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Grandma’s Quaker Oats Meatloaf is a classic meatloaf recipe with oatmeal instead of bread crumbs and other simple ingredients. Easy comfort food and a delicious dinner the whole family will love!

meatloaf with quaker oats and ketchup glaze sliced on a white platter.

Grandma’s meatloaf recipe with oats instead of bread crumbs or cracker crumbs is simple and delicious. The best thing about this easy recipe is I almost always have the ingredients on hand.

I always have dry oats in the pantry for breakfast and baking. So, if I’m out of soup mix or stuffing mix or bread, I use oatmeal instead.

ground beef, quaker quick oats, ketchup, eggs, garlic, onion and seasonings.

Oatmeal Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients

You should be able to find these simple ingredients in your grocery store or online. The full amounts are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Lean ground beef — An 80/20 mix works best. Extra lean beef can result in dry meatloaf. You can sub ground turkey or ground chicken for beef.
  • Large eggs — to help bind the mixture together
  • Oats — I use quick-cooking oats, but old-fashioned rolled oats work just as well. Grandma used Quaker rolled oats in her meatloaf, but any brand works.
  • Ketchup — for classic tomato flavor. You can sub a small can of tomato sauce or tomato juice for the ketchup.
  • Worcestershire sauce — adds flavor. You can sub soy sauce.
  • Onion — for flavor. You can sub 1 tsp onion powder if you like.
  • Garlic — I use garlic cloves here, but garlic powder will work.
  • Salt and black pepper

How to Make Quaker Oats Meatloaf Recipe

First, beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl. This cuts down on mixing time and helps prevent over mixing.

Then, add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl.

meatloaf ingredients in mixing bowl.

The best way to mix the meatloaf is with your hands. It’s messy, but it’s another way to prevent you from mixing the meat too long.

You will be able to feel the meat mixture come together. When it does, you are ready to form the loaf.

hands in ground beef mixture in bowl.

Place the ground beef mixture into baking dish. I use a 9×13 pan covered with foil. If you have a special meatloaf pan (there’s no need for one) you can use that.

Shape meatloaf mixture into a meat loaf about 1 1/2 – 2 inches thick. This helps the loaf cook evenly. I usually use extra ketchup for a simple glaze.

You can add a little brown sugar for a sweeter glaze if you like.

meat loaf with oats in baking dish.

Cooking Time

Cook the meatloaf in a preheated oven for 1 hour, uncovered. The internal temperature should be 160 degrees according to a meat thermometer. Be sure to place it on the middle rack for best results.

Best Side Dishes

We love to serve meatloaf with peas or green beans and creamy mashed potatoes. Or try a few of the best side dishes for meatloaf.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Refrigerate leftover meatloaf in an airtight container for up to 4 days. If you have it on a serving platter, you can cover it with plastic wrap.

Reheat individual portions in the microwave or turn leftover slices into the best leftover meatloaf sandwich. It is always better the next day!

meatloaf with ketchup glaze and parsley on serving plate.

Expert Tips for Perfect Meatloaf

Use an 80/20 ground beef mix for best results.

Beat the egg first, and avoid over working the meat when mixing. This will help give you a tender meatloaf.

To soak up extra fat, place a slice or 2 of fresh bread under the loaf as it cooks. Be sure to discard the bread when serving!

If the top of the meatloaf is getting too brown, you can tent it lightly with foil.

Always let the baked meatloaf rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. You will get cleaner slices this way.

More Easy Meatloaf Recipes

Next time, try my Mom’s Lipton Onion Soup Mix Meatloaf. It’s the best meatloaf! Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf is the easiest meatloaf recipe ever! You can also make meatloaf with tomato sauce or Italian meatloaf with Italian sausage and ground beef. Try the Italian meatloaf muffin version, too. Kids love my cheesy BBQ meatloaf with bbq sauce and BBQ meatloaf muffins. If you have a pressure cooker, make Instant Pot meatloaf.

5 from 16 votes

Grandma’s Quaker Oats Meatloaf Recipe

By: Dee
Grandma's Quaker Oats Meatloaf is a classic meatloaf recipe with oatmeal instead of bread crumbs and other simple ingredients. Easy comfort food and a delicious dinner the whole family will love!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef 80/20 ground chuck works best
  • ¾ cup Quaker oats or any brand
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup ketchup plus more for the top
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Add the eggs to a large mixing bowl, and mix slightly
  • Add remaining ingredients to the bowl
  • Mix all ingredients together with your hands just until mixture starts to stick together
  • Place meat in greased or foil lined baking dish, form into loaf shape about 2 inches thick, spread a thin layer of ketchup on top
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until internal temperature is 160 degrees, according to meat thermometer. Can add more ketchup to top right before done for a thicker glaze if desired
  • Allow meatloaf to rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing


Be careful not to over work the meat mixture.
Place 2 slices of bread under loaf to absorb excess grease when baking.
You can line the baking dish with foil for easier clean up.


Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 545mg, Potassium: 484mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 139IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Maria Kuechmann says:

    How many grams is a serving of The Grandma Quaker Oats meatloaf? Need to control sodium in my diet.
    Thank you.
    MK5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      According to a quick search, a standard slice is about 4 ounces or 113 grams.

  2. Dale Harvoth says:

    I add a can if petite diced tomatoes5 stars

  3. Christine says:

    I left a stupid comment! I see the direction for baking in the pan. Sorry!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      No problem. I hope you enjoy the meatloaf!

  4. Christine says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Can you bake it in a loaf pan? I’ve never made one not in the loaf pan.5 stars

  5. Tim says:

    Meatloaf Monday, another success! Had never tried it with oats but it was great! Family loved it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you all loved the meatloaf recipe. Thanks!