Classic Family Meatloaf


Classic Family Meatloaf

This Classic Family Meatloaf recipe is just the comforting weeknight recipe you've been looking for. When your family is craving some old fashioned comfort food, look no further than this easy meatloaf recipe. It's delicious and so easy to throw together, you'll wonder how you lived so long without this recipe. And since meatloaf is one of those timeless favorites that people tend to enjoy no matter the time of year, you can make it anytime you're in the mood. It's even great for holiday parties and potlucks. You really can't go wrong with this easy meatloaf recipe.

Cooking Time55 min

Cooking Vessel Sizeparchment lined baking sheet



  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Combine meat, oats, vegetables, and egg in a large bowl; mix lightly.

  3. Shape meatloaf mixture into a 6x10-inch loaf on a parchment lined baking sheet.

  4. In a small bowl, combine catsup and bbq sauce. Spread evenly over the top of the meatloaf.

  5. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until meatloaf is to medium doneness (160 degrees F for beef, 170 degrees F for turkey), until not pink in center and juices show no pink color.

  6. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

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My mam used to always make meat loaf all the time and since I moved out I have tried a few different recipes but have not been able to find one that matches. I have never seen oats used before, is it nice in it? What does it do for it? I am curious to try this!

There's nothing quite like meatloaf, and there are so many versions of it you really can't get bored. Just recently I made a meatloaf, and in an attempt to eliminate the greasy mess that usually comes along with it, I used ground sirloin. To prevent it from being dried out, I didn't use any fillers and used crushed tomatoes in the mix instead and OMG...It was so flavorful and juicy. But, now after reading this recipe...I'm a little curious about making it with BBQ sauce.

For the amount of ground beef, I would decrease the amount of oats added. For a pound of meat, one-fourth cup works well. My mom always used oats instead of bread crumbs in meatloaf and it works great. Mixing ketchup and BBQ sauce is new. Usually I see one or the other.


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