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Easy Classic Meatloaf

Easy Classic Meatloaf

Easy Classic Meatloaf is a retro meatloaf recipe. This is the meatloaf my mom made. This recipe is easy to customize.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf recipe, old fashioned meatloaf recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Sandy Clifton


  • 1 1/2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • 3/4 cup Bread Crumbs panko, plain, or seasoned
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 lg Egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup Finely Diced Onion
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Carrot optional
  • 1/4 cup Diced Green Pepper optional
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Sauce Topping

  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar


  • Heat the oven to 350° F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, egg, onion, carrot, bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix the ingredients together, but do not overmix.
  • Transfer the meat mixture to the loaf pan and press it in, but don't pack it too tightly.

Make the Sauce Topping

  • In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, mix together the ketchup, barbecue sauce, and brown sugar.
  • Pour the sauce over the meatloaf and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 155°-160°.
  • Allow the meatloaf to stand for 5 minutes before slicing and serving it.


• Add 1 cup of shredded cheese
• Add 1 tsp smoked paprika
• Substitute half of the ground beef with ground sausage
• Use ground turkey


Calories: 405kcal