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Easy Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe

Our Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe uses traditional ingredients of beef and bread crumbs with a ketchup and brown sugar topping to make a delicious meal.  Our step-by-step instructions make it easy for the most inexperienced cook to prepare a great dish.


1 pound lean ground beef

½ Cup chopped onion

1/3 Cup Milk

¼ Cup Bread Crumbs

1 egg, beaten

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (for topping)

¾ Cup Ketchup(for topping)


  • Set your oven to 350o to start preheating it for baking.
  • Get a medium to large mixing bowl and put the ground beef in the bowl.
  • Using a large knife, slice one small onion or about half of a large onion.  After slicing the onion, chop the rings into small pieces about ¼ to ½ inches long.  When the onion is chopped, measure ½ cup and put it in the bowl with the meat.
  • Measure out 1/3 Cup Milk, ¼ Cup Bread Crumbs and 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce and put them in the bowl with the meat.
  • Break an egg into a small bowl, beat it with a wire whisk (or a fork) until the yolk and the white are blended together.  Pour the egg into the bowl with the meat.
  • Now the fun part – use your hands to blend all the ingredients together to form a loaf.  It should stick together well, and it will look like a small loaf of bread.  If it is not sticking together, add a little more bread crumbs, but go sparingly, as too many bread crumbs will make it too dry.  Place the loaf into a loaf pan (these pans are sometimes used for making bread).
  • Combine 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar and ¾ Cup Ketchup in a small bowl.  Blend them together with a wire whisk (or a fork) until it is a smooth mixture and you can no longer see the Brown Sugar.  Spread this mixture over the loaf you formed above.
  • Place in oven and bake at 350o for 45 minutes.
  • When it is cooked, remove from the oven and let it set for about 5 minutes, then drain any excess juice from the pan before removing the meatloaf.

 Enjoy the meal

  • Place it on a platter and serve with side dishes mentioned above.  Leftover Meatloaf served cold makes great sandwiches.
  • This Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe makes 4 Servings.

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