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The Best Classic Meatloaf

The Best Classic Meatloaf

Charlotte Hancey
This meatloaf is simple, flavorful, classic and perfect! The three-ingredient sauce is so delicious too. Classic comfort food at its best!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs 85% lean ground beef
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup crushed saltines or panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish by lining with nonstick foil or spraying with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add ground beef, eggs, milk, saltines (or panko), onion, sage, salt and pepper. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix or overwork the meat.
  • Pour meat mixture into prepared dish and shape into an long oval shaped loaf that is about 3-4 inches high.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour 2/3 of the sauce evenly over the meatloaf.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160° F. Let stand 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve with remaining sauce.
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