Grandma's Prize-Winning Meatloaf Recipe: This Meatloaf Recipe Has Braggin' Rights by Donna John

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7 months ago

Grandma's Prize-Winning Meatloaf Recipe: This Meatloaf Recipe Has Braggin' Rights

Prize winning. That's what my grandma wrote on her recipe card for this old-fashioned meatloaf recipe. What prize I'm not sure, but if my grandma said so, it must be true (the woman could cook!). This moist meatloaf was a staple at her house and much loved by the whole family.

The easy meatloaf recipe has simple ingredients: tomato juice, oatmeal, an egg, chopped onion, ground beef, salt and black pepper. The ingredients are combined, put into a loaf pan and baked for about one hour or until cooked through. Be sure to let the meatloaf sit for about five minutes before slicing.

Serve this ground beef meatloaf recipe with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable. Use the leftover meatloaf to make meatloaf sandwiches or crumble it into spaghetti sauce.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 cup tomato juice (my grandma used V8 tomato juice)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 egg (she has this as optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the ground beef. Mix well. 
  2. Add the ground beef. Mix well. Lightly, but thoroughly, press into a 8-inch loaf pan. 
  3. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 1 hour. Let it stand 5 minutes before slicing. 

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Mmm, there’s nothing like an old fashion meatloaf 😋
Elisa Schmitz
Grandma's prize-winning meatloaf? Say no more. I'm in! #yum
There may be nothing more comforting than a good meatloaf...
Nancie Alewine Blume
This is the same exact recipe passed down to me from my mama that she got out of a 1957 old church cookbook. My kids now make it for their families so I agree that it's truly a prize winning timeless recipe!
Donna John
I love that!! Thank you for sharing. Nothing like recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Nancie Alewine Blume
Sulangel Vargas Pietri
I did yesterday the recipe, is so delicious , testy, soft and moist.I will recomend to make my friends.
Donna John
That makes me so happy to hear that other people are making my grandma's recipes. She was a wonderful cook and is missed. Appreciate you letting us know you enjoyed it, Sulangel Vargas Pietri !
Leighann Duba
What do you use for the glaze?
Donna John
If you like, you can add ketchup or barbecue sauce on the top. That's a personal preference. My mom used to use cream of mushroom soup!
Jenny Osterman
Made this for 45 years❤️

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