Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 - 9x5 inch loaf
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Meatloaf:
Topping:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil.

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  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ketchup, tomato juice, salt, pepper, red pepper, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, and mustard for meatloaf until well mixed. Press meat mixture into the prepared pan.

  • In a separate bowl, combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar for topping until smooth. Spread brown sugar mixture over meatloaf.

  • Bake in preheated oven 35 to 45 minutes, until no longer pink. Drain off fat. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

326 calories; protein 18.7g 38% DV; carbohydrates 18.3g 6% DV; fat 19.6g 30% DV; cholesterol 110.3mg 37% DV; sodium 679.9mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2010
This is a great meatloaf recipe. In fact I still have the original card from Great American Recipes I got in the mail that it came on. If you don't want it to be mushy, use lean ground beef (90/10) and put in extra bread crumbs until you get the desired consistency. I use italian style bread crumbs. Also, for the mustard use dijon. I use 1/8 tsp. of cayenne pepper instead of crushed red pepper. You may have to cook it for 50-55 minutes depending on your oven. I also double the sauce and add more brown sugar to it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/04/2010
This is almost too moist. It was good not the best I've had. Maybe better the next day as a sandwich filling. Must follow reviewers suggestion on putting the dry bread under the meat before baking I did not. I used lean beef but after cooking the oil came up and mixed with the topping which was not tastey. Maybe I did it wrong. Read More
(11)
228 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 155
  • 4 star values: 58
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2010
This is a great meatloaf recipe. In fact I still have the original card from Great American Recipes I got in the mail that it came on. If you don't want it to be mushy, use lean ground beef (90/10) and put in extra bread crumbs until you get the desired consistency. I use italian style bread crumbs. Also, for the mustard use dijon. I use 1/8 tsp. of cayenne pepper instead of crushed red pepper. You may have to cook it for 50-55 minutes depending on your oven. I also double the sauce and add more brown sugar to it. Read More
(222)
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2003
This dish was a big hit with my husband! However, I made a few modifications...like suggested in a previous review, I omited the tomato juice and added worcestire instead. I used a mix of ground pork and beef, chili sauce instead of ketchup for more tang, added minced garlic and used panko (japanese breadcrumbs) instead of fresh. I doubled the sauce and replaced 2 tlbs of the brown sugar with maple syrup. It was great and not all crumbly! Read More
(123)
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2003
A good friend called and asked if I had a good meatloaf recipe for her husband (he's got cancer). I don't like meatloaf myself, but this looked like the reviews were good, so I gave it a shot. It was a huge hit! I served it with red mashed potatoes, broccoli in lemon butter, and chocolate cake. People are still talking about it! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2005
This was my first attempt at meatloaf and it turned out wonderful. It's also the first time I have made something that tasted better than what my mom used to make. I didn't have enough ketchup so I used about a 1/4 cup in both the meat and the sauce and added an extra 1/4 cup of tomato juice in both to make up for it. I was worried that it would be too runny but it wasn't. It wasn't too sweet either and it held together really well. So good I had seconds:) Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2011
#1 Meatloaf Ever! This recipe is what brought me to allrecipes.com. I originally got it over 10 years ago in their printed cards that came in a box. For children I only use 1/2 the red pepper flakes but don't leave out completely (adults prefer full amount). I use homemade whole wheat bread crumbs (tastes same as white but healthier). I also add 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic but it's not necessary. Best with extra lean ground beef which has less fat to drain. Tip: don't line loaf pan with foil as meat still sticks & it gives a tinny taste. I use parchment paper or better yet an unlined ungreased silicone loaf pan. I always make 2 & freeze 1 unbaked. Great with mashed potatoes & corn. Many thanks for the only meatloaf recipe my family will ever use! Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2005
This is absolutely the best! Served to over 100 people at church in 12 different loaves and was asked for the recipe over and over. There were so many people that told me they didn't even like meatloaf but were only being polite until they ate mine! This is great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
This is my new meatloaf recipe. I omitted the tomato juice and used worstshire instead I also used ground turkey. It was fantastic I can't wait to get home to heat up the leftovers! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2003
I found this recipe to have a good flavor though I like my meatloaf a bit more solid. I began making it as called for but the mixture seemed a bit too loose so I reduced the tomato juice to 1/2 cup and added another 1/2 pound of ground beef before baking. If I make it again I'll omit the juice altogether and use small cubes of stale bread rather than the crumbs. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2003
I love the sauce. When I made it the second time I doubled the sauce and poured some over the meat loaf when served. One of the best meat loafs I have had. Read More
(23)
Rating: 3 stars
03/04/2010
This is almost too moist. It was good not the best I've had. Maybe better the next day as a sandwich filling. Must follow reviewers suggestion on putting the dry bread under the meat before baking I did not. I used lean beef but after cooking the oil came up and mixed with the topping which was not tastey. Maybe I did it wrong. Read More
(11)
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