Savory Meatloaf with Oatmeal

A plate of savory meatloaf with oatmeal
Diana Rattray
  • 110 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Ratings (59)

This classic meatloaf is an all-beef meatloaf with oatmeal, onion, and a little garlic. I love the ketchup topping, but a topping of barbecue sauce would be delicious as well.

This is a meatloaf I've been making since junior high school. I like the oatmeal in the loaf, but an equal amount of bread crumbs or crumbled crackers could certainly be substituted. 

What You'll Need

  • 2 pounds ground beef, 85% to 90% lean
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 large​ egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ketchup, plus more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme or sage

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4).350 F (180 C/Gas 4). Grease a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan or meatloaf pan.
  2. Combine the ground beef, grated onion, egg, garlic, oatmeal, milk, 1/4 cup of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sage or thyme. Blend the mixture thoroughly but don't over-mix.
  3. Pack the ground beef mixture loosely into the prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  1. Remove and carefully pour off any excess grease. Spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and return to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes longer.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans or broccoli.

Tips and Variations

  • The fat content is the key to flavor and juiciness of a meatloaf. 85% is a good ratio for meatloaf.
  • Add a few tablespoons of minced green or red bell pepper and shredded carrots, if desired. For extra moisture, mince any vegetables in a food processor and saute in a tablespoon of vegetable oil before adding to the meatloaf.