Moist Meatloaf Recipe

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Moist Meatloaf Recipe

My wife recently told me she did not like meatloaf as she had never had a meatloaf that was not 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 was a super moist meatloaf.

meatloaf ingredients
Ingredients in a bowl

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

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 on 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 I made just a thin layer of sweet honey, mustard glaze that I also use on my baked ham recipe.  We think it worked well and we did not 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 will have contributed to keeping the meatloaf moist as the breadcrumbs and onion will have 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 sticking. This turned out to be a good idea as it made it very easy to remove the meatloaf 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 so I think the method worked fine.

meatloaf with spuds


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

How to make moist meatloaf

Moist Meatloaf

moist meatloaf

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 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!

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

Some other recipes using ground beef:


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