2 in 1 Easy Meatloaf and Meatball Recipe

This versatile, easy meatloaf recipe is a family favorite and a staple in our rotation. The best part? It plays double duty.

Spaghetti night? No problem! Just omit the sauce, shape into balls, place on a greased baking sheet and cut the cook time down to about 25 min depending on the size of your meatballs.

For traditional meatloaf with everyone’s favorite special sauce follow the recipe as written.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef*
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp dried onions or 1/2 small fresh onion finely chopped
For Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (packed)
Meatloaf ingredients


Preheat oven to 375° F.

In a small mixing bowl combine the egg, milk, parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs. In a large mixing bowl combine the ground beef, onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the breadcrumb mixture to the ground beef and mix to combine.

Press the ground beef mixture into a greased loaf pan.

In a small bowl or large measuring cup combine the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Spread over top of the ground beef loaf.

Place in preheated oven and bake for about an hour or until the internal temperature reads at least 160°F.

Allow to rest for a few minutes before slicing.

*I find by using lean ground beef there is very little fat drippings for the loaf to “stew” in at the bottom of the pan.

Yield: About 6 Servings

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