Classic Meat Loaf

This is the meat loaf you remember your mom making. Don't forget that leftovers taste great the next day in a sandwich.

Serves: 8
10 mins Prep time 1 hr Cook time
10 mins Prep time
1 hr Cook time
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, egg and seasonings in large bowl.

  • Shape into a loaf on shallow baking pan. Pour ketchup over top.

  • Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Cooking tip

Substitution Tip: Prepare as directed, using 1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Salt in place of the garlic powder and salt.

Muffin Pan Meat Loaves: Divide meat loaf mixture into 12 balls. Place each ball into a muffin cup. Pour ketchup over top of each. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Mini Meat Loaves: Shape meat loaf mixture into 4 mini meat loaves on shallow baking pan. Pour ketchup over top of each. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 35 to 45 minutes or until cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 278Calories: 278Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 585mgProtein: 22g
  • Total Fat: 14gFiber: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 16g

Ratings & Reviews: 18

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  • Anonymous on 02/10/2016

    Made this dish for the first time and we loved it.....

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  • Bryan on 05/18/2013

    I made this one for supper tonight. It turned out near perfect.

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  • stafford w. on 01/24/2016

    first time making it and it was off the chain

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  • Rage M. on 01/16/2015

    one of mine n my kids Fav dishes

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  • marie on 07/07/2014


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  • Sue on 04/28/2014

    It is almost the way I make it. I add a little bit of green pepper, celery, and onion,plus about a teaspoon of chile powder. Ir is wonderful!!!!

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  • Shirley on 04/12/2014

    Great recipe just tweaked it a bit by using Trader Joes mild salsa on top instead of ketchup & used Goya Adobo instrad of salt & pepper & Goya tomatoe sause to mix with italian bread crumbs. Then I added some McCormick steakhouse onion burger to add a little nice flavor. :-)

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  • Nicole on 02/12/2014

    Perfect meatloaf recipe! Delicious!

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  • Barbara on 12/12/2013

    I made this for dinner tonight and the kids loved it. Even asked for seconds!!!!!

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  • kendra p. on 11/16/2013

    First time I had ever made meatloaf and it was a hit :) Love this one! I did put ketchup IN the mixture instead of on top, different take, but still well received. :)

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  • Linda on 10/06/2013

    I just took out the ketchup. but, it was delicious and perfect.....

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  • eileen on 06/23/2014

    First I tried "your" version of the classic meatloaf. Did not care for the ketchup and the flavor was bland. Changes I made were adding fresh chopped onions in place of the onion powder. Used egg whites in place of the whole egg. Then I added sage and thyme in place of the garlic powder. Baked it for 55 minutes and served it with onion gravy.

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  • Sheena on 05/30/2014

    This is exactly what I was looking for! There are so many recipes online. But I was working with limited supplies and all other web recipes called for different things we didn't have or that kids wouldn't eat. You can always use this as a base recipe if you do have or like other ingredients. Grateful this was available!

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  • Jack on 04/29/2014

    Ok. Made this tonight. I would change the following next time: Less bread crumbs; needs 2 eggs, as the mixture was a bit too "dry." And only 1/2 cup ketchup. Otherwise, it was delicious, and very easy to prep. I also baked it for 65 minutes to make sure the middle was done more.

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  • Patricia on 06/01/2014

    I love meatloaf,many better than others. This meatloaf recipe need to have more flavor . I like can diced tomatoes,some sauté onion ,bell pepper,celery,with a touch of sage. The rest of your seasons are ok. O the can tomatoes are mixed with a small can of tomato sauce ,for the top. Otherwise it is a over size hamburger .

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  • Brian F. on 04/26/2014

    This sure as heck didn't taste like "My Mom's Meatloaf" it tasted like a seasoned up hamburger. I feed most of it to my Dog. The Meatloaf that my Momma makes has Hamburger, Pork and Veal in it. And you don't use Ketchup ?? you use Tomato Paste over the top and a couple of Bell Pepper rings on top. This recipe was a waste of some good burger meat for the grill....

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  • Gertrude N. on 05/30/2014

    Just plain beef & dry ingredients! Absolutely no texture! I always use 3 meats in meat loaf; usually an 80/20 beef mix, ground pork & veal. If I use lamb instead of pork, I use 70/30 beef for more fat. I must have chopped veg in my meat loaf, either the standard mirepoix, holy trinity, sofrito, or combo of them. I like onion, green pepper, & carrot, however meat loaf is 1 of those things that can be made up of fridge leftovers, too! Instead of dry bread crumbs try using plain old white bread soaked in milk a few min. before mixing, & DON'T over-mix! Too much handling makes it gummy & tough.

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