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Classic Meatloaf- a family favorite weeknight meal.
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Classic Meatloaf

Classic Meatloaf is super juicy and flavorful with a ketchup/brown sugar glaze on top. Always a family favorite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 308kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 4 slices bread divided
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 pounds ground beef 90% lean
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 to 4 shakes hot sauce (I use Tabasco)


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a nonstick pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper and cook until soft.
  • Season onion and pepper with salt and pepper and let cool.
  • Tear 2 pieces of bread into small pieces and combine in a small bowl with the milk.
  • Grease a 9x5-inch pan and place the remaining 2 pieces of bread in the bottom of the pan. You can use the end pieces of bread for this. The bread will soak up most of the grease and can be discarded after cooking.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, seasoned salt, pepper, basil, thyme, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
  • Add bread soaked in milk and cooled onions and peppers.
  • Gently mix everything until evenly combined, being careful not to overmix.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared pan and gently pat it down so that it is even along the top.
  • To make glaze, mix together ingredients in a small bowl. Spread on top of uncooked meatloaf.
  • Place in oven for 60 to 70 minutes.
  • Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Scrape bread slices off bottom and discard. They are just there to soak up excess grease.


Calories: 308kcal