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Homemade Meatloaf Recipe

Updated on September 23, 2019
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Jaeda is a college student who loves to cook on a low budget! Most of her recipes can be made for under $10, and can feed a family!

Hello! I know what you're thinking, Meatloaf? Isn't what they served back in grade school that made me question what I was eating? It might've been, but if you're looking for a high-quality meatloaf recipe, you've come to the right place! This recipe has been passed down through FIVE generations on my mother's side. It is absolutely nothing like what we were served in grade school. It's a fam favorite and is one of those meals that always gets requested! It's quick, easy, and you most likely have all of the ingredients already in your pantry! Let's get to it!

What You Need

  • 2 pounds ground beef, thawed
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 roll saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 half onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

Prep and baking

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Take your thawed ground beef and put it in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add onion, egg, crackers, and pepper. With clean hands mix these ingredients thoroughly until well mixed.

4. Bake in the oven in three different styles

1. Meatballs about 2 inches thick. Makes around 50 meatballs and takes around 20 minutes to bake. Halfway through flip meatballs over.
2. Meat "logs". Align a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and make about three rows of logs across the pan. Bake for around an hour and 10 minutes. (pictured below)
3. Place all meat in a loaf pan and bake for an hour and a half.

5. Enjoy! You may notice that I do not bake the ketchup on. I personally do not like baked ketchup, but you, of course, could add it on as you please!

Serves about five people!!


Side note: My granny will sometimes make what she refers to as "poverty burgers" this same recipe, but made into patties and cooked on the grill! Gives them a whole different taste, and a whole new way to eat them! She eats them on a toasted bun with ketchup and pickles! Get creative with this recipe and make it your own! Let me know what you guys come up with!

© 2019 Jaeda Storm

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      Tori Leumas 

      18 months ago

      Wow! I've never heard of saltine crackers in meatloaf before. Sounds interesting. I am gluten free, so I'd use gluten free crackers. I really like meatloaf.

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