Classic Baked Meatloaf Recipe

Baked Meatloaf

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A simple yet delicious moist classic baked meatloaf recipe with onions, garlic, and a mouthwatering sweet and tangy tomato glaze.



Meatloaf Recipe

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon marjoram (or oregano)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup milk


  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl gently mix together ground beef, onion, garlic, eggs, barbecue sauce, parsley, marjoram, black pepper, breadcrumbs, and milk.
  3. In a large casserole dish gently shape the mixture into a loaf.
  4. Whisk together the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar.
  5. Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Baste with the glaze after 20 minutes and every 15 minutes thereafter.  Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.


  • You might be tempted to use a lean ground beef but that makes for a dry meatloaf. Use ground beef with at least a 15% fat content.
  • Be gentle when mixing the meatloaf and do not overmix.  Gently shape the mixture into a loaf.
  • Don’t skip the glaze as it really helps lock in the moisture.
  • Cook low and slow.  Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour 20 minutes or when an internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • After removing the meatloaf from the oven let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

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