Mama’s Meatloaf

Mama’s Meatloaf – the BEST meatloaf recipe! Even meatloaf haters will LOVE Mama’s Meatloaf! SO easy and tastes great! Ground beef, egg, oats, onion, salt, pepper, sage, Worcestershire sauce, and milk. Top with a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and lemon juice. Use gluten-free oats and Worcestershire sauce if desired. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans and it is comfort food at its best! Leftovers are great in a sandwich.

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Easy Meatloaf Recipe

I am not typically a meatloaf fan, but I make an exception for Mama’s Meatloaf recipe. It is SO good! SO tender and juicy and packed full of amazing flavor. My favorite part of the meatloaf is that yummy ketchup topping. Pile on some mashed potatoes and green beans and you have the best comfort food around! Perfect for a chilly night! Give the leftovers a try in a sandwich. You’ll thank me later.

meatloaf in baking pan

How To Make Mama’s Meatloaf

Mama’s Meatloaf is very quick and easy to make. Start with some lean ground beef. Add an egg, some oats, onion, salt, pepper, sage, Worcestershire sauce, and milk. Gently mix everything together and place in a loaf pan or meatloaf pan. Top the meatloaf with some ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and a splash of lemon juice. Pop it in the oven and dinner is done. I garnished the cooked meatloaf with a little dried parsley. It makes it look fancy. LOL!

I used a meatloaf pan for this recipe. I love my meatloaf pan! It has an insert that keeps the meatloaf from sitting in the bottom of the pan. This helps keep the grease off the bottom of the meatloaf and makes it so much easier to get it out of the pan!

To make Mama’s Meatloaf gluten-free use gluten-free oats and gluten-free Worcestershire sauce. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free.

Can You Make Meatloaf in Advance?

You can definitely make Mama’s Meatloaf the night before and keep it in the refrigerator overnight. Just pop it in the oven when you get home from work and dinner is a breeze!

Can You Freeze Meatloaf?

Sure! If you are freezing Mama’s Meatloaf unbaked, I recommend waiting to add the ketchup mixture until you are ready to bake. When you are ready to bake the frozen meatloaf, thaw completely in the refrigerator. Top the thawed meatloaf with the ketchup mixture and bake as directed below.

You can also freeze the cooked meatloaf for a quick meal later. I like to go ahead and cut the meatloaf into slices before freezing. To reheat the meatloaf, thaw completely and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven.

meatloaf sliced on a platter

What to Serve With Mama’s Meatloaf?

Mama’s Meatloaf is our go-to meatloaf recipe. It is comfort food at its best. We love to serve Mama’s Meatloaf with some mashed potatoes, green beans, and rolls. Man, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! Here are a few of our favorite recipes that go great with this meatloaf:

Mama’s Meatloaf

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Mama’s Meatloaf – the BEST meatloaf recipe! Even meatloaf haters will LOVE Mama’s Meatloaf! SO easy and tastes great! Ground beef, egg, oats, onion, salt, pepper, sage, Worcestershire sauce, and milk. Top with a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and lemon juice. Use gluten-free oats and Worcestershire sauce if desired. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans and it is comfort food at its best! Leftovers are great in a sandwich. #meatloaf #comfortfood #groundbeef

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef, use 93% lean
  • 1 egg. slightly beaten
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp dried rubbed sage or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Mix together ground beef, egg, oats, onion, salt, pepper, sage, Worcestershire sauce, and milk.
  • Press meat mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf pan or meatloaf pan.
  • Mix together brown sugar, ketchup, dry mustard, and lemon juice. Pour over meatloaf.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until firm.

Notes:

I used a meatloaf pan: https://amzn.to/2ZHmgFL
Can use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
To make this gluten-free use gluten free oats and gluten free Worcestershire sauce.
Can make in advance and refrigerate overnight.
Can freeze unbaked for later. I suggest adding the ketchup topping right before baking.
To bake after freezing, thaw and bake as directed above.
meatloaf sliced on a platter
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sliced meatloaf on a platter
meatloaf and mashed potatoes on a plate
meatloaf and mashed potatoes on a plate

Steph

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  1. My mom made the WORST meatloaf – even the stray cat wouldn't eat it! I think i'll give her this recipe! can't wait to try it!

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