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Bomb Meatloaf Recipe

Last time I made this Bomb Meatloaf Recipe my husband said it was better than his mom’s. It’s the perfect blend of ground beef and savory seasonings. Packed with flavor and always moist and tender, it is one the whole family will love!

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Bomb Meatloaf Recipe

This simple recipe brings me back to my childhood. When mom said she was making meatloaf and mashed potatoes I knew I was going to go to bed with a super full belly because I would always have seconds.

Her tender meatloaf, topped with a sweet and tangy glaze, also makes the best leftovers! The next day I will have a slice with any leftover mashed potatoes or pop it in between two slices of toast for a meatloaf sandwich.

Why should I make meatloaf for dinner?

  • Budget friendly! Made with humble ground beef and pantry staples.
  • Easy to make. Quick to prepare and bakes up perfectly.
  • Versatile. Add your favorite flavors and seasonings.
  • Great as leftovers. Great for sandwiches the next day.
  • Feeds a large family and is kid friendly. Perfect for a busy weeknight!
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Ingredients Needed

Ground beef – I like to use lean ground beef but feel free to use a chuck or a mixture of pork and beef.

Onion – I always prefer a sweet onion like Vidalia but a white onion is a great substitute

Breadcrumbs – Regular plain bread crumbs are great or substitute panko.

Mustard – I prefer a Dijon mustard but plain yellow works well too.

Worcestershire Sauce – Essential and you won’t need to try and say it out loud.

Seasoning – I make a homemade meatloaf seasoning (recipe below) or substitute a steak seasoning.

Ketchup – I prefer regular ketchup not the sugar or salt free.

Brown Sugar – Light brown sugar works best.

Pantry staples – Milk, large eggs.

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How to Make this Bomb Meatloaf Recipe

First: Preheat the oven to 400F. Prepare a loaf pan or 8×11 baking dish with cooking spray.

Second: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, panko, milk, eggs, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and meatloaf seasoning.

Mix to just combine. Don’t over mix or it will be tough. Press into a loaf pan or 8×11 baking dish.

Third: In a small pot, combine the glaze ingredients and cook over medium heat to combine ingredients and dissolve the sugar.

Brush the uncooked meatloaf with half the glaze. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes.

Fourth: Remove from the oven and brush with remaining glaze. Return to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160F.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Slice and serve warm.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

really good meatloaf recipe in a pan

Meatloaf Seasoning Recipe

I make a homemade meatloaf seasoning that helps to bring all the sweet and savory flavors together.

The mix includes Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried ground mustard, salt, and black pepper. See the exact amounts in the recipe card below or grab the recipe here.

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What is the secret to a moist meatloaf?

The secret to a moist meatloaf isn’t just one thing. Here are a few tips for making a moist and tender meatloaf.

  1. Use the correct meat to fat ratio. I prefer to use lean ground beef (93/7) so I add in milk to add moisture. If you prefer to use a ground beef with a higher fat ratio (80/20) you won’t have to use milk, broth, or even some tomato sauce.
  2. Don’t over mix the meat. Overworking the meatloaf mixture when combining the ingredients can cause the meat to get tough and dry out. I like to add all the ingredients at once and mix until just combined. I don’t add in a few items, mix, and repeat because I end up mixing too much.
  3. Use bread crumbs. These help to bind the mixture but really to keep it moist. Use regular, panko, or even white bread slices. For even more moisture, soak 1-2 white bread slices in the milk, then tear and add in the mixture.
  4. Add some vegetables. Grate in some zucchini, bell peppers, or even carrots.
  5. Don’t overcook the meatloaf. Overcooking will cause it to dry out. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C) and then let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meatloaf, making it juicier and more flavorful.
classic ketchup glaze on sliced meat

What ingredient keeps meatloaf from falling apart?

Breadcrumbs and eggs what keeps the meatloaf from falling apart. They act as a binding agents to hold the meatloaf together while it bakes.

The breadcrumbs absorb moisture from the other ingredients, which helps to make a juicy meatloaf.

Be sure to use the right amount. Too little and it falls apart, too much and the meat loaf will be dry.

A good rule of thumb is to use roughly 1/2 to 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs per pound of meat.

Another tip for keeping meatloaf from falling apart is to let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it. This allows the juices to settle and the meat to firm up, making it easier to slice.

slices of meatloaf on a wood board

What do you serve with Bomb meatloaf?

You can serve it all by itself but these are my favorite sides to serve with it.

What temperature do you cook meatloaf at?

This can vary depending on which pan you use and the size of the loaf. But typically it’s cooked between 350F and 400F. Be sure to preheat the oven first.

And always check on the internal temperature and make sure it’s at least 160F in the center. I like to use a digital thermometer to check.

Wow do you know when this bomb meatloaf is done?

I always wonder when mine is done and if I took it out too soon. Which is why I use a thermometer. The meatloaf is done when the center is at 160F.

I like to take mine out of the oven a few degrees lower because it will continue to cook while it rests. Just be sure to check the final temperature before eating.

In addition, there are few things you can see to check it’s done. It should be firm when you press on it. And when you cut with a knife the juices will be clear and not pink.

stack of meatloaf slices

Can you make this bomb meatloaf ahead of time?

You can prep and shape your meatloaf up to 2 days in advance. wrap tightly in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge. Be sure to leave off the glaze until ready to bake.

When ready to bake, remove from the fridge and set out for 30 minutes to take some of the chill off and have it cook evenly.

How do you store leftover meatloaf?

Cool it completely before placing in an airtight container in the fridge. It will be good for up to 4 days. You can wrap it in plastic and then foil or place in a Ziptop bag.

I don’t like to put aluminum foil directly around the meatloaf because the acidity from the tomato in the glaze can cause holes in the foil.

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How to Reheat Meatloaf

Reheat your meatloaf in the oven at 350F. Place in an oven safe dish or on a baking sheet and bake until warmed through.

Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the piece you’re reheating.

You can also microwave in 1 minute intervals until warmed through.

My favorite way is to cook it in a hot skillet on the stovetop with a little bit of oil or butter. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until heated through.

Be sure to check the internal temp when finished reheating.

Can you freeze meatloaf?

Yes! I prefer to freeze it after it’s cooked. Cool it completely and wrap in plastic wrap. Then place in a freezer safe airtight container.

Label and date and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

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What is the best way to drain the grease and fat off a meatloaf?

The part no one likes about the meatloaf is the fat that accumulates at the bottom of the pan. Here are some ways to avoid it or drain it off safely.

Use a meatloaf pan with a drip tray. Here is my favorite one! It drains off the fat while it cooks. The grease collects under the pan so you can easily discard it or use it for a gravy.

Lift it out of the pan with a slotted spatula or spoons. You can then place it on a cutting board and tent it with foil until ready to slice.

Place on paper towels or on a wire rack and let the fat drip away as it rests.

To discard the grease properly, I like to let the fat solidify and then discard in the garbage. Do not pour it down the drain or garbage disposal as it might clog your pipes.

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Does meatloaf have to be made in a loaf pan?

Of course not! I love mine in a loaf pan because that is why I love meat loaf. Plus it makes the perfect size slice for sandwiches the next day. But you can make meatloaf in any shape or size you like.

Here are a few ways to bake it:

In a casserole dish. Just be sure it’s deep enough to catch the fat as it cooks out of it.

In a loaf pan. You can do mini loaves or one large one.

Make meatloaf muffins. These are fun for kids and make portioning easy.

Mini muffin pans are great for making meatloaf bombs that are similar to meatballs.

On a baking sheet. Free form your loaf or loaves on a baking sheet and cook. Be sure to have a rim or lip on the pan so the fat doesn’t fall into the bottom of the oven.

Cooking temperatures and times can vary drastically depending on shape and baking dish.

fork of pieces of meatloaf

Variations on Classic Meatloaf

Stuff with cheese: Form your meatloaf in layers and add slices of cheese in between them.

Make it smoky BBQ: Mix in a little barbecue sauce in the meatloaf mixture and switch it out with the ketchup in the glaze.

Go for an Italian spin: Add some garlic and parmesan cheese in the meat mix and top with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Switch up the ground beef for ground turkey. Turkey is very lean so you might need to add a little extra breadcrumbs and milk to keep it moist.

Make it taco style: Add in some southwest or taco seasoning and top with salsa! This is my favorite variation for sure and it’s great for Taco Tuesday.

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What is the best meat to use for meatloaf?

The best ground beef for meatloaf is a ground chuck (80/20 or 85/15% fat) or ground sirloin (90/10 or 93/7% fat). These have a decent amount of fat throughout to keep the meatloaf moist as it cooks.

My mom used to use a combination of beef and ground pork (2:1 ratio) when she made it. When I do this I use a hot pork sausage.

When buying ground beef, check to make sure it is bright pink/red and had a fat distributed throughout it and not in big chunks.

Do you bake meatloaf covered or uncovered?

I typically bake mine uncovered because the glaze keep the top from drying out.

If you are not using a glaze I recommend covering the meatloaf with foil until the last 10 minutes of baking time.

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Use a lean meat and some moisture adding ingredients like breadcrumbs.
  • They make special meatloaf pans with a double layer with an inside pan that rains the fat away. Here is my favorite.
  • If not, try placing a few slices of toasted bread under the meat while it cooks to soak up the grease.
  • Poke some holes in the top of the meatloaf before adding the glaze. Then the glaze will drip down into the meat as it cooks.
  • Rest the meatloaf before slicing so the juices can redistribute and thicken. This will keep it moist and hold it’s shape better. Tent with foil as it rests.

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Looking for a delicious and easy recipe for dinner? Look no further than this classic meatloaf recipe! It’s one of my favorite recipes with its juicy and flavorful blend of ground beef, spices, and topped with a savory glaze.

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Bomb Meatloaf Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This easy to make meatloaf recipe is full of flavor and bakes up moist and tender every time!

Ingredients

Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 recipe for Meatloaf seasoning

Meatloaf Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried mustard

Meatloaf Glaze

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, panko, milk, eggs, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and meatloaf seasoning.
  3. Mix to just combine. Don’t over mix or it will be tough.
  4. Press into a loaf pan or 8x11 baking dish.
  5. In a small pot, combine the glaze ingredients and cook over medium heat to combine ingredients and dissolve the sugar.
  6. Brush the uncooked meatloaf with half the glaze.
  7. Bake at 400F for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and brush with remaining glaze.
  9. Return to the oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160F.
  10. Remove from the oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Slice and serve warm.

Notes

  • Use a lean meat and some moisture adding ingredients like breadcrumbs.
  • They make special meatloaf pans with a double layer with an inside pan that rains the fat away. Here is my favorite.
  • If not, try placing a few slices of toasted bread under the meat while it cooks to soak up the grease.
  • Poke some holes in the top of the meatloaf before adding the glaze. Then the glaze will drip down into the meat as it cooks.
  • Rest the meatloaf before slicing so the juices can redistribute and thicken. This will keep it moist and hold it's shape better. Tent with foil as it rests.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 863mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 40g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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