Crock-Pot Meatloaf Recipe

Crock pot meatloaf recipe

Crock pot meatloaf is an easy and delicious meal that can cook while you work, play with your kids or cross things off your to-do list. We like it better than regular meatloaf, and you avoid the chance of the meatloaf grease overflowing in the oven and causing a major cloud of smoke (am I the only one who has done that?).

This recipe is easy to vary: add cumin and chili powder for a Mexican flavor, pureed veggies to get your kids to eat them, or put bacon and homemade barbecue sauce on top (because bacon improves everything!)

Crock pot meatloaf recipe

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Crock-Pot Meatloaf




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Delicious meatloaf in the slow-cooker for an easy dinner idea.


  • 2 pounds of ground beef, bison, or turkey (or a combination)
  • 1 medium onion, very finely diced or pureed in blender (preferred method)
  • 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • salt, pepper and any other spices to taste- I use about 1-2 teaspoons of each
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Mix all ingredients well in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Place in a metal loaf pan (if using a large crock pot) or directly in crock pot. Place the loaf pan directly in the crock pot if using a loaf pan.
  3. Put the lid on crock pot and cook on low (6-8 hours) or high (4 hours). If not using the loaf pan, it will cook faster, so check in 3-4 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
  4. When cooked, turn the crock pot off and let cool for 15-30 minutes with lid off before cutting.
  5. Top with homemade ketchup (optional) and serve.

Courses Slow-Cooker

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Random note: my kids actually like meatloaf with applesauce on it, so I add 1/2 cup applesauce in the last hour of cooking.

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  1. Thank you for this recipe, I’ve been interested in trying a meatloaf without breadcrumbs now that we are grain free, and this sounds easy and good.

    • We do grain free meatloaf but use a little almond meal

    • Instead of bread crumbs I had the idea to use the dried mixed veggies that come in the bulk section of my local market (beets, green beans, turnips, etc), and ground them in to a chunky powder in my food processor. Soaks up some of the juices AND adds flavor and nutrients.

    • Use shredded cheddar cheese instead of breadcrumbs.

  2. Yes, I have and I also regularly make it in the pressure cooker.  Unfortunately I can’t use eggs in my meatloaf because my husbands sisters is allergic to eggs, feathers, etc.  I’m used to adjusting recipes for the lack of egg.  Your recipe is so straightforward and I’m sure tasty.  I love meatloaf sandwiches w/the leftovers.

    • What do you use instead of eggs? 

      • I use egg replacement powder…haven’t tried in meatloaf yet, but it works in other baked recipes really well.

  3. I don’t have a metal loaf pan, could I use a disposable pan?

    • I haven’t tried it, but you could always just make it in the crock
      pot itself without another pan. It will be a little thinner but will still taste great!

      • could you cook it in foil also instead of a pan

    • Yes, just cook it on a cookie sheet.

    • No. Glaze inside of pot/cooking spray. Line/2 sheets of foil. Spray foil. Leave enough foil outside lid to facilitate lifting after cooking. Shape meatloaf on foil. I use a standard 4qt. round pot & this works well. Let loaf stand before cutting. Wrap leftovers in foil for next use.

      • Oh Good Idea?
        I have a Cake and Bake pan that I’m going to use,,,I had them for many years , and also you have to use cooking spray too.

  4. Should you brown the meat before placing in the crock pot or put it in raw?

  5. i add chopped carrots and celery to mine.  it adds a little sweetness to  it.  i dont use eggs either and it is still really tasty

    • If not using eggs, will the loaf crumble? Any suggestions for making a tasty loaf without egg? Has anyone cut this recepie in half? Thanks 🙂

      • use mayo to replace eggs

  6. i add chopped carrots and celery to mine.  it adds a little sweetness to  it.  i dont use eggs either and it is still really tasty

  7. Katie,
    You will need to go ahead and have to add a recipe card section for me and these awesome crock meals. Loving it!

    • 🙂 Glad you are enjoying. I’m actually working on some kind of printable ebook with all my recipes… and possibly a cookbook…

  8. Suggested variation: Roll the “meatdough” into a thick flat rectangle. Then put on it some cheese and veggies (onions, peppers, tomatoes, olives, etc) and roll up so the filling makes a spiral in it. This offers some variation and more opportunity for veggies to be included.

    Also, keep the dough lightly mixed so it keeps a good texture (I don’t like paste like meatloafs)

    • Love this recipe! I layer half the meat in the bottom. Then put diced red and green bell peppers, onions, olives, tomatoes, slivered almonds and Parmesan cheese over it. I cover it with the other half of meat mixture and cover that with more Parmesan cheese and almonds. After putting so much in the middle, I could no longer roll it! So this works too! Wonderful! Thank you for the idea!

      • One of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments. Rolling it is always the hardest part since I also try to stuff far too many veggies in it. Thanks for the insight!

  9. how do you make homeade ketchup?

    • I skip the curry powder of this recipe but everything else is good. It took 5 minutes to make and was so good!!! 🙂

  10. Would it be okay if i used double the ingredients and use 4 lbs of burger?

  11. I put this together last night, so that it would be ready this morning. Oh, my! It is SO GOOD. I’ll never made meatloaf in the oven again!

  12. can u still use bread crumbs if ur cooking meatloaf in the crock pot?

  13. So I have an 8qt crockpot and I prepared the loaf the night before. I also made the Ketchup (Awesome!). I didn’t have time to alter anything this morning when I put the loaf pan in the pot. It didn’t fit to the bottom. I was able to put the pan in the pot but the loaf pan lips made it, sort of, suspended in the pot. I set it to low 8 hours. It will automatically set to warm after 8 hrs and I’ll get home about 10 hours after I started the pot. Now I’m worried it won’t cook through because it’s not sitting on the bottom of the pot. Anyone have any thoughts on this? 🙁

    • Hi Lenore, how did you meatloaf turn out – I had the same issue with my loaf pan not sitting on the bottom of the slow cooker but its cooking now. Wondering if I need to pick up pizza on the way home!!! Thanks!

      • Hi MWB! It was not fully cooked through but almost! I popped it in the oven for another 20-30 minutes at (I think) 350 degrees and it turned out yummy!

        • Thanks! It looks good – I can’t wait to try it!

    • My pan too suspends in the crock pot. I wonder if I set it for 6 hours on high suspended if it will cook?! Thoughts…

      • My pan hung suspended and cooked fine 7 hours on low.

  14. Does it have to be a metal loaf pan? I only have glass.

  15. Has anyone tried this with a ceramic pan instead of a metal pan??

  16. To hot to turn on oven… But I don’t have a big enough crock pot that fits the loaf pan… Do you think it would work if I made a lifter out of heavy duty foil to lift the finished loaf out of pan?

    • You could certainly try it… The worst thing I could envision is that maybe if it does not work you might have to cut the loaf up in the pan (which is not that bad).

      • Making a loaf tonight for dinner. Was so easy and didn’t have to make a mess in the oven.

  17. At first, I thought your comment about the applesauce on top was unusual. Then, I had a similar thought that I would make some baked apples, crock pot style. So I formed the meatloaf directly on the bottom of my large oval shaped crock pot and put the cored apples in the middle. It was terrific! Hubby ate 3 servings!

  18. I’ve always made my meatloaf in a crock pot, although I’ve never used a loaf pan. I just cook it right inside the crock pot alone. I always mix ketchup and bbq sauce in the loaf, as well as on the top and people love it with bbq sauce!! 🙂

  19. Thank You Wellness Mama’ {katie) I’m a single working dad of a 10 year old daughter. I not only found your recipe helpful but delicious. I followed ur recipe to the T and also added the chili powder and cumin. We both loved it, but next time we both agreed to try the apple sauce! Again thank you and could you send link to any more recipe ‘s you may have???

  20. I ended up cutting it in half because I only had 1.2 lbs of ground bison. I left out the eggs (my poor breastfed baby can’t tolerate them 🙁 I added chopped carrots and celery as suggested above in the comments and a handful of chopped parsley. It stayed together with great texture! It was a perfect little loaf for our little family and made wonderful leftovers for lunch. Thank you, Wellness Mama!

  21. If you make baked apples, save a few back for your meatloaf recipe! Mash them up to a lumpy mixture and use the “chunky apple sauce” in your meatloaf instead of egg. Then use potato chip crumbs in place of bread. (Bbq and mustard on top) got this recipeat an apple orchard. veryyummy!

  22. Does anyone know the nutritional value of this recipe, specifically calories per serving?

  23. I want to try this, but only have a glass “pan”. Will that work? It fits into my crockpot fine. I will be gone for 8 hours, so I didn’t want to put the meatloaf directly in the crock pot. Thanks!

  24. The glass pan worked, but it was in the crock pot too long. I was gone for 8 1/2 hours to work, and that was too long. It burned (on low) but was still edible. I need a timer crock pot for when I’m gone all day.

    • An hour ago I found my timer gadget that I used to switch on lights in my last house. I’m going to try it with my crockpot and this recipe, which sounds delicious, as usual WM!

  25. I just made chicken meatloaf in my crockpot 6lbs chicken (we ground ourselves) I added sauteed onions and pepper seasoning salt garlic powder 6 eggs mixed it all together and put it in on high 7 hours later yummy

  26. Does anyone have a substitute for Worcestershire sauce?

  27. I made this last night and my family loved it! We’re a family of 7, and what small amount was left my husband took to work for lunch today. Finding a meal all 5 of our kids enjoy can be tricky, and they’re actually not very picky. This was a big hit, and talk about easy to make. I mixed it all together in the crockpot, smoothed it out and let it cook. So simple for a really delicious meal. We’ve always eaten healthy, but I was one of those that just assumed grains equaled good, so we’re slowly revamping our meals. So far everything we’ve eaten has been great and grains aren’t missed at dinner. Next will be lunch, then breakfast. I’m so excited to be making my family healthier. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  28. I use oats in mine instead of bread crumbs for those who are gluten intolerant.