Top 20 Best Meatloaf Recipes

Meatloaf has long been a popular American dish, and many consider it a comfort food.It's versatile as well. Make meatloaf with a combination of beef, pork, and veal, or make it with turkey. Bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, and oats are popular fillers.

Here are some of the most popular meatloaf recipes on this site, including slow cooker versions, meatloaf muffins, and grilled meatloaf.

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    simple meatloaf
    Simple Meatloaf. Diana Rattray

    Use the topping mixture included in the recipe or use plain ketchup to top off this tasty meatloaf or serve it plain with ketchup on the side. This simple meatloaf is made with ground beef, bread crumbs, dried onion, and seasonings. This makes a large loaf, enough for a family of 6.

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    Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
    Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. Diana Rattray

    This delicious bacon-wrapped meatloaf is enhanced with grated natural Parmesan cheese, Cajun spices, and a tasty barbecue sauce glaze. I added finely chopped bell pepper and onions to give the meatloaf extra color and flavor.

  • 03 of 20
    Meatloaf Muffins
    Meatloaf Muffins. Diana Rattray

    Meatloaf muffins are made with a basic meatloaf mixture along with ketchup for flavor and topping. The recipe makes a dozen meatloaf muffins. The kids will love them!

    See also Meatloaf Sliders

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    Meatloaf With Gravy
    Meatloaf With Gravy. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This basic meatloaf is topped with a simple purchased brown gravy, or make a gravy from a package mix. The meatloaf makes a wonderful and comforting meal with mashed potatoes and a side vegetable. Use brown gravy, mushroom gravy, or onion gravy.

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  • 05 of 20
    Tex-Mex Meatloaf
    Tex-Mex Meatloaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Flavor, texture, and heat come from the cilantro, chili powder, and jalapeno peppers. I topped the meatloaf with extra ketchup, but a taco sauce, Picante sauce, or enchilada sauce would be great as well. Serve this nicely-seasoned meatloaf with a Mexican style rice or mashed potatoes for a satisfying family meal.

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    Grilled Meatloaf
    Grilled Meatloaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This flavorful meatloaf is easy to prepare and cook on the grill. Whether you use a gas or charcoal grill, try to keep the grill temperature steady at a medium heat -- around 350° F if your grill has a thermostat. Use a heavy duty disposable aluminum pan or a double thickness of heavy-duty foil.

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    Green Chile Meatloaf
    Green Chile Meatloaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Mild green chile peppers flavor this tasty meatloaf, along with some cilantro and chile-seasoned diced tomatoes. Top this meatloaf with cheddar or pepper jack cheese slices.

  • 08 of 20
    Southwestern-Style Meat Loaf
    Southwestern-Style Meat Loaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This meatloaf is loaded with flavor and texture, with ingredients like corn, ripe olives, and salsa. Use all ground beef or a combination of ground beef and pork or veal.

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  • 09 of 20
    Savory Meatloaf With Oatmeal
    Savory Meatloaf With Oatmeal. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Ground beef, oats, garlic, and onions make up the mixture for this classic meatloaf. I love the ketchup topping, but feel free to use chili sauce or barbecue sauce on the loaf.

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    Meatloaf Mix
    Basic Meatloaf Mix. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This basic, great tasting meatloaf is an uncomplicated mixture of lean ground beef, cracker crumbs, ketchup, and seasonings. Basic doesn't mean bland! 

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    cheddar meatloaf recipe
    Cheddar Meatloaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Cheddar cheese and a combination of ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and chili powder give this meatloaf fabulous flavor. 

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    French Onion Meatloaf
    French Onion Meatloaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Condensed French onion soup makes the onion flavor stand out in this moist meatloaf. Top it with ketchup or barbecue sauce, or leave it plain. Leftovers make great sandwiches.

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    Sliced meatloaf
    Sliced Meat Loaf. James Baigrie/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    This meatloaf is an old-fashioned favorite. Dry onion soup mix and ketchup flavor the loaf. The recipe is made with only 6 ingredients.

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    Meatloaf
    Grandma's Meat Loaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This meatloaf is another old-fashioned favorite, with lean ground beef, chili sauce or ketchup, oats, and seasonings. If you use all ground beef, 85% is a good choice for a juicy meatloaf

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    Meatloaf With Black Beans
    Meatloaf With Black Beans. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This delicious meatloaf is made with the addition of black beans and optional cilantro, along with cumin and chili powder for flavor. Use shredded Mexican cheese or pepper jack cheese in the loaf, and top it with salsa, if you like.

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    Parmesan Meat Loaf
    Parmesan Meat Loaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Parmesan cheese and a dried Italian herbs season this Italian-style savory meatloaf. The meatloaf is topped with tomato sauce and extra Parmesan cheese.

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    Meat Loaf With Mushroom Gravy
    Meat Loaf With Mushroom Gravy. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This flavorful, savory meatloaf is served with a homemade beefy mushroom gravy. Serve this excellent meatloaf with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables for a fabulous family dinner. If you're short on time, use a mushroom gravy mix.

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    Country Meatloaf
    Country Meatloaf. James Baigrie/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    This classic everyday meatloaf is made with lean ground beef or ground round. Vegetable additions include sauteed sliced mushrooms, onion, celery, and shredded carrots.

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    Meatloaf Dinner
    Home Style Meatloaf. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This flavorful meatloaf recipe is made with lean ground beef, chopped onion, oats, tomato juice, ketchup or barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and egg white.

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    turkey meatloaf
    Turkey Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze. Diana Rattray

    This turkey meatloaf includes some ground pork, but you could also use part ground turkey thighs to keep it juicy. The meatloaf is topped with a tangy, delicious cranberry glaze.