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All American Meatloaf

All American Meatloaf

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I discovered this recipe when I was pregnant with my first child. This is the only meatloaf recipe my family allows me to make still. It can be frozen ahead.

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  • Calories:
  • 344 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.3g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 26.5 g
  • 53%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 140 mg
  • 47%
  • Sodium:
  • 595 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix ground beef, quick oats, onion, milk, eggs, 1/4 cup ketchup, parsley, garlic, salt, basil, and black pepper together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined; pat the mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  3. Bake meatloaf in the preheated oven until firm and no longer pink inside, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meat loaf should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
  4. Remove from oven, spread 2 tablespoons ketchup over loaf, and top with Cheddar cheese slices; return to oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 5 more minutes.
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If you are looking for a striking, unique recipe for meatloaf, this isn't your answer. But if you are looking for a very nice meatloaf that everyone in the family will want seconds of, this is the one for you! I followed the recipe with the exception of using dried parsley rather than the fresh. I also added an extra minced garlic clove. With this basic recipe you can do whatever you want to meet your taste requirements, but this is a very wonderful place to start. I can tell you that this is very family friendly and will be made again in my kitchen!


I searched a bunch of recipes and used this as my base to add on. I omitted the oats as my hubby is on a no carb diet. It makes it very juicy, so be prepared. I added a tsp of Italian seasoning and ended up doubling the parsley as I didn't want leftovers, I also added another clove of garlic. I doubled the pepper because I love it. I liked the idea of half meat/half sausage, but didn't have sausage so added a pinch of fennel seeds and a dash of allspice to give it that flavor. I put the ketchup glaze on right away and cooked for 75 minutes. It turned out great!


I use a recipe similar to this one, but I mix 1/2 cup ketchup with 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 tbsp mustard, mix half into the ground beef, spread other half on top of the loaf. Shred the cheese and put in mixture. Tastes fantastic