Mom's Homestyle Meatloaf

By: Kaitlin Weiler, FaveSouthernRecipes Original Recipe
Moms Homestyle Meatloaf
Mom's Homestyle Meatloaf
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If you have always wanted to learn how to make meatloaf, look no further than this recipe for Mom's Homestyle Meatloaf. This basic meatloaf recipe is great for beginning cooks because it is extraordinarily simple to make. It only takes a couple of steps and a few simple ingredients to make Mom's Homestyle Meatloaf, but this recipe is bound to become a family favorite. We used panko breadcrumbs and a variety of seasonings to make this recipe, but you could substitute seasoned Italian breadcrumbs instead. We also like to finish the meatloaf with a ketchup glaze before baking, but you could easily omit the extra ketchup for a crispier exterior. If you are looking for a lighter recipe, you can also easily make this easy meatloaf with ground turkey instead of ground beef. We suggest serving a hearty slice of Mom's Homestyle Meatloaf alongside roasted or mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.


For more great meatloaf recipes, be sure to check out our collection of 13 Amazingly Simple Meatloaf Recipes.

Cooking Time1 hr 10 min

Cooking MethodOven


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ketchup, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking pan wrapped in tinfoil by spraying it with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, seasonings, and 1/4 cup ketchup. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix.

  3. Transfer the meat mixture to the baking pan and shape into a loaf. Spoon the remaining ketchup evenly over the meatloaf.

  4. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until cooked through. The internal temperature of the meatloaf should be around 160 degrees F. Rotate the pan halfway through cooking. Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Can you use ground turkey instead of ground beef for this recipe. I look forward to your response. Golady2

Hi Golady2, You could definitely use ground turkey instead of beef! Just make sure the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. I hope you enjoy the recipe! Kaitlin, FaveSouthernRecipes Editor

Can you use ground turkey instead of ground beef? I look forward to your response. Golady2

I don't particularly like meatloaf, but if I'm going to eat it, then I guess I want it to taste like my mom's, which this did.

I loved how simple and classic this recipe was. Tasted great! A definite keeper!

I am not the biggest fan or meatloaf, but this meatloaf may change that! It came out so moist and flavorful. Next time, I am going to experiment with different seasonings to create a spicy version!


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