The Perfect One Pound Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf is often served with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Meatloaf is often served with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Meat Loaf: Love it or hate it?

Meat loaf is one of those dishes where people either seem to love it or hate it with very little middle ground. Done well, it's flavorful and delicious, done poorly and it's a flashback to a horrendous junior-high cafeteria lunch. This hub will show you how to produce the former and not the latter.

One of the biggest complaints about bad meat loaf is that it often isn't very meaty. Too much filler (most often bread) can make for a soggy and bland loaf. To me, a good meat loaf is meaty, not greasy and will hold together so that leftovers can be sliced and made in sandwiches. If you don't like meatloaf for being too greasy, I highly recommend giving the new-fangled two-section pans a try! Getting one of those pans totally changed my meatloaf and made me fall in love with it all over again.

Although easy to mix up, meatloaf does often take an hour or more too cook. So it tends not to be a meal you suddenly decide on and make quickly. Also, many recipes produce a good number of portions. In addition to making sandwiches with leftovers, I sometimes crumble a serving into instant spaghetti sauce to make a super-hearty quick sauce on cold winter nights.


Fave Food or ...Yuck!?

Do you like to eat meatloaf?

  • Nope, I just don't like meatloaf.
  • Sometimes I'll eat meatloaf if it's made well.
  • I'm a meatloaf lover!
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Making a Smaller Meatloaf

Many meatloaf recipes make six to eight servings. For a single person or a couple, this can sometimes be too many meals of leftovers. Here's my personal favorite meatloaf recipes which makes a smaller meatloaf. That way I don't get burnt out from having to eat it for days.

Recipe Variations:

  • Try using ground turkey or chicken instead of beef if you want something a bit leaner or for a different flavor.

  • If you don't have bread crumbs, you can use crushed up plain crackers. You can also make bread crumbs by putting slightly stale or toasted bread in the food processor.

  • You can add bell peppers or other veggies to add some variety.


Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 3-4 servings

Ingredients for One-Pound Meatloaf

  • 1 lb. ground beef, thawed
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 C. bread crumbs
  • 1/3 C. milk
  • 1/3 C. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. onions or scallions, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. chili sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper

Meatloaf Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix up your egg, milk, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Add in your onion/scallions and garlic.
  4. Crumble your ground beef into the mix.
  5. Add your garlic powder, bread crumbs, salt and pepper and mix well. You can use a big spoon or your hands.
  6. Put the meat mix into a loaf pan (if you have a special two-part pan, the meat goes in the top part which is the section with holes in the bottom).
  7. Spread the chili sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
  8. Bake your meatloaf for one hour.

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Cooking Meatloaf

The Trick MIGHT Be The Pan

The thing that really did it for me when it came to meatloaf was coming across a meatloaf pan at the thrift store and figuring how bad could it be for a few bucks? It just so happens it was amazing for a few bucks.

"Proper" meatloaf pans are in two parts. One pan has holes in the bottom and it rests inside the solid pan. This allows excess grease to drain away from the meatloaf as it cooks! You get meaty moistness without being swampy. This does for meatloaf what those zig-zag edge pans did for brownies. In my opinion, if you want to do meatloaf sandwiches with the leftovers, this pan gives you just the texture you want for that.

Paula Deen's Meatloaf

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Cooking Comments 24 comments

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relache 20 months ago from Seattle, WA Author

I like this as a dinner that becomes killer sandwiches later.


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i have never been a fan of beef but this recipe got me hooked. Voted up


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relache 20 months ago from Seattle, WA Author

If you are asking if meatloaf is similar to other foods where the primary ingredient is ground beef, then the answer is yes, to a point. Sort of like how all pasta has a similarity to all other pasta but not exactly.


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i never had meatloaf, is it similar to beef burger?


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RSPaxton 2 years ago from Minnesota

My meatloaf recipe was given to me 40 years ago when I served my 6 weeks in the Mess hall on my first assignment on the USS Grand Canyon. Secret sauce, H57, A1 and brown sugar..., use ritz crackers in the beef.


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relache 2 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

As I care not for pineapple, I ca't say that sounds like a special treat at all...


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chefmancave 2 years ago from Michigan

Ran across your meatloaf article. Thanks for the 2-part pan suggestion. I have a special treat for you. It is called Hawaiian Meatloaf. Try adding pineapple on top of the meatloaf. Very tasty.


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instantlyfamily 4 years ago

I am trying this recipe tonight. I even made my own bread crumbs. My husband is already drooling and is trying to rush me! Thanks for sharing.


army wife 4 years ago

used this one pound recipe for my first meat loaf ever and it was amazing.. and didn't even fall apart. :) i will definitely use this over and over


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relache 5 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Zach, I use a special meatloaf pans that drains off the grease. It's spectacular!


zach 5 years ago

what about the grease from the beef?

I used this same recipe and just added a little extra onions greed pepper, celery, and it came out delicious.

After an hour and 5 minutes I poured the watery grease that collected in the pan, and poured it into a separate bowl. I then continued to bake it for another 5 minutes or so. It came out great and it was my first meat loaf ever. 8/25/2011


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Recipe Gal 5 years ago

I love meatloaf! I especially liked the recipe in the "cooking meatloaf" video you posted. I had never thought of putting potatoes in with the meatloaf, but I think it's a great idea. I'm going to have to try it next time!


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GrantGMcgowan 5 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.


lakeisha 5 years ago

Love it


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relache 5 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Yay! So glad to satisfy your need for a small loaf recipe.


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girly_girl09 5 years ago from United States

Found this via Google (was searching for a 1 lb ground beef meatloaf recipe)...love it when I come across hubs that way! :) Off to make it with some locally raised grass fed beef and will substitute gluten free breadcrumbs for a gluten free meatloaf. Thanks for the recipe!


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Journey * 6 years ago from USA

I like a good meatloaf. This seems like a nice recipe. Thanks!


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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

Enjoyed this Hub -- and copied the recipe. I make the most lousy meatloaf on the planet -- and even have a two-part pan! Thanks so much. Best, Sis


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

You made me hungry! Love meatloaf! Love WRKennedy's tip - will have to try! Great Hub!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I love meatloaf in most its variations. One of the life's little pleasures. Thanks for sharing some of the recipes you like...I'll have to give them a try.


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mpurcell10 6 years ago from Arkansas

Great recipe. Thank you for sharing. Look forward to reading more.


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WRKennedy 6 years ago from Canada

Thank you for this recipe. One thing my wife does is bury some cheese, like blue or gorgonzola, in the middle of the meatloaf so you have a surprise center when you cut into it.


SugarPlum 7 years ago

thank you for your quick and easy recipe!

i was looking for something simple that utilized only one pound of beef, and your recipe is perfect, everything i have in my kitchen! no muss no fuss!

thanks again cookin friend!


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GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

Another favorite of mine and hubbies!

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