Old-Fashioned Quaker Oats Meatloaf

Uncooked rolled oats
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
350 Calories
20g Fat
8g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 350
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 628mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 570mg 12%
*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.)

Oatmeal is an interesting and more nutritious binder for meatloaf, replacing the breadcrumbs or crackers you're probably used to. It's just as delicious and easy and this recipe is a slightly modernized version of an old one found on the container of Quaker Oats.

Quaker Oats was formed in 1877, and its name was registered as the first trademark ever for a breakfast cereal. The company put its first recipe—for oatmeal bread—on the box in 1891. This marked another first because no brand had ever put a recipe on its box before. Today, many food companies include recipes on their packaging and, like this recipe, there are some great dishes to be found on the box.


  • 1 pound ground chuck

  • 1 pound ground round

  • 1/2 cup minced onions

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2/3 cup milk

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 3/4 cup oatmeal

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. In a large bowl, mix the ground chuck, ground round, onions, garlic, milk, egg, oatmeal, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.

  4. Press into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, then remove from the oven.

  5. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard and spread it evenly over the meatloaf.

  6. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 160 F.

  7. Let the meatloaf rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

  8. Serve and enjoy.


  • The Quaker Oats website suggests varying the recipe by adding 1/2 cup frozen (thawed) or canned corn, chopped green pepper, mushrooms, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, parsley, or cilantro. You can certainly mix in any combination of these ingredients that strike your fancy.
  • Another idea is to make the basic recipe without the ketchup and mustard. Instead, top it with your cheese of choice when the meatloaf is done. If you do this, bake it completely, for the entire hour or so, before you add the cheese. Then, return it to the oven for just a few minutes until the cheese is melted.

Side Dishes

Meatloaf is the epitome of comfort food and is most often served as a family meal. Many accompaniments make good complements for this American favorite.

  • Mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, and potatoes au gratin all make a hearty meal.
  • Serve french-cut green beans, which are best when minimally dressed and warmed in the oven for a few minutes. Try them with either butter and salt and pepper, or dolled up with olive oil, Parmesan, garlic, and pepper.
  • Roasted seasonal vegetables and warmed French or sourdough bread makes for a lighter but tasty meatloaf menu.
  • Creamy, cheesy corn casserole is a tasty accompaniment that's vegetable and carb all in one for a cozy wintertime dinner.

It's sometimes difficult to figure out just the right wine to drink with down-home comfort food. You will want a bold red to stand up to the richness of meatloaf. Try zinfandel, zinfandel blends, Côtes du Rhône, merlot, or Burgundy. For something a little offbeat, bring home a bottle of Montepulciano.