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World’s Best Meatloaf

This recipe is kid tested and farmer approved. My farmer loves meatloaf. My mini farmer loves meatloaf. Their birthday dinner request is this meatloaf and twice baked potatoes. My farmers favorite meal is this meatloaf, his second favorite meal is a meatloaf sandwich the day after. If you need an easy, quick, inexpensive dinner that will leave your family wanting more, here is my secret recipe…

You will need….


You will need…

1 pound of ground beef
1 pound of regular Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage
1 small can of sliced olives
1 small can of sliced mushrooms (so good but you can leave this out)
1 sleeve of saltine crackers
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup of diced onion
1 diced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of ground mustard
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of pepper


1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup of ketchup

Preheat your oven to 350

Begin by crushing up the sleeve of saltine crackers and adding them to the one cup of milk and letting it sit off to the side.

Drain sliced olives and mushrooms. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix together until well combined. I find that the best tool to use for mixing is my clean hands.

Mix in the saltines and milk as well.

In a 13 x 9 inch pan add the mixture and shape into a loaf.

Mix brown sugar and ketchup and then spread over the top of the meatloaf.

Bake at 350 for 60-80 minutes, depending on the doneness and the thickness of your meatloaf. Mine usually takes one hour. I know it is done when the bubbly juices are clear.

Slice, serve and enjoy!

This recipe makes excellent meatloaf meatballs as well. I just adjust the cooking time to 25-30 minutes. I also top them with the ketchup topping. I usually make the meatloaf because Brandon loves a meatloaf sandwich the next day.


From my kitchen to yours,


4 thoughts on “World’s Best Meatloaf

  1. Have you ever made this with turkey instead of beef? Also, do you serve this with other veggies or what are the sides you generally offer on the side?

    1. I have not made this with turkey but I bet it would be really good. Or with chicken sausage. We usually eat them with mashed potatoes, roasted squash, green beans, roasted cauliflower, something yummy! Or brocollini. YUM!

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