meatloaf on the stovetop

Making meatloaf on the stovetop is a quick and easy alternative to baking in the oven. Here’s a basic stovetop meatloaf recipe:


For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


1. Prepare the Meat Mixture:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, minced garlic, eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

2. Shape the Meatloaf:

  • Divide the meat mixture into two equal portions and shape each portion into a loaf shape.

3. Cook on the Stovetop:

  • Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add a bit of oil if your pan is not non-stick.
  • Place the meatloaves in the skillet and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until they are browned and cooked through. You can cover the pan with a lid to help the meatloaf cook through.
  • Make sure the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C) for ground beef to ensure it’s fully cooked.

4. Prepare the Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, mix together ketchup, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard to create the glaze.

5. Glaze and Serve:

  • Brush the glaze over the meatloaf during the last few minutes of cooking, allowing it to caramelize.
  • Once the meatloaf is cooked through and the glaze has set, remove it from the skillet and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.

6. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Serve the stovetop meatloaf slices with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes or vegetables.

This stovetop meatloaf is a quick and tasty option for a comforting meal without the need for an oven. Adjust the ingredients and seasonings to suit your taste preferences.

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