This stovetop stuffing meatloaf is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients you will have one insanely good meatloaf that is tender, moist, and really delicious.
This stovetop stuffing meatloaf is a game changer when it comes to making your meatloaf. It was the first time I tried it, and it is now the only recipe I use to make meatloaf. When you use packaged stuffing, it already has all of the spices that accompany a meatloaf beautifully.
When I think of comfort food, this is the recipe that comes to mind. It really is the ultimate in down-home cooking and a very easy meal. This is not your grandmother’s typical meatloaf recipe, but it would definitely be grandma-approved.
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❤️ Reason why I love this recipe
- Flavorful just mix in the stove top stuffing instead of placing plain bread crumbs.
- Mini’s If you are in a hurry or want smaller portions, you can make mini meatloaf in a muffin tin and have your own personal meatloaf.
The stove top stuffing ingredients are typical pantry staples, except for maybe the boxed stuffing, I like to grab a couple of boxes when they go on sale to have on hand to make this diecious meatloaf anyway of the week.
- Olive oil This is just to grease the pan, but it does add a little bit of flavor.
- Ground Beef I like to use ground beef that is a little higher in fat so that you have maximum moisture. Using lean beef will produce a dryer loaf.
- Stovetop stuffing (box mix) This classic stuffing can be found in most grocery stores, and any flavor will work; I generally grab the turkey or chicken flavor.
- Milk I like to use milk to add a little more moisture to the meatloaf, but you can use beef broth, which will add great additional flavor.
- Egg is Always a great binding agent, the egg acts to hold the meatloaf ingredients together.
- Ketchup is used for both the meatloaf mixture and as a glaze on top. You can also use BBQ sauce.
How to make Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan or loaf pan rub with olive oil or cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together until well combined. Add the stuffing mix, ground beef, and 1/4 cup of ketchup. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until well combined.
- Transfer the meat to the baking dish and shape the meat into a loaf.
- Brush the meatloaf evenly with the remaining 1/4 cup of ketchup.
- Bake at 350°F for 55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes then slice and serve.
Tips & Tricks
- Don’t over-mix the meatloaf Once you add the stuffing mix, mix until just combined. Over-mixing can result in a dense and tough meatloaf.
- Resting time Allow the meatloaf to rest in the pan for about 10 minutes. This will allow the meatloaf to finish cooking and absorb some of the juices left in the pan. If you remove the meatloaf immediately, you might have crumbly meatloaf when you slice it.
- Swap for Turkey swap the ground beef for ground turkey
- BBQ Sauce instead of making the glaze on top of the meatloaf with ketchup use prepared barbeque sauce instead.
- Bacon instead of using the glaze you can make a bacon lattice to top the meatloaf before baking.
- Brown gravy skips the glaze and makes brown gravy to serve with the meatloaf instead.
- Leftovers when there are leftovers in our house they are used for sandwiches, if you don’t anticipate leftovers you can always double the recipe and make an extra loaf.
Stove top stuffing meat loaf
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 box stove top stuffing
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup ketchup or BBQ sauce
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce for glaze
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease the interior of your loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl add the ground beef, stuffing mix, milk, egg, and half of the ketchup. Reserve 4 tablespoons of the ketchup (or tomato paste or BBQ sauce) for the topping.
- mix all ingredients thoroughly until well incorporated.
- Put the meat mixture into your loaf pan, and press it evenly throughout the pan. Go along the edges and push down with your fingers or a spoon to create a well.
- Spread the remaining 4 tablespoons of ketchup (or tomato paste or BBQ sauce) over the top of the meatloaf.
- Bake in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for an hour or continue baking until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (72°C).
- Remove from the oven and allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before serving