Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

As a kid, I loved my Grandma's meatloaf but quickly learned that not all meatloaf is created the same - others were dry, musty smelling, or had large pieces of things I didn't like (onions or peppers for instance). I started with my Grandma's recipe and tweaked it with my kids giving reviews. I learned that musty smell was from too much sage so be careful with that. The real secrets here though are the shape and size - cake shaped rather than loaf shaped allows the center to cook without overcooking or drying the outer area; and, mincing the onions so they are not so visible after cooking (a good trick for all recipes when dealing with kids). Feel free to add your own spicing touches - so long as you keep the shape and the ketchup glaze this recipe is guaranteed to stay moist and never need a sauce!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Set aside 2/3 cup of the ketchup Place remaining ingredients in large mixing bowl, adding the milk last, and mix/knead with hands until mixture appears uniform.
  2. Do NOT use a loafpan or shape into bread loaf.
  3. Place meatloaf in an ungreased 9 x 9in.
  4. square cake pan and shape into 8 x 8in.
  5. square (you should have 1in. between meat and pan on all sides).
  6. Spread remaining 2/3 cup ketchup over top of meatloaf.
  7. Bake UNCOVERED for 65-75 mins.
Most Helpful

I was looking for something different to feed the kids. I figured meatballs would go over better than meatloaf so made meatballs decreasing the milk by 1/2 cup and used worchesterchire in place of the A-1. I served them with green beans , wild rice and a little ketchup on the side and they loved them. Thanks :)

*Huntergirl* December 03, 2009

I have to tell you that I have literally made over 10 different meatloaf recipies trying to find one that my kids and husband like and all I have to say is THANK YOU!!! This is for sure a keeper. My son actually asked for seconds on the meatloaf instead of the mashed potatoes!! I'm so happy I found this recipe that the whole family likes!!

kwest82804 February 18, 2009

My son is as picky as they come, my husband hates meatloaf, I love it. So, I made this recipe hoping the kid friendly-Ness of it would suffice everyone. It did indeed! We ate all of it! No left overs, in a house of only three, no leftovers?! Amazing!

Nadine N. December 15, 2015