Easy Meatloaf Recipe with the BEST Glaze

Your family is going to love this quick and easy favorite meatloaf recipe with a homemade sweet and tangy glaze baked on top.

I spent 2 years cooking for a camp and retreat center, and learned this special method for making meatloaf. It turns out delicious every single time. Not only is it one of my family’s favorite meal, it was also a favorite of hundreds of guests!

Homemade Meatloaf with Smashed Potatoes

Good ol’ meatloaf and smashed potatoes. It feels a little old fashioned to me ~ like maybe I should be wearing a vintage dress and heels while I make it ~ a-la June Cleaver ~ although, truth be told, I’ve never seen an episode of Leave it to Beaver!:)

This easy meatloaf recipe is juicy and full of flavor, with the perfect tangy & sweet glaze baked right on top. It’s perfect serve with smashed potatoes (recipe is also below), baked potatoes, or mashed potatoes.

Ingredients needed for this Homemade Meatloaf recipe:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the glaze:

  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1:

Mix all meatloaf ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Use a large spoon for mixing, and if you aren’t too squeamish, wash your hands well and mix it together well with your hands.

Step 2:

Press meatloaf mixture firmly into a loaf pan.

Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes ~ the recipe for this classic comfort food meal

Step 3: Turn formed meatloaf onto a parchment paper lined baking pan with sides.

Rather than baking  meatloaf in a loaf pan (where the grease sits in a pool on the top ~ Yuck!), try this trick: Flip the packed meatloaf from the loaf pan  onto a large pan with sides which has been lined with parchment paper.

Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes ~ the recipe for this classic comfort food meal

(“Whack it!” firmly on the bottom, til it slides out of the loaf pan.)

With this method, the grease will then run out onto the pan as it bakes. It works like a charm!

Step 4: Mix the barbecue sauce glaze ingredients together in another bowl and pour over the top of the meatloaf.

The secret weapon of this meatloaf is the sauce you pour over the top. It makes the house smell delicious as it bakes and adds so much flavor!

Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes ~ the recipe for this classic comfort food meal

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until completely done (and not pink) in the center.

Homemade meatloaf with homemade barbecue sauce topping with smashed potatoes

Tips for making meatloaf amazing!

  • DO NOT over mix it after you put the oatmeal in. If you do, it turns very gummy. Although it never happened to me, I’ve heard horror stories.;)
  • Be careful not to pack the loaf pan too tight with the meatloaf mixture. Just gently press it into the loaf pan before you flip it onto the baking pan – or you can just form it into a loaf shape with your hands.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper!) or aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  • For easy slicing, rest the meatloaf for 5-10 minutes after baking before slicing.
  • Meatloaf typically is served with some type of potato. Baked potatoes work great. Or, the smashed potato recipe below is a great variation and also a hit!
Quick and Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Quick and Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Your family is going to love this quick and easy favorite meatloaf recipe with homemade barbecue sauce baked on top. It's a perfect comfort food meal and a great weeknight meal idea.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Instructions

  1. Mix all meatloaf ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Use a large spoon for mixing, and if you aren’t too squeamish, wash your hands well and mix it together well with your hands.
  2. Press meatloaf mixture firmly into a loaf pan.
  3. Turn formed meatloaf onto a parchment paper lined baking pan with sides.Rather than baking  meatloaf in a loaf pan (where the grease sits in a pool on the top ~ Yuck!), try this trick: Flip the packed meatloaf from the loaf pan  onto a large pan with sides which has been lined with parchment paper.
  4. (“Whack it!” firmly on the bottom, til it slides out of the loaf pan.)
  5. With this method, the grease will then run out onto the pan as it bakes. It works like a charm!
  6. Mix the barbecue sauce ingredients together in another bowl and pour over the top of the meatloaf.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until completely done (and not pink) in the center.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
    Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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    Here’s how to make Smashed Potatoes:

    1.Wash baby potatoes and place in large saucepan covered with water.

    Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes ~ the recipe for this classic comfort food meal

    2. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender. Be careful that you don’t overcook them, though, or they will fall apart.

    3. Drain cooked potatoes, and place on baking dish.

    Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes ~ the recipe for this classic comfort food meal

    3. Smash each one with a potato masher.

    4.Brush each one with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper and any other spices of choice. (I used Epicure’s Oven Roast spice this time.)

    Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes ~ the recipe for this classic comfort food meal

    5.Place in a 400 degree oven & bake until they are lightly browned and slightly crispy. (About 10 minutes).

    When making smashed potatoes to go with meatloaf, I bake the meatloaf first. Once I take it out of the oven, I increase the oven’s temperature and bake the smashed potatoes.

    Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes ~ the recipe for this classic comfort food meal

    Meatloaf slices cut easier if it rests a few minutes before slicing, so baking the potatoes while it’s resting works well.

    Umm…umm..Good!

    Smashed Potatoes

    Smashed Potatoes

    Yield: 8
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes

    Baby potatoes boiled and baked to perfection with spices to make a crispy & tasty side dish -perfect for meatloaf, steak, and any other meal that pairs well with potatoes.

    Ingredients

    • 16 baby potatoes
    • olive oil
    • spices of choice (like italian seasoning, chili powder, or rosemary)

    Instructions

    1. Scrub baby potatoes under running water until clean.
    2. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Sprinkle in salt. Boil until fork tender - about 10-15 minutes depending on size of potatoes.
    3. Drain potatoes and pour out onto a flat surface (like a large cutting board). Using a potatoe masher, smash each potatoe. It's ok if they look messy. The messier the better!
    4. Brush each one with olive oil and sprinkle with spices of your choice. Some favorite options are Italian seasoning, chili powder, rosemary, or sage,
    5. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, or until crispy and brown around the edges

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    10 Comments

    1. yum!!! Totally making this! I have not tried oatmeal in meatloaf and sounds awesome! Also, I LOVE the smashed potatoes idea! 😀 Thanks!!!

    2. I love a good meatloaf. I am going g to try your tip of baking on a sheet rather that boiling it in its own grease. Thanks for the recipe

    3. Hi Rita Joy, This looks delicious! I copied both recipes. You didn’t have a Print Ready version for the Smashed Potatoes. As I was copying it, I noticed you had two step number 3s and two step number 4s! You might like to edit that. Thanks for sharing!

    4. The name says it all… almost! Not only is this meatloaf quick and easy, but it’s also scrumptious! I’ve never been a big meatloaf fan, but this recipe changed that with the first bite. A hit with our whole family!

    5. I followed the recipe and first off, it’s nearly impossible to smack the loaf out of the pan; and secondly it lacked any flavour other than the top sauce. It was super bland and definitely needs additional seasoning outside of just salt and pepper. It’s a decent basic recipe but it’s not amazing. We won’t make it again.

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