A delicious and classic meatloaf recipe with a golden brown crust

Classic Meatloaf Recipe: A Timeless Dish Perfected

Enjoy a classic American dish with this easy to make and delicious classic meatloaf recipe. Perfect for family dinners or weeknight meals.
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Classic Meatloaf Recipe: A Timeless Dish Perfected

Meatloaf is a classic dish that has been a staple in American cuisine for generations. This comfort food is not only delicious, but it's also easy to make and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting out, this classic meatloaf recipe is sure to become a staple in your recipe collection.


For this classic meatloaf recipe, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan and shape into a loaf.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, and yellow mustard. Spread the mixture evenly over the meatloaf.

  5. Bake for 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).

  6. Allow the meatloaf to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


This classic meatloaf recipe is a great starting point, but feel free to get creative and add your own twist. Try mixing in grated carrots, diced bell peppers, or even sliced mushrooms. You can also switch up the seasonings to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this classic meatloaf with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a side salad for a complete meal. For an extra special touch, try topping the meatloaf with crispy onions or bacon.


This classic meatloaf recipe is a timeless dish that will never go out of style. It's easy to make, customizable, and delicious. Whether you're cooking for a family dinner or a weeknight meal, this classic meatloaf is sure to become a staple in your recipe collection.

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