Mom's Meatloaf

If you have hung out on my blog with me for any amount of time, you know that my Mom wasn't really into cooking much. 

Sorry Mom, it's true

I think it was just the time I grew up. Late 60's early 70's (oohh I just dated myself). TV dinners were the working Mom's godsend. Cream of mushroom soup + tuna + noodles = a weekly meal in our house.  

So when I became an adult I was already groomed to the quick and easy, and rather unhealthy, kind of cooking.

Boxes and cans were my best friend, and my kids didn't know a fresh vegetable from a pop gun!

It wasn't until I had my surgery, and subsequently lost 160 pounds, that I realized I needed to change the way I was doing things. For my kids, as well as myself.

But before you think that I am saying everything I grew up eating was wrong, let me introduce you to something my Mother made that made me a happy happy girl anytime it was on the table.


Yes, we were one of those families that had a Monday meatloaf night, and I treasured each and every one of them.

Mashed potatoes, green beans, and some of her meatloaf? 

Ahhh yes, heaven on a plate!

Through the years I adapted the recipe so I could sneak in some veggies without my kids realizing it. You can see that recipe here.

But this basic meatloaf recipe is a winner in my book any day, and brings back a ton of great memories from around my family table!!

I made this to go along with my Cheesy Tomato Casserole for the last Sunday Supper event, which was meatless meals. It was the perfect companion dish. Plus it kept my carnivore happy!

Mom's Meatloaf

Bobbi Burleson

Nothing beats that good ol' fashioned meatloaf that Mom made when you were a kid.


  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • Fresh parsley leaves, chopped (for garnish)

Equipment Used


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and milk. Then add the bread crumbs, onion, salt, basil, oregano, and pepper. Stir to combine then add the ground beef. Using your hands, combine the meat with the egg mixture. Shape into a loaf on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 1 1/4 hours.
  5. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and dry mustard. Brush the top of the meatloaf with the mixture, reserving some for using later at the table. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
  6. Top with chopped parsley.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 25 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 35 mins.
Tags: beef, comfort food, main dish, easy meals

 Nutritional information via Calorie Count

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  1. That is a beautiful meatloaf! Love a good meatloaf, fantastic job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. It's an overcast, rainy day so this might just hot the spot. I know my son will like it. He LOVES meatloaf.

    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!