Savory Meatloaf With Oatmeal Recipe

Savory meatloaf with oatmeal

The Spruce

 

  • 110 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Ratings (63)

This classic meatloaf is an all-beef meatloaf with oatmeal, onion, and a little garlic. Ketchup topping is traditionally used, but a topping of barbecue sauce would be delicious as well. The oatmeal in the loaf is also a traditional choice, but an equal amount of bread crumbs or crumbled crackers could certainly be substituted. 

What You'll Need

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 large egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic (crushed and finely minced)
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal (quick or old-fashioned)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ketchup (plus more for topping)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or sage)

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). Grease a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan or meatloaf pan.
  2. Combine the ground beef, grated onion, egg, garlic, oatmeal, milk, 1/4 cup of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sage or thyme. Blend the mixture thoroughly but don't over-mix.
  3. Pack the ground beef mixture loosely into the prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  5. Remove and carefully pour off any excess grease. Spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and return to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes longer.

    Serving Suggestions

    Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans or broccoli.

    Tips and Variations

    • The fat content is the key to flavor and juiciness of a meatloaf. Choose 80 to 85 percent for the most flavorful and juiciest meatloaf. Replace some of the ground beef with ground pork if your beef is quite lean.
    • Add a few tablespoons of minced green or red bell pepper and shredded carrots, if desired. For extra moisture, mince any vegetables in a food processor and saute in a tablespoon of vegetable oil before adding to the meatloaf.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 348
    Total Fat 18 g
    Saturated Fat 7 g
    Unsaturated Fat 7 g
    Cholesterol 221 mg
    Sodium 620 mg
    Carbohydrates 7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Protein 38 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)