Slow Cooker Meatloaf

I'm so excited to start out this very first post in our 25 Days of Slow Cooking recipes series! I'll let you know up front that these posts will be pretty short and sweet . . . maybe a few quick words at the top along with any tips about the recipe, but know that each recipe I share are tried and true ones that our family really enjoyed.

(I love food bloggers who have tons of great witty things to write about all the methods of their cooking, but in all honesty, I'm a penny-pinchin' momma with three busy kids, a pretty hopping website, and way too much running around inside my head to have any room left for more than a quick few words about how good it is. Just trust me, you'll like 'em!)

 Crockpot Meatloaf

We tried out this recipe for slow cooker meatloaf this week, and when I shared it over on Facebook I was surprised at how many people asked for the recipe. It's incredibly easy, and if you already have a favorite meatloaf recipe, you could easily substitute it for this one, then just cook in your crock pot following these directions. I was tickled that it actually worked!


I am not a girl who likes meatloaf, but this is one might-fine meatloaf. My husband loves the stuff and it was a treat for him, so if you have a meat-loaf-lovin'-man at home you'll make him very happy.  And I never think pictures of meatloaf look all that appetizing . . . but I promise, this one is good. 😉


Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Meatloaf


  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Combine first six ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Add in beef and mix well.
  3. Shape into loaf.
  4. If you have a large slow cooker, put loaf in loaf pan and then place in slow cooker (that's what we did.) If you don't have a larger slow cooker, you can cook this directly in the slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours.
  6. Mix together ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and Worcestershire.
  7. Spoon over meat loaf after it has cooked.
  8. Cook an additional 15 minutes, or until heated.
  9. Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving. (Be sure to let it stand, as otherwise it will fall apart very easily.)
  10. Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE, and don't miss this penny-pinched collection of Slow Cooker Recipes!


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  1. Laurie, I have to tell you that I am so excited about this series! (I like to use my crock pot, but really don’t all that often and would like to more.) In fact, I am making one of my family’s favorite meals using the crock pot tomorrow for the super bowl – Italian beef sandwiches – which happens to be your recipe!! My husband and son just love them! So I can’t wait to see what else you have to share!! Thanks so much. 

    • I’m pretty excited about it too! There are so many good recipes out there, and the crockpot just makes my life so much easier. (And those Italian Beef are still the best ever… perfect for the Super Bowl!) 🙂

  2. I use my crockpot at least 3x a week and make at least enough for 2 meals each time. It works out wonderfully since we both rarely get home in time to cook and it keeps us from eating junk.

    You can make the meatloaf in any size crockpot with my tried and true secret….aluminum foil! If you cut a piece that’s the length of your stoneware plus a few inches and another piece the width of your stoneware plus a few inches. Fold it in half and then half again to make a thicker long strip. Place the strips to form a cross at the bottom of your stoneware, place the loaf on top of it. It keeps from having a second dish to wash 🙂

    And if you’re ever in a pickle and didn’t take meat out, have no fear, you can always take frozen meat and about a cup of whatever sauce you’d like and throw that in the crockpot. Just throw some steamer veggies in the microwave when you get home and dinner is done. I’ve done this with bbq sauce, frank’s hot sauce, a1, and even marinades and oil based dressings.

  3. Not sure if you’re still reading these comments but i tried this recipe yesterday (with a few minor adjustments to what I had in the house – LOL) and it was incredible! Never thought to make meatloaf in the crock pot – so nice not to heat up the oven and be home for the cooking process. I was a little skeptical about the milk (used almond milk) but it was perfect. Oh, and I doubled the recipe thinking I would freeze some – nope, by today all gone.

    A friend was over last night and loved it. She did, however, suggest making enough topping to use as a sauce. Next time…

  4. Wow! I just made this for Sunday dinner and I will NEVER make meatloaf in the oven again. EVERYONE went back for seconds saying it was the best meatloaf they’ve ever had. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I followed it exactly and didn’t change a thing.

    • Sue & Dee ~ I’m so glad you all liked it! I do see comments here on previous posts, so it’s always good to know your family enjoyed it. Thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂

  5. Tried this tonight. I thought it was really good, and my husband went back for seconds so it must have been good 🙂 Loving your crock pot series 😀 !!

  6. So, the loaf pan goes directly in the slow cooker as well while it cooks? Sorry to be dense! 🙂

  7. Debra Waites DeBord says

    This is so much like the meat loaf I make (use my mom's recipe). I never thought about cooking it in a slow cooker. Did you use a glass or metal pan? I have pyrex, not sure where my metal one is (I moved recently) lol.

    • I did use a metal pan Debra ~ not sure how the glass would do in the heat (although I guess they cook in the oven, right?) It might be worth trying out! You could use any recipe that you like for meat loaf and it should work fine … I was pretty surprised that it turned out well!

  8. YUM!! I followed recipe but did not use the loaf pan. Extras I added were: 1TBS parsley, 2 minced garlic clove, 1/2 tsp pepper, 2-4 oz cubed cheese ( I used Marble Jack). I also spread the sauce on top before cooking which enhanced the flavor of the loaf. Absolutely delish!!

  9. Hi I don't have a crock pot r slow cooker but I love meatloaf but I don't cook it bc it never turns out right. So if I cook it in the oven can I use these same ingrients & how long do I cook it.

    • Same ingredients but i add a few extras (see my post above). When i cook meatloaf in the oven I use a loaf pan. This keeps all the juices together so it stays moist. Just remember to put foil or cookie sheet underneath incase it bubbles over. I cook mine on 400 deg for 1 hour.

  10. Patricia Shoup Leonard says

    OK, with all of these great dishes, I may just leave the crock pot out on the counter top!!

  11. Patricia Shoup Leonard says

    OK, with all of these great dishes, I may just leave the crock pot out on the counter top!!

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