This fantastic homemade meatloaf is a recipe your family will love. A classic meatloaf recipe, tender and juicy, with a wonderful ketchup topping. Try this delicious meatloaf; you won’t regret it.

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You can’t have meatloaf without a delicious side of creamy mashed potatoes. This recipe goes great with this dish and don’t forget this creamy macaroni and cheese. It’s a wonderful addition too!


This recipe is made with quick-cooking oats, which we feel give it a great texture and help bind it really well. It also helps keep the meatloaf moist and that is always a plus! This recipe has been in our family for many years and my Grandmother made it every family reunion.


  • Hamburger
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Green Pepper
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Few drops of hot sauce
  • Quick Cooking Oats
  • Milk
  • Ketchup
  • Cooking spray


These are not really swaps, but if you don’t like onions you can leave them out, same with the green pepper. Personally all the ingredients go well together, but you can definitely make this recipe your own.


We make our meatloaf in a casserole dish, you can make it in a loaf pan if you like. We feel it works well in a dish but it’s just personal preference. It may change the cooking time in a loaf pan so be aware of that.


Step 1
Combine all ingredients except ketchup and make into a loaf.

Step 2
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink.

Step 3
Remove from the oven and cover the top of the meatloaf with ketchup and put under the broiler for 3 minutes.

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  • Don’t overmix, it will result in a tough meatloaf
  • We use 85/15 ground beef. You can use what you like but this works well for us and seems to hold together well and we love the taste!
  • We like to let the meatloaf rest about 10-15 minutes before serving. It helps it not to dry out.
  • We like making it in a baking pan and feel it does work better than a loaf pan.


If you have followed our website for any amount of time, you know our Brown Sugar Meatloaf is one of our most popular recipes. We agree with you.. it is FANTASTIC.. but this meatloaf is great too. You should try both! If you love hearty dishes, try this Hamburger Supreme Casserole, it’s a winner too!


As we stated above, this dish is great with mashed potatoes, but if you want to try something new, this Mashed Potato Casserole is always good. This classic Green Beans and Potatoes is a wonderful side dish too, especially with fresh green beans.


This meatloaf recipe has no eggs, is that correct?

Yes, we don’t use eggs in this recipe and it has always worked well with the quick cooking oats.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can easily double it. My Grandmother used to make it using 5lbs of ground beef. She just doubled everything to fit and baked it on a baking sheet.


Store in an airtight container and just heat in the microwave.

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This meatloaf makes about 6 servings.

Best Classic Meatloaf

Anne Walkup
This meatloaf is one of the best you will ever make. Made with quick cooking oats, no eggs and topped with ketchup. The best comfot food and a 5 star meatloaf recipe!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 small green pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • few drops hot sauce
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats uncooked
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Ketchup
  • Cooking spray


  • Combine all ingredients except ketchup and make into a loaf.
  • Spray a long casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink.
  • Remove from the oven and cover the top of the meatloaf with ketchup and put under the broiler for 3 minutes.
Keyword Best Classic Meatloaf
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  1. Leigh, I just love Anne’s recipe for this wonderful meatloaf! I have made it several times and it has always been a hit with my family.” Love it! And all time favorite at the cullum house…Vernon5 stars

  2. Vikki Andrews says:

    Very delicious. Added a few extras. Will make again. Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You are very welcome!

  3. Just checking…..don’t see any egg. Is that correct?
    Thank you.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      That is correct.