whole meatloaf - uncut

The Best Basic Meatloaf

This is the best basic meatloaf recipe and a terrific choice for a simple family dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 373 kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground sirloin
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In large bowl mix together the ground sirloin, oats, milk, onion, egg, salt and pepper until well combined. Shape into a loaf on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.

  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Spread evenly over the top and sides of the meatloaf.

  4. Bake the meatloaf for 60 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers the center of the meatloaf is cooked to 160 degrees F.

  5. Remove meatloaf from oven and allow to rest for five minutes before serving.