224 Reviews

this is a fantastic recipe! we loved the savory, rich taste of the sauce with only a hint of tangy tomato sweetness. i didn't have cracker crumbs so i used breadcrumbs. pure comfort food.

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luckycloud29 October 15, 2003

This was really good the Sunday night I made it, served with macaroni and cheese and a mixed veggie. However in our family, meatloaf means sandwiches the next night and cold, this meatloaf just didn't cut it for sandwiches. It completely fell apart. Maybe it was the cracker crumbs. (I usually use breadcrumbs). Next time I'll substitute breadcrumbs and see if that makes a difference.

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Cher Jewhurst October 10, 2003

This was a great meatloaf recipe. My husband even thanked me for the leftovers. This one is definetly a keeper!

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Marguerite214 April 16, 2003

My husband said to throw out the old recipes. Finally, a recipe that everyone loves! Best we've ever eaten and smells wonderful!

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Cheryl Collins January 13, 2003

Family loved this meatloaf! And I tried many recipes over the years. I had 2 1/2 lbs. of lean ground beef so I had to adjust the other ingredient amounts a bit. I used a combination of cracker crumbs and soft white bread crumbs and chopped the onion fine (picky eaters) and had no problem with it still being crunchy. Next time I will reduce the brown sugar by just a tad.

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MSippigirl August 24, 2016

The topping was awesome, made only a half batch of it like other reviewers and didn't add any water to it. The meatloaf took an hour and a half to cook and I probably could have cooked it longer. Used panko bread crumbs instead of crushed crackers and also spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. Smelled delicious while baking. Baked on a wire rack (probably should have sprayed it first, meat kind of stuck to it) with a baking sheet underneath, easier cleanup than using a broiler pan. Will make this again, thank you.

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bubbleyumm82 August 02, 2016

Excellent! I did the recipe as written, except that I didn't have any tomato sauce. I used pasta sauce instead. I also halved the sauce and didn't add any water. Will definitely make again. My husband loved it.

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norajm July 10, 2016

Great classic recipe. I made it with half saltine crumbs and half pinko (cause that's what I had). It did take longer to cook in a loaf pan (to internal temp of 160). Need to remember next time to used really lean ground beef so I don't have to drain.

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NancyB April 16, 2016

Any meatloaf without torn up bread isn't the same. You gotta have torn up bread - whether you put in crumbs or not! My topping is much more sexy with ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.... Makes everything so tasty!

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Lonny P. March 27, 2016

This was so good!!! LOVE the sauce! This is my first time cooking meatloaf & I wasn't sure what to expect but it turned out amazing! I was unsure how much sauce to add onto the meatloaf since it was so watery. Next time I will add more!

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Tina V. October 07, 2015
Meatloaf