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Classic Slow-Cooker Meatloaf

classic slow-cooker meatloaf Entree
Classic meatloaf with ketchup glaze sliced and served on a plate
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6

Our favorite meatloaf recipe does great in the slow cooker. Made with familiar flavorings that have stood the test of time, this meatloaf is as classic as it gets. And it’s about as easy as it gets, too—just toss together the ingredients, set your loaf in a foil-lined slow cooker and forget it! Your meal will be ready in 3 to 4 hours, and you don’t need to be stuck in the kitchen in the meantime. And lucky you if there are leftovers—we love using this for meatloaf sandwiches the next day! MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 2, 2019

Ingredients

1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
cup milk
1
teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground mustard
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
clove garlic, finely chopped, or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1
egg
3
slices bread, torn into small pieces
1
small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1/2
cup ketchup

Steps

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  • 1
    Line 4 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix all ingredients except ketchup. Shape mixture into loaf, and place in center of slow cooker. Spread ketchup over top.
  • 3
    Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 to 4 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in center of loaf reads 160°F. Remove meatloaf from slow cooker to serving platter. Cut into pieces to serve.

Expert Tips

  • To make ahead, prepare and shape the meatloaf in advance; cover and refrigerate up to 5 hours. Place in slow cooker, and cook as directed.
  • Meatloaf is more than the simple comfort food that you remember your grandmother cooking. Its origins can be traced back to Roman times, and thanks to its economical ingredients, it has survived the test of time and proliferated into almost countless meatloaf recipes.
  • Making a slow-cooker meatloaf (or Crock-Pot® meatloaf, depending on which appliance you own) is a convenient way to get dinner on the table without having to watch over the oven. Luckily, it’s just as easy to make meatloaf in a Crock-Pot® or slow cooker—just combine ingredients, shape into a loaf and place into a slow cooker lined with foil that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
290
Calories from Fat
130
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
23%
Saturated Fat
6g
28%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
105mg
35%
Sodium
560mg
23%
Potassium
390mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
8g
Protein
24g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Have a hankering for some classic meatloaf the way mom used to make it? We’ve got the recipe for you, and you don't even need an oven to pull it off! Just pull out your slow cooker to make a tasty slow-cooker meatloaf that comes together in about three to four hours — so simple and delicious! Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and maybe some carrots, and you’ve got yourself the perfect meal to serve on a chilly day.

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