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Homemade Meatloaf Recipes

Quick, healthy and easy homemade meatloaf recipes with ingredients and simple instructions:

These homemade meatloaf recipes are quick and easy to prepare with simple but nutritious ingredients. The vegetables can be added within making these ideal for children or those who won't eat veg on display on their plates. These take little time to prepare, are cheap to make and are tasty and filling, making them ideal for those on a limited budget. They can be served with gravy or your favourite tomato based sauce and can be accompanied with your favourite potatoes or rice.

Homemade Meatloaf Recipes

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Easy Meatloaf Recipe

The first easy recipe has kindly been provided by The Pantry Cookbook by Michelle Clay who describes this as being just like meatballs but cooked in a loaf pan.

She recommends using a thermometer.

This is a particularly healthy recipe where a range of vegetables can be used.

Ingredients for Meatloaf

2lbs of minced beef.

3 slices of bread made into breadcrumbs in a blender.

Equal measures of vegetables when balanced against the volume of breadcrumbs. We like to use 8 mushrooms, 1 onion and 1 sweet potato. Michelle also suggests winter squash, kale carrots, etc. The vegetables should be finely chopped or grated. We use a blender to make the vegetables as fine as possible.

Salt and pepper.

Herbs depending on taste. We use sage and rosemary. Michelle also suggests a spice mix.

One egg.

This will make 2 2lb loaf tins. One to eat and one to freeze and reheat at a later date.

Meatloaf Recipe

How To Make Meatloaf

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Put into a loaf pan.

Bake at 180C until the internal temperature reaches about 74C which should take one hour.

Serve with ketchup, gravy, your favourite tomato based sauce, potatoes, rice and fresh vegetables.

Michelle suggests removing after 40 minutes to drain off any excess fat if you are using fatty meat. This grease can be kept in a bowl and used for making gravy. Cook for another 20 minutes so that the temperature stated above is reached.

Leftover slices can be frozen using parchment paper to prevent them sticking together. She also suggests using them to make chili or marinara sauce with meat.

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Our next simple recipe has kindly been provided by Little Old Lady Recipes who suggests that this dish can turn you into a kitchen magician by using kitchen odds and ends to make a extraordinary meat dish.


One egg

One and a half pounds of ground beef or other meat

Quarter of a pound of bread

Quarter of a cup of walnuts as an optional ingredient

One teaspoon of salt

Onion and celery salt

Half a cup of canned tomato paste

A few strips of bacon

Cooking Instructions

This takes minutes to prepare like the other beef recipe. In a large bowl beat the egg well and combine in the meat, bread, nuts, seasoning and tomato. Mix thoroughly.

Form into a loaf or place into a loaf pan. Lay the bacon strips on the top.

If you choose to form the loaf yourself then place in a roasting pan greased with a bit of fat. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 175C or 350F for one hour, basting often.

Alternative uses for leftovers described in Little Old Lady Recipes include cutting the meat loaf into one inch squares and then serving on crackers as a hors d'oeuvre as a party snack, as a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise or serve a slice over ziti pasta covered with your favourite tomato sauce.


Miniature Meat Loaves

This is reproduced with kind permission from Tiny Food Party!: Bite-Size Recipes for Miniature Meals whose review can be read on the party food recipes page.

It differs from those above because it is designed to be served as bite sized individual portions on a stick or fork at parties.

This miniature meat loaves recipe is described by the author as a classic comfort food for grown-ups.

miniature meatloaf

Shopping List:

Half a small diced yellow onion

One peeled and diced carrot

Two minced garlic cloves

Half pound lean ground beef

Half pound ground pork

Eight tablespoons of instant oats. If you prefer a smoother texture then finely grind the instant oats in a food processor before adding them to the meat mixture.

One lightly beaten egg

One and a half tablespoons of minced oregano

Half a tablespoon of minced thyme

Half a tablespoon of minced rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

For the Meat Loaf Glaze:

Twelve tablespoons of tomato ketchup

Three tablespoons of light brown sugar

One tablespoon of honey

Two tablespoons of ground ginger

miniature meat loaves

Preheat the oven to 375F. Put the vegetables, garlic, meat, oats and egg into a large mixing bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Gently fold in the herbs. Shape into eight 2 ounce loaves. Place in a lightly greased mini loaf pan and repeat with the remainder.

In a small bowl whisk the glaze ingredients. Set aside half of the mixture. Brush the tops of the meat loaves with half of the glaze and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and drain the accumulated liquid. Brush the tops with the remaining glaze and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

mini meatloaf recipes

Remove them from the pan and let them cool for 7 minutes before slicing. Serve warm as finger food on sticks by slicing them to about half an inch slices and skewering with cocktail sticks or forks. This will make it easy for your guests to enjoy during a buffet. This will serve 8 people.

quick meatloaf recipe

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