This classic homemade meatloaf is perfectly seasoned and has bursts of onion while topped with a tangy tomato glaze.
I must admit, meatloaf hasn’t always been one of my favorite things to eat. Growing up I hated the stuff. Whenever my mom would make meatloaf for dinner, I would curl up my nose and pour myself a bowl of cereal instead. It was that bad. When I moved out of my parent’s house I tried my hand at making meatloaf and to my surprise, it was delicious. Go figure. Now that I am married, it is one of my husband’s favorite meals. I mean who could blame him? A nice hunk of meat on a plate with a pile of mashed potatoes ? Yes please!
There are a few things I recommend when making this meatloaf. First, use beef with not a lot of fat in it. Like 85/15 or 90/10. That refers to the ratio of lean meat to fat. The leaner the meat, the less fat. It makes it so the meatloaf isn’t mushy at the bottom when it’s done cooking.
Second, I like to use plain Panko bread crumbs, which are Japanese bread crumbs. I feel that they make an enormous difference when it comes to the firmness of the meatloaf. Since they are ground into bigger flakes versus traditional breadcrumbs, it helps to soak up some of the liquid when cooking. Lastly, I like to cover my loaf pan with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. It helps the loaf come out nice and clean when it is done cooking and makes for easy clean up!
- 1 pound ground beef
- ¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp ground mustard
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ medium Vidalia onion,, minced
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup your favorite barbeque sauce
- ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Combine the ground beef, Panko bread crumbs, milk, eggs, seasonings and onion in a bowl and mix until well combined (I use my hands and mash it all together. It’s kind of fun!)
- Press firmly into your foil and nonstick spray lined pan, making sure all parts are even.
- Mix the ketchup, barbeque sauce and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl
- Pour evenly on top of the meat loaf, spreading with a spoon if necessary.
- Bake at 375 for 50 minutes
- Let it cool 5 min before taking it out of the pan
- Enjoy with your favorite sides! (we love mashed potatoes and green beans)
use beef with not a lot of fat in it,
use plain Panko bread crumbs,
cover loaf pan with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray