Old Fashioned Recipe for Meatloaf

This is an old fashioned recipe for meatloaf from the 1970s. This has all the classic flavors you don’t get anywhere dining out. Keep reading to learn the best of the best. This is part of our Main Courses Recipes Category.

This recipe is rich with blended flavors that most people never experienced from a meatloaf.
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About This Meatloaf Recipe Southern Style

It’s from a time when family living became very busy, time was of the essence, and the desire to maintain homemade flavors for dinner was strong. Using only simple ingredients, it’s rich in flavor because of the real onions, egg, and bread cubes.

Yes, it will taste very different if you use store bought bread crumbs instead of bread cubes. Just grab some bread slices and cut up some cubes, like crouton size. It’s all a part of the process for maintaining that homemade taste and still keeping it speedy.

Meatloaf Temp and Time

How long does it take to cook a meatloaf? When using either 375oF or 350oF, the time duration can vary between 1 hour (at 375oF) to 1 hour and 30 minutes (at 350oF). You can use the “Recipe Resizer” for a larger meatloaf. Be prepared to add an additional 5-10 minutes per pound of ground beef added. Also, some baking containers tend to cause the need for increased baking time so, be prepared for that possibility.

Don’t forget the needed rest time of 10 minutes. I know it’s tempting but, it will help the meatloaf to become a bit more solidified for serving.

What should the internal temperature of a meatloaf be?

160o F is a good standard internal temperature for a cooked meatloaf.

Meatloaf Ready to Serve
Meatloaf Ready to Serve

Meatloaf in Air Fryer

You can make this recipe for meatloaf in air fryer or oven. If making it in an air fryer, the benefit is that you don’t have to drain the excess oil, as it drips through the perforated holes.

Be aware that the air fryer cook time might be reduced about 5 to 10 minutes total so you can check the internal temp with your air fryer to determine your final time. When it approaches about 150oF internal temp, it’s time to add the topping.

Recipe for 2lb Meatloaf or 3lb or More

Yes, your can use our built-in <Recipe Resizer> selector to double this 1lb recipe to become a recipe for 2lb Meatloaf. And it has some other selections for even larger ones. Just keep in mind, it will need some added baking time for these larger recipes.

What are best sides with meatloaf?

There are loads of side dishes that go well with meatloaf. Here they are as an easy list with recipe links if needed:

What makes this classic meatloaf recipe old fashioned?

Older Meatloaf Recipe Names

It uses some particular items that were commonly used decades ago that were in mostly everyone’s kitchen. Some refer to these meatloaf recipes under different terms such as “meatloaf recipe ketchup”. Others might refer to it as “meatloaf recipe brown sugar”. There are a number of meatloaf recipes oatmeal, but not everyone used oatmeal (oats) in it. Some did and it was somewhat popular also.

Old Fashioned Recipe for Meatloaf Ingredients

Many people did use bread cubes (instead of oatmeal or today’s bread crumbs). It was a good use for stale bread, which is where this came from. People also used to use stale bread for making their own croutons for salads. In this case, it mixed well with ground beef.

Homes always had ground beef available because it was so much cheaper than roasts and it was great for children’s favorite dishes. Thus, the era of faster, money-saving home cooking with Hamburger Helper. These are all the reasons this validates this as a true original old fashioned southern recipe for meatloaf.


Visit DarnGoodRecipes.com™ often for other recipes and related blog articles. And also try this Stroganoff Ground Beef Recipe.

Learn more about ground beef from Wikipedia.

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This recipe is rich with blended flavors that most people never experienced from a meatloaf.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 488kcal

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Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 slices bread cubed
  • ¼ medium sweet onion chopped fine

Topping Ingredients (Meatloaf Glaze)

  • 4 Tbsp Catsup
  • ½ Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire Sauce optional


  • Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Mix main ingredients thoroughly by hand. Place into a greased loaf pan or iron skillet.
    1 lb ground beef, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp ground black pepper, 1 large egg, 1 slices bread, ¼ medium sweet onion
  • Bake at 375⁰ in center rack about 50 minutes. When using a small cast iron skillet, cover top with foil. For a loaf pan, leave it uncovered. If using the "Recipe Resizer", be prepared to add an additional 5-10 minutes per pound of ground beef added.
  • After initial baking time, drain the grease, add the mixed topping ingredients, and bake 10 more minutes uncovered. Meatloaf generally should be about 160°F internal temp.
    4 Tbsp Catsup, ½ Tbsp brown sugar, ½ tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • MUST let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting into it. Then, cut and serve.


Baking containers impact the oven times a lot.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 4mg
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