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Moist Meatloaf Recipe

Moist Meatloaf Recipe

Moist Meatloaf Recipe

This recipe gives you a super moist meatloaf that is a great meal for all the family.

My wife once told me that she did not like meatloaf, because all the meatloaf she had ever eaten had been too dry. So she unwittingly set me a challenge to create this recipe. 

This was, in fact, my first attempt at making meatloaf, and we were both very pleasantly surprised with the outcome, which worked out perfectly. 

meatloaf ingredients
Ingredients in a bowl

My wife loved it and even polished off the leftovers on day 2!!

We kept the leftovers in an airtight box in the fridge, but I would not keep it much more than a couple of days before eating it. Anyway, it did not even last that long before it went!

Honey mustard glaze

When I was researching how people make meatloaf it was interesting to see that a lot of people tend to have a tomato ketchup-type sauce on the top of the meatloaf.

I had not seen this before, but it made me think about what I would like to put on my meatloaf to add some taste.

meatloaf preparation

I did not want it to be overpowering so that it would not adversely affect the overall taste of the meatloaf.

So in the end, I made just a thin layer of sweet honey and mustard glaze that I also use on my baked ham recipe.  We think it worked well and we did not need to resort to using any ketchup when we ate this meal!

honey mustard glaze
Thin honey mustard glaze

The secret to keeping meatloaf moist

As I mentioned I am not a meatloaf expert at all. But I did use 12% fat ground beef from Aldi in this meatloaf.

I think that contributed to keeping the meatloaf moist as the breadcrumbs and onion absorbed the fat released from the meat. 

cooked meatloaf

I cooked the meatloaf in a bread loaf pan and used parchment paper to stop it from sticking. This turned out to be a good idea as it made it very easy to remove the meatloaf undamaged from the pan.

sliced meatloaf

I did not cover the meatloaf in the oven as I did not think I needed to. Perhaps this would have resulted in an even moister meatloaf but the outside crust would not have been so well done.

The result was a super moist meatloaf with a crunchy crust, so I think the method I used worked fine. We like a bit of cunch.

meatloaf with spuds

I hope you enjoy making this meatloaf – let me know how you get on in the comments section below! Thanks!

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moist meatloaf

Moist Meatloaf

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This moist meatloaf recipe will make your family happy. Easy to make and full of taste.


  • 600g minced beef (I used 12% fat mince)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 beef stock cubes, crumbled (I use OXO)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 100g panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 handful chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

For the glaze

  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard (I used English mustard)
  • 2 tsp honey


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl by hand. Make sure everything is well mixed.
  3. Form the ingredients tightly into a loaf shape and place in a loaf tin on some baking parchment.
  4. Mix the brown sugar, mustard and honey together and brush onto the top of the meatloaf.
  5. Cook in the middle shelf of the oven for 50-60 minutes or until well cooked.


Serve up with some vegetables of choice. For the pictures here I made some roast potatoes and gravy. Yummy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 503mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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You may wish to serve together with this sweet and sour sauce:
Meatball Dipping Sauce

Some other recipes using ground beef:

Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake
Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
Hungarian Meatballs
Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe
Air Fryer Meatballs
Frikadellers - Danish meat balls
Classic Cocktail Meatballs

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