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Over 30 Tempting Meatloaf Recipes To Try: {Plus Tips}

This is one of my favorite main dishes since it’s super easy to put together, delicious and bonus! it’s my son’s favorite meal too (with buttery mashed potatoes of course).

Before & AfterThere are so many different ways to make meatloaf, try a simple classic style or gourmet, with ground beef or even turkey, full-sized loaves and even mini-muffins.

Here’s a handpicked collection of recipes that I’ve scoured the ‘net for that include all the above and more…but first…

Here’s a vintage Ann Landers recipe that brings back memories, this was one of dishes I grew up on since my aunt was so fond of serving it during family gatherings (she always praised that it never failed her)…

Ann Lander’s World Famous Meatloaf:

2 pounds ground round steak
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp. Accent
1/2 cup warm water
1 package Lipton’s onion soup mix

Directions: Beat thoroughly. Put into loaf pan, cover with two strips bacon if you like that flavor. Pour over all one 8-ounce can tomato sauce. Bake one hour at 350 degrees. Serves six. Source [1].

Ready to see what I’ve found? Here are over two dozen ways you can make meatloaf, they all look so good and how to pick just one! I separated the mini loaves, ground turkey, crockpot and stuffed versions into their own groups (under the main list) for easier browsing. I’ve also added a bunch of tips to the bottom of this page…lots here to keep you busy, enjoy!

*All of these are made with ground beef unless otherwise noted, ingredient lists are summaries only and not complete

  1. With Bacon [2]: Made with finely diced bacon, grass-fed beef, fresh bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, dried mustard, fresh oregano, fresh basil and lightly beaten eggs. Glaze ingredients: ketchup, soy sauce, Dijon, honey, smoked paprika and cayenne. From Minnesota Monthly.
  2. Old-Fashioned With Glaze [3]: Onion, bell pepper, canned diced tomatoes, quick-cooking oats, salt, black pepper. Glaze: ketchup, brown sugar and prepared mustard. From Paula Deen.
  3. Simple Classic [4]: Quick or old fashioned, Quaker Oats, catsup, lightly beaten egg, Worcestershire (or soy sauce), minced garlic. From Quaker Oats.
  4. With Horseradish [5]: Chuck, dry bread crumbs, ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire, salt, brown sugar, pepper, dry mustard, minced garlic. Topped with a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, horseradish, brown mustard and mustard powder. From Fanksgiving.
  5. Beef & Pork [6]: Ingredients include bacon or pancetta (medium dice), carrot, celery, olive oil, garlic cloves, dried porcini mushrooms, nutmeg, full-bodied red wine, panko flakes, fresh parsley, fresh tarragon leaves, fennel seed and hot sauce. From Stephen Cooks.
  6. With Buttermilk & Brown Sugar [7]: Chuck, butter, dried tarragon, dried Italian herbs, buttermilk, Worcestershire, hot sauce. Topped with a glaze of brown sugar, Dijon and cider vinegar. From Food Wishes.
  7. Italian Loaves [8]: (makes 2 smaller loaves) Made with a beaten egg, Italian bread crumbs, grated Parmesan, green bell pepper, tomato paste, olive oil. From The French Kitchen.
  8. Classic [9]: Recommends cooking on a baking sheet for a nice all-over crust. Made with slices of white sandwich bread, whole milk, beef chuck, pork, grated onion. From Martha Stewart.
  9. Classic with Turkey [10]: Ingredients include extra virgin olive oil, green bell pepper, carrot, celery, minced fresh parsley, Worcestershire, Italian style organic tomato paste, fat free ground turkey breast, lean ground beef, Italian style bread crumbs and ketchup. From Veggie By Season.
  10. Quick & Savory [11]: Egg, Rice Krispies cereal, milk, Worcestershire, dry mustard and topped with a mixture of mushroom soup (can) and red wine. From Kellogg’s Rice Krispies.
  11. Italian Style [12]: Beef chuck, spicy Italian sausage, Italian parsley, Italian Seasoning, crushed red pepper, cayenne powder, chili powder, tomato juice, dry red wine, fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes (or fresh) and fresh mozzarella. From la Petite Chef.
  12. Honey Barbecue [13]: Slice of white bread, Worcestershire, spicy brown mustard, smokey barbecue sauce, honey. From Can You Stay For Dinner.
  13. With Sauce [14]: Broken or finely chopped sliced bread, vidalia onions (or sweet onion), table salt, black pepper, whole milk or half & half. Topped with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, dark brown sugar and ketchup. From Food.com.
  14. Spicy With Glaze [15]: Chopped yellow onion, carrots (peeled & chopped), celery, garlic, rolled oats, cayenne powder, fresh thyme, organic ketchup, cumin and Worcestershire. From Sarah Fit.
  15. Yule Log [16]: Has a mashed potato topping, ingredients include white bread slices (stale and torn), whole milk, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, celery, carrot, dry sherry or dry white wine, beef chuck, extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, dried mustard, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire, lightly beaten eggs. Potatoes: half & half cream (or heavy cream), butter and paprika. From Rachael Ray.
  16. Brooke’s [17]: Topped with a glaze, ingredients include finely chopped onion, ketchup, eggs, a slice of white bread (torn into pieces). Glaze: ketchup, Dijon and packed light brown sugar. From the Deen Bros.
  17. Mozzarella [18]: Pizza style topped with mozzarella cheese, ingredients include saltine cracker crumbs, milk, grated Parmesan cheese, dried oregano, pizza sauce, part-skim mozzarella cheese. Optional: green pepper rings, sliced mushrooms, butter and chopped fresh parsley. From Taste of Home.
  18. Vegetarian [19]: Serves 6, ingredients: butter, celery and carrot, vegetarian bouillon cubes, mushrooms, chopped bell pepper, block tempeh (crumbled), smoked sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, ketchup, mustard, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, dried thyme, paprika, half & half and topped with a glaze (ketchup, soy sauce, Tabasco, black pepper and sorghum). From Chubby Vegetarian.
  19. Blue Plate Special [20]: Promises to be the very best, made with a combination of beef, veal and pork and a fantastic glaze. From A Feast For The Eyes.






A Satisfying MealFirst published April 17, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization


Faster Cooking When They're Small*First published January 12, 2010 and moved to this page for better organization

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