Classic Homemade Meatloaf

This classic meatloaf recipe is just like the traditional meatloaf grandma used to make. Tender and juicy with the perfect tomato glaze! The post Classic Homemade Meatloaf appeared first on Budget Bytes.

Classic Homemade Meatloaf

The concept of meatloaf kind of makes me raise an eyebrow because, well, it’s a loaf of meat. But when it’s executed well it’s just so good. So filling, so cozy, and so delicious that I look forward to eating the leftovers over the next few days (hello meatloaf sandwich, I’m looking at you). This Classic Homemade Meatloaf recipe is the traditional meatloaf that we all know and love—tender, juicy, full of flavor, and with the perfectly tangy tomato glaze on top. It’s so perfect when paired with mashed potatoes and green beans. Like a plate of pure comfort!

The Secret to Good Meatloaf

Milk. The secret to good meatloaf is milk. It sounds weird, but it makes a HUGE difference. Milk hydrates the breadcrumbs that are used as a binder in meatloaf, which keeps the loaf super moist and tender.

During the testing phase for this recipe, I made one without the milk just to see if really made a difference and I’m here to say that the difference was ENORMOUS. The meatloaf without milk was dense, a little tough, and notably drier than the meatloaf made with milk. So don’t skip it! P.S. I’m sure that non-dairy milk would have the same effect.

Loaf Pan or Baking Sheet?

There are two camps when it comes to meatloaf: baking in a loaf pan or on a baking sheet. I’m team baking sheet, but I think ultimately it’s going to boil down to personal preference. I find that loaf pans don’t allow for quite enough evaporation so the bottom can get a little soupy. Baking sheets allow for a little more evaporation, leaving the meatloaf perfectly juicy and flavorful.

But if shaping is difficult for you or you want those perfect square edges, you might prefer a loaf pan.

Two slices of meatloaf on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

How to Keep Meatloaf from Falling Apart

There are a couple of tricks to making a meatloaf that holds together in nice slices. Here are a few tips:

  • Use a recipe that has the right amount of binders (egg and breadcrumbs). This is essentially the glue that holds the meat together.
  • Use ground beef with a finer grind, or that has been double ground. Really coarse ground beef won’t mix as thoroughly with the binders and may crumble when sliced.
  • Mince the onion as finely as possible. Large chunks of onion will prevent the loaf from holding together as well.

What to Serve with Meatloaf

My favorite pairing for meatloaf is what I have pictured here, Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Green Beans. It’s so simple, classic, and balanced with the meatloaf and its tangy glaze. But here are some other good side dishes for meatloaf:

  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Broccoli Shells and Cheese
  • Potato Salad
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Honey Balsamic Glazed Carrots
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits
  • Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
  • Potatoes au Gratin
  • Three Bean Salad
  • Garlic Bread
Overhead view of sliced meatloaf on a platter
Side view of sliced meatloaf on a platter

Classic Meatloaf

This classic meatloaf recipe is just like the traditional meatloaf grandma used to make. Tender and juicy with the perfect tomato glaze!
Total Cost $9.56 recipe / $0.96 per slice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 204kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

  • Meat Thermometer
  • Small Roasting Pan
  • Measuring Cups Spoons

Ingredients

Meatloaf

  • 1 large egg $0.21
  • 1/3 cup milk $0.14
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce $0.02
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs $0.32
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 cup minced onion $0.14
  • 1.5 lbs. ground beef (85/15) $8.03

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup ketchup $0.40
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce $0.06
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard $0.03

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl whisk together the egg, milk, and Worcestershire sauce. In a separate small bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mince the onion.
  • Add the ground beef, egg mixture, breadcrumb mixture, and minced onion to a large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until evenly combined. Avoid over mixing.
  • Place the meatloaf mixture on a rimmed baking dish and shape it into a loaf that is approximately 4-inches wide, 8-inches long, and 2-inches tall.
  • In a separate small bowl, stir together the glaze ingredients (ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard). Spread the glaze evenly over the top and sides of the meatloaf.
  • Bake the meatloaf for 50-55 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5-10 minutes after baking, then slice and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 465mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make Classic Meatloaf – Step by Step Photos

Wet and dry ingredients for meatloaf in separate bowls

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Start by pre-mixing some of the ingredients for the meatloaf so there will be less mixing required for the meat (overmixing the meat can make meatloaf tough). In a small bowl, whisk together ⅓ cup milk, one large egg, and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. In a separate bowl, stir together ½ cup breadcrumbs, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt.

minced onion on a cutting board

Mince about a ½ cup onion. Make sure to chop or mince the onion as finely as possible. Chunky onion can make the meatloaf fall apart more easily.

meatloaf mixture in a bowl

Add the milk mixture, breadcrumb mixture, and minced onion to 1.5 lbs. ground beef (85/15). Mix with your hands until everything is evenly combined. Avoid overmixing.

shaped meatloaf in baking dish

Place the meatloaf mixture on a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish and shape it into a loaf that is approximately 8″ long, 4″ wide, and 2″ tall.

meatloaf glaze ingredients in a bowl

Next, combine the ingredients for the glaze. Stir together ½ cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon yellow mustard, and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.

Glaze being spread over the meatloaf

Spread the glaze over the top and sides of the meatloaf.

baked meatloaf with a meat thermometer inside

Bake the meatloaf in the preheated 350ºF oven for 50-55 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Let the meatloaf rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

front view of a sliced meatloaf on a platter

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Baked bananas are deliciously sweet with a touch of cinnamon and honey! They are baked to perfection and I love nothing more than a dessert that’s easy AND made with fruit!

These bananas are the perfect dessert, breakfast, or even an after-school snack. For more ways to try out some ripe bananas, some of my favorites tried and true recipes are these Cupcakes, Brownies, and these yummy Banana Muffins! You MUST try them all!

Baked bananas topped with cinnamon and whipped cream.

MUST Try Baked Bananas

I love recipes with bananas in them. Once they ripen and get extra sweet, there are SO many options on what to do with them! And this one is literally the easiest of them all. And hands down one of the best! Baked bananas are so sweet and creamy! They come out of the oven all warm and delicious. And then I top them with whipped cream that melts immediately and… well… You’ve got yourself a mouthwatering snack that just melts away in your mouth!

Because bananas are naturally sweet, you don’t need to add a lot to them to make them taste delicious. Plus, bananas are a great source of potassium so you can eat something tasty AND get a health benefit from it! It’s a win-win. These bananas are delicious on their own but add them to some ice cream or brownies and these will be next-level delicious! They are a MUST try!

What’s in Baked Bananas?

Yummy baked bananas only have 4 ingredients! Then, you can make them totally your own by changing up the toppings or adding them to another dessert! See the recipe card below for a list of exact measurements!

  • Bananas: When using your bananas for this recipe, make sure they are ripe. The peel should be yellow with a few brown spots!
  • Butter: Melt your butter befrehand so that it can be drizzled across the bananas!
  • Honey: The honey adds in a bit of healthy natural sweetness.
  • Cinnamon: The cinnamon adds just the right touch of flavoring that complement the banana flavor!
  • Chocolate chips and whipping cream: These toppings are completely optional. In fact, change these up and you will have your own unique recipe!

How to Bake Bananas

This recipe takes about 20 minutes from start to finish! And that includes 15 minutes of baking time! This is why this is such a great snack to make when you want something delicious but you don’t have a lot of time.

  1. Prep and cut: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the banana in half and lay in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Combine and spread: Combine melted butter, honey and cinnamon and evenly spread onto the tops of the bananas.
  3. Bake and serve: Bake for 15 minutes until they are as soft as you would like them. Serve with optional toppings.
2 pictures showing how to slice and flavor bananas.

Stages of a Banana

Bananas have a few different tastes depending on when you eat them in the ripening process! Here are a few tips to understand bananas that will help you know what to use in this baked banana recipe.

  • Green bananas: Green bananas are firm and not sweet. Put these on your counter and wait for them to ripen.
  • Yellow bananas: These are perfect for eating on their own. They are firm but getting sweeter by the day.
  • Yellow and bananas with some brown spots: These will be your baking bananas! They are very sweet but not too mushy.
  • Brown Bananas: These work great in smoothies or in a recipe that calls for mashed bananas. (Like banana bread)
Sliced, baked bananas with toppings.

Adding Toppings

You can easily change up this recipe, just by changing up the toppings! Here is a list of a few favorites to put on these baked bananas after you pull them out of the oven!

  • Nuts: I love adding sliced almonds or walnuts to these to add a little bit of a crunch.
  • Sprinkles: My kids love it when I add anything colorful to a meal. So rainbow sprinkles really make this fun for them to eat!
  • Ice Cream: Add some ice cream on top of these baked bananas and it will be the best banana split that you’ve ever had!
  • Brownies: Bake some brownies beforehand and have them ready to be topped with these baked bananas. You cant go wrong with a chocolately banana taste!
  • Toffee bits: Once you’ve added the chocolate chips and whipped cream, then sprinkle on some bits of toffee! My mouth waters just thinking of this!
  • Crepes: While these are baking in the oven, then you can be making some crepes! Then, when these are finished you can add them into the crepe and top them with the whipped cream and chocolate chips. In fact, this is so yummy that you can use it as a breakfast meal!
Zoomed in picture of sliced, baked bananas.

Freezing Bananas

These baked bananas are best to be baked fresh. However, you can freeze the bananas that you have on hand and make this recipe later!

  1. Slice: Slice the bananas in half, lengthwise.
  2. Fast freeze: Line your bananas up on a baking tray that is lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 2-3 hours or until they are frozen solid. This step will make it so they don’t turn brown when you are freezing them!
  3. Airtight container: Take your bananas out and then put them in a ziplock bag but don’t everlap them! Seal it up tight!
  4. Label and freeze: Label the bag with the date lay them flat in your freezer. They can last up to 3 months frozen.
  5. Thaw and bake: When you are ready to use them, place them on a plate in your fridge to thaw. Then use them to bake!

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Simple and Delicious Baked Bananas

Baked bananas are deliciously sweet with a touch of cinnamon and honey! They are baked to perfection and I love nothing more than a dessert that's easy AND made with fruit!

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional toppings:
  • Chocolate Chips
  • whipping cream

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the banana in half and lay in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Combine melted butter, honey and cinnamon and evenly spread onto the tops of the bananas.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until they are as soft as you would like them. Serve with optional toppings.
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