Extra Beefy Meatloaf

Cooler weather is on its way, and I am BEYOND ready for some delicious comfort food! This Extra Beefy Meatloaf is classic comfort food at its finest, and my special secret ingredient takes this recipe from so-so to truly spectacular! This ain’t your momma’s meatloaf, and I promise after one bite of this saucy, beefy dish, you’ll never try another meatloaf recipe again!

This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! | LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s not every day that I claim one of my recipes as “the best ever”, but if there was one that might deserve that title, this meatloaf would have to be it! When I think of classic American comfort food, meatloaf ranks pretty high on that list. We’ve all had that bland, greasy slab of meatloaf from a sub-par diner before, but I promise you this recipe is NOTHING like that.

This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! | LoveGrowsWild.com

When I first moved out on my own, I tried a ton of different meatloaf recipes. Some were better than others, but none of them really “wowed” me. I’ve tried meatloaf with oats, meatloaf with cracker crumbs, meatloaf with ketchup, and a few other weird ones that don’t even deserve mentioning. At the end of the day, they all were pretty bland and boring and needed a fair amount of squirts from the ketchup bottle to have any flavor.

This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Then one day I came across a recipe in an old Kraft magazine I used to get that totally changed my meatloaf-loving world. One secret ingredient turned this dish into a bold, flavorful, beefy masterpiece that had me coming back for seconds, even thirds, every time! Want to know what it is?

Steak sauce, my friends.

A little bit of steak sauce inside the meatloaf plus a little bit more spread across the top before baking is the key to extra beefy, super flavorful meatloaf. Promise me you will try it!

This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Even Wyatt couldn’t stay away from this meatloafy goodness during the big photo shoot! I swear, he’s an expert photo bomber.

This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! | LoveGrowsWild.com

5 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) and only 2 dirty dishes to clean. Does it get much easier than that? I’m telling you… you are going to love me for this recipe!

Serve this delicious dish along with some mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, and you have yourself the perfect comfort food meal. The recipe below using 1 pound of ground beef will serve 4-6 people (I cut the loaf into 8 thick slices), but you can easily double the recipe to serve 8-10. Just be sure to adjust your cooking time! I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we do!

This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Extra Beefy Meatloaf
 
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This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient!
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • ¼ cup steak sauce + 2 tablespoons for topping (I used A1 Original)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a loaf pan in nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, breadcrumbs, onion, ¼ cup steak sauce, salt, and pepper. Add the ground beef and fold ingredients until well combined. Hands work best for this mixing job! Press the mixture into prepared loaf pan in an even layer. Spread remaining 2 tablespoons steak sauce on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes until meat is cooked through and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with green bean casserole and mashed potatoes for a great comfort food meal!
Notes
- This recipe will serve 4-6 people (I cut the loaf into 8 thick slices), but you can easily double the recipe to serve 8-10. Just be sure to adjust your cooking time!

– adapted from Kraft

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This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! | LoveGrowsWild.com


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Comments

  1. Ohhh this meatloaf sounds awesome. Steak sauce!!! That makes sense… that would be a great flavor to add in!!!! I love meatloaf, but my husband doesn’t… I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try and see what he thinks 😉 Thanks for the idea!!!! I always find so many great ideas on your blog!! 🙂 Have a great week!

    • You’ll have to let me know what the hubby thinks! Meatloaf is a tricky thing… you either love it or hate it! I hope you guys enjoy the addition of a little steak sauce! 🙂

    • Hey ladies, if you’re out of steak sauce, mix some vinegar and ketchup,its the same as A1.

  2. I am usually not a meatloaf fan but I have to admit this beefy meatloaf looks delicious! I must try the recipe..

  3. I’ve been searching for the perfect meatloaf recipe and still haven’t found one… Will definitely be trying yours! How on earth did you get meatloaf to photograph so nicely? Love the picture of your son photobombing the meatloaf:)

    • Haha! Some foods are DEFINITELY not easy to photograph! Meatloaf would be one of them. 🙂 And yes, my little cutie is an excellent photo bomber, I must say. Have a great weekend, Heather!

  4. Such a great idea! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of steak sauce in meatloaf, now I’ve got to try it soon!!

  5. With A1 steak sauce, I can see why this one has been deemed the best meatloaf ever . .love this and your son is so cute! my Madeline is also an expert photo bomber. I have her little cubby hands popping into some of my photos all the time! 😛 and ok, I can’t seem to leave your blog. Just pinned 5 things!

    • Those little chubby hand pics are the best! They won’t be so little for long, so I try to enjoy these moments while I can! Thank you for all the pins, Alice. You made my day! 🙂

  6. Don’t you love it when you find a great tip that works? The meatloaf looks amazing and I love the pic of Wyatt helping out!

  7. This looks wonderful! Pinned to our new Saturday Night Fever board! Thanks for linking up! http://www.pinterest.com/ashlynedwards/saturday-night-fever-party/

  8. John Maguhn says:

    Wonderful recipe! but I went through 9 sheets of paper to print this recipe.
    John M.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, John! Did you click on the “print” button that’s located within the recipe? That button should bring up a new window with just the recipe that you can print, instead of printing all the text and photos as well. Let me know if you run into any troubles printing recipes again! 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing this recipe..I am going to give it a try.It is difficult to find a meatloaf recipe that all my family enjoys..Love your site also!

  10. Stephanie says:

    I’m making meatloaf for the first time this weekend and am totally looking forward to this recipe!

  11. IF YOU DOUBLE RECIPE DO YOU DOUBLE ALL THE INGREDIENTS

  12. To dry. Not a fan, but thanks. Quick question….why aren’t the negative comments posted? They will help people determine if they want to attempt this or not? Just asking.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Lynne! I’m sorry it turned out too dry for you, and I appreciate the feedback! I do post both positive and negative comments, it just happens that this particular recipe hadn’t received any negative ones yet. If you take a look at this post for apple pie bars from back in July, it has plenty of comments from both sides, which I agree is very helpful to readers! http://lovegrowswild.com/2014/07/apple-pie-bars/

      • There are no negative comments on these bars..

        • Liz Fourez says:

          Actually, there are. More positive than negative (which is exactly what I would hope for on my recipes!), but there are some. I always appreciate (and post) my readers’ comments, whether good or bad. I agree with you… readers want to see a true, honest review of recipes, so that is why I post both!

  13. Try Catalina Dressing instead of steak sauce.This makes it really tasty also

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I never would have thought of trying that! I’ll definitely be giving that a go very soon! Thanks for the awesome tip, Diane.

  14. Chelsea Palacio says:

    Tried it tonight and it went over really well! Its extremely flavorful and very meaty, which was a huge plus for the husband and me.

    The only thing I had a little bit of an issue with was the amount of the steak sauce. Its an extremely strong flavor, and I feel like it overpowered the onions and natural flavor of the meat. Next time I may cut the steak sauce with ketchup.

    Other than that it was perfect and was a very easy recipe to follow. 🙂

    • Thank you for the great feedback, Chelsea! Glad to hear you enjoyed it, and I think the ketchup tip is an awesome idea. So glad you stopped by to share!:)

  15. I am so thrilled to see a meatloaf recipe that does not include ketchup or draining the fat off of it. So many people think I am crazy when I tell them that I dont have extra “fat” and I have never had to drain my meat loaf… how gross is that! your recipe is pretty close to mine but I hate onions(allergies) and I add a dollop of mayo and whole grain mustard

  16. Really disappointed in this meatloaf. A1 is waaaay over powering. I like my meatloaf a little more homestyle.

  17. My family loves this recipe. If I were to double it, how long should I cook it for?

  18. I put half ketchup mixed with half Steak sauce on the top only-Made it better!!!

  19. Oh this was NOT to our liking at all. My kids are always leary but none of us could even eat it. Sorry

  20. I cook for 9 people every day so Meatloaf is usually reserved for “special” occasions – or when I can find ground beef on sale – but your recipe is very close to mine – except I add more herbs/spice and a lot of garlic and the sauce I use is Baby Ray’s – but I will have to try A1 and see what the guys think of it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  21. Terry M says:

    I use 57 sauce not as over powering as A1. I also use Stove top instead of bread crumbs different flavored croutons can change bland meat loaf as well.

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