The Best Meatloaf


This meatloaf recipe adds green peppers for flavor and texture. It is the best meatloaf recipe I have tried, and I have been using it for 30 years. My husband loves it and he is picky!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper

  • 3 tablespoons steak sauce, (e.g. Heinz 57)

  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup steak sauce, or more to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan. Combine bread crumbs and milk in a small bowl; set aside to soften.

  2. Mix ground beef, onion, bell pepper, steak sauce, egg, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl; add bread crumb mixture and mix with your hands until combined.

  3. Pat the mixture into the prepared loaf pan; brush the top with 1/4 cup steak sauce.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Allow to stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

    slice of the best meatloaf with ketchup squiggle
    Melissa Goff


Use about 2 slices of bread, torn into pieces, for the soft bread crumbs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

288 Calories
18g Fat
10g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 288
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 867mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 349mg 7%

* 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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