Lyndsay Burginger

This Southern Style Meatloaf Recipe is Ready in 1 Hour


Does anyone actually makes meatloaf anymore? You should, because there's no better comfort food than good meatloaf. And with this Southern meatloaf recipe, we bet that this traditional American main dish will become a favorite in your dinner rotation.
One of the reasons this southern meatloaf recipe makes such a great weeknight dinner is that it's so easy to put together and most of the cooking time is in the oven, which means you have time to sit down and have a glass of wine (or, you know, pay bills, check the kids' homework, and fold a load of laundry).

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Heat a skillet over medium heat with butter, then cook the onion and green bell pepper for about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute, then set the skillet to the side until it cools. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, Cajun seasoning, paprika, dry mustard, and eggs. Add the cooled sautéed vegetables and then mix it all together, seasoning with salt and black pepper. Press the meat mixture into a loaf pan. Stir together the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar to make the sauce, and then pour the sauce over the top of the meatloaf.


We really love using a loaf pan like this, that drains off the excess oil while cooking. You can also freeform this homemade meatloaf mixture on a baking sheet.

Meatloaf Pan


Bake this tasty Southern-style meatloaf for about an hour and enjoy. Serve with old-fashioned mashed potatoes and veggies such as green beans.

Got leftover meatloaf? Make an old-fashioned meatloaf sandwich loaded with ketchup.


Southern Style Meatloaf

This tried and true, old school Southern recipe makes a meatloaf so moist and flavorful, you'll wish you'd made enough for leftovers.


  • 2 lbs ground beef, chuck or 85% work best
  • 2 tbs butter, olive oil, or bacon drippings
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped ((Optional but tasty!))
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch dry mustard
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbs mustard
  • 1 tbs brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium with butter then cook the onion and bell pepper until they begin to soften and caramelize, about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more, then remove from heat and set aside to let cool until cool enough to touch.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, Cajun seasoning, paprika, dry mustard, and eggs. Add cooled sautéed vegetables and stir to incorporate.
  4. Press mixture into a 9 x 5 or 10 x 5 loaf pan, avoiding overworking the meat.
  5. Whisk together the sauce ingredients, then spoon it over the top.
  6. Bake until internal temperature reaches 160 F, about 1 hour.

Roast some carrots alongside the meatloaf and serve with mashed potatoes, and you've got a star of a meal.