Barbara's Basic Meatloaf

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by freakingdork

This recipe has been handed down to me - my mom got it from her mother. It's yummy, easy to make, and relatively cheap. Plus, I remember as a kid, I loved the days we had meatloaf because 1) it tasted good and 2) I got to help my mom squish the meat around to mix in the crumbs.

Top Review by Oolala

This was pretty good but a bit plain or bland for us. I used 1.5 lbs. ground beef and the rest of the ingredients as listed plus 1/4 tsp. garlic powder. I used the optional Worcestershire and for the crumbs I crushed saltines in the mini chopper. I molded it into a long loaf shape and placed it on top of a broiler pan so that the fat drips down. I glazed with the 2 parts ketchup/1 part mustard blend. Thanks for posting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (Easiest to mix with your hands - kids love this! Just make sure you wash your hands before and after touching the meat.).
  3. Spray an 8x4 (or 8x5) glass loaf pan with cooking spray.
  4. Press mixture into pan. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  5. Note: Kids love making the cracker crumbs too! Put crackers in a ziplock bag and give them a masher (or they can use their hands).
  6. Also: I prefer a 2 parts ketchup to 1 part mustard mixture, but my recipe says "to taste". The ketchup and mustard mixture can also be substituted with BBQ sauce or cocktail sauce.

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