Savory Meatloaf With Oatmeal

Slices of savory meatloaf with oatmeal and a ketchup topping

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  • Total: 110 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
348 Calories
18g Fat
7g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 348
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 221mg 74%
Sodium 620mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 38g
Calcium 104mg 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 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 breadcrumbs or crumbled crackers could certainly be substituted. 


  • 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)
  • Serving Suggestions: mashed potatoes and green beans or broccoli

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    All of the ingredients for making savory meatloaf with oatmeal
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C / Gas Mark 4). Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan or meatloaf pan.

    Greased pan for meatloaf
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  3. Combine the ground beef, grated onion, egg, garlic, oatmeal, milk, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme or sage.

    Combining the ingredients for meatloaf with oatmeal in a glass bowl
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  4. Blend the mixture thoroughly but don't overmix.

    Ground beef mixture with oatmeal
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  5. Pack the ground beef mixture loosely into the prepared loaf pan.

    The ground beef mixture in a loaf pan
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  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes; then remove and carefully pour off any excess grease.

    Draining grease from the cooked meatloaf
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  7. Spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and return to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes longer.

    Ketchup spread over the top of the meatloaf
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  8. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans or broccoli.

    Savory meatloaf with oatmeal along with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans
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  9. Enjoy.


    • The fat content is the key to the 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.
    • Meatloaf sandwiches are a great way to use leftovers, but there are other ways. Crumble leftover meatloaf and add it to chili or stuffed peppers, or make meatloaf tacos or grilled cheese and meatloaf sandwiches.
    • Bake two and freeze one for another day.

    Recipe Variations

    • 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 sauté in a tablespoon of vegetable oil before adding to the meatloaf.
    • Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of shredded cheese to the meatloaf mixture.
    • Use part tomato juice as the liquid in the loaf.