Classic Beef Meatloaf Recipe

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Classic Beef moist homemade Meatloaf Recipe makes your table more special. This meatloaf is softer, juicy, tender, and moist inside out with a sweet and tangy sauce that glazes the meatloaf and adds so many flavors for its eaters.

This classic beef meatloaf is the only recipe to make easily with full of tender and juicy flavors of the meat.

What needs the most to make this amazing Meatloaf?

Ground beef, seasoning, onions, sauces, beaten eggs, and soaking of breadcrumbs with a sensational topping would delight your hunger.

Either having some uninvited guest at home, preparing for hosting some party, celebrating victory, or simply enjoying candlelight dinner, this perfect recipe would go with any occasion so satisfyingly. This meatloaf recipe takes no time to make if you have all ingredients ready in the pantry. Get ready to explore the fondness of flavors and sweetness of sauces to make the dinner table more special and let you get more compliments from a family.

What is the best Meat for making Beef Meatloaf?

If you have some ground beef that is almost 85% to 90% lean meat. No worry about using lean meat in this recipe – the rest of the ingredients will create magic and keep your meatloaf more juicy, tender, moist, and soft. Do not use super lean meat, it would destroy your whole dish in a minute.

What should go best for Meatloaf Sauce?

Personally, the meatloaf sauce is an incredible glaze for the meatloaf which keeps the perfect balance for sweet, juicy, and tangy flavors to make the dish perfect. You can choose ingredients according to your

taste and desire. I prefer, ketchup, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, chili sauce, brown sugar to get the right amount of juicy and tender beef meatloaf flavor. This combo of sauces would create an irresistible fluid of flavors that make you lick your fingers as well. These sauces, once the loaf gets baked would give a caramelized texture that is too good to enjoy.

What to do with Leftover Meatloaf?

This beef meatloaf is so tasty that leftover seems impossible to get, but if you are lucky enough to get some then simply follow my ideas to enjoy it later.

You can also share your ideas in a comment below):
• Serve with a side of Mashed Potatoes
• Serve with Mac & Cheese
• Leftover Meatloaf Sandwiches
• Make Quick Beef Chili – just stir, simmer and enjoy!
• Make Super Beef Tacos (break the meat and put it in tacos)
• Make Spaghetti Bolognese (by adding meat into a sauce)

How to Freeze Beef Meatloaf

Before Cooking:

If you have extra meatloaf before cooking, simply place it in a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Now store in freezer completely by sealing well until its use. At the time of making, cut the seal, defrost raw frozen meatloaf in the refrigerator 24 hours before use. Now bake as directed.

After Cooking:

This meatloaf seems impossible to get left. Once everybody eats their part, take leftover in an airtight container to use later and store it in a freezer.

Classic Beef Meatloaf Recipe

Nida Shahrukh
Classic Beef moist homemade Meatloaf Recipe makes your table more special. This meatloaf is softer, juicy, tender, and moist inside out with a sweet and tangy sauce that glazes the meatloaf and adds so many flavors for its eaters.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course : Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 344 kcal


  • 1 kg Ground Beef     (1 ibn or 2 pounds) (lean or leaner)
  • ½ medium size Onion (diced & minced)
  • 2 tsp Garlic (chopped & minced)    
  • 1 tsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • ¾ cup Breadcrumbs     (Italian/Seasonal/AnyVariety)
  • 1 tbsp Ketchup/Chili Sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Parsley 2 (fresh & chopped)
  • Salt (as required)
  • Black Pepper (as required)
  • ½ tsp Ground Paprika

Meatloaf Sauce

  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • 1 ½ tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper tsp (ground)
  • ½ cup Chili Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Take a baking tray, spray a foil lined tray with some cooking spray and set aside.
  • Take a small pan, melt unsalted butter on medium-low heat. Now let the onion and garlic paste cook until getting tender. Set aside and let it cool completely.
  • Take a medium-size bowl, combine all eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs and let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef, onion, ketchup/chili sauce, Italian seasoning, black pepper, salt, ground paprika, and parsley to taste. Just give a good mix until all ingredients get combined well.
  • Gently meat to the sprayed loaf pan, press the meat down and shape evenly and bake meatloaf at 350°F for almost 30 minutes.
  • Take another small bowl, mix all ingredients (mentioned in the meatloaf sauce section) for the sauce. Now spread the sauce over the meatloaf then return to the oven and bake additional for15-20 more minutes.
  • Now when meatloaf gets baked completely, allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Drizzle and enjoy the slice with baking juice from the pan.


  • To make more juicy, simply add 1 tbsp mustard paste to the meatloaf sauce.
  • If you have short time to make ready the dish, simply skip onion fry into butter and directly add into meatloaf ingredients. But this may cause strong onion smell and taste and also not get tender and soften as compared to above mention method.
  • Make sure to not over mixed the ingredients of meatloaf or start making more juice and unable to bake properly.
  • Make sure to use only lean or leaner meat without making it greasy.
  • Don’t forget to soak breadcrumbs into milk and egg. Also don’t skip the seasoning to get perfect and juicy flavour of every bit of meatloaf.
  • Loaf tray/baking sheet/foil whatever you have, can be goes perfectly in baking process to bake properly.
  • Let the baked meatloaf to cool it down completely or else it make disturbance in cutting the slices.
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