My mom's classic meatloaf was lacking in flavor and the topping was way too sweet. This "better than mom's" version still has lots of old-school appeal but has been kicked up a notch with a rich and savory flavor, plus we said goodbye to the sugary sweet topping. Sliced meatloaf leftovers make the best sandwiches. I like mine with mustard, cheese, and grilled onions!


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20 mins
1 hr
10 mins
1 hr 30 mins
1 9x5-inch meatloaf


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

  • Combine onion, bell pepper, milk, eggs, garlic, 2 tablespoons ketchup, parsley, 3 teaspoons Worcestershire, thyme, and Dijon in a large bowl and mix well. Stir in bread crumbs. Add ground sirloin, salt, and pepper; mix until just combined. Form mixture into a loaf shape and fit into the prepared pan.

  • Combine remaining ketchup with balsamic vinegar and remaining 1 teaspoon Worcestershire in a small bowl. Mix until well combined and spread over the top of the meatloaf.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center reads 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), about 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. The longer it sits, the easier it will be to slice.

Cook's Notes:

No loaf pan? No problem! Form the meat mixture into a loaf shape and bake it in any pan. Cook times may need to be adjusted slightly.

Nutrition Facts

324 calories; protein 26.5g; carbohydrates 17.6g; fat 16.1g; cholesterol 126.9mg; sodium 962.9mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (1)

Rating: 5 stars
The flavor of this meatloaf is wonderful! Everything melds together perfectly without one flavor overpowering another. The balsamic and ketchup glaze really adds to it so don’t skip it! I’m really pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this dish because I’m not much of a beef eater but I just had to write a raving review. Thank you, I’m making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this out of curiosity because the changes were not big changes. It didn't matter, I just wanted a good meatloaf and I got it! I had to make a few small changes like no bell pepper because I didn't have any. I also used dried thyme instead of fresh and I used ground round instead of sirloin. It still came out delicious! It still was Mom's but better! The taste was incredible! I thought the type of meat may make it dry or tough but it was soft, juicy and the ketchup topping revised will not let you down. My husband's first bite brought a big yell- This is great! This is a keeper! Read More