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Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe

Do you love the taste of meatloaf, but dread all of the work that goes into making it? Then this Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe is for you! With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a delicious and easy meatloaf dinner waiting for you when you get home from work.

I have a new favorite and easy way to make my classic meatloaf recipe. You can get everything ready the night before, refrigerate it until tomorrow morning then pop into your crockpot for an incredible home cooked main dish in just hours!

Meatloaf in slow cooker and meatloaf out of slow cooker sliced and ready to serve

This simple recipe is delicious when served with my mashed potatoes, oven baked mac and cheese, or this easy-to-make buttered cabbage. If none of these sound like what you're looking for, you can check out my other side dish recipes here.

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💌Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make the night before and then put in the slow cooker in the early afternoon.
  • Ingredients readily found in your pantry.
  • Great for leftovers.
  • Has an easy and delicious 2-ingredient glaze!

🥘Ingredients

Slow Cooker Meatloaf - Ground beef meatloaf mixture
  • lean ground beef
  • whole or 2% milk
  • salt

  • black pepper
  • egg
  • bread crumbs or oatmeal
  • small onion
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar

See recipe card for quantities.

📋Instructions

This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions and nutritional information can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

slow cooker lined with aluminum foil

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

Ground beef mixture in a silver mixing bowl

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

ground beef mixture shaped into a loaf and placed in a lined slow cooker

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

meatloaf mixture shaped into a loaf and placed in a slow cooker topped with brown sugar and ketchup glaze

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.

Crockpot meatloaf sliced and on a serving plate

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

Hint: leave a useful hint here, like let the grill run for 4-5 minutes to burn off any remnants, then clean it. I like to use this bristle-free barbecue brush (affiliate link) for cleaning the grill.

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🍴Substitutions

  • Oatmeal - quick or old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked, can be used in place of the bread crumbs.
  • Salsa - instead of the ketchup and brown sugar glaze.

📖 Variations

  • Ground turkey - you can use all ground turkey or a mixture of ground turkey and ground beef but if using ground turkey, cook until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

🍽 Equipment

Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart Set and Forget Digital Programmable Slow Cooker with Lid Lock, Temperature Probe, Stainless Steel
$79.99
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A basic slow cooker is the only equipment needed to make this recipe. I have this one and have used it for over a decade.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf slices and ready to serve on a cutting board

🍱Storage

Store fully cooked and cooled meatloaf in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

💭Top tip

Slow cookers vary. The first time you make this recipe make a note on the recipe card of how long it took for your meatloaf to reach the desired internal temperature. That way, in the future, you'll know exactly how long to cook it to perfection!

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If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card below ⬇️ you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

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📖 Recipe

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe

Do you love the taste of meatloaf, but dread all of the work that goes into making it? Then this Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe is for you! With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a delicious and easy meatloaf dinner waiting for you when you get home from work.
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Classic Homemade Meatloaf with Ketchup and brown sugar topping made in the crockpot.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:4 hrs
Resting Time:10 mins
Total Time:4 hrs 20 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef lean
  • 1 cup whole milk *can substitute 2% milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup bread crumbs *can substitute oatmeal
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup onion chopped, approximately 1 small onion

Topping

Instructions

  • Line slow cooker with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients with the exception of the topping.
    1 ½ lbs ground beef, 1 cup whole milk, 1 egg, ½ cup bread crumbs, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ¼ cup onion
  • Shape mixture into a loaf and place in the center of your slow cooker.
  • Combine ketchup and brown sugar and spread over the top of the meatloaf.
    ½ cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 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!

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $10.00

Food safety

We sometimes take for a granted that we have years (or decades) of cooking experience, that the average visitor may not. Add to, or remove from, the list below with health and safety tips.

  • Cook to a minimum temperature of 160 °F.
  • Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
  • Wash hands after touching raw meat
  • Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.

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2 Comments

  1. If I am using 6 lbs of hamburger how long should I cook it??

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Marie, I would cook it on the low setting for 6 hours until a meat thermometer or probe registers 160°F. You could probably start checking the internal temperature at the 5 hour mark but don't leave the lid off for too long.