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Granny's Classic Meatloaf

The best easy meatloaf recipe you can make using ground beef and a tasty meatloaf sauce on top is Granny's Classic Meatloaf.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 383kcal

Ingredients

Meatloaf:

  • 1 medium sized onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping (see note):

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven or grill to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Melt butter in saute pan over medium heat. Cook onions until fragrant and slightly brown while stirring occasionally, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • In large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and cooked onions and garlic. Use hands to mix well, but try not to over work the meat. Shape into loaf on parchment lined baking sheet. Use sharp knife to cut a criss cross pattern on top.
  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 40 minutes. While meatloaf is cooking, combine ketchup with mustard and brown sugar in a bowl. Set aside.
  • After 40 minutes of cooking, spread ketchup mixture over the top of the meatloaf and continue baking for about 30-35 minutes to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

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Notes

Cooking tips for perfect results:

  • Don't over work the meatloaf while mixing. Mix it just until everything is combined.
  • If you really like the ketchup topping, double that part of the recipe!
  • If you prefer the crunchy outer layer, consider making your meatloaf flat so that you have more surface area to get crispy. This will also reduce your cooking time.
  • Always use a trusted meat thermometer to verify that the meatloaf is done.

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 432mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2.9mg