recipe need parchment if it’s served out of pan?

      Thanks!

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        May 2, 2022

        Hi Lana, make sure you’re using a good non-stick pan along with parchment paper so the meatloaf doesn’t stick to the pan, but it does make it easier to serve and remove using parchment paper.

        Reply

    • Lana
      May 1, 2022

      Also…

      Why does this recipe need parchment if it’s served out of pan?

      Thanks!

      Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 2, 2022

      Hi Lana! Yes- keep the juices from the pan and pour over the sliced meatloaf before serving.

      Reply

  • Sherri
    May 1, 2022

    Best meatloaf ever. My husband has never liked meatloaf because his mom’s was disgusting (truthfully it is SO bad). I followed your recipe but made a couple changes. I’m not one to typically say “delicious BUT I changed 15 things” However, adding 1lb of mild breakfast sausage and a large handful of brown minute rice is a game changer. My mom always made meatloaf with rice as a filler and it’s an absolute favorite of mine. Otherwise this is the perfect recipe and the seasonings are delicious!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2022

      So glad you both loved this recipe, Sherri. Thank you for sharing!

      Reply

      • Monica
        June 2, 2022

        Natasha, what milk would you recommend if someone is allergic to dairy?

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          June 2, 2022

          Hi Monica, a few of our readers left comments mentioning they left the milk out altogether, and it worked great. One of our readers said: “This was really fabulous. For those asking about excluding milk, I substituted it for unsweetened almond milk, and it came out perfect!” I hope that helps.

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  • Gaff Pearce
    May 1, 2022

    Best meatloaf I have ever eaten or made! Made it in a 8×5 loaf pan which was new to me and it was incredibly juicy. The sauce was fantastic, so much so I will be making a double batch next time. We had two friends over for dinner and they agreed this recipe was the best EVER!
    Thank you…

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2022

      That’s really awesome feedback, thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Lisa
    May 1, 2022

    My daughter asked me to make meatloaf. My sister’s was always dry. I looked up online and saw this recipe and reviews. I have made a few of your dishes before. I decided to try it. My son kept saying “meatloaf beatloaf I hate meatloaf” I must say he loved it. It was truly the most moist meatloaf I have ever eaten. I cannot wait to have leftover meatloaf sandwich.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2022

      Yay, that’s great news! I’m really happy to know that especially since they did not like the other versions before. Thank you for sharing, Lisa.

      Reply

  • Kathy
    April 26, 2022

    I made two of these the same day (first time with this recipe) one for my family and one for my elderly parents and the ones staying with them. Everyone loved it from both households. By far one of the best meatloafs I’ve ever eaten. Will be using this recipe from here on. Absolutely delicious!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 26, 2022

      Hi Kathy, great to know that you found your new go-to recipe. So glad you loved this!

      Reply

  • Michael Cain
    April 25, 2022

    Very good; especially the glaze, to which I added some alleppo pepper for zing! Also, added some pablano to the meatloaf.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 25, 2022

      Sounds great, Michael! Thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Fred
    April 24, 2022

    Best tasting meatloaf/meatball I have made.
    I shred the onions.
    Mixed the breadcrumbs and liquid to make a penard?
    Combined everything (loosely)
    Divided ingredients into 2 (9×5) pans/lined with parchment + 10 meatballs.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2022

      Thank you for the awesome feedback, Fred!

      Reply

  • Robyn
    April 23, 2022

    I have never been a big fan of meatloaf—until now! My husband requested meatloaf, so to the internet I went to look at recipes. I chose this one because I had all the ingredients and it was simple and straightforward. Meatloaf, this one, has moved into my top 10, if not top 5. Thanks Natasha.

    I did put it together at least a couple of hours before putting it in the oven and allowed everything to soak in together. So moist and flavorful—and the glaze was perfect.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 23, 2022

      Hi Robyn, I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed this recipe. You’re very welcome! Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • Alex
    April 23, 2022

    Yumm!!! I added “Mikes Hot Honey” to both the meat mix and the topping and- wow! I also added a yellow bell pepper and green bell pepper to my ninja when I chopped the garlic. It adds an immense amount of flavor just BEWARE: press the water out of the ninja-d veggies before adding to mixture 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 23, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Alex!

      Reply

  • Doreen Ziebell
    April 22, 2022

    Wow, I made this with 1lb beef and 3/4 lb ground turkey and it was the moistest meatloaf I have ever had. Only change was a couple dashed Worcesthire. Even picky hubby ate it!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 22, 2022

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

      Reply

  • Doreen
    April 21, 2022

    This was THE best meatloaf I have ever had (sorry Mom)!
    Had it for dinner last night Had it for breakfast this morning and will finish it at dinner tonight.
    Perfection!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 21, 2022

      Hi Doreen! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. I love when I make something that I could easily eat for every meal of the day. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Leisa
    April 21, 2022

    This a recipe that easily accommodates different flavor profiles. I like your seasoning balance. Though I will say that using caramelized onions works so well to–but it is an extra step and I don’t typically do it.

    I used a meatball mix as my basis. It’s also a great way to use that last bit of bread that you wouldn’t make a sandwich with! I blitz in the food processor. I use a different sauce profile using ketchup, chili powder, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and some mustard. But sauce, however you make it is wonderful pairing. (I use my same sauce on corned beef too)

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 21, 2022

      Hello Leisa, thank you for sharing that with us. Good to know that some of the changes that you made worked well in this recipe too!

      Reply

  • Laura
    April 19, 2022

    It’s just my boyfriend and I, do you think I could cut this recipe in half? I have 1 lb of ground beef

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 19, 2022

      Hi Laura, that would be fine. If you go to the recipe card above, you can hover your cursor over the servings amount to change this and it will convert the recipe for you.

      Reply

  • Judy
    April 18, 2022

    Very good meatloaf! Nice and moist and the glaze really makes it 🙂 thanks for a recipe the whole family enjoyed!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 19, 2022

      You’re very welcome! I’m happy to hear that.

      Reply

  • Anu
    April 17, 2022

    My kid loved it! I made it just like the recipe states. He said, “It must be a Natasha’s Kitchen recipe” because he loves your lamb stew recipe too. My family loves anything I make that’s your recipe. Thank you!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 17, 2022

      Aaw, that is sweet! Thank you for sharing that with us, we appreciate it.

      Reply

  • Babs
    April 16, 2022

    I don’t care for meatloaf, but my husband does, so I made it for him. I followed the recipe exactly. My husband wasn’t sure about the glaze – until he tasted it. Said it was the best meatloaf he’s ever had. And, big surprise, I liked it as well! Definitely my go to recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 16, 2022

      That is wonderful! So great to hear.

      Reply

    • Ariel Jones
      June 4, 2022

      Great recipe. I did make two changes however. I added a little Worcestershire and liquid smoke to the meat mixture. The glaze is awesome.

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      • NatashasKitchen.com
        June 4, 2022

        Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your expirement, Ariel.

        Reply

  • Ginny
    April 14, 2022

    Sounds like a great recipe! Can I use cracker crumbs instead of bread crumbs?

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    • Natasha
      April 14, 2022

      Hi Ginny, I haven’t tested that so I can’t say for sure but that may work well.

      Reply

  • Robin B
    April 14, 2022

    Can I use old fashioned oats instead of the Panko breadcrumbs? Just trying to use things we have. 😉

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2022

      Hi Robin, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how that turns out.

      Reply

  • Kris
    April 13, 2022

    The first time I made this i followed recipe exactly. I was concerned that glaze would be too sweet but did it anyway. It was fantastic. Second time I made some minor tweaks. O sautéed the onion and garlic. I used a 50-59 mix of beef and pork. I added a handful of shredded sharp cheddar and put the glaze on at the start. For my family’s taste, this took it from fantastic to absolute masterpiece. Thank you for such a great recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2022

      You’re welcome, Kris. Thanks for sharing that with us, great to hear that you loved the result!

      Reply

  • Barbara Williams
    April 13, 2022

    I have made meatloaf for years. Tried this recipe and it is outstanding. The meat holds together but is not dense. The flavor of the sauce on top is wonderful. Will make again! Makes wonderful sandwiches.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 13, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Barbara! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Kimberly keffer
    April 13, 2022

    This was the best meat loaf I ever made , packed with flavor and so tender . My family loved it . Definitely saving this .

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 13, 2022

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

      Reply

  • Ken
    April 12, 2022

    I tried this, and I just took it out of the oven after 20 minutes post glazing and it didn’t look very done. Temp’d it, internal temp was 155. It’s also VERY very wet, loads of grease.

    I used 85% beef; if I up it to 90 will it be less greasy? I just relined the pan with fresh parchment paper so I could transfer the loaf and leave the wet mess behind. Throwing it back in for another ten minutes. Just curious if maybe the 85% is too fatty?

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    • Natasha
      April 14, 2022

      95 will release less fat but 85 should be ok for this recipe. Make sure your oven is fully preheated. When I bought my in oven thermometer that hangs in my oven, I realized my oven is under 25 degrees when it says it’s preheated. That might make a difference for you.

      Reply

  • Arlene Baker
    April 12, 2022

    Like alot of others I have made meatloaf for years as I am in my 70’s,I was NEVER happy with how they turned out,most of the time to dry. I looked today for a good meatloaf recipie and found this one. My husband and I both really liked it. I had about 3/4 beef and 1/2lb of Jimmy Dean sausage, but everything else was what was called for.I will make this from now on.It was very moist and It was cooked the way you said, but the drippings were grease so did not use that lol

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 12, 2022

      Hi Arlene. Thank you for sharing with us. I am happy you found this recipe.

      Reply

  • Rukija Vandenheede
    April 12, 2022

    This is best meatloaf ever 👍 I have three kids, have to make it at least ones a week that’s how much they love it … Thank you so much for sharing this with us…

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 12, 2022

      You’re so welcome! It is my pleasure and I’m happy that your kids love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Toni
    April 11, 2022

    This is the only meatloaf recipe that I make after finding it and I’ve been doing meatloaf for years and this is the best I’ve ever tried or had even better than my mom’s old recipe sorry Mom.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 11, 2022

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

      Reply

  • Tamra
    April 10, 2022

    I made this recipe today……so tasty, very easy and its the best meatloaf, especially the sauce. Thanks for posting this, I trust your skills after this scrumptious meal.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2022

      Thank you for the trust and for sharing that with us. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Karen Wells
    April 10, 2022

    This is my go to. My only addition to this is that I add Asian Chili paste to the meat and sauce. I add about 1 to 2 tsp. To the meat and an entire tablespoon to the sauce on to. I also add a bout a 1/4 tsp of white peper to the meat loaf itself. White pepper just adds a layer of flavor. If you’re not use it you want miss it. BUT if you are accustomed to white pepper in dishes It’s a must in this one. Over all It’s delicious when made as it. I just like the little extra heat. So does my family. I’ve been through a lot of meat loaf recipes in KY 54 years but I know I done have to look farther.
    I sub. Sauteed onion and garlic for the powder this calls for. I just like the rich flavor it adds. That’s it. I tried it as written but found those additions just right. Kinda like GoldieLocks.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2022

      Sounds great, Karen! Thank you for sharing the additions that you made to the recipe and I’m glad it works well!

      Reply

  • Rach
    April 10, 2022

    This is one of the best meatloaf recipes ever. I do add a little Siracha or hot sauce in the glaze to combat the sweetness. Like a few other people have mentioned, mine hasn’t been completely cooked in the time limit. I’ve tried in many ovens to. I usually add an extra 10 min and I’m good.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2022

      Hello Rach, thanks for the great feedback. Thank you so much for sharing that with us! Adding 10 minutes sounds good, it sometimes depends on the equipment used as we’ve always followed the recipe as it is and always works great.

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      • Leisa
        April 21, 2022

        I have some website feedback. I tried to leave this reply to a commenter: “I love adding some sausage to my meatloaf too!” And received a “comment is too short”. Not sure why I need to write more when I don’t have more to say. I’ve never seen this delimiter

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          April 24, 2022

          Hi Leisa, I’ve never encountered that issue before and this is the first time I’ve heard of it. I’ll make sure to look into it. Thank you for the heads up.

          Reply

  • Quen
    April 10, 2022

    This was exceptional; thank you. We found a nice variation by substituting Bulgogi for ketchup on a 1:1 basis. It gave a very nice Korean flair to your perfect recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2022

      That’s a nice substitution, thanks for trying that and sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Joy
    April 9, 2022

    Fantastic made as recipe suggests. Came out moist and delish! I had to cook extra to hit safe, but only about 15 mins. Posted a pc on FB

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2022

      Thanks a lot for sharing and for posting a pic, Joy. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Jenn
    April 9, 2022

    This meatloaf was a hit with the kids, but a little on the sweet side for the adults

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

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  • Becca Anderson
    April 9, 2022

    I can’t find plain panko. Is it ok to use Italian seasoned panko?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

      Hi Becca! While I haven’t tested that myself, that should work! I hope you love this recipe!

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    • Grngrl
      April 10, 2022

      You can find plain at Costco that’s where I get mine and nice quantity for price.

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  • Janet Ruoff
    April 8, 2022

    I made this. It was awesome. I could have ate the whole loaf. It was so moist and the glaze was perfect.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

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

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  • Molly Phillips
    April 7, 2022

    Can I use half mild Italian pork sausage – it’s what I have on hand

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 7, 2022

      Hi Molly, I have not tried that but feel free to do an experiment!

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  • Gina Thompson
    April 6, 2022

    This is the best meatloaf recipe ever. I hesitate to tell people it’s not mine. I must confess, I use the sauce for more than the meatloaf. My family likes it so well I think they might drink it if we ever had any leftovers. Thank you so much for helping me with my cooking.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 6, 2022

      Thank you for your awesome feedback, Gina. I’m happy to hear that your family loves this recipe!

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  • Debbie
    April 6, 2022

    I love meatloaf…Made this recipe but I made a lot more took some to my son…
    This was delicious absolutely delicious… Thank you for the recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 6, 2022

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

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  • Sterling Meredith
    April 4, 2022

    So delicious! I’ve made this two times now and I’d say it’s the best meatloaf I’ve ever had! Better than restaurant quality. The tomato glaze is exceptional.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2022

      Love the awesome feedback, thank you for sharing!

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  • Gavin
    April 4, 2022

    If I was to make a small suggestion…. Adding concentrated beef bouillon and/or worchestershire sauce brings the flavor from wow to BAM

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 4, 2022

      Thanks for the suggestion, Gavin. Will definitely try that next time!

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  • Trish
    April 3, 2022

    I made this meatloaf recipe for the family tonight. Delicious!! This is a keeper!! Thank you❤️

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2022

      Aaw, thanks for the good review, Trish! So glad you love it.

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  • Hillary N
    April 3, 2022

    Followed the recipe exactly, including pan size. Was RAW after 40min plus 20min plus 10min rest.

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    • Natasha
      April 4, 2022

      Hi Hillary, it definitely should not be raw after that long. Make sure your oven is fully preheated and also you might check the inside temp with an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is heating correctly.

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  • Grace
    April 3, 2022

    I am ten years old and I love to cook and bake! This meatloaf recipe is soooo amazing my whole family loves it! I never have leftovers with this recipe because it so good me and my family eat it all up at once!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2022

      Great job to you! Keep it up and I hope your family will love all the recipes that you will try for them.

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  • Patty
    April 1, 2022

    Hi I made this using 3 lbs of meat and added a little more of each ingredient. I baked in a 13×9 glass dish for the same time. It was absolutely amazing! My family loved it! Definitely will be my go to for meat loaf.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2022

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

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  • Tom
    April 1, 2022

    Made this tonight. It was delicious. The recipe go into our “keepers” file right next to your recipe for Chicken Gloria.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2022

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

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  • Ann
    March 31, 2022

    I made this and it was delicious! It will be my meatloaf recipe from now on! Fresh green beans snd smashed red potatoes with it! TY!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 1, 2022

      That’s great to hear, Ann. Thanks a lot for the review!

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  • Jose R.
    March 31, 2022

    Our family really enjoyed this recipe. Best meatloaf ever. I’ve never commented on a recipe before but had to just to say thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 31, 2022

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

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  • Lucy Anne Gizzo
    March 30, 2022

    I have 2 packages meatloaf mix (beef, pork & veal) totaling about 3 lbs. Can I cook this in a 13x9x2 pan and what additional amounts of ingredients do you suggest? Thanks!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 30, 2022

      Hi Lucy, if you go to the recipe card in the post, you can change the servings to “12” and this will give you the recipe instructions and measurements for 3lbs of meat. Regarding the pan size, I cannot advise, as I have not tested this. My pan was 5” deep but the pan you are asking about is only 2” deep. You will need to adjust the baking time as needed if you are using this pan. Good luck.

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  • Rita Gaunt
    March 29, 2022

    I used a pound of grass fed hamburger and a pound of breakfast sausage. Instead of pandora I used gluten free crackers. And red wine vinegar instead of white vinegar and it was delicious!! Husband said through out all other recipes of meatloaf in my recipe box!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 30, 2022

      Sounds great! Thanks a lot for sharing that with us, Rita. Great to hear that the substitutions you used turned out good.

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  • Phay
    March 29, 2022

    Oh boy, am I a believer!! This was the best meatloaf I’ve ever made. It was so moist and flavorful – and the sauce for the top was amped up by the seasoning. The only changes I made was to use 1 lb 93/7 ground beef and 1 lb ground pork. I also made them “muffin” style by portioning into a 12 cup muffin tin. I dropped the cook time to 30 minutes and after putting the sauce on top I broiled them to set the glaze. Thank you!! This recipe is going into keeper file for sure!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 29, 2022

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

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  • Angel Starr
    March 29, 2022

    This is the best meatloaf recipe I have ever made! It was delious and the whole loaf was gone in just one night! I’m pregnant and looking for great recipes for postpartum freezer meals. This is definatly going on that list.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 29, 2022

      I’m so happy that was a hit, Angel! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

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  • Hannah
    March 29, 2022

    Just realized I forgot to buy regular milk! Would almond work as a substitute?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 29, 2022

      Hi Hannah, a few of our readers left comments mentioning they left the milk out altogether, and it worked great. One of our readers said: “This was really fabulous. For those asking about excluding milk, I substituted it for unsweetened almond milk, and it came out perfect!” I hope that helps.

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  • Sandy Rogers
    March 29, 2022

    Can you use apple cider vinegar if you’re out of white?
    Since need 50 words in order for this comment to go through, I’m just gonna take up space chatting. I am going to just use the apple cider vinegar, since it’s only 1½ T spoon. I always make large meatloaf that takes about 1½ hours to bake through, I hope I put the glaze on at the right time. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2022

      Hi Sandy, I haven’t tested that but one of our readers mentioned great results using apple cider vinegar.

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  • Dan
    March 28, 2022

    I had been using a different recipe for over 25 years and decided to mix things up. This recipe did not disappoint. My only recommendation would be to use a probe thermometer to wait until the meatloaf reaches 160 in the center. Mine took longer than described here. An alternative is to split the loaf into two. More surface area for the yummy glaze.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2022

      Hi Dan, thank you for the suggestions.

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  • Constance
    March 28, 2022

    My go to meatloaf recipe!!!
    I just use original bbq sauce instead of ketchup and add a good squirt of Dijon mustard.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 28, 2022

      Sounds good, thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Linda
    March 28, 2022

    This meatloaf was great! I’m fortunate to have Black Angus ground beef, from Ressler’s Ranch in North Dakota, in my freezer.
    The only change I might make next time is to put 1/2 the meat mixture in the loaf pan, then a layer of sliced provolone cheese and then the rest of the of meat. Bake as instructed for meatloaf and topping😋

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 28, 2022

      Yum! I bet it’s so good with Black Angus! Thank you for sharing your great review with me, Linda!

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  • Peg
    March 28, 2022

    40 minutes was not enough, sauce was way too sweet. We didnt like this recipe and yes, we followed every step.

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  • olivia
    March 28, 2022

    does anything need to be adjusted if my loaf pan is 8.5×4.5 ?? thanks!
    excited to try the recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 28, 2022

      Hi Oliva, that pan size is fairly close to the 9×5 we used so that should work great! I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Kendra
    March 27, 2022

    This is my favorite meatloaf recipe, but I just dumped the sauce on it without baking it the 40 mins first! 😫

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 27, 2022

      Oh, how did it go?

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  • Matt
    March 26, 2022

    Not even close to being cooked through after 1 hour. We had to cook for an additional 40 minutes. I felt like Jan in The Office, making our guests wait far too long for dinner.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 26, 2022

      Hi Matt, I’m sorry to hear that. I have not had this experience myself and it is a much-loved recipe on our blog. Did you make any substitutions? Or using a smaller pan? I used a 9”x5” loaf pan and cooked the meatloaf uncovered for 40 minutes at 375°F, added the sauce, and bake an additional 15-20 minutes (or until the internal temperature is 160°F). Make sure the oven is pre-heated completely and I would also recommend getting an internal oven thermometer to see if you’re oven temperature is off as it may need to be adjusted. I hope that helps and hope you try this recipe again with better results.

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    • Dave o
      March 27, 2022

      If you have a Samsung range there is a defect in how the range / oven heats up.They don’t show the right temp.I had this with a new oven.just saying check you temp in oven with another device then the oven display

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