Everyday Meatloaf

meatloaf on a bed of greens
Diana Rattray
  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Ratings (16)

This everyday meatloaf is an old-fashioned favorite, made with all ground beef or a mixture of beef and ground pork. Oats, chopped vegetables, and seasonings add to the texture and flavor of the loaf.

It might not be fancy, but the flavor is amazing. Serve this tasty family meatloaf with mashed potatoes and corn or peas for a perfect everyday meal.

You might think of sandwiches when you have leftover meatloaf, but there are many more ways to use it. Add leftover meatloaf to a quesadilla, crumble it in marinara for a tasty spaghetti sauce, make has with leftover potatoes, onions, and peppers, or use it to stuff peppers or zucchini.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce or ketchup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water or milk

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Chop the celery into 1/4-inch dice. Peel the onion and chop it finely.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped celery and onion; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 7 to 9 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, oats, 1/4 cup of the chili sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, beaten egg, celery and onion mixture, and the water or milk. In a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan, shape meat mixture into a 9-by-5-inch loaf.
  1. Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Spread the ketchup over the top and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  2. Let the meatloaf stand for 10 minutes. Using 2 spatulas, carefully move meatloaf to a serving plate and slice.

Tips and Variations

  • Double this recipe and make two loaves, one for dinner and one for the future. Wrap one in foil and put it in a zip-close freezer bag. 
  • Instead of all ground beef, use half ground beef and half ground pork.
  • If you grind your own meat, grind it coarsely. Your meatloaf will be moister and more tender.
  • Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
  • After spreading ketchup over the top of the loaf, arrange 4 to 5 slices of cheese on the loaf. Return the meatloaf to the oven to bake for about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  • You might also like this basic meatloaf with barbecue sauce, or try this bacon-wrapped meatloaf. For something a little different, try these meatloaf muffins or meatloaf sliders.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 527
Total Fat 24 g
Saturated Fat 8 g
Unsaturated Fat 11 g
Cholesterol 327 mg
Sodium 1,107 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 45 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)