• 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 c. fresh Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water or beef stock (can use bouillon)
  • 3 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan, grated (optional)

In a small bowl, combine tomato sauce, ketchup, Balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and water/beef stock.
In a large bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, onions, green bell pepper, parsley, chopped garlic, egg, seasonings, 3/4 cup of tomato mixture, and optionally, Parmesan cheese.
Form into loaf. Place into shallow 7 by 10 in. pan or bread loaf tin, lightly oiled. Pour remaining liquid over meat loaf to coat. Bake in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for one hour and 15 minutes, basting occasionally with ketchup or your favorite barbecue sauce.

Optional Variations:

Choose one:

1. Eliminate salt, bouillon, and substitute 3 tablespoon onion soup mix. Sprinkle top with tomato soup and crushed crackers instead.

2. Use old-fashioned rolled oats instead of bread crumbs.

3. If you have leftover bread, especially Italian or French bread, substitute milk for the water listed in recipe, and soak about 2 cups bread in the milk prior to mixing into the meat mixture. Squeeze out the excess slightly before adding. Substitute this bread for the bread crumbs. After mixing everything together, you can also form this meat mixture into meatballs and fry in 1/2 inch olive oil in a heavy bottom skillet (such as cast iron). If making Italian meatballs, leave out the brown sugar and Dijon mustard, but be sure to use the Parmesan cheese. Season the oil in the pan with 2-3 whole cloves garlic (don't chop it up or it will burn instead of just roasting).

4. If you're in a hurry, you may use as a substitute 2 cups of barbecue sauce and eliminate the following ingredients:

  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

5. Eliminate the sauté crumbs. Sauté this mixture with onion and garlic for 5 minutes and layer a casserole with no-cook lasagna noodles. Place meat mixture to cover noodles. Add a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and:

  • 1/3 pound ricotta mixed with one egg
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped Italian parsley or 1 c. fresh spinach
  • 1/2 pound grated mozzarella cheese

Cover with another layer of noodles, and top with 1 large can of tomato sauce mixed with 1/2 teaspoon each basil and oregano. Place in 325 degree oven 60 minutes or until bubbly, basting occasionally with sauce to prevent lasagna from drying out.

6. Form meat mixture into large doughnut shapes, approximately 6-7 inches across. When forming the doughnut, don't allow the center to actually become a doughnut hole; just thin it out, leaving a well in the center. Optionally, brush with ketchup. Crush 8-10 Saltine or Ritz crackers into crumbs and sprinkle over the doughnut shaped burger, concentrating the excess crumbs into the center. Sprinkle with onion and garlic powder and a liberal dose of soy sauce, allowing a 1/2 spoon or so to form in the well. This can optionally be topped with cheese and canned mushrooms if desired. Place in microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes or so, according to size, until the juices run clear and meat doughnut is done. Served with meat drippings as topping, there is no need for a bun. This is a fast and easy low-carb lunch!

7. Place 3-4 strips of bacon lengthwise along the top of the meatloaf. Garnish with rings of green or red bell pepper and the best meatloaf recipe is ready to serve.....enjoy the meatloaf !! Nice !

Southwestern Style Meat Loaf Recipe

Southwestern Style Meat Loaf Recipe

Best Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients
  • 12 oz. Ground Beef Chuck
  • 12 oz. Ground Beef Round
  • 1 1/2 cups Onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled Oats or Breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup Ketchup
  • 2/3 cup Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. Thyme, ground
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 large Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Ground Red Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Best Meatloaf Recipe Instructions

Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5” loaf pan.
Combine in a large bowl all the ingredients. Knead the mixture with your hands until everything is well blended. Do not over mix.
Fill the loaf pan with the meat mixture, mounding the top. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake until the meat is firm to the touch and has shrunk from the sides of the pan or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 160°F, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Pour off the excess fat and let stand for 15 minutes.
And Enjoy the meatloaf!

BBQ Potato Cheese Meatloaf

BBQ Potato Cheese Meatloaf
Best Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients
  • 2 lb Ground beef
  • 4 sl Bread; crumbled
  • 2 c Baked beans
  • 2 Eggs; or substitute
  • 1 c BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 c Mustard
  • 1/4 c Ketchup
  • 2 c Potatoes; mashed
  • 1 c Cheese
Best Meatloaf Recipe Instructions
Step 1:

Mash up the baked beans. Mix everything together except the potatoes and the cheese. Add more liquid or bread as needed to reach desired consistancy. Press mixture into the bottom and around sides of two 9×5 inch loaf pans, leaving a large trough in the center.
Step 2:

Reserve about 1-1/2 cups of mixture to cover top with.
Step 3:

Fill troughs of each meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Cut cheese into cubes, or grate, and put this on top of the potatoes. Cover potatoes and cheese with reserved meat mixture. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

All-American Meatloaf Recipe

All-American Meatloaf Recipe
Best Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients
  • 2 lb Grd chuck or sirloin
  • 3/4 c Oatmeal
  • 1 x Onion
  • 1/2 c Catsup
  • 1/4 c Milk
  • 2 x Eggs
  • 1 tb Horseradish
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1/4 ts Pepper
  • 1/2 c Catsup
  • 1 tb Horseradish
  • 3 tb B. sugar
  • 2 ts Mustard(prepared)
Best Meatloaf Recipe Instructions
Step 1:

Combine first 9 ingredients; shape into two 7 1/2 x 4 inch loaves. Place on a lightly greased rack of a broiler pan; bake at 350 deg for 40 min.
Step 2:

Combine 1/2 c catsup, 1 T horseradish and remaining ingredients; spoon over meatloaf & bake an additional 5 min. Yields 2 meatloaves...enjoy it !

All Vegetable Meatloaf Recipes

All Vegetable Meatloaf Recipes
Best Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 c Raw, grated potato,
  • 1/4 c Chopped Onion
  • 1/4 c Grated Carrot
  • 1/4 ts Salt
  • 1/4 ts Pepper
  • 1/2 c Broth, gravy, tomato juice, etc.
  • 1 c Chopped Vegetables, optional
  • peas,carrots,green beans,celery,green peppers,etc
Best Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients
Step 1:
MIx all ingredients, place in loaf pan.
Step 2:
Bake 350 degrees 1 hour.
Enjoy the meatloaf !