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Easy Meatloaf Recipe

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If you’re looking for a simple meatloaf recipe that is moist and dripping with flavor, this meatloaf recipe will quickly become a family favorite. Using only four ingredients, this easy meatloaf recipe is simple to make and the taste is amazing!

Serve this simple recipe with a side of creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, a Spinach Salad or bowl full Roasted Vegetables for a delicious dinner that everyone will be clamoring about!

two slices of meatloaf on a white plate made with this simple meatloaf recipe. A loaf on a serving tray is in the background.

Best Meatloaf Recipe

My dad is not a meatloaf fan, so growing up my mom rarely made it for our family. And I feel like I was maybe deprived or something… because what’s not to love about meatloaf?!? I’ve made my fair share of various meatloaf recipes, but this simple homemade meatloaf recipe happens to be my oldest son’s favorite thing to eat for dinner.

Like many of you, we have a very busy family and I don’t have time to make gourmet meals. My favorite part of this meatloaf recipe is that you only need four ingredients so it’s easy to make and it takes just a few minutes to prepare.

the four ingredients used in this easy meatloaf recipe; meat, eggs, stuffing and water in a clear mixing bowl

What Side Dishes Go Well With Meatloaf?

The only thing that will make this simple meatloaf recipe better is one of these delicious side dishes. Just like main dish, these sides are super easy to make as well.

How to Make Meatloaf

This simple recipe for meatloaf is made by combining ground beef, stuffing, water + 1 egg. You mix it well, then press it into a loaf pan. Bake it, brush with ketchup, BBQ or meatloaf sauce for added moisture and flavor, then you’re good to serve it!

I have yet to be disappointed by any of the recipes I’ve tried, but this easy meatloaf recipe that I am sharing today takes first place in my book! Not only is it moist and delicious, it is also SO SIMPLE to make.

How Long To Cook Meatloaf

For this meatloaf recipe I used 1 pound of ground beef and cooked it at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) for 45 minutes. This will of course vary if you use more of less ground beef to make your loaf. To make sure your meatloaf is fully cooked, use  a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F (72 degrees C).


a loaf of the best meatloaf recipe on a white serving tray with two slices cut and layered in the front of the loaf

Can You Freeze Meatloaf?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this homemade meatloaf recipe. In fact, you can freeze it both before and after cooking the meatloaf. If you freeze it before cooking, I like to wrap it in plastic wrap before placing it into a freezer bag. When you’re ready to bake it, leave it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then cook it according to the directions above. You can keep meatloaf in the freezer for up to 3 months before I would recommend throwing it out.

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Easy 4 Ingredient Meatloaf Recipe

With only four ingredients, this easy meatloaf recipe is simple to make and the taste is amazing!  This meatloaf recipe is moist and dripping with flavor.  This meatloaf recipe will quickly become a family favorite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, meat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 1 Slice
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box of stuffing
  • 1 cup of water
  • BBQ sauce or ketchup optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together until combined. Don't be afraid to use your hands for this.
  3. Press in a bread loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Optional: Add BBQ sauce or ketchup to the top.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Easy 4 Ingredient Meatloaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


looking down on a white plate with two slices of meatloaf made with this easy recipe and a side of mashed potatoes. A loaf on a serving tray is in the background.

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