11 Old-Fashioned Meatloaf Recipes Just Like Grandma Used to Make

Boost your meatloaf with oats

Sometimes you just want a taste of nostalgia, and these meatloaf recipes, including some classics, may do the trick. Meatloaf is a comforting main dish just in time for the chilly months, and it pairs perfectly with your favorite side dishes. With each bite, recipes like our Old-Fashioned Meatloaf and Meat Loaf with Sour Cream-Mushroom Sauce will feel like a warm hug.

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Basic Meatloaf


While meatloaf purists focus on the meat, we like to look at meatloaf as a way to pack extra veggies and whole grains into a meal, as we do in this healthy, classic meatloaf recipe.

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Mini Meatloaves with Green Beans & Potatoes


This healthy meatloaf recipe and side dishes are all made in the oven on two sheet pans so that everything's ready for the dinner table at the same time. The potatoes go into the oven first to start roasting while the mini meatloaves and green beans are prepped and added to the oven partway through.

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Old-Fashioned Meatloaf


Mushrooms, garlic and oats sneak some extra nutrients into this hearty and easy meatloaf. Serve with sweet potatoes and your favorite green vegetables for a super-satisfying comfort food dinner.

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Pressure-Cooker Meatloaf & Potatoes


Meatloaf and potatoes cook together in your multicooker, such as the Instant Pot, in this weeknight-ready recipe. Cooking meatloaf in your pressure cooker keeps it nice and moist and, once assembled, the whole meal is cooked in just 20 minutes!

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Meat Loaf with Sour Cream-Mushroom Sauce


This made-over classic boasts whole-grains and plenty of veggies for a really satisfying comfort-food dinner.

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Spicy Meatloaf with Collards


Plenty of dark leafy greens deliver the moisture needed to balance lean ground pork and beef in this spicy meatloaf recipe. Serve any leftovers with extra ketchup as meatloaf sandwiches.

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Classic Diner Meat Loaf


Here's a traditional recipe for a family favorite. Buy the leanest ground beef you can find for this home-style meat loaf.

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30-Minute Mini Meatloaves with Whipped Cauliflower & Green Beans

30-Minute mini meatloaves with whipped cauliflower and green beans
Ali Redmond

Comfort food but make it fast! This recipe incorporates a number of pantry ingredients and shortcuts like frozen cauliflower and steam-in-the-bag green beans to cut way down on prep time. Baking the meatloaf in a muffin tin reduces cook time by more than half and makes portion control easy.

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Turkey & Vegetable Meatloaf


This healthy meatloaf recipe uses ground turkey--which has a higher percentage of healthy unsaturated fat compared to ground beef--and it's loaded with colorful vegetables. You'll also love this recipe because it makes two loaves. That means you can eat one the night you bake it and save the other for the next day to enjoy as sandwiches (hot or cold, your choice) or set atop a salad of vinaigrette-dressed mixed greens (your own homey version of a country pâté).

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Mediterranean Meat Loaf


This fabulous meat loaf is moist, tender and colorful. Keep the fat content low in this recipe by using lean ground beef and refrigerated egg product.

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Air-Fryer Meatloaf

air fryer meatloaf
Jacob Fox

Air-fryer meatloaf is perfect for those who like a crispy outside and tender juicy inside. This air-fryer meatloaf recipe has the classic flavors of Worcestershire sauce and onion, with a ketchup coating on top.

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