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Family Friendly Quick Meatloaf Recipe

Quick meatloaf recipe that your whole family will enjoy. You can change it up a bit too with onions or other things you may have on hand but these are the basic ingredients you should start with.

quick meatloaf recipe

An easy meatloaf recipe with few ingredients we have made for years and passed down for generations. Make into a loaf or this is how to cook meatballs with this to add into spaghetti or eat as a low carb dinner. I know everyone has their way of making a quick meatloaf recipe, I am no different. Many of us learned the basics from our moms and over the years have changed it up a bit. If you need some help though, we’re here to help. (affiliate links present)

Meatloaf recipe with onion soup mix and Worcestershire

If you’ve followed me on The Typical Mom blog at all you know I am all about easy recipes! This meatloaf recipe from Lipton Onion Soup Mix is one I make pretty often and really the only way I have altered it is to make it in a muffin tin rather than a loaf pan. I have made them into balls too if I am in a rush.

How long to cook meatloaf at 400 is a bit quicker than this and will get the top a bit crispier too. 350 below keeps everything tender. If I am added a sauce on the top I like a bit higher temp. to caramelize that a little bit.

Quick Meatloaf Recipe

Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Few Ingredients

That way you get the same flavors you love but with more of a crispy crust all the way around the outsides. We love making them into muffin tin recipes too because they cook faster and I love the crunchy outside part.

That is right, just a few. You likely have all the ingredients in the cupboard. For the optional items you might need to visit the store for some diced and/or shredded veggies.

  • Cooked in a muffin pan you get that crusty crunch around each and every piece. To me it makes these bites oh so good.
  • The kids love anything made in smaller portions too
  • Tt’s great when I have less time too because they cook in literally 15 minutes or so.

This is what it is kinda’ going to look like when you combine everything together.

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If you wanted a lower fat option you could use ground turkey or chicken but I do not recommend it. Those have very different textures that aren’t super appetizing and you will likely need to add more binder into the mix so it isn’t as sticky.

  1. Large bowl to combine ingredients
  2. Ground beef
  3. Egg
  4. Bread crumbs
  5. French onion soup mix packet
  6. Worcestershire sauce
  7. Parmesan cheese
  8. 1/2 cup diced onion
  9. Can add
    1. grated carrot
    2. diced mushrooms

On the top you could brush 1/4 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce on before baking. This will do two things; add flavor and kinda’ crisp up the top with that flavor giving it even more texture.

muffin tin meatloaf

Easy Meatloaf

Super easy to make a meatloaf muffin tin batch too.  Just take your pick. Either way this is a really quick meatloaf recipe that you’re sure not to mess up!

If you love this simple recipe you’ve got to try our meatball muffins. Use this same recipe but they’re surrounded by biscuit. This is how to make this one and then you can tweak it to your liking from there;

1 lb meatloaf cook time

  1. Mix your ground beef egg meat mixture together in a small bowl with your hands.
  2. This works better to combine it well. (just make sure to take off rings first)
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Then fill the foil lined loaf pan, or muffin tin. (in our household the latter is our favorite way to cook it)
  5. Put it in your convection oven or oven.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes for a loaf pan
    • or about 15 minutes for muffin tin meatloaf.
  7. Of course ovens vary so cook time may be a few minutes different. You want a golden brown color on top but tender in the middle. 
  8. Spoon a few tablespoons ketchup on top (with a sprinkle of brown sugar is good too) and enjoy.

You can use this recipe to make basic meatballs as well with this same mix.

meatballs recipe

How do I make meatloaf from scratch?

We will share with you here! This is how to cook meatloaf in the oven but we also have an air fryer meatloaf recipe as well. Just use hamburger, binding ingredients and lots of seasonings. Here are a few questions you might have before you get started on this;

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

You may usually choose a low fat ground beef, but for this you want more. It will keep it moist and allow all ingredients to bind together easier so it doesn’t fall apart.

Why does my meatloaf fall apart?

If you don’t have enough binding agents such as eggs and bread crumbs it will likely fall apart.Ninja Foodi Meatloaf

Is it ok for meatloaf to be a little pink?

Yes it is. It should be 160 degrees F in the very center but since the base is beef and not pork or chicken it is safe for it to be a bit on the underdone side.

When you make meatloaf in a smoker the color on the inside is likely pink, depending on the type of pellets or chips used.

If you want to make this really easily try our pressure cooker meatloaf and mashed potatoes recipe. For a bacon and cheese smoked meatloaf recipe try this one.

Quick meatloaf recipe

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Quick Meatloaf Recipe

Quick meatloaf recipe that your whole family will enjoy. You can change it up a bit too if you have other things on hand but this is the basics.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, meatloaf, traditional
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 250kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Mix all items together well, using your hands works best. Put in loaf pan and cook at 350 for about 25 minutes or until middle is the desired “doneness” for you. 
  • If you cook it in a muffin pan check at around minute 12 to see how done they are. 
  • Everyone is different as far as how pink they want their meatloaf to be so just check and mark down the time that works best for you but this is a good gauge.
  • If you'd like some bbq sauce on top, spoon or brush 1/2 c sauce on top about 3 min. before it's done to bake it on top of your loaf pan meatloaf.


Nutrition Facts
Quick Meatloaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 283mg8%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Made as large muffins & the taste was great. Hard to find a great meatloaf - thank you.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022


Wade Flournoy

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

How much garlic powder do you put in

Tamara Campbell

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Its beyond me how people just cant help themselves and have to critique and try to add items to a recipes. If you dont like this version then just move on to a version you do like and make that recipe. No need to comment with negative views. OR better yet blog about your version of recipes on your own. OR dont make a snarky comment and add your own twist in your own home. I really dont need your NEGATIVE feedback. THANK YOU FOR SHARING AND TAKING THE TIME TO POST IT!!

Cheryl A Inness

Saturday 19th of December 2020

I made this and my husband loved it. I'm making again today


Sunday 12th of April 2020

Has anyone tried with plant based ground meat?


Tuesday 10th of March 2020

It was really good, but it definitely needed to have ketchup on top before putting it in the oven.

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