Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (2024)

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Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (1)

This is the best meatloaf recipe you will ever make or ever put in your mouth. Period.

I should know, I’ve eaten a whole bunch of lack-luster and nasty meatloaf, so this is why I can say “The BEST Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe Ever Created By Man”. A good meatloaf can make a rainy day become full of sunshine and a bad meatloaf can make you think that peanut butter and jelly is a gourmet meal.

Three things to note.

First, don’t hand mix your meatloaf. Either use a food processor or a powerful stand mixer to do the job. Consistency is very important.

Second, invest in a 2-Piece Meatloaf Pan. These pans do an amazing job of cooking the meatloaf, while letting all the fat fall to the second pan. In the end, you get all the goodness with none of the greasiness or extra fat.

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Finally, if you have a ketchup addiction like me, double the glaze recipe and use as a dipping sauce for your meatloaf. You’ll thank me later.

Enjoy this quick easy meatloaf recipe and it’s going to blow your socks off.

Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (3)Ingredients

1/2 cup of ketchup
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, divided
2 pounds of ground beef
3 slices of white bread, broken into small pieces (the smaller the better)
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix first three ingredients and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. Combine ground beef, white bread, onion, egg, bouillon, remaining lemon juice and 1/3 of ketchup mixture in a food processor or powerful stand mixer. Mix until well combined. Should look very consistent and uniform.

(Don’t skip this step. I’ve learned through trial and error that the consistency of your meatloaf matters as much as your ingredients. Don’t be afraid to let this mix and mix…it hurt the ingredients and you’ll enjoy the meatloaf even more.)

4. Place meat mixture in your2-Piece Meatloaf Pan

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 75 minutes. Coat with remaining ketchup mixture and bake for additional 15 minutes.

6. Let meatloaf rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serve immediately.

Do you have a favorite quick easy meatloaf recipe? Leave it in the comments and make sure to check out Kelly’s Kitchen for more recipes.

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  1. Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (8)rashelle says

    I made this meatloaf last Sunday ( I doubled this recipe) and it was a huge hit with everyone young and old!!! i did not have any leftovers. This recipe is going in my recipe box. Thank-you! (I am fixing to make this meatloaf again today but I am tripling this recipe today.)


    • Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (9)Kelly says

      YEAH!! This makes me so happy!! It is one of our favorite meals.


  2. Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (10)Cathy says


    What grade of ground beef do you use? I try to buy low fat (like 92/8%). I’m a single mom serving 4 teenagers.


    • Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (11)Kelly says

      You’ll be fine. Just make sure to add the right amount of bread and egg. 🙂


  3. Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (12)Janice Roland says

    Well, hello kansas city mammas and kelly snyder.

    I’m an ex-pat…living in Marin County, CA…but i had long lived in good ole KANSAS CITY…a lot of my family still lives there. I have a brother in Brookside!!!

    I left in January of 1968. I miss Winsteads, The Plaza, the Rockhill Nelson …my favorite barbecue place…

    You remind me of the best of the Midwest…and i’m delighted i ran into you. i’ve just discovered Pinterst and have become somewhat obsessed, i admit. it’s like the world has opened up to me. i am “homebound” as they say. so this is a fun ride…and i have such an eclectic mind, it suits me to a T. you have a lot to offer and i’m going to enjoy getting to know you.


Ketchup Glazed Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe (2024)


What does ketchup do to meatloaf? ›

Ketchup adds moisture, sweetness and acid from the tomatoes. Just an idea, but you could start with the usual ground beef and ground pork mixture, chopped shallot, an egg, salt and black pepper.

What is the basic meatloaf formula? ›

In essence, it boils down to a few simple steps: Combine ground meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, and other flavorful ingredients of your choice. Put this mixture in a lightly greased loaf pan and bake it until it's cooked through.

What ingredient keeps meatloaf from falling apart? ›

When this happens, it's because you didn't use enough. Next time, try adding in an extra egg and/or some more breadcrumbs. Alternatively, rice, barley, corn flakes, crackers, and dried soup mix can also stand in as binding ingredients as well. Including larger quantities of these items should help solve the problem.

What is the basic meatloaf formula with ketchup? ›

Mix ground beef, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Mix in bread, milk, egg, 1 tbsp mustard, and 1/4 cup ketchup. Press mixture into a loaf and put in baking dish.

Why do people put milk in their meatloaf? ›

Milk and other dairy products, like heavy cream and buttermilk, contain both water and fat, adding two types of moisture to our meatloaf. There's a long-held theory that milk can tenderize ground meat, and this is the reason often cited for cooking ground meat in milk to make a Bolognese-style ragù.

Do you cook a meatloaf covered or uncovered? ›

Should I cook my meatloaf covered or uncovered? The meatloaf can be cooked uncovered. However, if you are concerned about it burning, you can cover the meatloaf with foil for the first 45 minutes and uncover it for the final 15 minutes to allow the meatloaf to brown on top.

What happens if you put too many eggs in meatloaf? ›

Fewer eggs will create a denser and firmer meatloaf that will be more compact and easier to slice, but more eggs can create a more tender and light texture that allows the meatloaf to melt in your mouth.

Is it better to cook meatloaf in a loaf pan or on a sheet pan? ›

I recommend cooking meatloaf on a baking sheet rather than in a loaf pan, as it allows for better heat circulation and more surface area for browning. Using a baking sheet also allows any excess fat to drain away, resulting in a healthier finished dish.

What is traditional meatloaf made of? ›

No bells and whistles - just a few ingredients including beef, egg, bread crumbs and a simple tomato-based topping. Use a gentle touch with ground beef. Over-mixing will result in burgers, meatballs or meatloaves with a firm texture.

Is it better to cook meatloaf at 350 or 375? ›

The oven temperature is typically set at 350 degrees F for making meatloaf. That's the temperature you want to be sure to use so the meatloaf cooks and doesn't dry out. Too high, and the outer crust will burn before the interior is cooked all the way, too low and you don't get that delicious crust.

How to make a Bobby Flay meatloaf? ›

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. ...
  3. Whisk together the eggs and herbs in a large bowl. ...
  4. Whisk together the remaining ketchup and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl then brush the mixture over the entire loaf.
  5. Bake the meatloaf for approximately 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

What can I use instead of breadcrumbs in meatloaf? ›

What Can You Substitute Bread Crumbs in Meatloaf With?
  1. Rolled Oats: When it comes to breadcrumb substitutes, rolled oats are one of the leading contenders. ...
  2. Crushed Crackers: An equally viable alternative is crushed crackers.
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What can you put under meatloaf to soak up grease? ›

A neat trick to soak up the grease under your meatloaf is to line the bottom of the pan with bread slices. The bread soaks up the grease as the loaf bakes. When the meatloaf is done, you can either throw out the bread or bake it to make some truly indulgent toast.

Do you have to put ketchup in meatloaf? ›

Most of the other ingredients can be switched out, such as oatmeal or crackers instead of breadcrumbs or egg substitute instead of eggs, but without ketchup inside the mixture and as part of the glaze on top, you're missing that touch of sweetness and acidity that balances out the other ingredients.

Does meatloaf always have ketchup? ›

A simple brown or onion gravy or a can of cream of mushroom soup can substitute for tomato-based sauce, but the meatloaf is prepared in a similar manner. Barbecue sauce, tomato ketchup, or a mixture of ketchup and prepared mustard may also be used.

Does ketchup tenderize meat? ›

Since ketchup is acidic, it helps tenderize tough cuts of meat by breaking down the tough fibers. However, a good steak tastes good on its own with a little seasoning for a flavor boost, so you are better off using a different technique to tenderize it.

What does adding ketchup to chili do? ›

Some recipes use a combination of tomato juice, sauce, or paste along with ketchup. For a 12-serving pot of chili, up to a cup of ketchup will add the sweet and tangy flavors to each bowl. A smaller pot of chili, or one that uses diced tomatoes along with the juice, might only need ½-cup of ketchup instead.


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