All-American Meatloaf


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

close up view of slices of Meatloaf served with salad and a biscuit on a white plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
1 5x9-inch loaf


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese, halved


  1. Preheat the 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 meatloaf 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.

Cook's Note:

If you wish to freeze, bake as directed for one hour, remove from the oven, and cool. Refrigerate until well chilled, wrap, label and freeze. To reheat: unwrap meatloaf and bake, 1 hour at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Top with ketchup and cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
21g Fat
12g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 595mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 398mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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