BEST CLASSIC MEATLOAF – The Southern Lady Cooks


Best Classic Meatloaf - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Classic Meatloaf has been a staple in our family for many many years! My Nannie made it all the time, it was always requested for her to bring it to every family reunion. She would use 5lbs of hamburger and make enough for everyone to enjoy! If you are looking for a great meatloaf, this one is delicious.

Classic Meatloaf Ingredients Needed:




Green Pepper



Garlic Powder

Ground Cumin

Chili Powder

Worcestershire Sauce

Few drops of hot sauce

Quick Cooking Oats



Cooking spray

If you have been with our website from the beginning then you may have seen this recipe. It was one of the first ones we ever posted. We decided to take new pictures and repost this recipe, since we haven’t updated it since the very beginning. The meatloaf in these pictures may look bigger than normal.. which it should.. we doubled the recipe. We made this recipe for all of us to enjoy and it lasted 2 days!

If you love meatloaf as much as we do, you will want to check out our Brown Sugar Meatloaf too!

“I made this meatloaf last night for supper and my husband raved about it! Later on that night he was in the kitchen making himself a meatloaf sandwich. I’m fairly new to your site but everything I have tried so far is wonderful!!!!” – Jane

Full printable recipe in recipe card below.

Best Classic Meatloaf - The Southern Lady Cooks

Best Classic Meatloaf - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Best Classic Meatloaf

This best classic meatloaf is one your family will love.

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time1 hr

Total Time1 hr 15 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, southern

Keyword: Best Classic Meatloaf

Servings: 6 servings

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 1 1/2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 small green pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • few drops hot sauce
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats uncooked
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Ketchup
  • Cooking spray
  • Combine all ingredients except ketchup and make into a loaf.

  • Spray a long casserole dish with cooking spray.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink.

  • Remove from the oven and cover the top of the meatloaf with ketchup and put under the broiler for 3 minutes.

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