This easy meatloaf recipe is one I use at least once a week. It is moist and delicious. The best part, however, might just be the “sticky sauce” you add at the end. It’s ooey-gooey goodness that really elevates the meatloaf.
Did you know meatloaf dates back to Medieval times? It didn’t gain popularity in America until the Great Depression.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1.5 hours
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Easy Meatloaf Ingredients
2 pounds Ground Beef
1 1/2 cups Breadcrumbs
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
4 Large Eggs
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Steak Seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Sticky Sauce Ingredients:
5 teaspoons Brown Sugar, packed
2/3 cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon Dry Mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
Easy Meatloaf Instructions:
Make the Sticky Sauce: Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Combine all Sticky Sauce Ingredients and stir until brown sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
Make the Meatloaf: In a large mixing bowl, combine all meatloaf ingredients. Begin mixing with your hands until everything is well incorporated and there are no large pockets of breadcrumbs.
Line a standard 4-inch by 4-inch by 8-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil. Press the meat mixture into the pan. Leaving approximately ½ inch on all edges, create an indentation in the center of the loaf to hold the sticky sauce.
Pour on half of the sticky sauce into the indentation and spread evenly.
Bake: Place the meatloaf on the center rack of the preheated oven and bake for 1 to 1.5 hours, until the internal temperature of meatloaf reads 155-160 degrees.
Remove from the oven. Turn oven to broil and position the cooking rack to the top. Drain any grease, careful not to pour out the sticky sauce. Add remaining sticky sauce to the top of the meatloaf and return to the oven on the top rack.
Broil for 4 minutes. Do not leave the room as it will burn! Keep an eye on this, you just want it to caramelize.
Pro Tip: Place two layers of aluminum foil when you line the loaf pan and fold 2 inches over the edge of the pan. When you remove from the oven, drain the grease and then use the aluminum foil tabs to pull meatloaf up and out of the pan to move to a jelly roll pan.
Then add the remaining sticky sauce and place under the broiler. This makes serving easy and gives the outer edges of the meatloaf a bit of crispness.
Jazz It Up: Make Muffin Tin meatloaves by pressing mixture into a standard muffin tin and baking 20-30 minutes.
This meatloaf has been adapted to the Instant Pot here.