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Large cooked meatloaf sliced into large thick slices.
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The BEST Meatloaf Recipe

The BEST Meatloaf Recipe. Tender, juicy, and bursting with classic beef flavor, this easy meatloaf recipe is made with ground beef and smothered with a sweet and tangy glaze topping. Learn how to make this easy meatloaf recipe and enjoy with creamy mashed potatoes and a side of roasted asparagus.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 342kcal

Ingredients

For the Ketchup Glaze

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large rimming baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add the ground beef, diced onion, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, thyme, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly mix and mash the ingredients together until completely combined.
  • Whisk together the glaze. Add the ketchup, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and red wine vinegar to a small mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine. Set aside.
  • Transfer your meat mixture to the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use your hands to shape the meat into a large loaf-shape (you may also add your meat mixture to two greased loaf pans if preferred). 
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the surface of your loaf with half of your pre-made glaze. Reserve remaining glaze.
  • Bake, tented with foil, for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, increase the oven temperature to 400 F and remove the foil. Brush the surface with the remaining glaze and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Notes

To make it low-carb or grain-free? trade the breadcrumbs for equal amounts of almond meal. You can also trade the breadcrumbs for rolled oats, if desired.
To make Paleo or Whole30?  Replace the breadcrumbs with equal parts almond flour and replace the Worcestershire sauce with Coconut Aminos. Finally, use a Paleo/Whole30 approved ketchup for the glaze. 
Make mini beef meatloaves. Scoop your beef mixture into a 12 cup muffin tin using a large ice cream scoop.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
The onion: In this particular recipe I did not to sauté the onions before mixing with the ground beef, breadcrumbs, and eggs. If you prefer onions that are super soft with NO bite or crunch, I recommend either cooking them in a little olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes to start the softening process or grate them using a cheese grater so that they are minced super small.
Beef: I recommend using a 85-90% lean ground beef.
How long should I cook my meatloaf? This recipe takes approximately 60 minutes to cook completely. The internal temperature of your meatloaf should register 160°F as read with a digital meat thermometer

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 5mg
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