Rating: 4.5 stars
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This slow cooker meatloaf recipe is simple and foolproof! With a sweet, sticky glaze brushed on during the last 15 minutes, every bite of this comfort-food classic is moist, juicy, and full of flavor. Throw it together at lunch, pop it in the slow cooker, and by dinner, the aroma will get your family to the table.

Recipe Summary

cook:
5 hrs 15 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
5 hrs 40 mins
prep:
15 mins
Servings:
6
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If you've never made meatloaf in the slow cooker, it's time to remedy that ASAP. This aptly named recipe — which cooks low and slow to tender, juicy perfection — actually does melt in your mouth.  

Why Make Meatloaf In the Slow Cooker? 

The Crock-Pot might not be the traditional way to cook meatloaf, but there are plenty of reasons to try the slow cooker method ASAP. 

The Allrecipes community loves this meatloaf recipe for its ease: Just shape the meatloaf, toss it in the slow cooker, and add the glaze before serving. It's that simple! Plus, you can prepare this meal in the morning and save yourself from the after-work dinner struggle. 

Of course, the slow cooker also ensures a perfectly tender and melt-in-your mouth texture that is much harder to achieve in the oven. 

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this top-rated slow cooker meatloaf: 

Bread Crumbs
Use store-bought or homemade seasoned bread crumbs

Milk
Milk is absorbed into the bread crumbs, adding much-needed moisture. 

Eggs
Two whole eggs help bind the meatloaf together. Plus, they lend richness and extra moisture. 

Seasonings 
This slow cooker meatloaf is seasoned with just dried minced onion, rubbed sage, and salt.

Beef
Traditional meatloaf is made with ground beef, which is what this recipe calls for. Some reviewers say they've gotten great results with ground turkey. 

Mushrooms
Sliced mushrooms offer earthy flavor. If you're not a fan, you can leave them out. 

What else will you need? A 4-ingredient glaze (made with just ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and mustard) is the perfect finishing touch for this flavorful and juicy meatloaf. 

How to Make Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Prepare the Meatloaf

Whisk together milk, bread crumbs, eggs, minced onion, salt, and sage. Stir in ground beef and mushrooms. Shape the mixture into a round loaf that will fit into your slow cooker.

Cover and Cook

Place the formed loaf into your slow cooker and cook on low for five to six hours. 

Glaze the Meatloaf

Whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Open the slow cooker and pour the glaze evenly over the loaf. Re-cover and continue to cook on low for about 15 more minutes. 

Serve the Meatloaf

Remove the meatloaf and transfer to a serving plate. Cover with foil for about 10 minutes to trap in the juices, then slice and serve. 

How Long Does It Take to Cook Meatloaf In a Slow Cooker? 

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meatloaf
Credit: Shorecook

This slow cooker meatloaf recipe should be ready in five to six hours. When the meatloaf is done, an instant read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F. 

How to Store Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Wrap the cooled meatloaf tightly in aluminum foil or place it in a shallow airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for three to four days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until the meatloaf is heated through. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Delicious," raves juliadiane. "I diced the mushroom, added extra onion and garlic, no sage and a little spicy sausage. Threw some fingerling potatoes in for the last 2 hours — sooo delicious!"

"We had this tonight for dinner and it was fantastic," according to pfrederick. "It was unbelievably moist and full of flavor. I used a fresh, small diced onion instead of the dried minced onion. I also added some minced garlic. This meatloaf does not disappoint, and we're looking forward to the leftovers."

"Very good meatloaf, I found it to be moist and held together very well," says cdksbk. "I did omit the mushrooms, just didn't have any on hand. A good go-to recipe when you know you are going to have a busy day."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams

Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Meatloaf:
Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare meatloaf: Whisk together milk, bread crumbs, eggs, minced onion, salt, and sage in a large bowl. Stir in ground beef and mushrooms until well combined.

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  • Shape mixture into a round loaf. Place loaf into a 5-quart slow cooker.

  • Cover and cook on Low until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), 5 to 6 hours.

  • Prepare glaze: Whisk ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl.

  • Open the slow cooker and spoon glaze over the meatloaf. Cover the cooker and continue to cook on Low until sauce is heated through, about 15 minutes.

  • Carefully remove meatloaf with two spatulas to a serving plate. Cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Tips

A foil sling can make it easier to remove the meatloaf from the cooker. Lay several long strips of heavy-duty aluminum foil in a criss-cross pattern in the bottom of your slow cooker. The strips should come up to the top of the cooker. Place meatloaf on top. When finished cooking, lift meatloaf carefully using the foil as handles, and transfer to a platter.

Nutrition Facts

328 calories; protein 24.7g; carbohydrates 18.4g; fat 16.9g; cholesterol 135.6mg; sodium 841.1mg. Full Nutrition
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