Ok, so you might think meatloaf sounds boring, but this is some freakin’ good, super simple, 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf! This Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. Because there are no breadcrumbs, you don’t have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays really moist – and it’s gluten free too! I just love this yummy loaf of goodness 🙂
The best part (aside from the amazing taste) is that this is only 5 simple ingredients and you can make it ahead and Freeze before cooking! I like to double up the recipe and then make one meatloaf to cook and eat and the other to freeze. For more fantastic ways to use your Freezer to prepare food ahead and make it last longer, check out this printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!
I went nearly meat-free for the first two weeks of January and really got back in the eating-healthy game. I’m still eating healthy every day with high-energy, vitamin-packed, low-fat, low-sugar, reasonable-calorie meals and snacks. But this Easy Meatloaf recipe was absolutely calling my name for a bit of a comfort food splurge!
If you love this Classic Meatloaf, be sure to check out my latest 5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf too!
It really is just 5 simple ingredients (plus salt, pepper, oil). The ingredients are lean, grass-fed ground beef, onion, parmesan cheese, ketchup, and an egg. That’s it! I urge you to try making your own ketchup using honey. It’s delicious and so super easy! Check it how here homemade ketchup recipe, but feel free to use the store bought stuff!
Prep-Ahead steps for your Easy Meatloaf
The only prep ahead of time for this Easy Meatloaf (assuming you buy the parmesan already grated) is to dice the onion. I like a larger dice, but you can dice it finely to blend in more.
HACK: Worried about crunchy onions in your loaf? Or, don’t have a fresh onion on hand? Dice several onions in advance and freeze them in in a storage bag! The onions will already be soft from being frozen and they cook beautifully. You also always have freshly frozen onion on hand! For more Freezer Hacks to make meal prep easier, download this FREE FREEZER HACK SHEET!
Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl with salt and pepper (except the ketchup reserved for the top of the loaf) and mix it with a large fork or with your hands.
Form the ground meat mixture into a loaf and place into a loaf pan. I like to line the loaf pan with aluminum foil so that it is easy to remove in one piece when it is done, is you simply lift it out by the sides. Spread the remaining ketchup over the top evenly.
Cook the meatloaf in the oven 350 degrees F for 60 minutes. Take out and let sit for 5 minutes.
Then remove from pan, slice, and serve! This Easy Meatloaf recipe is so moist and flavorful, you won’t believe it was so incredibly simple to make!! Serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy 🙂
5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf
This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don't have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist - and it's gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!
- 16 oz 90% Lean Grass-Fed Ground Beef
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup Onion, diced
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 cup Ketchup for mixing with beef see my recipe for homemade Ketchup!
- 1/3 cup Ketchup for spreading on top of loaf see my recipe for homemade Ketchup!
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil for easy removal of the meatloaf after it is cooked.
Finely dice the Onion
Mix all ingredients (except the 1/3 cup Ketchup reserved for the top) together in a large bowl with a fork or with hands: beef, parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, pepper.
Form a loaf in the loaf pan. Spread the remaining 1/3 cup Ketchup over the top of the meatloaf.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour (60 minutes)
Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan, cut and serve with roast or mashed potatoes or salad. Enjoy!