Classic Beef and Sausage Meatloaf

Classic beef and sausage meatloaf

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 80 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
471 Calories
22g Fat
32g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 471
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 238mg 79%
Sodium 1209mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 35g
Calcium 110mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This beef and sausage meatloaf contains finely chopped vegetables, cracker crumbs, ketchup, and seasonings. The sausage in this loaf adds necessary fat, which makes for more flavor and moisture. The loaf is topped with tomato sauce, but feel free to finish it with a layer of ketchup or barbecue sauce. Chop the vegetables by hand or use a food processor to chop them finely. To add extra flavor and nutrients to the loaf, chop a carrot along with the celery and onion. Use a lean—about 85/15—ground beef in the recipe. If you do use all ground beef in the meatloaf, an 80/20 ratio is best.

Serve this flavorful meatloaf with mashed or baked potatoes and green beans or corn for a fabulous everyday family dinner. 


  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 ribs celery (finely chopped)
  • 2 small cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs (saltines, crushed)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (or chili sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (scant)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for classic beef and sausage meatloaf
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

    Lightly grease pan
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  3. Combine the chopped onion, celery, and garlic.

    Chopped celery
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  4. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg.

    Lightly beat the egg
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  5. Combine the beef, sausage, and crumbs; mix until well blended.

    Combine beef, sausage
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  6. Add the chopped vegetable mixture, egg, milk, ketchup or chili sauce, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix the ingredients until blended.

    Add chopped vegetables
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  7. Pack the beef mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.

    Pack mixture into loaf
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  8. Carefully pour off the excess fat.

    Carefully pour off fat
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  9. Then, pour the tomato sauce over the top of the loaf.

    Pour tomato sauce over loaf
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  10. Return the loaf to the oven and bake for 20 minutes longer.

    Return loaf to oven
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  11. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes.

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  12. Then slice or remove to a platter, as desired. 


  • If you like to plan ahead, consider doubling the recipe and make two loaves. Bake them both and freeze one for a future meal. Wrap the extra meatloaf tightly in foil and freeze it for up to 4 months.
  • For longer storage, freeze the loaf on a baking pan and then use a vacuum sealing system to wrap it.
  • Defrost the meatloaf in the refrigerator and then wrap it in in foil and heat it in a preheated 250 F oven for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until the loaf reaches 165 F.
  • To reheat a frozen cooked meatloaf, wrap it in foil and bake it for about an hour in a 325 F oven.
  • Make a DIY meatloaf pan. Buy an inexpensive loaf pan (metal or foil) and use a sharp tool to punch several holes in the bottom (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart). Put the meatloaf in the pan with holes and place it in a baking pan. This way, excess fat will drain into the outer pan.