The Meatloaf Repository

30 of the best meatloaf recipes from around the web.

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by Daniela Bowker

The Meatloaf Repository

30 of the best meatloaf recipes elsewhere on the web.

The meatloaf repository

If you search the web for ‘Meatloaf recipe’, you will be bombarded by thousands, if not millions, of results. All of the meatloaf recipes that I’ve contributed to Forq have been concoctions from my own over-active culinary imagination or variations on recipes that I’ve found in my favourite cookery books. But seeing as there is such a wealth of information out there at your fingertips, I didn’t think it would hurt to offer a little curation of some of the best meatloaf recipes that Google can provide. Just remember: any recipe is nothing more than a starting point. Use them as inspiration and veer as little or as far from the original as you wish. A recipe is about what works for you, not anyone else!

A vegetarian meatloaf might sound like a contradiction in terms, but it’s a good idea to have at least one meat-free version up your sleeve, either for days when money doesn’t stretch to meat, or you have vegetarians around your table.

Turkey meatloaf recipes

I have a confession to make. I am not very fond of turkey. When I say ‘not very fond,’ I mean that if I never saw a turkey escalope, roast turkey, or minced turkey again for the rest of my days, I will not feel in any way deprived. However, if someone were to serve me turkey, I would eat it. It’s not a visceral loathing, more of an overwhelming apathy (if apathy could ever be described as overwhelming).

My turkey prejudices do not preclude me from understanding that other people do appreciate the meat, though. I have, then, chosen what I consider to be five of the best meatloaf recipes made with minced turkey that I could find on the internet. If you are of the turkey and meatloaf eating persuasions, you might want to give them a go.

1. BBQ Turkey Meatloaf from Once Upon a Chef

This looks as if it comes with plenty of flavour to ensure that your turkey meatloaf is interesting rather than bland. It also comes with a very useful nutritional information panel, so for anyone who needs to watch their calories or their intake of particular food groups, you know exactly what this meatloaf offers.

2. Easy, No Fail Turkey Meatloaf from Sweet Treats and More

Everyone needs a fail-safe recipe, and this is that recipe from Kristy at Sweet Treats and More. I have to say, the sauce sounds tasty, and if you’re like me and not a turkey lover, it’ll work with other meats.

3. Turkey, Thyme, and Leek Meatloaf from BBC Good Food

This doesn’t look like your average meatloaf, more of a tray bake, but the thyme and leek combination is very appealing. And the short list of ingredients makes this a go-to midweek meal.

4. Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf from Inspired Taste

Joanne and Adam at Inspired Taste were never especially fond of turkey meatloaf, finding it a little dry and a little bland for their tastes. Then, they stumbled upon a secret ingredient. I shan’t spoil their surprise and give it away, go and look for yourself!

5. Turkey Meatloaf from

With a name a simple as ‘turkey meatloaf’ you might not be inclined to even click on the link to this recipe, let alone make it, but the addition of apple leads me to think that this will have a interesting flavour and keep moist. It’s worth a look!

Meatloaf Overview

Meatloaf Overview

Stuffed meatloaf recipes

I’ve contributed a few of my own ‘stuffed’ or at least almost-stuffed meatloaf recipes to Forq (how about Meatloaf studded with Stilton, or the amazing rolled polpetonne), and I can and will go on inventing and making. But for now, why not try out any of the following? They all look absolutely delicious.

1. Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach and Mozzarella from Simply Happenstance

I’d opt for making this with a meat other than turkey, obviously. I would use beef or veal, or a combination of the two. And don’t forget that spinach and garlic are a match made in culinary heaven, so I would increase the garlic, as well.

2. Epic Meatloaf Stuffed with Mashed Potato from Real Food by Dad

We have a meatloaf topped with mashed potato here on Forq, but how about a meatloaf stuffed with mashed potato? Sounds pretty tasty to me!

3. Egg and Spinach Stuffed Meatload from Saveur

This has to be one of the the most beautiful-looking meatloaves, with hardboiled eggs encased in spinach running through the centre of a beef and pork meatloaf roll. I’m sure that it tastes just as delicious.

4. Mushroom Stuffed Meatloaf from Taste of Home

Beef and mushroom is a classic combination: think steak and mushroom pies, Beef Wellington, and grilled steaks with mushrooms on the side. Why not combine the two into a meatloaf?

5. Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf from Savory Nothings

This is a supremely decadent meatloaf. Oozing with cheese and bound with crispy bacon smothered in barbeque sauce you don’t even need to smell it as it comes out of the oven, just read about it, to start salivating.

Vegetarian meatloaf recipes

A vegetarian meatloaf might sound like a contradiction in terms, but it’s a good idea to have at least one meat-free version up your sleeve, either for days when money doesn’t stretch to meat, or you have vegetarians around your table. And for anyone who used to eat meat and still fancies something loaf-like and tasty, any of these recipes will sate your cravings.

1. Ultimate Mushroom Meatloaf from the Kitchen Whisperer

Not only are mushrooms a great match with beef, but they’re a superb substitute for beef. They have a dense texture and are packed with flavour, making them the perfect base for a delicious meat-free meatloaf.

2. Lentil Meatloaf with a Smoked Paprika Glaze from One Green Planet

This recipe isn’t just vegetarian, but vegan, making it perfect not just for vegans but also for people who suffer from lactose or egg intolerances, too. Lentils are packed with protein, so are often an important constituent of the vegetarian diet, not mention being tasty and versatile.

3. Vegetarian Meatloaf from the Chubby Vegetarian

This recipe uses a wide variety of ingredients, from mushrooms to walnuts to sun-dried tomatoes, but don’t let that discourage you from making it. They’re all there to ensure that it’s a flavour sensation and if you have a food processor, it’s not at all demanding.

4. Two-bean Meatless Meatloaf from Back to the Roots

Not only is this recipe vegetarian, but if you use the right type of oats or find some gluten-free bread to make breadcrumbs, it’s gluten-free, too. If you’re not keen on pinto beans and chickpeas, you can always try using different types of beans.

5. Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf from Eat Live Run

Another meatless meatloaf using lentils and walnuts, but together this time. And another vegan recipe too. It’s definitely worth a look.

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Meatloaf from around the world

While meatloaf might be considered an all-American dish, it’s a meal that can be found across the globe in various different guises. We’ve at least two Italian-style polpetonne here on Forq, both of which you should try. But for days when you want to head further afield, we’ve found these five recipes ranging from Austria to South Africa.

1. Minced pork meatloaf with soured cream: Faschierter Rahmbraten from BBC Food

The herbs and spices in this Austrian meatloaf recipe make it very savoury in flavour while the soured cream keeps it moist. It’s not so very different from your ‘traditional’ meatloaf, but unusual enough to make it worth a try.

2. Czech meat and cabbage loaf from the Recipe Studio

Minced meat and cabbage might not sound the likeliest of combinations, but it is traditional in plenty of central and eastern European recipes, making this Czech meatloaf recipe no exception. Don’t be deterred by thinking it might be too bland: there’s plenty of spicing to pack some punch here.

3. Forloren Hare from Saveaur

This Danish meatloaf recipe combines minced meat with cream, bacon, and redcurrant jelly for a gloriously decadent meal. This one is worth making when you want to try something a little more special.

4. Korean meatloaf from Debbie Koenig

This isn’t so much a meatloaf from Korea, but a meatloaf inspired by and infused with Korean flavours: soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, garlic, spring onions, and ginger. There’s a sweet and salty glaze to finish things off.

5. Bobotie from BBC Food

If a fruity, herby meatloaf with a curried custard-type topping sounds a bit outlandish, remember that almost every household in South Africa has their own recipe for Bobotie. It’s Cape Malay in origin, coming from the South African community whose roots lie in Indonesia.

Individual meatloaves

Meatloaf and meatballs might be two sides of the same coin, but don’t let that colour your opinion of individual meatloaves. By downsizing your giant loaf into smaller portions you give yourself latitude to create more chic, stylish dinner options or more convenient, bite-sized picnic morsels.

1. Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves from Iowa Girl Eats

With a mixture of barbeque sauce and cheddar cheese oozing from these mini meatloaves, they would be hard to resist.

2. Individual Turkey Meatloaves from The Kitchen McCabe

With their mashed potato swirl toppings, these have to be the most elegant meatloaves ever produced, but nothing about the recipe or its ingredients is complicated or exotic. Simple does not have to be boring.

3. Mini Meatloaves from Nigella

We might have our own picnic meatloaf recipe here on Forq, but having a mini version that’s packed full of flavour and a perfect vehicle to enjoy any of your condiments of choice, is a very good idea. That’s exactly what this recipe, from Nigella Lawson, provides.

4. Bacon-wrapped mini meatloaves from Paleo Leap

A paleo diet might not appeal as a lifestyle choice, but that doesn’t mean to say that individual recipes can’t leave you salivating. This one lines a muffin tin with bacon and then stuffs them with meatloaf mixture. Far from complicated and tasty-sounding, too.

5. Red-eye chill individual meatloaves from the Rachael Ray Show

If you’re looking for a meatloaf recipe that packs a significantly spicy punch, this is probably it. It includes everything from pickled chills to strong coffee and beer, and is worth a taste.

Meatloaf Overview

Meatloaf Overview

Gourmet meatloaf recipes

The association with meatloaf might be simple and uncomplicated, but there’s nothing to stop you from transforming the concept into something far more elegant and refined, whether through ingredients or presentation. These five recipes should spur you on for ideas.

1. Venison meatloaf from BBC Good Food

It’s the venison that elevates this recipe from ordinary meatloaf to special meatloaf. Otherwise, it is a very straightforward recipe that isn’t terribly demanding of your time or your pantry.

2. Roasted vegetable meatloaf with mustard mashed potatoes from Bon Apetit

This meatloaf recipe both incorporates roasted vegetables and serves them on the side, making it a moist and delicious, complete meal. The mustard mashed potatoes round off the flavours, and the plate.

3. Herb and feta meatloaf from Australian Women’s Weekly

This meatloaf recipe is bursting with fresh, intense flavours, from the soft and salty feta, smooth soured cream, spicy chutney, and fresh and zesty lemon and mint. Meatloaf is so often thought of as a winter meal, but this is perfect for an al-fresco summer lunch, to be served with salad.

4. Orange-glazed meatloaf from Australian Women’s Weekly

The actual meatloaf recipe here is quite simple; it’s the spiced orange glaze that adds interest to this dish and elevates it into something unusual and special. With the oranges and the spicing, it’s a good dish to serve around Christmas.

5. Prosciutto, bocconcini, and sage meatloaf from Australian Women’s Weekly

This is an elegant, Italian-influenced meatloaf, combining veal and pork with Marsala, sage, prosciutto, and bocconcini–or mini mozzarella balls. It takes the idea of the bacon and cheese meatloaf, and refines it.

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Who’s Cooking Today

Daniela Bowker

Daniela Bowker allegedly lives in the UK and supposedly writes for a living. She definitely travels and eats food for fun. She’s tried a sweet bean stew in a backstreet eatery Hong Kong, pad thai on a street corner in Bangkok, and had meroavi Yerushelami at the market in Jerusalem, not to mention reindeer in Norway, caponata in Sicily, and tagine in Morocco.

She often manages to work food analogies into her everyday writing, so do be on the look out for likening self­portraits to lasagne and multiplicitous images to cakes over on Photocritic. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram, and on Flickr, too.

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Bursting with autumnal flavours this is a delicate and different meatloaf.

Meatloaf With a Hint of Barbecue

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Take three types of meat and a perfect barbeque sauce and you have the perfect barbeque meatloaf!

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