Grandma A's Meatloaf Recipe (2024)

This is the best meatloaf recipe you will ever taste. The best part is the glaze that cooks on top. It is so sweet and delicious. This is a recipe from our grandma and she was an amazing cook. You'll have to agree once you taste her meatloaf.

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We all love Grandma’s recipes are so good, and Grandma A’s meatloaf recipe is always the perfect good old-fashioned comfort food I crave during the colder months. The perfect Sunday dinner recipe for your family.

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Grandma A’s meatloaf recipe – the next best ground beef recipe you will make this month! Meatloaf is such a classic recipe and is always one my family devours.

During the winter months, I am always wanting a taste of those hearty good old-fashioned comfort food meals. It is so simple to make and of course super delicious.

My grandma taught me how to make this recipe and I look forward to teaching all of my kids just how to make it like Grandma A! Family recipes are the ones I always tend to make for an easy yet memorable Sunday dinner recipe.

You can see more of Grandma’s recipe in our YouTube video that we made with the Best Home Cooked Meals from Grandma! In Memory of Grandma Virginia.

Serve this amazing meatloaf with some of our scrumptious side dishes. A few of my favorites to make are our Oven Roasted Green Beans Recipe, Twice Baked Potato Casserole Recipe, and some Easy Homemade Rolls Recipe.

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Ingredients You Need to Make Our Grandma A’s Meatloaf Recipe:

  • Ground beef
  • Eggs
  • Onion, chopped
  • Ketchup
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned tomato soup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Brown sugar

How To Make Our Grandma A’s Meatloaf Recipe:

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To begin, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then prepare a 9×5 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and then set it aside.

Now, place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl along with the eggs, chopped onion, ketchup, salt, pepper, oatmeal, 1/2 of the canned tomato soup, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.

You can either use a wooden spoon to mix it all together, or I tend to just use my hands as it mixes together so much easier that way.

Once it is all mixed together, mold it into a loaf and place it into the prepared loaf pan.

After you have the meatloaf in the pan, mix together the remaining brown sugar, tomato soup, and Worcestershire sauce together in a small mixing bowl until it is completely combined.

Then pour the brown sugar mixture over top of the meatloaf.

When that is all done, place the meatloaf in the oven uncovered, and let it bake for 90 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees.

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Once the loaf is done baking, remove it from the oven and carefully slice it, serve it, and enjoy!

To Make This Classic Sunday Dinner Recipe You Will Need:

  1. Large mixing bowl
  2. 9×5 pan (THESE are great and even have little handles to grip!)
  3. Nonstick cooking spray
  4. Small mixing bowl

Do You Always Have Issues with Your Meatloaf?

While I love meatloaf as much as the next person, sometimes I am off my game it does not come out exactly perfect. My guess is that I am not alone!

If you have had issues in the past with your meatloaf, take a look over Kichn’s list of 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Making Meatloaf.

You might find them helpful and end up making your best meatloaf yet!

What is the Secret to Moist Meatloaf?

It is actually quite simple! In order to create a moist meatloaf, you need to make sure there is enough fat in the meat you are using.

While I tend to like to use a leaner meat for a lot of recipes, this is not the recipe for leaner meat. You will want to make sure that the meat has at least 15% fat content to keep a nice and moist meatloaf.

What is Traditional Meatloaf Made of?

I would say that Grandma A’s meatloaf is like the traditional meatloaf recipe with a little bit of flare. You need to make sure that you are using ground meat (like ground beef), eggs, a combining agent (like oats or bread crumbs), onion, ketchup, as well as salt and pepper if you don’t have another way you’re adding flavor.

Our recipe adds the Worcestershire sauce, tomato soup, and brown sugar for added flavor and deliciousness!

Should I Cook Meatloaf Covered or Uncovered?

Generally, I cook meatloaf uncovered. But, if you are worried about the meatloaf burning (especially if you are using a type of meat with a lower fat content) then you can always cover the meatloaf with aluminum foil and then remove the foil for the last 15 minutes to make sure that the glaze gets a nice caramelization going.

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Try Even More of Our Grandma’s Recipes!

  1. Grandma’s Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe
  2. Grandma’s Frappe Party Drink Recipe
  3. Grandma’s Warm Spiced Cider Recipe
  4. Grandma’s 5 Cup Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe
  5. Grandma’s Corn Pudding Recipe
  6. Grandma’s Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
  7. Grandma’s 5 Cup Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe
  8. Grandma’s Homemade Thanksgiving Dressing (Stuffing) Recipe
  9. Grandma’s Delicious Goulash Recipe
  10. Grandma’s Chocolate Cake Roll

Make Meatloaf in Many Different Ways!

  1. Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Copycat Recipe
  2. Honey BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
  3. Meatloaf Cupcakes Recipe
  4. Sweet and Tangy Meatloaf Recipe
  5. Easy Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
  6. Instant Pot Mini Meatloaf
  7. Sheet Pan Meatloaf and Green Beans Recipe
  8. Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe

This post was included in our Best Home Cooked Meals From Grandma Video– for more inexpensive and delicious recipes like this one, click here to check it out!

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Serves: 8 people

Grandma A’s Meatloaf

5 from 1 vote

This is the best meatloaf recipe you will ever taste. The best part is the glaze that cooks on top. It is so sweet and delicious.

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr 30 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 45 minutes mins



  • pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 (10oz) can tomato soup divided
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce divided
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with non stick cooking spray.

  • Stir beef, eggs, onion, ketchup, salt and pepper, oatmeal, 1/2 of tomato soup, and 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce with hands (it really is easier that way).

  • Mold and put into loaf pan.

  • Stir brown sugar, rest of Worcestershire sauce, and rest of soup and pour over top of loaf.

  • Bake for 90 minutes.



  • This recipe is so yummy, we rarely have any leftovers. However, if you do happen to have leftovers, you can easily freeze them.
  • We recommend wrapping the leftovers in foil, or placing it in an airtight container. To thaw, place it in the fridge 24 hours before eating, then reheat in the oven or microwave in a pan or microwave safe plate.


Calories: 281 kcal · Carbohydrates: 11 g · Protein: 17 g · Fat: 19 g · Saturated Fat: 7 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 101 mg · Sodium: 185 mg · Potassium: 348 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 6 g · Vitamin A: 102 IU · Vitamin C: 2 mg · Calcium: 36 mg · Iron: 2 mg


  • Large Mixing Bowl

  • 9×5 loaf pan

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

  • Small Mixing Bowl

Recipe Details

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sounds good I'll try this.

  2. Andrea says:

    I am making this for dinner tonight. It's in the oven and smells so good already!

  3. bluechillies says:

    AWESOME! Made it tonight using my mini loaf pans. 40 minutes/400 I changed a couple of thing. I omitted the soup. Didn't have any. =( I added 1/2 can of diced tomatoes with juice. Just scooped it out of the can. I also added 1 diced red pepper & used 1 cup of diced onion. Next I changed the topping to 2 T brown sugar, 2 T mustard, and 2 T ketchup. Very tasty~ Thank you for sharing!

  4. Cindy says:

    This is very close to how I make my meatloaf except I substitute bread crumbs for oatmeal,and my mother used crackers, which is good also. I use tomato sauce in the same way as the soup in the recipe. I've not put the worcestershire in the topping, but will try it. I also add a large handful of shredded cheddar cheese ,which makes it very moist. I've also added celery. I will be trying this recipe in the future. THANKS!

  5. hollybay says:

    Amazing!So moist and perfect! Honestly, I forgot to add the onion but I don't think it really needed it. I would make it again the same way. I loved it!

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  9. Sue Copher says:

    This recipe was delicious! The second time I made it I was out of brown sugar so used Karo dark syrup in topping. I did not measure but about 2 Tbs. I also was out of tomato soup so used a lgr can of spagetti sauce about 2/3 of can in the meatloaf and 1/3 for the sauce with mushrooms for topping. In addition I use both rice and oatmeal because I had 2 lbs of meat. It was Oh So Good! Thanks! P.S. I’ve always thought I did not like Worsteshire but it is good in this recipe.

  10. Ellie says:

    How could I freeze this?

  11. Cyd says:

    The best way to freeze this meatloaf would be to let it cool a little bit after it comes out of the oven. Slice it and freeze in an airtight container or freezer wrap. Then thaw and reheat (microwave would work).

  12. Andrea Jennyc says:

    I made this yesterday using flax eggs so that my daughter could eat it too (she has an egg allergy) - it was absolutely delicious!

  13. Kristin says:

    Made this tonight in muffin tins (figured our littles would eat/ enjoy the smaller 'footprint'). Everyone ate their plate clean, and asked for leftovers for lunch tomorrow!! Soo, soo good.

  14. Laurinda says:

    Could this be converted to a one pot recipe in the instant pot duo crisper?

  15. DiB says:

    You ingredient measurements in the video are different than the written recipe. Poor marketing

  16. Momma Cyd says:

    Sorry for the confusion if it's over the brown sugar amount. Both amounts are great! Some of the sisters like extra brown sugar. But grandma's original recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons. Enjoy the meatloaf! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  17. Jeanie says:

    I cannot eat oatmeal. Is there a substitute I can use instead?

  18. Momma Cyd says:

    You can used crushed soda crackers or bread broken into small pieces.

  19. Cyndi says:

    I'm looking forward to trying this meatloaf! I have a couple of suggestions: When I print your recipes from the website, they don't say Six Sisters Stuff in the title so it would be great if you could add that to the print format. On the website recipe could you also make a note if it is in one of your cookbooks and which one. The other suggestion is to do a new cookbook with all your Grandma's recipes. I am a big fan of Six Sisters Stuff recipes and I have three of your cookbooks. Thank you!

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  20. Momma Cyd says:

    Thank you for your input. We really appreciate it!

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