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Mom's Classic Meatloaf Recipe

It's an oldie, but a goodie-- Meatloaf! There's not a whole lot better than a tender and moist meatloaf and this is the PERFECT recipe in my book. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Classic Meatloaf, Ketchup Glaze
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 487kcal


For The Meatloaf

  • ¾ cup milk
  • cup crushed saltine crackers
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef 80/20% fat
  • ½ cup onion finely chopped

For the Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Combine the milk and crushed saltine crackers in a small bowl. Allow to soak for about 5 minutes or until the crackers are soft. Whisk in the egg, salt, sage, dill, and pepper. 
  • Place ground beef in a large bowl and add in onion and milk mixture. Gently mix until just combined.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and shape meat into a loaf shape. Dip fingers in water and smooth out the cracks with your if needed.
  • Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes. 
  • Combine ketchup, sugar and Worcestershire sauce and spoon half of it over the partially cooked loaf. Return to the oven. 
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes longer and spoon the remainder of the sauce over meatloaf. Continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees-- about 10-15 additional for a total of 35-45 minutes total cooking time. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 961mg | Potassium: 562mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3.4mg