World's Best Meatloaf Recipe

Updated on March 21, 2016

Yes Virginia, There Is a Meatloaf

I like the catchy title. This recipe for meatloaf makes one of the best, if not the best, meat loaf in the world. Enjoy!
I like the catchy title. This recipe for meatloaf makes one of the best, if not the best, meat loaf in the world. Enjoy!

Here is truly one of the most delicious recipes for meatloaf that you will ever make and enjoy. Once you taste it, I think you'll agree that it truly is the best.

  • As suggested in the comment section below, try cooking your meatloaf in an outdoor smoker or on a charcoal grill over indirect heat. In case you don't know when you cook over indirect heat on a charcoal grill the fire is on one side of the grill and you cook on the other side.

No matter how you cook this meatloaf it's a wonderful meatloaf. I personally think it deserves the title, world's best meatloaf.

Tips Before Starting

  • Chop veggies finely. Be sure that your celery, onions, and bell peppers are chopped very small and even. You don't want any large chunks of vegetables in your loaf. I get the best results by chopping my vegetables in my food processor so they are small and all the same size. You want the pieces to be as small as possible—with my food processor is about the size of a grain of rice.
  • Wet your hands. You should wet your hands when you are working with and shaping your meatloaf. If you'll do this, you'll find you'll have a much better experience. You'll also find that cleaning your hands up afterwards will be much easier.

World's Best Meatloaf Recipe


  • 2 and 1/2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons of half and half
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup of finely-diced celery
  • 1/2 of finely-diced onion
  • 1/2 of finely-diced green pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Now, in a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, half and half, egg, and the seasonings. Spray your hands with vegetable cooking spray and get right in there and mix your meatloaf up well.
  3. Now add in the rest of your ingredients and mix them up very well.
  4. Shape your meat mix into a loaf and place it onto a baking pan that you have sprayed with vegetable cooking spray. Be sure to smooth it out with your hands and then spread the ketchup out over the outside of your meatloaf.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes or until your meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees in its center at the thickest part. Allow it to cool slightly before you slice and serve.

Note: Most people will find they can make and cook their meat loaf on the day of or the day before serving and store it covered in the refrigerator overnight. Many claim that the flavor is enhanced this way. Try it and see what you think. I myself like to make it one day and cook it. Then I store it in the refrigerator overnight before I heat it up and serve it the next day.

This meatloaf is delicious served with homemade mashed potatoes, brown gravy and green beans. You won't find a more delicious combination.

In case you don't know, meat loaf is a ground meat mixture that is shaped into a loaf and baked. Meat loaves can be made from beef, veal, lamb, or pork and usually contain onions, breadcrumbs, eggs, and various seasonings. Be sure to slice your left over meat loaf thin and try it in sandwiches (see below for instructions on this).

How About a Delicious Sandwich?

Have you ever had a meatloaf sandwich? If not, you need to make it!

  • Use the left over meatloaf and cut into thin slices for open-faced sandwiches.
  • Take two pieces of toast and heat up two thin slices of your left over meatloaf.
  • Then put brown gravy with cooked thin sliced sweet onions in it over the meat loaf and toast, and you'll have one of the most delicious sandwiches ever.

Tomato Gravy Recipe


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 sixteen ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Cook whisking constantly for one minute.
  2. Whisk in the tomatoes and green chilies and remaining ingredients. Cook for five minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve on the side with your meat loaf and wait for others to be wowed and beg you for the recipe.


  • Pans. I like to use a loaf pan or loaf pans to cook my meat loaf in. If you prefer to baking paper, take the time to find the kind that has tin foil on one side and parchment paper on the other side. Cut pieces of this paper the right size to fit the bottom of your pans and put the tin foil side of the baking paper down. This will help to ensure that your cooked meat loaf will come out of the pan just perfect.
  • Room temperature ingredients. Let all your ingredients be room temperature before you start to mix up everything. This way, it will mix up a lot easier and it will always go together and come out of the oven looking real pretty.
  • Internal temperature. Always cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Measure the temperature at the thickest part of the meatloaf. Its best to use an instant read meat thermometer to get the right temperature.
  • Lean version. To make a healthier rendition, start with lean beef or pork and place the loaf on a rack over a roasting pan so the excess fat can drain off as the loaf bakes. You can also replace half the ground meat with ground turkey, use egg substitute, and bread crumbs. That is if you feel like being healthier. I like it made just as the recipe calls for.

Lastly, for a really tasty meatloaf, try using an equal amount of ground beef and ground pork. You'll end up with some really tasty flavors and I just bet you'll love it. No recipe is written in stone. If a recipe has something in it you don't like then by all means take it out and use something else. You never know what kind of tasty meat loaf you may end up with.

Comfort Food

Meatloaf to most Americans is a comfort food. Most of us remember our grandmother or mom making that oh-so-special delicious meatloaf. I know I do. Both my grandmother and my mom made delicious ones that I still remember. I used their recipes and merged them with mine and that is how I came up with this wonderful version.

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        Timbo 3 weeks ago

        To those who can't print or download. Just make a folder in Pinterest called Meatloaf, then save it to your folder. Or, before we had printers we had these things called a pen and paper. Write it down.

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        Bubbie 3 weeks ago

        Any substitute for the bread crumbs?

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        Carol 4 weeks ago

        Today I'm trying your recipe I used red pepper instead of green as that is what I had in the house. I did reduce celery an pepper amount to have added a little brown sugar to the ketchup. I didn't have cream so I used 2 Tbls. Onion dip to my mixture. Can't wait to try it. I put it together 4 hrs in advance then will bake it after gardening.

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        Janice 5 weeks ago

        What a fabulous recipe!! I added a bit more horseradish- Thank You

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        Shahnaz raza khan 3 months ago

        Thanks for sharing this. I made this before it's really very scrumptious loaf and easy to make no hassle . Thanks .

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        Elaine DiMarzio 4 months ago

        Why is it when we find a recipe we want to try, we can't get the recipe to print? What is the sense?

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        Reeta Danishlinka 5 months ago

        Good recipes.....!!

        How if we mixture with potatoes and add some carrot right??

        Ok we wait another kind of recipes.

        Good luck...

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        Ella 7 months ago

        Cannot get recipe

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        Sharon Glover-Houvener 11 months ago

        This is the best meatloaf I have ever had. The sandwiches the next day are Delish!!!!! I use ground turkey for mine (93%).

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        Justine Kritzer 15 months ago

        My mother was an excellent cook. she was way ahead of her the 40's she was using ingredients that cooks are using today. she could make a gourmet meal out of the simplest foods.

        I tried to duplicate her meat loaf. She always used half ground pork and half ground beef. I kept looking for a recipe that called for green pepper, because I knew it was in her meatloaf and I'm sure also the horseradish, which I love. I could never find it on the internet, until today. It sounds exactly like my mother's recipe. When I would make it in the past with other recipes, it just didn't taste like what I was looking for. I can't wait to try this.

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        Edward Lumm 19 months ago

        Best meatloaf is after you form your loaf put yams around the loaf and pour the juice of yams over the loaf and cook 1hr 30 min. want be dry.

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        Art 20 months ago

        I have made this meatloaf and added only one more ingredient that my mother used, which was rice. She added just under a half cup to the mixture uncooked, and as the meatloaf cooked, the rice absorbed the grease in the meatloaf and added flavor.

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        Breta 21 months ago

        Thanks so much. The recipes are so, so, good!

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        Nancy Straw 22 months ago

        I make a very similar meatloaf and combine catsup, a little mustard and some brown sugar and about 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and spread this on top before baking it. Delish!!!

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        Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Prepared or Dry Mustard. Either will work.

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        kristen 3 years ago

        Is it dry mustard or prepared?

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        Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

        I put the ketchup on the outside. And it is a wonderful meatloaf.

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        Sandi 4 years ago

        Does the katsup go on the inside and outside or just the outside? Looks great!

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        sjerzgirl2 5 years ago from Gloucester City, New Jersey

        I haven't been here in a long time, so I was happy to see someone make reference to your hubpage on Facebook. I had to re-create my account because I had deleted the original. This meatloaf looks wonderful! I can't wait to try it.

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        Barbara Morelock 5 years ago

        The recipes are great. I don't know how I ran across this but am so happy about finding it. Thanks for all your trouble. The meatloaf is great, like Gram's use to be. Barbara aka canocat

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        Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

        Oh, that does look good! And I do love meat loaf! Thanks.


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