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Grandma’s Classic Meatloaf Recipe Grandma’s Classic Meatloaf Recipe


Grandma’s Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This is my grandma's classic meatloaf recipe. It's a hearty, comforting dish that brings back fond memories of family dinners. Simple ingredients, easy steps, and a whole lot of love baked in.

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There's something incredibly comforting about Grandma's classic meatloaf. I still remember the rich, hearty scent filling the kitchen, making mouths water in anticipation. It's the kind of taste that just wraps you in warmth and love, a true symbol of home. With this recipe, you can recreate that magic, serving joy in each slice. So, are you ready to put on the apron and rekindle that unforgettable taste? Let's get cooking.

Ingredients for Grandma's Classic Meatloaf

  • Ground beef: Main protein source, adds flavor and texture to the meatloaf, essential for a hearty and satisfying dish.
  • Breadcrumbs: Helps bind the meatloaf together, adds texture, and absorbs moisture, ensuring a moist and tender meatloaf.
  • Ketchup: Adds a tangy sweetness and depth of flavor to the meatloaf, enhancing its overall taste and richness.
  • Milk: Adds moisture and richness to the meatloaf, making it tender and juicy, while also balancing the flavors.
  • Egg: Acts as a binder, holding the meatloaf together, contributing to its structure and texture when baked.
  • Onion: Adds flavor and aroma to the meatloaf, providing a savory sweetness and depth to the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Meatloaf Recipe

  • Mixing bowl: Essential for combining all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Baking dish: To shape and bake the meatloaf in the oven.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, ketchup, milk, egg, onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  3. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place it in a baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until cooked through.
  5. Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 350 kcal | Carbohydrates: 15 g | Protein: 20 g | Total Fat: 22 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 95 mg | Sodium: 600 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 3 g | Calcium: 50 mg | Potassium: 400 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 5 mg

Make-Ahead and Freezing Tips for Classic Meatloaf

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the meatloaf mixture as instructed.
  • Shape the meatloaf and place it in a baking dish.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking.

Freezing Instructions

  • Shape the meatloaf and place it in a freezer-safe container.
  • Cover tightly with foil or a lid.
  • Label with the date and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking as directed.

When mixing the ingredients for the meatloaf, try using your hands instead of a spoon or spatula. This allows you to feel the texture and ensure everything is evenly combined without overmixing, which can make the meatloaf tough.

Frequently Asked Questions About Making Meatloaf

Can I use a different type of meat for this meatloaf recipe?
Yes, you can substitute ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, or a mixture of different meats.
How can I make this meatloaf recipe gluten-free?
To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs or oats instead of regular breadcrumbs.
Can I prepare this meatloaf recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the meatloaf mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.
How do I know when the meatloaf is cooked through?
You can use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the meatloaf has reached 160°F (71°C) to ensure it is cooked through.
Can I freeze leftovers of this meatloaf recipe?
Yes, you can freeze leftover meatloaf slices in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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