Meatloaf Recipe - Women Living Well (2024)

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Marvelous Meatloaf – it’s the ultimate comfort food and Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen has the perfect recipe for us:

There are so many delicious recipes for meatloaf…. I would like to share with you my family recipe that I have made time and time again. My entire family eats this UP! There is a secret ingredient in it that makes it so good (you would never guess it). But, if I have not disappointed you yet…you simply must give this recipe a try (trust me?) …it is a winning recipe for sure! ENJOY!!!

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Make the glaze by mixing in a medium bowl: ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice and prepared mustard- set aside
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In a large bowl combine ground beef, bread crumbs, chopped onion, 1 egg, *lemon juice, and 1/3 cup of the glaze mixture
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Shape into a loaf pan (or you may shape into a loaf and place in a 9×13), bake 1 hour in a 350 oven- pour off fat
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Add the glaze and bake an additional 15 mins or until done.
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I had to share this with you… my 2-year-old swiped my son’s plate when he got up to use the restroom. She LOVED this meatloaf! This is her yelling at him when he came back to the table…she was caught “red handed” (and red faced!)

Meatloaf Recipe
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1Tbsp real lemon juice
1 tsp prepared mustard

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup glaze
1 egg
3 Tbsp real lemon lemon juice **A secret…shhhhhhh

Preheat oven to 350.

1. Combine all of glaze ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside

2. In a large bowl combine meatloaf ingredients and 1/3 cup of your glaze

3. Shape into a loaf and bake 1 hour; pour off fat

4. Cover with remaining glaze and place back into oven and bake an additional 15 mins or until done in center.



Thanks Janelle! We love meatloaf in our house!

Walk with the King,

*Janelle is a woman who is dependent upon Jesus, a mom, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and an advocate for meal ministry. You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals, and sharing meal ministry storieson her blog. You can follow Janelle’s blog

  1. MMMM!!! I LOVE meatloaf. I’m definitely going to try this recipe next week!


  2. I don’t normally like meatloaf, but this looks pretty good! Thanks, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations


  3. I’ve been searching for a good recipe for ages. Thank goodness I finally found one. Appreciate it so much. Can’t wait to try it. Many thanks, Leah


  4. I absolutely love meatloaf. This has been something that I make regularly now. My husband told me that his grandma put ketchup on top. I thought yuck! Now that I see it prepared THIS way, I’m guessing she probably put more than ketchup on hers too. I use bbq sauce and brown sugar. Yum!!!


    1. Also a good option for people who eat gluten free


  5. Have you tried this with ground turkey? We use oatmeal instead of the bread crumbs too, just like Homemaker said.


  6. Can I have meatloaf for breakfast????


  7. My dad and I love leftovers cold – on toast – with mustard! MMMMmmmmm!


  8. I am really interested in the ?potato? recipe that is servedwith the meatloaf, now those look delicious!!!
    When you ladies say oatmeal, you are talking about 1 minute quick oats or the regular kind?


  9. No Salt or Pepper?


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    I’m seeing your “Resurrection Rolls” recipe aaaallll over Pinterest, but always attributed here:
    Didn’t know what the story was, so I thought I’d let you know.
    Have a nice day!


  11. Enjoy ladies…this is one great recipe that I have made over and over for years. In fact, I’m making it this week! Hi Sarah…There is plenty of salt in the ketchup base and flavor in the onion in the meat for my personal taste. However, you are always welcome to add salt and pepper to your liking with any recipe. If you try it and want to add salt and pepper…absolutely do so 🙂


  12. That looks good! I may have to try it! That picture of your daughter is TOO CUTE! Lol!



  13. I am little confused on the lemon juice part???? It says 3T lemon juice total, so do 2T go into the meatloaf itself & 1T in the glaze??? Can’t wait to make this!!!


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Meatloaf Recipe - Women Living Well (2024)


What ingredient keeps meatloaf from falling apart? ›

When this happens, it's because you didn't use enough. Next time, try adding in an extra egg and/or some more breadcrumbs. Alternatively, rice, barley, corn flakes, crackers, and dried soup mix can also stand in as binding ingredients as well. Including larger quantities of these items should help solve the problem.

Why milk instead of water in meatloaf? ›

The only way to guarantee tender meat is not to overcook it. And that's a simple matter of using a thermometer when you bake the meatloaf. Milk does, on the other hand, add moisture and fat and is worth including for that fact alone.

What is the basic meatloaf formula? ›

The Basic Meatloaf Formula

All recipes for meatloaf start with the same basic formula: 2 pounds of ground meat and a “panade” made of bread or crackers soaked in milk. Along with a few eggs, this panade helps to hold the ground meat together and adds some essential moisture to the mix.

How to make a Bobby Flay meatloaf? ›

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. ...
  3. Whisk together the eggs and herbs in a large bowl. ...
  4. Whisk together the remaining ketchup and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl then brush the mixture over the entire loaf.
  5. Bake the meatloaf for approximately 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

What not to put in meatloaf? ›

The 14 Absolute Worst Mistakes You're Making With Meatloaf
  1. Not using the correct blend of meats. ...
  2. Using breadcrumbs instead of oatmeal. ...
  3. Forgetting to soak your bread. ...
  4. Omitting vegetables from the mix. ...
  5. Adding raw vegetables to your meatloaf. ...
  6. Under-seasoning the meatloaf. ...
  7. Forgetting to add moisturizing ingredients.
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What happens if you put too much eggs in meatloaf? ›

Fewer eggs will create a denser and firmer meatloaf that will be more compact and easier to slice, but more eggs can create a more tender and light texture that allows the meatloaf to melt in your mouth.

What is the best binder for meatloaf? ›

If you don't have any bread, you can substitute it for breadcrumbs, crackers, cereal grains, oatmeal, instant rice, instant barley, or even potato flakes! However, bread is still the best choice of all the potential options.

What does adding an extra egg to meatloaf do? ›

Sure, egg yolks add some rich flavor to a meatloaf, but the real reason we need eggs is for structure—to help bind the meatloaf together. This is especially important since we're making a free-form meatloaf, or one that you shape by hand, versus using a loaf pan.

What causes mushy meatloaf? ›

The most common reason meatloaf is mushy is too much liquid added to the mixture. Too much liquid will stop the meatloaf from baking and cause the meat to boil instead.

What can I add to meatloaf so it's not dry? ›

Use Extra Egg: Eggs act as binders and provide moisture. Add one or two eggs per pound of meat for a moist texture. Make Use of Milk: Soak breadcrumbs in milk before adding them to your mixture. This will keep your meatloaf moist during baking.

What makes meatloaf fall apart? ›

The most common reason as to why your meatloaf may fall apart is that it doesn't have enough binding agents, like eggs and breadcrumbs. These ingredients are key because they're what makes the meat mixture stick together and stay together while it cooks.

Does Paula Deen have a meatloaf recipe? ›

  1. 2 lbs ground chuck.
  2. 1 cup crushed saltine crackers.
  3. 1/2 cup finely chopped celery.
  4. 1/2 cup finely chopped onion.
  5. 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce.
  6. 1/4 cup dijon mustard.
  7. 2 tablespoons chopped, plus more for garnish fresh parsley.
  8. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt.

Should meatloaf be covered when baking? ›

Should I cook my meatloaf covered or uncovered? The meatloaf can be cooked uncovered. However, if you are concerned about it burning, you can cover the meatloaf with foil for the first 45 minutes and uncover it for the final 15 minutes to allow the meatloaf to brown on top.

Why is my meatloaf so dry? ›

Beware Breadcrumbs: Overusing breadcrumbs can soak up moisture and leave your meatloaf dry. Use breadcrumbs in moderation or try using alternatives like oats or crushed crackers. Use Extra Egg: Eggs act as binders and provide moisture. Add one or two eggs per pound of meat for a moist texture.

What can you put under meatloaf to soak up grease? ›

A neat trick to soak up the grease under your meatloaf is to line the bottom of the pan with bread slices. The bread soaks up the grease as the loaf bakes. When the meatloaf is done, you can either throw out the bread or bake it to make some truly indulgent toast.


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