Easy Ketchup Meatloaf (with Glaze!)

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This simple and scrumptious Easy Ketchup Meatloaf is perfect for a weeknight, with tons of flavor and a sweet and savory ketchup glaze for topping!


1 small onion, chopped fine

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 garlic cloves, chopped fine

2 1/2 pounds ground beef or meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork, and veal)

3 tablespoons ketchup

1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (gluten-free if desired)

2 large eggs

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup beef broth

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

Ketchup Glaze:

1 cup ketchup

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add your chopped onions and olive oil to a small skillet over medium heat. Cook the onions for 5 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic in the last minute of cooking. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cooked onions and garlic, ground beef, ketchup, parsley, breadcrumbs, eggs, milk, broth, salt, pepper, paprika, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Using two forks, mix the meatloaf mixture well until everything is well-combined. Using your hands to mix will warm the fat in the meat, leading to a dry meatloaf. Make sure to use forks!
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Spray a loaf pan or rimmed baking dish with nonstick spray. Add the meatloaf mixture and shape into a mound.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes until browned on top.
  7. While baking, combine the ingredients for the Ketchup Glaze in a medium bowl. After 45 minutes, add the glaze over the top of the meat. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the glaze is sticky.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing. 
  9. Serve with your favorite side dishes, such as mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.


If you do not have milk, use all beef broth. If you do not have beef broth, use all milk for the liquid in this recipe.

Use either a loaf pan or shape the meatloaf mix into a mound in a high-sided baking dish. Fat will render, so account for that before you put it in the oven!

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