| | |

Simple 1-Pound Mom’s Meatloaf Recipe

Mom’s Meatloaf recipe is easy, flavorful, and the ultimate comfort food. No formal recipe is needed for this comfort food classic. There are so many recipes that it’s truly overwhelming. My easy 1-pound meatloaf is classic and simply the best. The recipe can also be doubled for sharing.

Favorite comfort food dinners include a slow cooker ham steak or pan-fried ham steak for one and these wonderful southern fried salmon patties.

1 pound meatloaf in small white baking dish.

Many times I don’t cook with recipes,  I go into the kitchen and throw together tasty meals with whatever ingredients I have on hand. 

Everyone has a meatloaf recipe that Mom made; this one is mine.  Make this a few times then start adding or subtracting ingredients to create your own special Meatloaf recipe.

Main Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: An 80/20 has enough flavor and just enough fat to give you a great flavor.
  • Eggs & Breadcrumbs: These ingredients really keep the meatloaf together
  • Sauce: A simple combination of Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce is all you need for that classic meatloaf flavor.
  • Seasonings: Onions, salt, and pepper. I also like to sprinkle in a little garlic powder.

Which Ground Beef is good for making meatloaf?

Use regular ground beef which is usually a ground Chuck. Fat adds flavor, so don’t use anything too lean; I use an 80% lean.

Do you use milk in meatloaf?

I don’t, but some recipes call for using milk or another liquid. The milk softens the bread crumbs, but I never had any issues, so why add more ingredients than you need? I prefer my milk in mashed potatoes. :-).

Drum roll Please! Mom’s Meatloaf Recipe instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of the ketchup and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, mix together and set aside for later basting.
  • Throw 1 pound of ground beef 80% Lean/20% Fat content into a big bowl. Break up into chunks and salt and pepper.  Just give the salt shaker a couple of good shakes, and a little more with the pepper.  If you like garlic shake in a bit of garlic powder, NOT garlic salt.
  • Dice up ½ a medium onion and toss into the bowl.
  • Squirt in ketchup, probably about ¼ cup to start.
  • Shake in Worcestershire sauce until it just smells right, about 1 tablespoon. It’s a personal preference with the amount. If you really have no idea how much to use then give the bottle a couple of good shakes to start.
  • In a small bowl, lightly beat two eggs and mix into the ground beef mixture
  • Pour in a ½ cup of plain bread crumbs.
  • Use a wooden spoon to get everything mixed up nicely. Compress into a big ball.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and plop the meatloaf onto the lined baking sheet and mold the meatloaf into a rectangle. You can also bake in a small loaf pan.
  • Put the meatloaf into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes then baste with the ketchup Worcestershire sauce. Continue cooking for a total of 60 minutes.  Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees to ensure it’s fully cooked.
  • I like a little crispy to the sides; place it under the broiler at the end for a couple of minutes. Watch it so you don’t burn the top.
  • Refrigerate the leftovers for cold meatloaf sandwiches. Yum!

You can also divide the uncooked meatloaf into smaller loaves and freeze them for later.

Serve the Meatloaf with classic mashed potatoes or for a change bake a couple of potatoes and top with sour cream and chives.

Mom’s Meatloaf will become your go-to comfort food dinner. if you enjoyed this meatloaf then you might like my small batch Sunday Roast Dinner recipe

More Classic Comfort Foods

Did you make this recipe? I would love it if you left a comment or review! Be sure to sign up for the email list and follow “A Weekend Cook” on Pinterest and my Facebook page.

1 pound meatloaf in small white baking dish.

Moms Meatloaf Recipe

The perfect 1 pound meatloaf recipe perfect for 1-2 people Classic comfort food for any night of the week.
4.60 from 108 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 443kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Onions diced
  • ½ cup Bread Crumbs
  • ½ cup Ketchup divided
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire divided
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Optional: Garlic Powder
  • Optional: Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup of the ketchup and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, mix together and set aside for later basting.
  • Throw 1 pound of ground beef 80/20 fat content into a big bowl. Break up into chunks and salt and pepper.  Just give the salt shaker a couple of good shakes, and a little more with the pepper.  If you like garlic shake in a bit of garlic powder, NOT garlic salt.
  • Dice up ½ a medium onion and toss into the bowl.
  • Squirt in ketchup, probably about ¼ cup to start.
  • Shake in Worcestershire sauce until it just smells right, about 1 tablespoon. It’s a personal preference with the amount. If you really have no idea how much to use then give the bottle a couple of good shakes to start.
  • In a small bowl, lightly beat two eggs and mix into the ground beef mixture
  • Pour in a ½ cup of plain bread crumbs.
  • Use a wooden spoon to get everything mixed up nicely. Compress into a big ball.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and plop the meatloaf onto the lined baking sheet and mold the meatloaf into a rectangle.
  • Put the meatloaf into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes then baste with the ketchup Worcestershire sauce. Continue cooking for a total of 60 minutes.  Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees to ensure it’s fully cooked.
  • I like a little crispy to the sides so I broil at the end for a couple of minutes. Watch it so you don’t burn the top.

Notes

  • Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Cold meatloaf makes tasty sandwiches. Yum!
  • Use fattier ground beef, an 80/20 is perfect.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 669mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g
Tried this Recipe? Pin it for Later!Mention @AWeekendCook or tag #aweekendcook!

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect beginners recipe! I may have made meatloaf before but it was decades ago and apparently forgettable. I had the ingredients all on hand and used exactly as prescribed with extra shakes of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Split into two mini loaf pans. used one small whole wheat slice of bread, toasting it first until crispy, then crumbling it with fingers to reasonable course crumb size. Ended up cooking only one mini loaf to save time (half the recipe mix) and used half the time suggested for full recipe on that one mini loaf: 9 mins at first, then basted, then another 30 mins until done. Just checked for doneness by slicing inside and it looked good to me! No thermometer used. Saved the other mini loaf for another day as only two of us eating. Yummy taste and very simple. Thank you! This is a keeper!

    1. Hi Rachelle,

      Yes, it’s a total of 60 minutes. You are cooking for about 15 minutes, then baste the meatloaf with the sauce and continue to cook for a total of 60 minutes. Ovens may not always heat the same, watch the meatloaf and ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. 5 stars
    This meatloaf is so yummy!
    It’s an easy recipe that produces great results. I use it every time I make meatloaf and my family loves it.

  3. 5 stars
    This is such an easy to make, delicious meatloaf recipe! My husband usually doesn’t rave about meatloaf, but he went nuts for this! He said it was the best dinner I ever made 🙂 this is my new go to meatloaf recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for this 1 lb. meatloaf recipe! All I could find in my cookbooks were for 1-1/2 or 2 lbs. Your recipe was tasty and easy to make. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    I have tried a lot of meatloaf recipes over the years, and they are never quite “right”, or at least not to my liking. This recipe hit the bullseye for me; it’s exactly how I want it to taste, the right texture, etc. My Go to Meatloaf recipe from now on!