The Best Southern Meatloaf: A Classic Recipe

December 12, 2020
The Best Southern Meatloaf

Hey, y’all – Happy Day 12 of Blogmas! Blogmas is a series that I am bringing to the blog this year (and hopefully in subsequent years) that will provide y’all with a new recipe every day of December through Christmas. How fun is that? Today I’m excited to be sharing my recipe for a classic homestyle meal: the best southern meatloaf!

The Best Southern Meatloaf

The Best Southern Meatloaf


Should I use fresh or dried herbs?

I usually used dried herbs in this recipe, which calls for both thyme and parsley. I actually find many of the dried herbs to have a more concentrated flavor; thus, if you choose to use fresh herbs, you will want to add more (usually 2-3x).

What beef should I use for this?

I recommend using a 90-10 beef for this. The reason being: you don’t want too much fat/grease in the meat, as it will make your meatloaf unappealing. In fact, you could use an even leaner beef than 90-10 if you prefer. The meatloaf will be moist regardless!

How do you know that the meatloaf is done?

Remember this: the thickness of your loaf will 100% determine how quickly the meatloaf cooks. Please keep that in mind. That said, for a traditional size loaf, I typically find it takes 65-75 minutes at 350F. The only way to be sure is to have a meat thermometer handy, which is a tool that I recommend all to have in the kitchen!

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The Best Southern Meatloaf

The Best Southern Meatloaf

JC Phelps
Not all meatloaf is created equal. Try this classic, easy-to-make recipe for the Best Southern Meatloaf!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 308 kcal


  • 1 lb. ground beef I recommend using 90-10
  • 1 c. bread crumbs I prefer Progresso
  • 2 vidalia onions chopped
  • 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp. thyme dried
  • 1 tbsp. parsley dried
  • 1.5 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1.5 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • Ketchup to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a bowl, mix together the beef, bread crumbs, onions, chicken stock, egg, Worcestershire, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, and tomato paste until well-combined. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and mold the meatloaf mixture into a loaf shape.
  • Cover the top liberally with ketchup.
  • Bake uncovered for 65-75 minutes (or until the internal temperature reaches 160F).
  • Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, slice and serve warm.
  • Enjoy!


Sodium: 688mgCalcium: 101mgVitamin C: 10mgVitamin A: 309IUSugar: 7gFiber: 3gPotassium: 400mgCholesterol: 61mgCalories: 308kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 14gProtein: 16gCarbohydrates: 30gIron: 4mg
Keyword Meatloaf, southern recipes, The Best Southern Meatloaf
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