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Fast, Healthy Meatloaf Recipes for Every Occasion

Try any one of these delicious meatloaf recipes - they're guaranteed to be a hit! Use ground turkey for the lowest fat content (if you don't like the taste, try a mixture of half-turkey, half-lean beef), or use lean ground beef, the old-fashioned way! Whatever you choose, you're guaranteed a hearty meal without the hassle of a long prep time. Enjoy!


Mama's Meatloaf


  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Form into a loaf in bread pan or baking dish. Top with more ketchup as desired. Bake 1 hour.

Tip: Use a two-piece meatloaf pan to keep meat out of drippings

Use This Pan for Lower-Fat Meatloaf


Honey-Dijon Meatloaf


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground meat
  • 1/3 cup dry plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp chopped dried leaf basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp honey


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix meat, crumbs, onion, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir eggs in, thoroughly but gently. Shape into loaf in pan or baking dish. Mix honey and mustard, brush half of mixture onto loaf. Bake 30 minutes, brush loaf with the rest of the mixture. Bake additional 30-45 minutes. Garnish with diced green onions, if desired.


Cajun Meatloaf


2 pounds ground meat1 egg 1/3 cup finely ground bread crumbs 1 medium tomato1/4 cup onion1/4 cup red bell pepper1/4 cup celery1 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp black pepper 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove seeds from tomato and pepper, finely chop all vegetables. Combine all ingredients, form into loaf, place in foiled or 2-piece meatloaf pan. Bake 60-70 minutes.

(If desired, remove from oven 10 minutes before done and spread ketchup or chili sauce over top, replace in oven, bake another 10 minutes.)

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Chili Meatloaf


2 pounds ground meat3 Tbsp minced onion1 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 tsp garlic powder 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup cracker crumbs 1 cup canned diced tomatoes16-oz can kidney/pinto beans


Preheat oven to 350 F. Drain, rinse, and partially mash beans. Combine all ingredients, form into loaf. Place in 2-piece meatloaf pan (see "Use These Pans" above) or line bread pan with foil beforehand. Bake 75-90 minutes, top with low-fat slices of pepperjack cheese or additional diced tomatoes, as desired.


Cranberry Meatloaf


  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 1/2 pound ground meat
  • 1/2 pound ground cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion


Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf pan. Spread sugar over bottom of pan, followed by mashed cranberry sauce. Combine remaining ingredients, shape into loaf, place in pan on top of sugar and cranberry layers. Bake 1 hour.

*Great Recipe for the Holiday Season*

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jazzmin on January 23, 2013:

The meatloaf is not sugar free, ketchup is mainly sugar!

ignugent17 on December 16, 2012:

Wow thanks for sharing your recipes! :-)

Susan Bee on May 16, 2010:

I tried the mama's meatloaf recipe, but it didn't turn out well. It fell apart and it wasn't fully cooked. I think it needs more ingredients like 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef (I used an extremely lean beaf of 93/7, but you can probably use 1 lb if you make sure it's at least 80/20), 1 cup of bread crumbs, and 2 eggs. I also think the cooking time should be at 375 for at least an hour and a half.

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on April 06, 2010:

already i am planing out this weeks meals......thx

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on October 21, 2009:

Gotta love meatloaf at this time of year - excellent recipes and since I'm always looking for more......

LEWJ on October 01, 2009:

I don't like meatloaf, but that slab up there in the top pic sure looks good!

Wonder how it tastes....

Marie Tyson from Seven Valleys, PA on July 30, 2009:

I never really thought about all the different types of meatloaf that were around. The cajun meatloaf is definitely one that I'm going to try. :)

Meatloaf Recipe on June 01, 2009:

I'm not a fan ofmushrooms, so I tooleft out themushrooms. Isubstituted radishesfor it. I know thatsounds weird butit's actually veryvery good and Irecommend you try itsometime. Only use alittle if youhaven't tried itbefore however.This recipe isdefinitely a healthyturkey meatloafrecipe and Irecommend it. I sentit to osme of myfriends.

Jesus_saves_us_7 from Seeking Salvation on January 29, 2009:

great recipes. that's one of my fav. meals

indy cindy from Indianapolis, Indiana on January 18, 2009:

Mmmm! I love meatloaf ... and am always interested in new ways to add a special 'twist'. Thanks for a number of excellent suggestions.

mike king from california on July 22, 2008:


that's great meatloaf, in facft it's the best. Even my cat loved it and she usually hates meatloaf. well thanks. Keep up the good work. Your new picture is nice. it looks pro.

oscarmecp4 from South Africa on January 13, 2008:

Hi Now I'm so Hungryyyyyy. I'm starving. Have to go now. Have to robb the fridge.

Excellent page. ;-0

spacebull from Space on June 26, 2007:

Meatloaf rocks :) Nice to see how it's made by other people

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