Meatloaf is the go-to meal for many busy people who don't have a lot of time to fix dinner. This is one of the main things that's appealing about meatloaf. You can buy inexpensive ground beef, turkey or pork and mix it with food items that you already have on hand.

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Many of us have good memories of growing up eating mom's meatloaf. Maybe it was pretty plain – ground beef, some onions, salt and pepper with ketchup on top. But when it was paired with mashed potatoes (and maybe peas and carrots), it became a cool meal that we looked forward to. After all, it was home cooked with love.

Meatloaf recipes have evolved since the old days, and now there are lots of different ways to make this favorite dish. Here are ten fantastic ways to fix it:

Great American Meatloaf – Made with ground beef, tomato juice, crushed red pepper, bread crumbs onions and mustard. It's topped off with a sweet brown sugar glaze made with ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Wave the flag and pass the meatloaf!

Meatloaf with Brown Gravy – Made with ground beef, bread crumbs, chili sauce and spices. It's topped with a savory brown gravy made with mushrooms, onion and beef broth. This old diner favorite can be easily made at home.

Mom's Meatloaf – Made with ground beef, ground pork sausage, green pepper, onion, saltine crackers, ketchup and spices. It's topped with a special sauce made with tomato sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar and pepper. The smell will hit your nose and make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Cheeseburger Meatloaf – Made with ground beef, sweet onion, oats, milk, cheddar cheese, ketchup mayonnaise, mustard, sweet pickle relish and spices. A delicious alternative to the same old cheeseburgers.


Meatloaf with Mashed Potato Frosting – Made with ground beef, pork sausage, oats, garlic, tomato juice, ketchup, Tabasco sauce and spices. The topping is made with pre-made mashed potatoes, mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. This loaf is easy and makes a dramatic presentation for any special occasion.

Easy Hawaiian Meatloaf – Made with ground beef, bread crumbs, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. It's topped with a glaze made of ketchup, brown sugar and pineapple preserves. Meatloaf goes tropical!

Bloody Mary Meatloaf – Made with ground beef, ground veal, ground pork, onion, celery, bread crumbs, Bloody Mary mix or vegetable juice, vodka (optional), Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and spices. Topped with a kicker sauce made with tomato sauce, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish sauce and Tabasco sauce. A spicy adult style meatloaf that makes a big impression.

Mexican Meatloaf – Made with ground beef, tortilla chips, onion, garlic, salsa and spices. Ole! This meatloaf takes you south of the border.

Italian Meatloaf – Made with ground beef, mild Italian sausage, onion, green pepper, garlic, bread crumbs, dry red wine (optional), Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses and Italian style spices. Goes great with a nice salad and Italian bread.

Turkey Meatloaf with Cranberry Sauce – Made with ground turkey, onion, carrot, celery, bread crumbs, chicken broth, cranberry sauce, poultry seasoning and spices. This is the perfect meatloaf to serve for holiday brunch or dinner.