Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

3.9 of 5 (59)
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 234.2
  • Total Fat: 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 116.3 mg
  • Sodium: 189.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 17.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 27.1 g

View full nutritional breakdown of Slow Cooker Meatloaf calories by ingredient


Introduction

This meatloaf has the best of both worlds: a great crust and a moist interior! The trick is lining your slow cooker and creating a water bath. Trust me, it's worth the effort!
This meatloaf has the best of both worlds: a great crust and a moist interior! The trick is lining your slow cooker and creating a water bath. Trust me, it's worth the effort!

Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    Meat loaf
    1 large egg, beaten
    1 tablespoon skim milk
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 slice whole-grain bread
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
    1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 pound extra lean (91/9) ground beef

    Sauce
    1/4 cup no salt added ketchup
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 teaspoon no salt added tomato paste



Tips

The soaked bread is called a panade, and it provides moisture and adds structure to the meatloaf.
You can use a leaner beef or even turkey with this recipe, if you prefer.
Like it spicy? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce and to the meatloaf.
The leftovers make a great sandwich.

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Directions

Combine the egg, milk, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a large mixing bowl. Tear or chop the bread into small cubes, add to the egg mixture and soak for about 5 minutes.
Add the remaining meatloaf ingredients and combine, using a fork.
Coat an 8-inch round glass or metal baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer the meat to the dish and form into a meatloaf shape. Pour 1/2 cup water into the slow cooker liner to create a water bath for the baking dish. Set on low and cover. Cook for 6-8 hours.

One hour before eating, combine the sauce ingredients in a small dish.

Remove the lid from the slow cooker, and carefully (using an oven mitt or dry towel) remove the baking dish holding the meatloaf. Over a large bowl, slowly tilt the meatloaf to remove the fat that has pooled in the bottom of the dish. Pour the sauce over the meatloaf.
Return to the slow cooker, replace the lid and cook 1 more hour. Remove the meatloaf from the slow cooker, and cool slightly before serving.


Serving Size: Makes 8 slices, 2 slices per serving. (About 4 ounces per serving)

Member Ratings For This Recipe


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    55 of 56 people found this review helpful
    I make a 4 lb meatloaf in the large crock-pot by mixing all ingredients then put it in the sprayed crock, then I divide the meat down the middle so it will cook all the way through. I then have 2 large meatloafs - 1 for now and 1 to freeze for later.
    This works well in 4 hours on high. Turkey too!
    - 11/26/12


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    Very Good
    37 of 41 people found this review helpful
    To everyone who is confused about the recipe. You need to read the instructions again.The bread is part of the recipe. It gets soaked in the eggs and then mixed into the meat.
    Put your meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan
    Put water inside your slow cooker
    Put the loafPAN in the slow cooker
    Cook
    - 1/29/13


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    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
    I've never used the shaped pan nor water bath method, and get fantastic meatloafs out of the slow cooker. You merely need to spray the bottom of the slow cooker with non-stick spray and place the loaf shaped meat into the slow cooker. If the loaf is reasonably firm, it will retain sufficient shape. - 11/26/12


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    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
    Very interesting recipe. When I make meatloaf I use oatmeal (old-fashioned steel cut) in place of bread or soda crackers. Gives it more protein and less carbs. I haven't done one in the crock-pot (slow-cooker) before, but sounds like a great plan for a busy day. Will definitely be trying it out. - 3/11/13


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    Very Good
    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I added finely chopped broccoli and carrots for extra nutrition, as well as basil and garlic. Will make again. - 2/26/13


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    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE the idea of putting the dish into water in the slow cooker - so easy to clean up ! - 11/26/12


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    Incredible!
    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Very simple.. Meat loaf goes in a pan that will fit in your crock pot. The water goes in the bottom of the crock pot.
    The bread is soaked mixed with meat placed in pan to fit crock pot.
    - 11/26/12


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    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
    MSUEQUILTS--read the first paragraph of the instructions about the bread--it says soak it in the egg mixture. For those who don't get what the liner is--most slow cookers have a removable insert where you cook everything. You set a dish w/the meatloaf inside & put water around it. Hope that helps - 11/26/12


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    O.K.
    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I don't like to make meatloaf in a pan because it sits in the grease. I bake my meatloaf on my broiler pan, so the grease drips down into the foil-lined bottom. It always comes out with a nice crust. I don't make sauce, because I like it with brown gravy instead. - 1/26/13


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    Very Good
    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I like to change it up a bit and with just the change in herbs. Sometimes I add dill, another time I may add garlic and another hickory smoke. This is a good basic recipe - 11/26/12


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    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I make portion controlled meat loaves in my Cooker 4 hours, No water added. Onion cooked and added . I use my pressure cooker trivet sprayed. Any fat goes below the loaves have less sat fats. 4 loaves, lean meat even pork minced Its almost exactly the recipe I use and there is juice too - 2/21/13


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    Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Very good!!
    I used a silicone bowl as it was the only thing that could fit in my small crockpot. It worked well and was easy to take out because it is bendable.
    I also added salt.... had to do that.
    - 7/19/15


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    Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I try all kinds of meatloaf recipes, but I never did one in a water bath until tonight. DH and I both enjoyed it. Not only does it taste good, but there is no cleanup to speak of and the consistency is good for sandwiches tomorrow. It was hard lifting the hot pan out of the crock pot. - 3/2/14


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    Good
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I've made this. I couldn't tell the advantage of the water bath. And I didn't get much of a crust, though the loaf was cooked to an internal temp of 165. The loaf tasted fine. Will try again, but still not sure about the technique. - 3/11/13


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    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Humm, do you need a special slow cooker for this, or can you do this water-bath trick with all of them? I wonder if I have a pan that would fit... - 11/26/12


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    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very similar to my oven recipe. Thanks for the convenience of the slow cooker. - 3/11/13


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    Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is delicious. My expert on meatloaf really enjoyed it. - 2/2/13


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    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    We love meat loaf but I like to add a large tablespoon of minced garlic also and some green bell pepper I also use about 1/2lbof ground pork sausage to the hamburger,I don't use a water bath but it is a good idea,good recipe !!I cook mine in the oven ! - 3/11/13


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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I love meat loaf. I think I will make one this week. - 3/11/13


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    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I think I would have to use a loaf pan to fit into my slow cooker, it is oval in shape.
    - 11/26/12


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    Good
    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
    yo lo preparo sin azucar - 11/26/12


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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    If you have trouble lifting the meatloaf pan out of the water bath, try placing wide tin foil straps under the meatloaf pan before you place the pan into the liner. Be sure the straps you make are wide enough to support the weight of the meatloaf & pan. Just use straps to remove the meatloaf. - 3/8/18


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    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I don't mean to sound rude, but I don't think an 8" pan would even fit in my crock pot. I have an oblong crock pot. But when I envision, say a 5qt. round crockpot I can't even imagine that an 8" square pan would fit into it. I'm not sure that the water bath is needed though. - 3/11/13


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    Good
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Interesting; worth a try. - 2/21/13


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    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I wouldn't mind trying it if it made sense. - 11/26/12


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    1 of 32 people found this review helpful
    Maybe a better picture of the meatloaf? This looks YUK! - 11/26/12


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    thanks - 5/21/21


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    Good reciepe but I use oatmeal instead of bread, - 3/30/21


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    Very Good
    I just add ketchup on top no need for added sugar - 3/30/21


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    Incredible!
    Delicious recipe - 1/19/21


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    Interesting new way to cook meatloaf. - 10/28/20


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    Very Good
    This is a great recipe, instead of regular brown sugar I used Splenda brown sweetener, taste was great with extra sugar! - 10/3/20


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    Very Good
    Great! I used oats and ground turkey. It was delicious. - 9/21/20


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    always looking for good meatloaf recipes - 9/13/20


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    O.K.
    Good - 9/11/20


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    Bad
    Family is not satisfied! Blah. - 9/9/20


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    :) - 9/8/20


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    Bad
    Although I liked the way this recipe was prepared, I did not like what little flavor it had. It really needed something more. - 8/30/20


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    Very Good
    This is pretty good - 4/10/20


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    If it's already in a loaf pan, I think one could eat a lot sooner by baking the meatloaf in an oven. I suppose you are saving energy and can use this recipe if you will be out of the house for hours, but I don't think I'd make it this way. - 4/5/20


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    yummy... - 1/5/20


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    sounds wonderful - 1/4/20


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    This sounds interesting. - 1/2/20


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    I do love meatloaf - 1/2/20


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    Slightly different way to prepare the meatloaf. I generally add the bread and the egg to the meat and knead them together. - 11/8/19


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    Good
    am not much of a meat loaf fan, but DH liked it. I did add a couple sprinkles of red cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick. - 11/6/19


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    Thanks - 9/19/19


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    I didn't like it much, too wet. Meat Loaf in an oven has that nice crust. - 9/19/19


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    So yummy - 4/19/19


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    Incredible!
    Great meatloaf and VERY easy. I added sautéed onions, celery and bell peppers for a little extra kick. - 4/1/19


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    tasty - 3/4/19


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    really good and nice and easy. - 2/15/19


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    interesting comments. will try without loaf pan and see how it compares. main thought is will it stay together as well - 2/14/19


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    I wouldn’t use ground beef - 2/14/19


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    This looks good to me. I saved the recipe to try. - 1/20/19


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    yumm - 1/18/19


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    Pretty good - 1/18/19


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    Incredible!
    Enjoyed this recipe. It was enough for my dinner and a few easy lunches. - 1/18/19


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    Incredible!
    I love the slow cooker Meat loaf recipe! Delicious! - 1/2/19


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    Nice! - 11/27/18


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    Sooo couldn't this easily be converted to cook in an Instant Pot?? - 11/15/18


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    very good - 11/10/18


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    NICE - 11/9/18


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    Great recipe! - 11/9/18


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    I have never thought about using my slow cooker to make meat loaf. This is an easy an tasty supper. - 11/9/18


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    thank you - 11/9/18


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    Incredible!
    YUM - 10/13/18


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    Thank you - 7/20/18


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    Very Good
    I like many of the ratings suggestions from the members - 7/3/18


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    Hubby's favorite. Plues a hit with FIL as he love this a - 7/3/18


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    I have never tried it before in the slow cooker and was surprised at how moist and tasty it was. I will definitely do it like this again. - 7/2/18


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    Good
    I like others better. - 7/2/18


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    Great! - 6/6/18


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    Good dinner recipe!!! - 4/18/18


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    Very Good
    Keep this one in reserves. It is a good one. - 4/15/18


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    Incredible!
    Meatloaf is my fa - 4/5/18


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    Yummy recipe! I like crock pot meals. - 4/5/18


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    Incredible!
    Great recipe - 4/5/18


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    I really enjoyed this recipe - 4/5/18


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    Great stuff - 4/1/18


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    I love meatloaf, definitely on my list to make - 4/1/18


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    I want to try this. - 3/28/18


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    I just got lean ground beef today and am going to a pot luck on Saturday. Found this recipe and it sounds really tasty but I will double it to serve 8 people . I was asked to make a hamburger dish and this sounds great and I know the family will enjoy it. Thank You - 3/27/18


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    Incredible!
    Followed the recipe and it turned out great. The family really loved it. - 3/13/18


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    Very Good
    Had this for dinner..it was yummy..would make it again - 2/19/18


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    Very Good
    I love meatloaf! - 1/27/18


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    Will have to try this one! - 12/25/17


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    Looks good - 12/24/17


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    Never used a slow cooker for meat loaf. Might try it. - 12/18/17


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    wouldnt have thought about cooking a meatloaf in a crock pot - 12/18/17


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    Good
    we like this a lot
    I added a bit more spice as we like more spice....
    - 10/2/17


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    Always looking for good slow cooker recipes. - 9/23/17


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    meatloaf is one of my favorites....doing this one this weekend - 9/9/17


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    Tasty - 9/8/17


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    Incredible!
    Yummy! - 7/18/17


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    Incredible!
    GOOD basic mean! - 4/24/17


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    Incredible!
    I have also made this with half turkey!! NObody noticed the difference! Yummy! - 4/15/17


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    Very Good
    I substituted cauliflower for the bread. Low carb version. - 3/18/17


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    Wonderful - 3/1/17


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    Incredible!
    hubby liked - 1/24/17