We set out to develop the very best meatloaf recipe. Here it is! This simple homemade meatloaf is juicy, tender, and has the most tasty sweet and sticky glaze.

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How to Make the very best Meatloaf

Adam and I like this meatloaf, and now, after informing you everything about it, I’m itching to make it once again. We serve thick pieces of this timeless meatloaf with mashed potatoes and a huge salad. Leftovers are likewise wonderful, and they make the very best meatloaf sandwiches.

There are a couple of things we do to ensure our meatloaf is wet, juicy, and delicious. Here are a couple of factors why I believe this is the very best meatloaf:

  • Utilizing hamburger with a minimum of 15% fat assists to keep the meatloaf wet and juicy.
  • Prepared mushrooms, onions, shallot, and garlic includes significant taste and wetness.
  • Squashed crackers function as a binder, soak up wetness, and keep the meat juicy. I like crackers in this recipe, however bread crumbs work well, too.
  • An egg and an egg yolk assistance to bind the mix together, keeps it tender within, and include wetness.

Making Our Meatloaf Mix

For this meatloaf recipe, you’ll blend hamburger with delicious prepared mushrooms, onion, shallot, and garlic. We likewise blend in crushed cracker crackers, eggs, catsup, and a little bit of mustard.

Preparing the veggies before including them to the meatloaf mix draws out their natural sweet taste, softens them, and minimizes the raw taste of the onion and garlic. We utilize a comparable veggie mix when making turkey meatloaf.

Cooking mushrooms, onion, and garlic for our meatloaf

When blending the meatloaf ingredients, do not fret excessive about over-mixing.

Other meatloaf recipes alert versus over-mixing, however providing the mix a great mix produces a far better texture after baking. It likewise stops the pieces from breaking down.

Meatloaf ingredients in a mixing bowlMeatloaf ingredients in a mixing bowl

Baking Our Meatloaf

We bake meatloaf on a flat pan rather of in a loaf pan. You can utilize a pan, however a baking sheet assists the glaze caramelize a lot more than if it were baked in a loaf pan. It likewise makes clean-up much easier (scoring additional points in my book).

You’ll bake the meatloaf for 45 to 55 minutes in an oven preheated to 375 ° Fahrenheit.

To ensure that it’s prepared completely, I utilize a thermometer to examine the internal temperature level, which ought to be 160 ° Fahrenheit. Then, I leave it on the counter for 10 minutes before serving.

The additional 10 minutes assists the juices set inside the meatloaf, making it wet and tender. For tidy edges while slicing, I utilize a serrated bread knife.

Our Easy Glaze

I like the sticky, caramelized glaze in thisrecipe We spread out the glaze on the top right before baking. As it bakes, it decreases and ends up being a bit sticky.

To make our simple meatloaf glaze, integrate catsup, maple syrup, mustard, and Pickapeppa sauce (or Worcestershire sauce).

Adding glaze to the top of meatloafAdding glaze to the top of meatloaf

Make Ahead Tips

You can make meatloaf ahead of time. To make it a day ahead of time, follow these suggestions:

  1. Put together on a little flat pan, however do not include the glaze. Cover with cling wrap or foil and cool for approximately 24 hr.
  2. Make the glaze and save it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  3. When you are prepared to bake, get rid of the meatloaf from the refrigerator and let it rest on the counter for thirty minutes. Spread out the glaze on top of the meatloaf and bake as advised in the recipe.
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Can You Freeze Meatloaf?

You can freeze meatloaf before or after cooking. In both cases, I like making additional glaze to spread out on the top as it bakes.

  • Raw meatloaf: Put together on a foil-lined baking sheet without including the glaze. Freeze for 2 hours, cover in foil and freeze for approximately 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight, include the glaze, and bake as directed.
  • Cooked meatloaf: Let the meatloaf cool totally, then cover in foil and freeze for approximately 3 months. Defrost in the fridge over night and bake or microwave till heated up through. I like freezing specific pieces for simple meals later.

Our Finest Meatloaf (So Juicy!)

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We like this simple meatloaf recipe! It’s juicy, tender, and has the most tasty sweet and sticky glaze.

Makes 6 Portions

You Will Require


1 pound hamburger, 80% to 85% lean

2 tablespoons butter

2 cups carefully sliced cremini mushrooms, about 8 ounces

1 cup carefully sliced onion, 1/2 medium onion

1 big shallot, carefully sliced

1/2 cup carefully sliced red bell pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced, 1 tablespoon

1/4 teaspoon Cajun spices, optional

1/2 cup carefully crushed cracker crackers, 12 to 15 crackers

1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon mustard, whole-grain or Dijon

1 teaspoon catsup

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or Pickapeppa sauce


1/2 cup (125 grams) catsup, attempt homemade catsup

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon mustard, whole-grain or Dijon

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or Pickapeppa sauce


    1 Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium heat. Include the mushrooms, cover with a cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Discover the pan, then include the onion, shallot, and a 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring periodically, till softened, 5 to 10 minutes.

    2 Include the red bell pepper, garlic, and Cajun spices and cook till the bell pepper is soft, about 5 minutes more. Enable to cool so it’s not piping hot.

    3 In a big bowl, integrate the hamburger, cooled mushroom mix, cracker crackers, milk, egg, egg yolk, mustard, catsup, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.

    4 Type the meatloaf into a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

    5 Make the glaze by stirring catsup, maple syrup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Spoon the glaze over the top of the meatloaf and spread it into an even layer. Cool while the oven pre-heats– 5 to 10 minutes assists to tighten the meatloaf before baking.

    6 Preheat the oven to 375 ° Fahrenheit (190 ° C).

    7 Bake the meatloaf for 45 to 55 minutes or till the internal temperature level reaches 160 ° Fahrenheit (71 ° C).

    8 Let rest on the counter for 10 minutes before slicing– I utilize a serrated bread knife for tidy pieces.

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

  • Our simple recipe requires hamburger with a minimum of 15% fat. When searching for hamburger, search for 85/15 or 80/20 hamburger (the numbers describe the portion of lean meat and fat).
  • To accelerate the prep time, utilize a food mill to slice the mushrooms, onion, and shallot.
  • Utilizing saltine crackers includes salt to the mix. If you replace with bread crumbs, think about including 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the mix.
  • Nutrition realities: The nutrition realities offered below are quotes. We have actually utilized the USDA database to determine approximate worths.

Nutrition Per Serving
Serving Size
1 of 6 pieces
Overall Fat
17.7 g
Hydrogenated Fat
7.5 g
124.3 mg
498.2 mg
19.8 g
Dietary Fiber
1.4 g
Overall Sugars
18.1 g


Adam and Joanne Gallagher