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Slow Cooker Best Meatloaf Ever * *

Slow Cooker BEST Meatloaf EVER

  • Cooking Time:

    8 hours
  • Servings:

    6–8

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs. Lean Ground Beef or Turkey
1 + 1/2 T. Brown Sug­ar
1/2 tsp. Sea­soned Salt
1 tsp. Minced Gar­lic
1/4 tsp. Onion Salt
1/4 tsp. Cel­ery Salt
2 T. Mus­tard
1/4 c. + 3 T. Ketchup, divid­ed
1 T. Worces­ter­shire Sauce
1 Egg, light­ly beat­en
1 c. Bread­crumbs (Ital­ian or Plain ok)
1/4 c. Almond Milk (can sub cow’s milk or water)
1 Onion, diced

Slow Cook­er BEST Meat­loaf EVER, is exact­ly what the title states. It is moist and has a ton of deli­cious fla­vor!

  1. Mix all ingre­di­ents in a large bowl.
  2. Form into a loaf to fit slow cook­er.
  3. Place a strip of foil on the bot­tom of a large oval slow cook­er.
  4. Place meat­loaf in the slow cook­er and baste top with 3 T. of ketchup.
  5. Cov­er. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

Option­al: If you would like to add veg­eta­bles like pota­toes and car­rots, place them in the bot­tom of the slow cook­er, and put the meat­loaf on top, so the veg­eta­bles can cook in the juices.

NOTE: Foil is to make it eas­i­er to lift out!

Hap­py Crock­ing!

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XOXO,

Jenn

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a weekly "Mom Monday" segment on ABC-15 in Phoenix. Jenn is the founder of GetCrocked, the #1 resource for slow cooking with over 1.5 million online followers. She innovates recipes daily with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

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hilary
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hilary

If I only use 1 lb of ground beef how long do you think it should cook? I was think­ing to just use my nor­mal meat­loaf recipe which is sim­i­lar to yours. Just don’t want to cook it too long…

hilary
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hilary

Thanks Jen! I’ll prob­a­bly make it this week­end and let you know how it goes!

Libra
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Libra

What is the foil used for? And have you ever done this recipe with ground turkey?

grandma julie
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grandma julie

mak­ing this for my daugh­ters fam­i­ly now=no foil so i’m using parch­ment paper on the bot­tom of crock. also using ground turkey instead of beef. added sea­soned salt, onion pow­der and chopped green pep­per plus writ­ten ingre­di­ents. a/c is doubt­ful so exten­sion cord will cook this in garage and keep kitchen cool­er (expect­ed to reach 106 degrees here today).

Kathy Cotner
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Kathy Cotner

Hi, I am new to crock pot cook­ing and was won­der­ing if you could cook it a short­er length of time if you cooked it on high? I would like for it to be done in 4 hrs.

Angela
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Angela

I did it with a pound and 1/2 of moose meat and a pound of turkey. My girls and I loved it! thank you for shar­ing. I would have nev­er fig­ured you could do meat­loaf in a crock pot and with my work schedule.….…..we use the crock pot alot!

Ashley
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Ashley

Hi all! Just wat­ed to say i made a 2.5 lb turkey meat­loaf in crock­pot last week. I cooked it on low and it was DONE after 4 hours! It was pret­ty dried out so i rec­om­mend check­ing it often and NOT suck­ing juices out while it cooks. I plan on mak­ing a 1 lb turkey meat­loaf today and will def­i­nite­ly be check­ing it after an hour or so. Just want­ed to give all a heads up! All crock­pots are dif­fer­ent. But thank good­ness i checked mine after 4 hrs oth­er­wise it would have been burnt to a crisp at… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

This looks great! Is the nutri­tion­al infor­ma­tion for beef or turkey?

Delilah
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Delilah

I will be try­ing this recipe this week.. I nev­er made meat­loaf in my crock pot but i can’t wait to try it… I love all ur recipes u post and thank u!! 🙂

Sherlei Lestarjette
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Sherlei Lestarjette

I nev­er use alu­minum — bad for health.… any oth­er sug­ges­tions to make it come out eas­i­er

Marge Turner
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Marge Turner

I use parch­ment paper as much as pos­si­ble when bak­ing or crock­pot­ting.

Sue Stoner
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Sue Stoner

What size crock­pot should I use?

Alison Jackson
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Alison Jackson

How many serv­ings does this recipe make?

Kris P.
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Kris P.

Just put it in my crock­pot. I did add 1/4 tea­spoon of black pep­per. Can’t wait! I did use ground turkey too!

Karen
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Karen

Get­ting ready to make this recipe and am won­der­ing if you use the slow-cook­er lin­ers, and if so, do you still put the foil at the bot­tom? Or do you just use the foil and no lin­er? Thanks!

Katie
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I had NO idea you could make meat­loaf in a crock pot!!!!! How excit­ing. My meat­loaf has been in the slow-cook­er for 2 hours now, and I can’t wait to see it in anoth­er 6 to see how it’s doing! It’s start­ing to smell won­der­ful too 🙂 Thanks for shar­ing this recipe and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!!!

Katie
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OMG — this was SO GOOD. Thanks for anoth­er awe­some recipe 🙂

http://www.slowdownsavor.com/2013/10/you-can-do-pretty-much-anything-with.html

Roxanne
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Roxanne

Get­ting food ready for deer hunt­ing and I think this will be a hit. How­ev­er my boys (4 plus my hus­band and my dad) eat a lot. Do you think this receipe can be dou­bled in the same crock pot? Or what do you count as a serv­ing size cause my boys prob­a­bly would eat 1 lb each if not more, lol.

Penny
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Penny

I receive your post­ings via face­book and many of your recipes look real­ly good, but … You nev­er men­tion what size crock pot to use as this can effect the recipe. Mine is large so is that okay for this one?

Amber
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Amber

I have a gluten aller­gy. Could it be cooked with quinoa?

Norm
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Norm

My broth­er slices up a cou­ple pota­toes and places them in the crock­pot and the meat­loaf on top. Juices cook the pota­toes. Def­i­nite­ly try­ing your recipe.

Junebug
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Junebug

So excit­ed to sur­prise hub­by with this and how easy is this!!!!! I just had to buy cook­book. I am tired of cook­ing and can sure use a quick­er way to make din­ners that I am too tired to make!. Will let you know if the hub­by says how much he loves this.. I bet I can freeze these and have a few on hand to just pop in crock. Thanks, Jb

Jenn
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Jenn

I stink at mak­ing meat­loaf, comes out like a brick. Think I’ll give this one a shot though!!

Bridgett
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Bridgett

My hus­band will not eat ketchup. Is this nec­es­sary to keep moist? Or Is there an alter­na­tive you can sug­gest? Can’t wait to try it

Shae Warren
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Shae Warren

I’ve subbed bar­be­cue sauce when I’m out of ketchup. It’s a nice alter­na­tive and adds a nice fla­vor.

Sheila P
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Sheila P

You need a print but­ton so I can print just the recipes. Thanks.

Heather
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Heather

Hi Jenn,
I love all your recipes and posts! Now that win­ter is almost here I plan on mak­ing a ton of crock pot meals. Thank you so much!

Julia Kafantaris
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Julia Kafantaris

Can you use parch­ment paper instead of alu­minum foil?

Gerilyn
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Gerilyn

Hi Jenn — Just found you site a cou­ple of weeks ago. I’m think­ing of mak­ing a dou­ble batch of this meat­loaf — any idea how it freezes? Any mod­i­fi­ca­tions or reheat instruc­tions?
Thanks!

Duane
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Duane

Howdy Miss Jenn,I have recent­ly dis­cov­ered Panko bread crumbs as a coat­ing for pork chops and I much rather use them instead of reg­u­lar bread crumbs.I’m won­der­ing though if the reg­u­lar bread crumbs would work bet­ter to keep the meat­loaf togeth­er since they are more fine tex­tured than the pankos.What do you think? Also,can’t wait to get your cook­book!!! 🙂

Nerdymom
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Nerdymom

Why milk? I’m a lit­tle turned off by the idea of milk in it. Have you made it with­out the milk?

Raquel
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Raquel

I made this last night cut­ting the recipe in half using turkey and my hus­band said it was the best meat­loaf I made in 7 years!!! Thank you!

Shae Warren
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Shae Warren

I just dis­cov­ered this page yes­ter­day and thought I’d try this recipe. We just fin­ished din­ner and this got phe­nom­e­nal reviews from the entire fam­i­ly. I nev­er would have thought of cook­ing meat­loaf in a crock pot! I used ground turkey. I real­ized I was out of foil when I went to make this so I just sprayed the pot with canola oil cook­ing spray and the meat­loaf kept its shape and came out eas­i­ly with a spat­u­la. (I cut and served from the crock pot.) Thank you so much for this won­der­ful recipe. I’ll be mak­ing it again and… Read more »

Wanda Rapp
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Wanda Rapp

Made this last night…FIVE STARS…hey, I’d give it FIFTEEN if I could…lol.…It was amaz­ing. So moist, not dry like meat­loaf can be when cooked in the oven. And SO fla­vor­ful. My 13 year old son will not eat onions so I used some dried minced onions by McCormick, gar­lic salt instead of gar­lic (I was out) and it was amaz­ing!!

Jenny
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Jenny

I am excit­ed to try this! Meat­loaf is not some­thing I have ever thought to make in a crock, so I was so sur­prised when I came across it. I read on a few oth­er recipe sites that the meat shouldn’t touch the sides of the crock pot. I noticed that your recipe says to form a loaf that will fit. Does it mat­ter if it’s touch­ing the sides? Thank you 🙂

Coral
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Coral

Are you sup­posed to brown the turkey meat first? Look­ing for­ward to mak­ing this today!!

Becky
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Becky

Just put in the crock­pot! I used but­ter­milk instead of milk (had some I need­ed to use up). I read that but­ter­milk gives it a moist texture…we will see! Wish me luck!

Becky
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Becky

The meat­loaf was won­der­ful! Very moist!

Traci
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Traci

I want to make this tonight but need it to be ready in 6 hours at the latest…would you rec­om­mend cook­ing on high? I will be using 2.25lbs of meat. Thanks!!!

Debbie
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Debbie

Hi Crock Pot Girl, can you please answer this ques­tion: if you dou­ble a (any) crock­pot recipe, do you add cook­ing time??? Thanks so much!

mike
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mike

Hi Crock pot girl, your recipe calls for a 1/4 cup of ketchup. Do you mix that in with the oth­er ingre­di­ents? Also it says put 2 table­spoons on the top which seems like not much. Could you please explain what to do with the ketchup bet­ter? thanx!

jessica
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jessica

I made this recipe tonight! I only used 1 pound of ground beef and did as you rec­om­mend­ed pre­vi­ous­ly to Hilary and only cooked it for 3 in a half hours on low. It turned out AMAZING!! my hus­band loved it and was so impressed! Thank you so much!

jill
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jill

this was SO good, even my super picky 9 year old loved it (so much that he took sec­onds before he was even done with his first por­tion). i’m going to try it with Hoisin instead of bread­crumbs since we are try­ing to cut back on bread as much as pos­si­ble. Thanks for mak­ing me look like a star!

david
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david

it was dilish…mmm..defo do it again..i did it with minced beef and sausage meat mixed togeth­er also added papri­ka and a pinch of chilli pow­der for that extra kick.…love your crock ideas pop­ping up on my face­book keep them coming.x

Shelley
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Shelley

try­ing to make this some­what paleo. what can be used instead of bread crumbs? almond flour? how much?

Kaz
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Kaz

I’m curi­ous if you have made this with­out the bread­crumbs? What did you do, if any­thing, to acco­mo­date for the lack of bread­crumbs? Not sure one needs to do any­thing to replace them, but I’m always in the mar­ket for ideas! I have made anoth­er (oven meat­loaf) recipe using almond flour and it was very crumbly and dry (the dry­ness could be attrib­uted to the loaf being over-baked, how­ev­er). If you use almond flour I would sug­gest not using too much, maybe less than the amount of bread­crumbs called for in the recipe. Just an idea. Maybe add a lit­tle… Read more »

Mary P
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Mary P

What keeps this from being too moist or soupy? I tried one awhile ago and it came out way to moist it didn’t hold its shape.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Hi Jenn, I’m new to your site & have loved your recipes so far! Going to try this tonight with ground turkey & GF bread­crumbs for my hus­band who has a sen­si­tiv­i­ty. We have a new 6 qt oval smart crock—think this will be ok or would you rec­om­mend my 4 qt round? In our expe­ri­ence, things seem to cook more quick­ly in the 6 qt than recipes state? Also, have you tried it using ketchup with the turkey, or would you rec­om­mend an alter­na­tive for moist­en­ing? My hus­band doesn’t typ­i­cal­ly use ketchup, but says he’s fine with it in… Read more »

Nicole
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Nicole

Thank you for shar­ing this great recipe!!!

Nicole
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Nicole

Do you think it’s pos­si­ble to add red skin pota­toes and baby car­rots as well? Will help make for an even eas­i­er meal! 🙂

Livvy
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It’s in the crock pot now. Only thing I did dif­fer­ent was add some brown sug­ar and worces­ter­shire sauce to the ketchup on top, it was a neat trick I learned to make the ketchup extra yum­my. I also com­bined beef and turkey 1/2 and 1/2. Anoth­er 6 hours to go!

Livvy
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it was great! A hit!

Kristen
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Kristen

I do this with 1.5 pounds ground beef and 1 pound spicy ground turkey sausage. Instead of the ketchup on top I use a few extra dash­es of Worces­ter­shire and Dinosaur BBQ Wan­go Tan­go bar­be­cue sauce. I’ve found mak­ing it the night before and keep­ing it in the fridge real­ly binds the ingre­di­ents well and makes for a sol­id (it doesn’t fall apart) but moist meat­loaf. My (most­ly veg­e­tar­i­an) 9-year-old daugh­ter loves this!

Meet Jenn Bare

Jenn is the founder of Get­Crocked, the #1 resource for slow cook­ing with over 1.5 mil­lion online fol­low­ers. She inno­vates recipes dai­ly with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cook­er.

She innovates recipes daily…

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a week­ly “Mom Mon­day” seg­ment on ABC-15 in Phoenix.

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