Quick and easy meatloaf recipe with bread crumbs is the perfect comfort food. Not sure what to make with that pound of lean ground beef you picked up at the store? Try this quick and easy meatloaf recipe with bread crumbs tonight.
Perfectly seasoned with a few pantry staples and topped with a tangy glaze, this quick and easy meatloaf recipe with bread crumbs is sure to become a weeknight regular on your table. Quick and easy is an understatement for this savory family favorite.
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Easy meatloaf recipe with breadcrumbs is a fast and simple comfort food dish the whole family will love. Your pickiest eaters are sure to gobble it up. A sweet and savory glaze tops this succulent meatloaf. In my house, we love to pair this classic meatloaf with mashed potatoes and peas. Let’s get cookin!
How To Make Quick and Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Bread Crumbs
Just a few minutes of prep and this bad boy is ready for the oven. Kick back and relax while your easy meatloaf recipe with breadcrumbs bakes. Or take that time to prepare your sides.
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Kitchen Tools Needed:
- Best chef knife
- Mixing bowls
- Baking sheet or loaf pan
- Aluminum foil
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Instant read digital thermometer
Tips for Quick and Easy Meatloaf with Bread Crumbs
Substitute for Bread Crumbs in Meatloaf
You will need bread crumbs or cracker crumbs of some type. They act as a binding ingredient when mixed with the milk, egg, and ground beef and this is what holds your meatloaf together. Without them your meatloaf will just fall apart.
How to Make the Glaze
Easy meatloaf recipe with ketchup uses this versatile tomato sauce as the base for it’s glaze. Simple mix the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar together and spread over the unbaked meatloaf before popping it in the oven.
For a fun twist, try substituting barbecue sauce for this glaze and voila! you’ve got yourself a barbecue meatloaf. Serve it with a baked potato and corn on the cob.
Time and Temp for Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Bread Crumbs
An instant read digital thermometer comes in real handy. Your meatloaf should reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees. A little higher is ok, the fat content of the ground beef will prevent your meatloaf from drying out. However, if looking for a slightly healthier version feel free to substitute ground turkey but keep a close eye on your cooking temp. Ground turkey should be cooked to 165 degrees and will dry out much more quickly than beef.
Quick and Easy Meatloaf Recipe With Bread Crumbs
- Large Loaf Pan
- Instant Read Food Thermometer
- 1 pound of Ground Beef 80/20 or 85/15 is best
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 chopped onion
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In large bowl, mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, egg, salt and pepper. Use two hands and mix well.
- In a separate small bowl, mix ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.
- Lightly grease a shallow baking pan (a loaf pan is ideal), and shape the beef mixture into a loaf. Cover with ketchup mixture and bake in oven for 45-55 minutes. Check with instant read thermometer. Internal temperature should be 160 degree F.
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