Quick and Easy Meatloaf Recipe With Bread Crumbs


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  • Yield : 1 meatloaf
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 50m
  • Ready In : 60m
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Here’s a basic, hearty and delicious, quick and easy meatloaf recipe that you’ll absolutely love. With just a few basic ingredients and easy steps you can make a savory meatloaf that’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

Meatloaf is a meal that everyone loves and it doesn’t have to be a big deal to make at all.

The basic ingredients of meatloaf are ground beef, egg and breadcrumbs. By adding some chopped onion, mustard, ketchup and salt and pepper, and a little brown sugar, you’ve made a quick and easy meatloaf that is simply outstanding.

classic meatloaf recipe

classic meatloaf recipe

This meatloaf recipe is plenty for two people with some leftovers that are great the next day and heat up easily in the microwave. Or even put the leftovers on a couple of pieces of toast for a delicious meatloaf sandwich.

Kids love helping to make this recipe too!


  • 1 pound of ground beef (80/20 or 85/15 is best)
  • 1 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


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Step 2

In large bowl, mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, egg, salt and pepper. Use two hands and mix well.

Step 3

In a separate small bowl, mix ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.

Step 4

Lightly grease a shallow baking pan (13x9 is ideal), and shape 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.

Quick and Easy Meatloaf Recipe With Bread Crumbs

Comments (16)

  1. posted by Bob on February 5, 2017

    This is so quick and easy and my wife complimented me on my cooking skills. I did follow other people’s advice and lined the tin with bacon and put boiled eggs in the centre. Can’t wait for the grandchildren to come and help me make it again.

  2. posted by Rachel H. on February 24, 2017

    I’ve made this so many times. My family LOVES it! I doubled it for a family dinner last night and I got a ton of compliments! Thank you for sharing such a delicious dish!

  3. posted by Diane on April 14, 2017

    This was super easy, but next time I will add some Italian seasoning and maybe garlic?? It was a little bland.

    • posted by Jackie on April 21, 2017

      I added some onion powder, and garlic & herb spice. Was much better.

    • posted by Chelsea on November 6, 2017

      Try using Italian bread crumbs instead of plain ones. It adds more flavor

    • posted by Margaret on December 13, 2017

      I do that everytime and my family loves it.

  4. posted by Wennie on May 16, 2017

    I substitute chopped bread n oatmeal to breadcrumbs. Add 1 egg n make 1/2 milk ~1 cup.it smell so so good n taste good. Moist.

  5. posted by Sweilla Grubbs on July 12, 2017

    I make this recipe every time I make meatloaf my kids and fiance love it ! I do not put the ketchup mixture on top while baking and sometimes use bbq sauce instead !! Thanks

  6. posted by Krystal on July 23, 2017

    This is easy and so good. I goofed the first time and mixed the ketchup top seasoning into meatloaf, then more on top. Hubby loved the mix up, but now I leave the milk out.

  7. posted by Diana Turner on August 8, 2017

    I love how easy this is. I add mozzarella cheese in the center like my mom does an its so good. An all the kids love it.

  8. posted by Rhonda on November 1, 2017

    This is my favorite meatloaf recipe. The only thing I do different is sometimes I add gr. pork with the gr.beef. like 3 parts beef to 1 part pork.

  9. posted by ABW on November 22, 2017

    This is, hands down, the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. Made for us by a caretaker of our elderly family members. She had never made it before and the raves were so positive she tried a second time with equal success. A hint of sweet and sour with nothing more than ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar.

  10. posted by Lisa on January 9, 2018

    I used Italian style breadcrumbs. I added garlic powder and crushed red pepper. In the topping, instead of 1/3 cup ketchup, I combined a 1:1 ratio of ketchup and tomato sauce in the required 1/3 cup. Also I put in a dash of cholula hot sauce in topping.

  11. posted by Tracy Silies on March 12, 2018

    It was an easy recipe to follow. Love the topping, but the taste of the meatloaf was a tad bland. I will use the recipe again, and try to flavor it a little more. My Mom used to add tomato paste or sauce to the meat mixture.

  12. posted by Veronica Williams on September 17, 2018

    This is an easy recipe to follow. I love it. I fix it every time, I stop fixing my old recipe for meatloaf. I am fixing it today.

  13. posted by Jake on September 18, 2018

    How many people ideally is this for?


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