Mixing ground beef with chopped onions, and fluffy Panko breadcrumbs, along with a sprinkle of your favorite seasonings, transforms into a meatloaf that’s both irresistibly tender and juicily delightful. Topping it off with a sweet and tangy glaze brings out an incredible flavor that truly makes this classic meatloaf stand out on any dinner table.

Meatloaf recipe with glaze

Of course, you don’t want a greasy loaf, and you don’t want one that is dry and chalky. Check out our meatloaf recipe for the secret to crafting the perfect, moist meatloaf topped with the most delicious glaze.

What Makes the Best Meatloaf?

To achieve the perfect meatloaf that’s moist, flavorful, well-structured, not too dense, and has a delicious crusty outside, please consider these points:

1. Moist, but Not Soggy or Greasy

2. Flavorful, Not Bland

3. Holds Together in Slices

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4. Light, Not Too Dense

5. Delicious Crusty Outside

What is the Best Meat for Meatloaf?

The foundation of any meatloaf is, unsurprisingly, the meat. A melange of ground beef, pork, and veal, often referred to as “meatloaf mix,” offers a rich complexity of flavors and a desirable fat content that ensures moistness.

Ground beef, with a fat ratio of 80/20, provides a succulent base, while the addition of pork adds depth and juiciness.

How Long to Cook Meatloaf?

The cooking time for meatloaf can vary depending on its size and the specific recipe, but a general guideline is to cook it uncovered in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 45 minutes. It’s crucial to ensure that the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C) to be considered safe to eat according to food safety standards.

Using a wireless meat thermometer like Typhur Sync to monitor the internal temperature is the most reliable way to determine if the meatloaf is fully cooked. It seamlessly combines two 6-sensor probes and a Base Station with a 2.4-inch display, Bluetooth 5.4, and built-in Wi-Fi for accurate and reliable wireless temperature monitoring, with or without a mobile app.

meatloaf temperature

If it hasn’t reached the desired temperature after 45 minutes, continue cooking until it’s properly cooked through.

Remember, factors like your oven’s accuracy, the meatloaf’s shape, and the mix of ingredients can affect the cooking time, so adjusting accordingly is key to achieving the perfect meatloaf.

What Goes With Meatloaf?

Meatloaf, with its rich and savory profile, pairs wonderfully with a variety of sides that can range from classic comfort foods to lighter, fresher accompaniments. Here are some delicious options to serve alongside meatloaf, ensuring a well-rounded and satisfying meal:

Mashed Potatoes

A quintessential pairing, creamy mashed potatoes complement the hearty flavors of meatloaf, especially when drizzled with gravy.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, or asparagus add a nice contrast with their caramelized edges and tender interiors.

Green Beans

Whether steamed, sautéed, or almondine, green beans provide a crisp, fresh side that cuts through the richness of the meatloaf.

How to Store and Freeze Meatloaf

Storing and freezing meatloaf correctly can extend its enjoyment well beyond the initial meal. Here’s how to keep your meatloaf delicious for later consumption:

Storing Meatloaf in the Refrigerator

  1. Cool Down: Allow the meatloaf to cool to room temperature after cooking but do not leave it out for more than two hours to avoid bacterial growth.
  2. Wrap Tightly: Wrap the meatloaf tightly in plastic wrap, or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container. This helps to keep it moist and prevents it from absorbing odors from the refrigerator.
  3. Refrigerate Promptly: Store the wrapped or contained meatloaf in the refrigerator. Properly stored, it will last for 3 to 4 days.

Freezing Meatloaf

  1. Cool Completely: Ensure the meatloaf is completely cooled before preparing it for freezing to prevent ice crystals from forming.
  2. Slice or Keep Whole: You can freeze the meatloaf whole or slice it before freezing. Slicing it allows for easier thawing and serving later on.
  3. Wrap Well: Wrap the meatloaf or slices in a layer of plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil, or place them in a freezer-safe bag. Double wrapping helps prevent freezer burn and keeps the meatloaf fresh.
  4. Label and Date: Label the wrapped meatloaf with the freezing date. This helps you keep track of how long it’s been in the freezer.
  5. Freeze: Place the wrapped meatloaf in the coldest part of the freezer. Meatloaf stored this way will be good for up to 3 to 4 months.

Thawing and Reheating Frozen Meatloaf

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Meatloaf Recipe

For your next park picnic or outing, consider this delicious glazed meatloaf as a top-notch lunch option.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 462 kcal




For the seasoned meat

  • 1 pound ground beef 454g
  • ½ pound ground pork 227g
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped 40g
  • 3 each garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 each eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs 110g
  • ¼ cup milk 50g
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 15g
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste 30g
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard 15g
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 1g
  • 1 tsp Paprika 2.5g
  • 1 tsp kosher salt 6g
  • 20 turns black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tbsp garilc powder 10g

For the meatloaf glaze

  • ¼ cup brown sugar 52g
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce 20g
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 15g
  • ¾ cup ketchup 180g



Calories: 462kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 24gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1141mgPotassium: 622mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 441IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 4mg

(Nutrition information is calculated automatically by Spoonacular API and should be considered an estimate.)