A classic Meatloaf Recipe for a weeknight family dinner! This tender, flavorful meatloaf is topped with a sweet and tangy glaze.
When making this meatloaf recipe, I realized that a meat loaf is like one giant meatball cut into slices! And with the fabulous glaze on top, it tastes of the glazed meatballs served at holiday parties and potlucks.
Homemade Meatloaf Ingredients
The ingredients need to make this classic meatloaf recipe include meat, sausage, breadcrumbs, and seasonings. Scroll down for the complete recipe with ingredient measurements.
- Onion & Butter: You’ll need one small onion or about 1/2 cup chopped onion to saute in the butter.
- Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs: We use seasoned breadcrumbs for simplicity. Plain breadcrumbs can be used as well but you will need to add seasonings for flavor.
- Whole Milk: The whole milk add moisture and fat. You can use skim or 1% but the results won’t be quite the same.
- Eggs: The eggs help bind the meatloaf together as well as provide moisture and flavor.
- Freshly Grated Parmesan: The freshly grated parmesan has flavor and helps bind the loaf together.
- Salt & Pepper: We added a little kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper for flavor.
- Ground Beef: For this meatloaf recipe, we used 80/20 ground beef for the most flavor and moisture.
- Ground Pork Sausage: In addition to the ground beef, we used ground pork sausage. You can swap the sausage out for more ground beef but you’ll lose out on the added flavor!
Glaze For Meatloaf
- Ketchup: The glaze for this meatloaf starts with ketchup. It adds a sweet and tangy flavor.
- Brown Sugar: We used brown sugar to increase the sweetness and help the glaze caramelize.
- Ground Mustard: The ground mustard adds flavor and tanginess.
- Worcestershire Sauce: We added a little Worcestershire sauce for more depth of flavor.
How To Make This Meatloaf Recipe
This meatloaf recipe is really easy to prepare. Baking the meatloaf is what takes the most time so be sure you plan ahead to allow ample baking time. Scroll down for the printable recipe card and complete instructions.
- Saute Onion: We sauted the onions in butter before adding them to the meatloaf. Although you can use fresh onions if you prefer, this simple step adds to much flavor that we suggest you try it.
- Breadcrumbs: While the sauted onions are cooling, mix together the breadcrumbs, grated parmesan, eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
- Meats: Add the ground beef, ground pork sausage, and onions to the breadcrumbs mixture. Stir the mixture until well combined. We found that it worked best to start with a spoon and then use your hands to finish.
- Form Loaf: Once everything is combined, form the mixture into a loaf shape on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. You can also make this in a foil lined loaf pan if you prefer.
- Glaze: Whisk together the glaze ingredients and spread half of the mixture over the loaf. Set the remaining glaze aside to use later.
- Cook: Bake the meatloaf for about 40 minutes, remove it from the oven, top with the remaining glaze, and continue baking for 20-25 minutes.
Meatloaf Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
The milk adds moisture and flavor. The milk is absorbed by the breadcrumbs and softens them. Then the breadcrumbs are mixed into the meat and add moisture rather than pull moisture from the meat.
We like baking meatloaf uncovered because it allows the outside of the meatloaf to brown and the glaze to caramelize.
You’ll want to use ground beef with a higher fat ratio. We used 80/20 in this meatloaf recipe. The ground pork sausage, milk, and eggs all add moisture as well.
Meatloaf Side Dishes
There are so many side dishes that can be served with this meatloaf recipe! Here are a few to try:
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