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

This recipe was originally adapted from the good ol' Better Homes and Gardens plaid cookbook. I changed it around a little because I don't really like using fillers like cracker crumbs or breadcrumbs. I tend to think of the crumbs as being evil, little, thirsty sponges absorbing all of the fats and grease that would, otherwise, drain out. I confess that I have used TVP (texturized vegetable protein) as an extender when I just didn't have enough ground meat. Grated carrots, mushrooms, zucchini and/or other vegetables can be added in the uncooked mix to lighten up the density. By the way, the leftovers make an unbeatable sandwich! My husband likes to doctor his meatloaf sandwiches up with mayonnaise, ketchup and hot sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. (I like to microwave the chopped onion for a minute or two on High prior to mixing it into the loaf) Combine the first seven ingredients together with your hands until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Pat the mixture into a freeform loaf-shape in a casserole dish.
  3. Mix together the last 4 ingredients and spread over the top of the loaf, dripping a little down the sides.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes (I usually drain off the fat after 45 minutes and at the end of the cooking time).


Most Helpful

Mercy, this was good!! I did add about 1/2 teaspoon more salt, and a handful of plain breadcrumbs. For the sauce I used 1/2 ketchup and 1/2 chili sauce, and pure maple syrup. It was the best meatloaf sauce I've stumbled on. Next time we may splurge even more & add a few strips of bacon, which would pair well with the sage & maple syrup. Served with mashed potatoes & peas for a savory, country-style TV dinner. Thanks for sharing!

Christmas Carol April 13, 2011

I was a little concerned that there were no breadcrumbs or oatmeal in this, as it was very wet, so I added some oatmeal. I used ground turkey, light sour cream, 1 T parsley (ran out), rehydrated minced onions and the ketchup/brown sugar option. Adults liked it, kids were so-so. It seemed to have a strong sagey taste, even with only 1/2 tsp; maybe it was the missing parsley. As I said, adults liked it, but I will probably stick to my meatloaf, in hopes that the kids will eat it! :) Tagged in I Recommend.

WI Cheesehead May 19, 2008

Loved the sauce on top! I used maple syrup. Never thought of using maple syrup that way. Thanks for sharing, Mercy. Made for "I Recommend" game.

WiGal May 05, 2008

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