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My Mom's Meatloaf Recipe

This really is my mom Ruthie’s meatloaf recipe. Comes out so moist with lots of wonderful flavors. See what she puts in to make this meatloaf so tender. I loved this as a child and still love it today and so does my family. 
Course Dinner, Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken meatloaf, meatloaf, turkey meatloaf
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Ruthie


  • 1- 1/2 pounds ( this one was 1 1/2 pounds) ground chicken or turkey, ground beef can be used too.
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup quick oats, or, use oat flour ( I used oat flour, found in most markets with the other flours or online here
  • 1/8 cup plain seltzer, this is her secret ingredient for a tender meatloaf
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2 packet onion soup mix
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika, optional
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp black or white pepper
  • 1 large egg


  • 1/4 cup ketchup


  1. 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with no stick aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray or squeeze out ketchup.(Or use a disposable aluminium pan) Set aside until ready.

    2.In a large mixing bowl mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon. My mom gets her hands in there. She says it gets everything mixed up the best. The most important thing is, don’t over mix. The meatloaf will be much more tender.

    3.Shape into a loaf, squeeze ketchup on top in a zigzag.  Bake for about 1 hour or check with an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees. (Check after 50 minutes)

    4.Let sit out on the counter for about 10 minutes before slicing. My mom always served this with egg noodles with melted butter. Eat up and enjoy!