The Best Amish Meatloaf Recipe

"After traveling in eastern Ohio and eating many different "Amish-style" meatloaves, I finally asked for this wonderful meatloaf recipe. This one is not as sweet as the typical Amish recipe and has some garlic flavoring in it. We love it!!"
photo by The Frugal Cheflady photo by The Frugal Cheflady
photo by The Frugal Cheflady
Ready In:
1hr 30mins


  • 2 lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 1 34 cups Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 34 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 14 - 12 teaspoon pepper (to taste)
  • 2 slices of regular-sliced bacon

  • 12 cup ketchup
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 18 - 14 teaspoon pepper (to taste)


  • Mix first 7 ingredients throughly together and pack into a loaf pan.
  • Next put the strips of bacon on top and bake for an hour at 350F degrees.
  • While waiting, mix the sauce ingredients together.
  • After the hour is up, pour and smooth the sauce onto the meatloaf and cook another 15 to 20 minutes. I have sometimes added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt instead of the salt to the sauce mixture and that is also delicious!

Questions & Replies

  1. What temp for oven?
  2. If I use 85-15 ground beef how many cups of crushed Ritz crackers do I use? thanks


  1. No recipe is perfect and no recipe deserves a five stars. We all tweak, adapt, season, measure to our own preferences. You can only truthfully review said recipe if cooked exact, not adding, deleting or changing. If you do that then you are not reviewing but rather making your own recipe. Period. I have made this twice exactly and it was delicious and simple. The Amish are known for their simplicity. In my version, I would add extra seasonings, green pepper, etc, but this is not my recipe to change.
  2. Best meatloaf I have ever had. Will use this. Several people have asked me for the recipe.<br/>Made no changes. It was perfect as is.
  3. YUM! The reviewer who said it had great texture is what made me decide to try this recipe - texture is a big deal for me. This meatloaf came out perfectly, firm and very tasty! I didn't follow it exactly, though, but I'm sure if I'd have had the exact ingredients it wouldn't change my opinion. I used half bulk sausage, half ground beef, homemade seasoned breadcrumbs because I didn't have any Ritz crackers. I also used Miss Tink's House Seasoning ( because I was all out of garlic powder (I don't use garlic salt). The sauce tasted a bit too ketchup-y for me so I tweaked it a bit by adding Smokehouse pepper, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce. The end result was absolutely what I was after when I decided I wanted meatloaf for supper. The bacon was a nice touch, too. We love bacon here so I used 3 strips, which covered the top. Served with mashed potatoes and Sauteed Cabbage (
  4. This is the best meatloaf I have ever had!! Bar none! I will search no more!
  5. Very nice textured meatloaf. It has great flavor and so moist. Thanks for posting this lovely meatloaf recipe.



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