Classic meatloaf made with fresh ground beef, onions, oatmeal and breadcrumbs is one of my family’s favorite dinners.  With the heat we’ve been experiencing and everyone’s busy schedules, my new favorite and easy way to make it is in the crockpot. You can get everything ready the night before, refrigerate the meatloaf until the next day and then pop it into the crockpot and have this delicious home cooked main dish crockpot meatloaf in just a few hours.

Classic Homemade Meatloaf with Ketchup and brown sugar topping made in the crockpot.Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe

Fresh Ground Meat

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 cup whole or 2% milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 egg

1/2 cup bread crumbs and 1/2 cup oatmeal – you can do 1 cup of either if you prefer

1 small onion finely choppedKetchup and brown sugar glaze for meatloaf.Topping:

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions:

Aluminum foil on bottom of slow cooker - sprayed with cooking spray.

Line slow cooker with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Ground beef meatloaf mixture

In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients with the exception of the topping.

Shape mixture into a loaf and place in the center of your slow cooker.

Meatloaf with ketchup and brown sugar glaze in crockpot.

Combine ketchup and brown sugar and spread over the top of the meatloaf.

Cover and cook on low setting 3 to 4 hours until a meat thermometer or probe registers 160°F.

Remove meatloaf from slow cooker and place on a platter.  Allow to set for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice and serve!

Classic meatloaf recipe made in the crockpot.

Our favorite side dish for this meatloaf recipe is mashed potatoes! I am normally a gravy girl but for this recipe, the ketchup topping adds such a nice flavor that I prefer it over gravy.  

I’ll be sharing more crockpot recipes (one a week) over the next few weeks so I hope you’ll stop back for more and in the meantime, you can check out some of my previous crockpot recipes below.  

Supply List – links to some of the products used in this post:
Crockpot – This is the crockpot I have and have used for years.  It includes a temperature probe which is great for making sure whatever I’m making is cooked through.

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