11 Must-Try Meatloaf Recipes That Are Just As Good As Mama's

Instant Pot Meatloaf Image
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If you're searching for meatloaf recipes, you must already love them. And why not? Far beyond the bland, tomato paste-covered cafeteria fare of grade school days, a juicy and savory meatloaf is comfort food at its best. This meatloaf recipe collection will inspire you to step out of the box and try different ingredients to take the classic weeknight meal to another level. Our Turkey Meatloaf uses lean ground turkey and turkey sausage for a healthier spin on the classic, while our Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Meatloaf is dressy enough for guests. For a perfectly portioned family dinner, try our Muffin Tin Meatloaves. If you are looking for the classic meatloaf complete with ketchup topping, you will want to try the top-rated Old Fashioned Meatloaf.

Few foods are as simultaneously loved and derided as the humble meatloaf. If your family groans when meatloaf night comes around, they might just be clamoring for a new version. These recipes will mix it up while still delivering the dish's original promise: a hot dinner followed by opportunities for really yummy leftover sandwiches.

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Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Meatloaf
Photo: Victor Protasio

Recipe: Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Meatloaf

We gussied-up the flavor but made the method even easier with this slow-cooker meatloaf recipe.

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Skillet Turkey Meatloaves with Mushroom Gravy

Skillet Turkey Meatloaves with Mushroom Gravy
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Skillet Turkey Meatloaves with Mushroom Gravy

This new twist on meatloaf uses ground turkey and cooks in one skillet.

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Sheet Pan Meatloaf

Sheet Pan Meatloaf
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Sheet Pan Meatloaf

Our Test Kitchen called this new dinner classic "a home run of a recipe," and we have a feeling you'll agree.

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Muffin Tin Meatloaf

Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist Prissy Lee

Recipe: Muffin Tin Meatloaf

Instead of slicing meatloaf and having the kids fight over who got the bigger piece, serve pre-portioned muffin tin meatloaves for an easy, adorable supper.

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Meatloaf Casserole

Meatloaf Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Meatloaf Casserole

We reimagined Shepherd's Pie with a Southern twist: Meatloaf Casserole. This is just the cozy dinner your family needs on cold winter nights.

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Easy Boarding House Meatloaf

Boarding House Meatloaf
Southern Living

Recipe: Easy Boarding House Meatloaf

This meatloaf recipe stands above others for one reason—the sauce! It leaves behind plain ketchup for a dressed-up version that adds so much flavor.

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Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall Prop Stylist: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Turkey Meatloaf

Because this lightened-up meatloaf recipe includes ground turkey and turkey sausage, it doesn't slack on flavor.

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Mini Meatloaves with Potatoes, Leeks, and Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Mini Meatloaves with Potatoes, Leeks, and Brussels Sprouts
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Mini Meatloaves with Potatoes, Leeks, and Brussels Sprouts

Just like mom's meatloaf, but in miniature form.

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Bev's Famous Meatloaf

Bev's Famous Meatloaf
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Bev's Famous Meatloaf

You'll understand why this recipe is called Bev's Famous Meatloaf from the moment you have your first bite. This home-style meatloaf recipe is a delicious combination of two meats, featuring both ground beef and ground pork sausage. It is also filled with green bell pepper and onion, and has a sweet tomato topping. You'll be surprised to leave the breadcrumbs on the shelf, because this tasty treat uses crushed saltine crackers as part of its mouthwatering mix. Bev's Famous Meatloaf is a study in savory simplicity. Serve this with mashed potatoes and green peas to round out a classic meal.

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Old-fashioned Meatloaf

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
Southern Living

Recipe: Old-fashioned Meatloaf

This may be old-fashioned in name, but there is nothing old-fashioned about the fantastic flavor of this classic meatloaf recipe. It begins with two pounds of lean ground beef, and just gets better from there. Then, this Southern meatloaf recipe adds in Creole and Greek seasonings, just a hint of garlic, and some rich tomato paste. A few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce spice up the traditional ketchup topping. The most old-fashioned thing about this meatloaf is letting it stand for 10 minutes after it comes out of the oven—we know you'd prefer to simply dig in.

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Instant Pot Meatloaf

Instant Pot Meatloaf Image
Southern Living

Recipe: Instant Pot Meatloaf

We love finding out old classics that we can rethink with the use of new kitchen tools like the Instant Pot, and this recipe was a hit with Southern Living Test Kitchen pro Ivy Odom and her mama, who tried it out for us.

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