25 Best Meatloaf Recipes

meatloaf on a bed of greens
Diana Rattray

Meatloaf has long been a popular American dish, and many consider it a comfort food. The meatloaf is versatile as well. Change your everyday meatloaf up with different seasoning or herb blends or use a combination of meats. And it's easy to sneak veggies into a meatloaf mixture. Grate carrots finely and throw them into the meat mixture; they add both nutrients and slightly sweet flavor to the loaf.

Toppings can refresh a plain meatloaf as well. Finish it with a layer of ketchup, chili sauce,...MORE or gravy. Or choose seasoned diced tomatoes, pizza sauce, or a marinara sauce.

Are you looking for a fresh take on your basic meatloaf? Add some of these meatloaf recipes to your list.

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    cajun meatloaf sliced on a plate
    Diana Rattray

    This meatloaf features loads of flavor and chopped vegetables. The "holy trinity" of Cajun and Creole cooking—celery, onions, and bell peppers—along with Cajun seasoning give it that Louisiana flavor.

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    simple meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    Use the topping mixture included in the recipe or use plain ketchup to top off this tasty meatloaf or serve it plain with ketchup on the side. This simple meatloaf is made with ground beef, breadcrumbs, dried onion, and seasonings. This makes a large loaf, enough for a family of 6.

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    Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    This delicious bacon-wrapped meatloaf is enhanced with grated natural Parmesan cheese, Cajun spices, and a tasty barbecue sauce glaze. Finely chopped onions and bell pepper are added to give the meatloaf extra color and flavor.

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    Grilled Meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    This flavorful meatloaf is easy to prepare and cook on the grill, so you get a tasty meatloaf and don't have to heat up the house. Whether you use a gas or charcoal grill, try to keep the grill temperature steady at a medium heat of 350 F if your grill has a thermostat. Use a heavy-duty disposable aluminum pan or a double thickness of heavy-duty foil.

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    meatloaf muffins
     Diana Rattray

    Meatloaf muffins are easy to make with a basic meatloaf mixture along with ketchup for flavor and topping. The recipe makes a dozen meatloaf muffins. The kids—and your inner child—will love them!

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    Meatloaf With Gravy
    Diana Rattray

    A simple purchased brown gravy or gravy made from a mix transforms this everyday meatloaf. The meatloaf makes a wonderful and comforting meal with mashed potatoes and a side vegetable. Use brown gravy, mushroom gravy, or onion gravy.

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    Tex-Mex Meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    This meatloaf's flavor, texture, and heat come from the cilantro, chili powder, and jalapeño peppers. Top the meatloaf with extra ketchup, taco sauce, Picante sauce, or enchilada sauce. Serve this nicely-seasoned meatloaf with a Mexican style rice or mashed potatoes for a satisfying family meal.

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    Green Chile Meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    Mild green chile peppers flavor this tasty meatloaf, along with some cilantro and chile-seasoned diced tomatoes. Top this meatloaf with cheddar or pepper jack cheese slices.

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  • 09 of 25
    meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    This vintage recipe includes Heinz 57 sauce for flavor along with seasoned breadcrumbs, some chopped onion, and an egg.

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    Southwestern-Style Meat Loaf
    Diana Rattray

    This meatloaf is loaded with flavor and texture, with ingredients like corn, ripe olives, and salsa. Use all ground beef or a combination of ground beef and pork or veal.

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    Savory Meatloaf With Oatmeal
    Diana Rattray

    Ground beef, oats, garlic, and onions make up the mixture used in this classic meatloaf. The ketchup topping is fabulous, but feel free to use chili sauce or barbecue sauce on the loaf.

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    Meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    This basic, great tasting meatloaf is an uncomplicated mixture of lean ground beef, cracker crumbs, ketchup, and seasonings. Basic doesn't have to mean bland! 

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    cheddar meatloaf recipe
    Diana Rattray

    Cheddar cheese and a combination of ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and chili powder give this meatloaf fabulous flavor. 

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    French Onion Meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    Condensed French onion soup makes the onion flavor stand out in this moist meatloaf. Top it with ketchup or barbecue sauce, or leave it plain. Leftovers make great sandwiches.

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    onion soup meatloaf
     The Spruce

    This meatloaf is an old-fashioned favorite. Dry onion soup mix and ketchup flavor the loaf. The recipe is made with only 6 ingredients.

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    Meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    This meatloaf is another old-fashioned favorite, with ground beef, chili sauce or ketchup, oats, and seasonings. If you use all ground beef, a ratio of 85/15 is a good choice for a juicy meatloaf

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    Meatloaf With Black Beans
    Diana Rattray

    This delicious meatloaf is made with the addition of black beans and optional cilantro, along with cumin and chili powder for flavor. Use shredded Mexican cheese or pepper jack cheese in the loaf, and top it off with salsa, if you like.

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    Parmesan Meat Loaf
    Diana Rattray

    Parmesan cheese and a dried Italian herbs season this Italian-style savory meatloaf. The meatloaf is topped with tomato sauce and extra Parmesan cheese.

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    Meat Loaf With Mushroom Gravy
    Diana Rattray

    This flavorful, savory meatloaf is served with a homemade beefy mushroom gravy. Serve this excellent meatloaf with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables for a fabulous family dinner. If you're short on time, use a mushroom gravy mix.

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    country meatloaf
    DebbiSmirnoff/Getty Images

    This classic everyday meatloaf is made with lean ground beef or ground round. Vegetable additions include sauteed sliced mushrooms, onion, celery, and shredded carrots.

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    meatloaf bbq sauce glaze
    Diana Rattray

    This flavorful meatloaf recipe is made with lean ground beef, chopped onion, oats, tomato juice, ketchup or barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and egg white.

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    turkey meatloaf with cranberry glaze
    Diana Rattray

    This turkey meatloaf includes some ground pork, but you could also use part ground turkey thighs to keep it juicy. The meatloaf is topped with a tangy, delicious cranberry glaze.

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    meatloaf with applesauce
    Diana Rattray

    The secret ingredient in this meatloaf is applesauce! It adds a bit of natural sweetness and makes for a moister loaf. 

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    shaped old-fashioned meatloaf
    Diana Rattray

    This excellent meatloaf features saltines and chopped onion and bell pepper. Paprika, garlic powder, and some thyme team up to season the loaf.

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    meatloaf on a bed of greens
    Diana Rattray

    Even the pickiest kids will eat their veggies with this meatloaf! Potatoes, carrots, onions, and peppers are among the vegetables in this nutritious loaf.