When it comes to All-American dishes, nothing beats a Classic Meatloaf recipe. And I’m sure you’ll agree after one bite that this is the best meatloaf recipe you’ve ever tried!
My traditional meatloaf recipe is made with lean ground beef, seasonings, onions, Worcestershire sauce and other pantry staples. After baking this meatloaf is finished with an easy-to-make zesty glaze that takes it to a whole other level of deliciousness!
Prior to the madness of 2020, I loved dining at trendy boutique restaurants, and it made me happy to see Meatloaf as one of the resurrected dishes brought back to popularity on their menus.
It truly is a classic dish and can easily be prepared ahead of time so that you can put it in the oven after a busy day at work or at home.
If you’re looking for a non-traditional meatloaf recipe, my Spicy Meatloaf is sure to please.
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my Classic Meatloaf. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed the up cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
Do I have to use chopped onions and garlic in my Meatloaf?
No, you don’t. If you’re like my wife and can’t tolerate fresh onions or garlic, you can leave out the fresh chopped version and add granulated onion and garlic instead. Use one tablespoon of granulated onion and one teaspoon of garlic instead of the fresh. Or leave them out and use your favorite seasonings.
How Do I make the Best Meatloaf?
In a large bowl, add the ground beef, garlic, onion, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings.
Mix the ingredients together until well blended, then refrigerate the meat mixture for 30 – 60 minutes (or overnight) to let the meatloaf mixture set up. Make sure to cover the meatloaf mixture with plastic wrap.
*If you’re pressed for time it can be used right away.
Shape the meat into a loaf and place it on a parchment-lined baking dish (or rimmed baking sheet or sheet pan). Bake in the 350-degree F. oven for 45 minutes.
Ingredients to make the glaze?
The list of ingredients for the glaze is pretty small and can be adjusted using your favorite seasonings, type of vinegar and sweetener.
While the meatloaf is baking, mix the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl, making sure it’s well blended.
I used these ingredients to make my meatloaf glaze
- cider vinegar
- brown sugar
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- sea salt
- black pepper
After 45 minutes remove the meatloaf from the oven and spoon the glaze over the top of the meatloaf. Then place the meatloaf back into the oven.
Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
This is the instant-read meat thermometer that I use.
Allow the meatloaf to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serve it with your favorite sides.
This truly is the perfect classic meatloaf, and if you have any leftovers, they make a delicious meatloaf sandwich the next day.
I haven’t made a meatloaf in ages and this recipe is tempting me! this looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to make this soon. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
I love classic meatloaf! I like fun flavor twists too, but there is just something about the classic that is so good, especially as leftovers the next day! That glaze on top is delicious!
Amy Liu Dong
Oh my goodness, this is so delicious! I am really excited to make this for my kids and I am sure they will love this.
Oh I love meatloaf and it reminds me of my childhood so much. I hardly ever make it but this recipe has given me inspiration to add it to the meal plan this week! Thanks for sharing!
I r4eally like your recipe for the glaze, Quarantine sure had brought out my love for comfort food, this is one of them!
When I was a kid I hated meatloaf. I mean when my mom made it I didn’t want to eat dinner. NOW…I LOVE meatloaf….and this looks deilcious.
Thank you Chef for sharing this amazing meatloaf recipe! My family all loved it for dinner this week.
I was on the hunt for a moist and yummy meatloaf, this recipe is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.
My family thinks the best meatloaf is one that is tender and moist for the first meal but holds together well enough for sandwiches later. This looks like that kind of meatloaf and I look forward to trying it.
This meatloaf recipe is perfect! I love all the flavors and it came together perfectly. What a great classic recipe for the family.
Wow, this meatloaf looks amazing. Meat is so flavorful and tender. I must save this on my weekly menu.
I haven’t had a meatloaf this good since the 70’s! The leftovers make an awesome sandwich as well. Delicious!
Meatloaf is one of my favourite weeknight dinner dishes because its easy to put together and doesn’t need a lot of pots and pans! I usually use a loaf tin to make mine but want to try your recipe out next time. Your glaze sounds yummy!
I would always order meatloaf at diners too until I found this recipe! This is juicy, flavorful, and so much better than what I get at restaurants. Delicious!
I didn’t grow up on meatloaf like some people but my guy loves it and I am totally making this!
I love a good meatloaf! My kids love it too and this recipe was really easy to follow and turned out super yum!
The perfect meatloaf!!
I love meatloaf and this recipe sounds delicious. I’m going to try it soon!
So much flavor in this meatloaf. It definitely beats how I used to make it.
Looks likea great classic recipe!