Slow Cooker Classic Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Classic Meatloaf from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We love the flavor combinations of classic meatloaf, but it can be a hassle to put together, especially on a weeknight. And despite how easy it seems, meatloaf tends to dry out when you bake it in the oven.  Believe it or not, the slow cooker is an ideal way to make classic meatloaf.

Slow Cooker Classic Meatloaf from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

This cooking method locks in moisture so dry meatloaf will be a thing of the past. Prepare everything in advance, then place the entire crock in the fridge until morning. When you leave for the day, place the crock in the slow cooker, set the timer and come home later to a perfectly cooked, moist and delicious meal.

Slow Cooker Classic Meatloaf from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Classic Meatloaf
Serves 6
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  1. 2 pounds ground beef (90% lean)
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1/2 cup crushed buttery crackers
  5. 1/2 cup ketchup, divided
  6. 1/4 cup milk
  7. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  10. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  11. 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  12. 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onion, eggs, cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Line the slow cooker crock with nonstick aluminum foil.
  3. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape and place in foil-lined slow cooker crock.
  4. In a small bowl, combine remaining ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Spread over top of meatloaf.
  5. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or LOW for 4 to 5 hours. If using a slow cooker with a probe, cook until meatloaf reaches 160°F.
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    After cooking my meatloaf recipe ( which is very similar to this one ) in my crock pot, it’s the best.meatloaf ever. I line the inside of my crock pot with foil shiny side up and than used a crock pot plastic liner on top of the foil… It made cleaning the crock pot much easier. And made refrigerating easy as well. Self storage bag placed inside a plastic storage bowl.

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    Well Done….My son is a cook in a restaurant and a very picky eater …well we all are ….definetly make this again there were no leftovers……the only request was next time add cheese please…lol

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    Well found this recipe and am cooking it as we speak sounds good ………let ya know in 3 hours

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    Carmen Lorton

    This is really good but added green peppers and 1 TBl spoon horseradish to it

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    Anna Williamson

    I have made slow cooker meatloaf for years. I use 2/3 cup Italian bread crumbs Instead of the crackers and 3/4 cup mike. I also spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and don’t use aluminum foil. It doesn’t stick at all. My family simply refuses to eat meatloaf made in the oven.

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    Lynne essig


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    How many calories sodium and carbs in this recipe

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    I make one similar to this but it has cheddar cheese in it. Always the hit of the party.

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    Cher Ferroggiaro

    Looks fabulous!

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