Meatloaf Recipes for Every Occasion

Try any one of these delicious meatloaf recipes – they’re guaranteed to be a hit! Use ground turkey for the lowest fat content (if you don’t like the taste, try a mixture of half-turkey, half-lean beef), or use lean ground beef, the old-fashioned way! Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed a hearty meal without the hassle of a long prep time. Enjoy!

Mama’s Meatloaf

1 pound ground meat
2/3 cup skim milk
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg, beaten


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Form into a loaf in bread pan or baking dish. Top with more ketchup as desired. Bake 1 hour.

Tip: Use a two-piece meatloaf pan to keep meat out of drippings.

Honey-Dijon Meatloaf

1 1/2 pounds ground meat
1/3 cup dry plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp chopped dried leaf basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp honey


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix meat, crumbs, onion, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir eggs in, thoroughly but gently. Shape into loaf in pan or baking dish. Mix honey and mustard, brush half of mixture onto loaf. Bake 30 minutes, brush loaf with the rest of the mixture. Bake additional 30-45 minutes. Garnish with diced green onions, if desired.

Cajun Meatloaf

2 pounds ground meat
1 egg
1/3 cup finely ground bread crumbs
1 medium tomato
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/4 cup celery
1 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove seeds from tomato and pepper, finely chop all vegetables. Combine all ingredients, form into loaf, place in foiled or 2-piece meatloaf pan. Bake 60-70 minutes.

(If desired, remove from oven 10 minutes before done and spread ketchup or chili sauce over top, replace in oven, bake another 10 minutes.)

Chili Meatloaf

2 pounds ground meat
3 Tbsp minced onion
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
16-oz can kidney/pinto beans


Preheat oven to 350 F. Drain, rinse, and partially mash beans. Combine all ingredients, form into loaf. Place in 2-piece meatloaf pan (see “Use These Pans” above) or line bread pan with foil beforehand. Bake 75-90 minutes, top with low-fat slices of pepperjack cheese or additional diced tomatoes, as desired.

Cranberry Meatloaf

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce
1 1/2 pound ground meat
1/2 pound ground cooked ham
3/4 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup cracker crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp chopped onion


Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf pan. Spread sugar over bottom of pan, followed by mashed cranberry sauce. Combine remaining ingredients, shape into loaf, place in pan on top of sugar and cranberry layers. Bake 1 hour.

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