Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe

This Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe is simple, easy and delicious! It was a favorite growing up and it’s sure to be a favorite around your dinner table now.

This Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe is simple, easy and delicious! It was a favorite growing up and it's sure to be a favorite around your dinner table now. #oldfashionedrecipes #oldfashionedmeatloaf #meatloaf #glutenfree #glutenfreemeatloaf #amishrecipes

Old Fashioned Meatloaf

Meatloaf is something virtually all of us saw on the dinner table now and then growing up. It’s just ground beef with a few spices but it’s so much more than that too, it’s comfort food.

My mom used to serve it for dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy one night and then make meatloaf sandwiches for lunch the next day. These days, my little family and I like to serve it with a side of baked sweet potatoes, which I bake right alongside the meatloaf and a garden salad. It never gets old!

This recipe is one I’ve used for many years now and came from an Amish friend who is one of the best cooks I’ve ever known! So simple. So easy. So good!

An old favorite made gluten-free! I made just a few tweaks to the original recipe to make it compatible with my husband’s food allergies – namely, I took the breadcrumbs out, and used more gluten-free rolled oats. I can’t tell a difference in the final dish and I like the fact that I now have one less ingredient to gather up!

Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe

What You Need:

  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons catsup
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Pinch of onion powder

Preheat oven to 350º.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe

Mix the meatloaf ingredients together well. Divide into two loaves and bake in bread loaf pans or a cake pan. Bake for an hour. Remove from oven.

Mix the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl and drizzle over meatloaf. Return to the oven for 5-10 minutes.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe

Let it cool ten minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!

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Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons  catsup
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Pinch of onion powder

Instructions

  1. Mix the meatloaf ingredients together well.
  2. Divide into two loaves and bake in bread loaf pans or a cake pan.
  3. Bake for an hour. Remove from oven.
  4. Mix the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl and drizzle over meatloaf. Return to the oven for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool ten minutes before slicing.

Since this is a 3lb meatloaf recipe, you might have some leftovers! Use your leftover meatloaf in a sandwich like my mom did when I was growing up. It’s similar to this Homemade Taverns Recipe. Yum!

Here’s another delicious Simple Meatloaf Recipe that you may want to try as well! Or for something a little different you can try this yummy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf! And if you are wondering how to save money on meat, you might also want to check out this post on Buying Meat in Bulk.

Looking for more comfort food recipes? Here are some of my favorites:

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Amish Chicken Casserole Recipe
Cheesy Potato Casserole
Recipe for Chicken Pot Pie
Mom’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Have you ever made meatloaf with oatmeal? What is one of your favorite winter comfort foods?

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This Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in September 2014. It has been updated as of October 2019.

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  1. My recipe is almost the same as yours; I add Worcestershire sauce (about 1 Tb) and half a package of dry onion soup mix. Don’t you love using oatmeal as the filler?

  2. Thank you. Have use oats in meatloaf in the past. This is a good reminder, we have some food allergies in our family as well.

  3. Meatloaf is perfect comfort food and one of my oldest son’s favorites. I am going to have to make it for his birthday month! 🙂 stopping by from the Pintastic Pinterest Party and pinning to my Recipes to Try board.

  4. I would also put oatmeal in blender or chopper and chop till a bit finer, so you don’t see the pieces of oats in it…..I used to do bread that way…..kids don’t like seeing pieces of bread or oats in it…….and I chop onions really fine too……most kids don’t like onions, if they can see them, but will eat them if they don’t see them……just sayin :)…………..

    1. I thought the same thing regarding the oats. Fortunately, onions are not a problem at our home. According to my mother, when I was lil I would pick out every last onion before digging in. 🙂

  5. We have always used my Grandmothers depression recipe. To 1pound ground beef add 1carrot, grated – 1potato, grated – then crackers or oats, onion, 1 egg and seasonings. Good way to stretch meat.

  6. Have never had a prob with “seeing” oats. They just cook in and disappear. Love to sneak in veggies-carrots, celery, peppers, peas. Anything that can be finely chopped.

  7. I have used a combination of oats and breadcrumbs for meatloaf and meatballs for years, trying to incorporate more oats into our diet, ever since I read a book about how good oats are for controlling cholesterol. I think it keeps the loaf moister than just bread/crumbs…I also use them if I’m breading anything, again in combination…run the crumbs and oats through a blender, spice grinder, whatever, for a more uniform texture…

  8. If I have left over cooked steel-cut oats from morning, I will put a half cup or so in with the meatloaf. Nobody can tell it’s in there.

  9. Substituting oatmeal for breadcrumbs would be amazing for this household too.
    Does it make any difference what the kind of oatmeal it is? Regular or instant, etc.
    Also,
    for doing it with other recipes, is it a one-to one substitution? (that is, a cup of breadcrumbs to a cup of oatmeal)

    1. Yes, I would use the same amount of breadcrumbs as I would oatmeal in this recipe. Regular or instant oatmeal will work, not steel cut oats though.