Adding stuffing to meatloaf is a game changer! It creates the most tender, flavorful meatloaf! Top with delicious sweet tomato glaze, and you have one insanely good meatloaf. All you need is 10 minutes of prep time, and let the oven do the rest.
Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf
The best part about stuffing meatloaf is that you don't actually have to prepare the stuffing, which makes this recipe super quick and easy! One box of dry Stove Top stuffing is mixed with milk and a few other wet ingredients to soften the bread crumbs before the meat goes in.
Not only does the stuffing help to create the most juicy and tender meatloaf, but the stuffing also adds incredible flavor! I mean think about how delicious stuffing is, now imagine how much better it makes meatloaf. You won't be disappointed.
And don't forget the sweet tomato glaze! Meatloaf craves a touch of sweet and tangy, and this is the perfect addition. It's super easy to make with ketchup, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar - nothing fancy, just the way meatloaf should be!
- Stove Top Stuffing. I like to use chicken, pork or savory herb, but honestly any flavor will work! Feel free to use whatever flavor you have on hand or can find at the store.
- Yellow onion.
- Fresh garlic.
- Worcestershire sauce.
- Ground beef. Since meatloaf takes awhile to bake, I recommend using 80/20 or 85/15 beef blend, so your meatloaf doesn't dry out but also isn't sitting in a puddle of fat drippings.
- Salt and pepper.
- Brown sugar.
- Apple cider vinegar.
How to Make Meatloaf with Stuffing.
Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf is incredibly easy to make, yet is so flavorful and tender! All you need is one bowl and one loaf pan, making for easy cleanup! Here's how to make stuffing meatloaf.
- Prepare the stuffing (but not according to box directions). Mix the stuffing with milk, onion, and garlic. Let sit for 5 minutes so the stuffing can absorb the liquid.
- Add the remaining ingredients. To the stuffing mixture, mix in eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire, salt and pepper, then mix in ground beef.
- Top with sweet tomato glaze. You can't make meatloaf without it! A simple mixture of ketchup, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar.
- Bake. Bake until fully cooked through.
- Serve! I recommend serving stuffing meatloaf with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable!
Full instructions below in recipe card.
Tips & Tricks.
Don't overmix the meatloaf.
Once you add the mix, mix until just combined. Over mixing the meatloaf can result in dense, tough meatloaf.
Allow the meatloaf to rest.
Once the meatloaf is finished cooking, allow it to rest in the pan for about 10 minutes. This allows the meatloaf to finish cooking and to absorb some of the juices left in the pan.
Slicing the meatloaf immediately after removing from the oven often results in crumbly meatloaf.
Using stuffing instead of breadcrumbs.
As opposed to traditional meatloaf that uses breadcrumbs, this meatloaf recipe calls for one box of stuffing. Stuffing adds lots of flavor, makes meatloaf tender, and works as a binding agent preventing the meatloaf from falling apart.
You can really use any flavor of stuffing, but I recommend chicken, pork or herb seasoned.
Frequently Asked Questions.
How to Keep Meatloaf from Falling Apart?
Stuffing and eggs are binding agents that help meatloaf hold together really nicely!
If your meatloaf is crumbly, the beef may not have been mixed well enough with the stuffing mixture.
Should meatloaf be covered when baking?
No, you should bake meatloaf uncovered. The meatloaf will release a lot of juices as it bakes, and you want some of these juices to escape.
When the meatloaf is uncovered, it also allows the edges to get brown and the glaze to caramelize!
How long to Cook Meatloaf.
The more meat you use, the longer the meatloaf will need to cook. Typically, meatloaf is made with 1-2 pounds of ground beef.
How long to cook 1 pound of meatloaf: Bake uncovered at 350°F for 45 minutes.
How long to cook 2 pounds of meatloaf: Bake uncovered at 350°F for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Can I make stuffing meatloaf with a mix of meat?
Yes, feel free to swap half of the ground beef with ground pork!
Alternatively, using 2 pounds of ground turkey or ground chicken also tastes great!
Can I make stuffing meatloaf without the sweet tomato glaze?
Yes, most certainly! But the glaze adds a lot of flavor and helps to lock in the moisture, resulting in tender, moist meatloaf, so I recommend topping with some sort of sauce.
What to Serve with Stuffing Meatloaf.
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Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf
- 1 6-ounce box Stove Top stuffing (any flavor)
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 small yellow onion, grated (using large holes on cheese grater)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 pounds ground beef
Sweet Tomato Glaze
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment papepr. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the stuffing, milk, onion and garlic. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, mix together the sweet tomato glaze ingredients. Set aside.
- To the bowl with the stuffing, mix in the eggs, Worcestershire, ketchup, salt and pepper, then mix in the beef until just cobmined.
- Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared loaf pan. Using your hands or the back of a spoon, firmly press to pack the meat mixture into the pan.
- Evenly spread half of the sweet tomato glaze over the meatloaf, and bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and top with the remaining sweet tomato glaze. Bake another 25 minutes.
- Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes then slice and serve!