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This is the perfect EASY MEAT LOAF RECIPE:

This has been our family’s standard “go-to” easy meatloaf recipe for decades. Not only is it delicious but we have changed how it is shaped that makes it stand out as GREAT……

I could go on and on about how wonderfully delicious it is and how easy it is to make but really this is a solid, traditional meatloaf recipe that will become your “Old Standby” forever.

I have made this easy meatloaf recipe with beef hamburger, elk, deer and antelope burger. This is a very versatile recipe that works equally as well with beef or wild game burger.

This Easy Meatloaf Recipe: Serves 8+

First of all, gather the following ingredients:

FOR THE MEAT LOAF:

  • 2 pounds Hamburger or Ground meat {this can be any combination of beef, pork or wild game}
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Rolled or Quick Oats
  • 2 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley Flakes (adds nice color!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 cup Milk
  • Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil or Olive Oil Spray for pan, skillet or baking dish
  • 1/4 cup diced onion (but this is Optional)

Note: I always use Rolled Oats, the old fashion type as they improve the texture of the meatloaf. (so this is really the perfect easy meatloaf recipe without bread crumbs.)

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup Ketchup (store bought or homemade Ketchup)
  • 2 teaspoons Yellow, Brown or Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar

You will need a large mixing bowl and a large baking dish, cast iron skillet or any type of 9 x 13 or larger baking pan. I have used glass, pottery and cast iron, all of which work great.

In the mixing bowl, combine the hamburger or ground meat, oatmeal, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, eggs and milk. Mix until combined.

Spray the baking dish or skillet with either Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil or Olive Oil.

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GETTING READY TO BAKE:

Divide the meatloaf mixture into 8 to 12 portions. With dampened hands form individual meatloaf bundles ~ when the kids were little, we called these Meatloaf Travel Bundles ~ since they were easy to make, bake, serve and pack for lunches.

These little “Travel Bundles” work really well when making smaller size portions for little people so they can have their own personal meatloaf!

Place each individual meatloaf in your oiled baking dish so they are not touching each other. (these individual bundles bake much faster when separated-this was always the name of the game in our house ~ fast and easy!!)

Now, mix the Topping ingredients in a small bowl and carefully spread or “frost”  approximately 1 tablespoon on the top of each meatloaf bundle. Try keeping it on the top and not letting it drip down the sides.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 to 40 minutes or until done.

These individual meatloaf bundles bake so much faster that the traditional meatloaf that is baked in bread pans plus they are so easy to serve…no cutting slices only to have them crumble while removing them from the loaf pans!

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Very Best Easy Meatloaf Recipe: Serves 8+

Delicious Traditional Meatloaf Recipe shaped in Small Individual Loaves

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Author Original Homesteading

Ingredients

FOR THE MEAT LOAF:

  • 2 pounds Hamburger or Ground meat {this can be any combination of beef pork or wild game}
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Rolled or Quick Oats
  • 2 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley Flakes adds nice color!
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 cup Milk
  • Avocado Oil Coconut Oil or Olive Oil Spray for pan, skillet or baking dish
  • 1/4 cup diced onion but this is Optional

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup Ketchup Store bought or Homemade
  • 2 tbsp Yellow, Brown or Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar or Brown Sugar

Instructions

  1. You will need a large mixing bowl and a large baking dish, cast iron skillet or any type of 9 x 13 or larger baking pan. I have used glass, pottery and cast iron, all of which work great.
  2. In the mixing bowl, combine the hamburger or ground meat, oatmeal, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, eggs and milk. Mix until combined.
  3. Spray the baking dish or skillet with either Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil or Olive Oil.
  4. Divide the meatloaf mixture into 8 to 12 portions. With dampened hands form individual meatloaf bundles ~ when the kids were little, we called these Meatloaf Travel Bundles ~ since they were easy to make, bake, serve and pack for lunches. It works really well making smaller size meatloaf bundles for little children so they can have their own personal meatloaf!
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  5. Place each individual meatloaf in your oiled baking dish so they are not touching each other. (these individual bundles bake much faster when separated-this was always the name of the game in our house ~ fast and easy!!)
  6. Now, mix the Topping ingredients in a small bowl and carefully spread or “frost”  approximately 1 tablespoon on the top of each meatloaf bundle. Try keeping it on the top and not letting it drip down the sides.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 to 40 minutes or until done.

Recipe Notes

These individual meatloaf bundles bake so much faster that the traditional meatloaf that is baked in bread pans plus they are so easy to serve…no cutting slices only to have them crumble while removing them from the loaf pans!

This Easy Moist Meatloaf Recipe works just great for these small individual serving size Meatloaf Bundles which are similar to Meatloaf Muffins!

I love having leftovers from this recipe as these meatloaf bundles reheat very nicely and can also be sliced & heated quickly or simply sliced for sandwiches. This is a family favorite and I hope it works well for you, too!!

You can adjust any of the ingredients to fit a variety of special needs diets by making necessary substitutions.

For Meatloaf Recipe without Eggs substitute:

1/4 cup of water for eggs.

For Meatloaf Recipe without Milk substitute:

1 cup Rice Milk for 1 cup Regular Milk

For Meatloaf Recipe without Flour substitute:

3/4 cup Breadcrumbs or  3/4 cup Cracker Crumbs for 1 cup Oatmeal

delicious homemade meatloaf made from an easy meatloaf recipe.

::Try Roasted Vegetables for a nice side dish and a Strawberry Kale Salad to round out your dinner.

And, delicious  Vintage Chocolate Cake (that only has one cup of sugar) for dessert!!

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