Crock-Pot Meat Loaf

First time making Meat Loaf in the Crock-Pot and I can honestly say I will never make it another way.  It stays so moist, absolutely the best way to make it (in my humble opinion).  My family loved it!

Crock-Pot Meat Loaf

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours

Yield: 8

Crock-Pot Meat Loaf


2lbs of Extra Lean Ground Beef (Must be 93% or better)
2 Eggs
3/4th Cup Milk
2/3 Cups Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/4th Cup of Shredded Onion
1 Tablespoon of Garlic (I use refrigerated Pre-Minced Squeeze Garlic)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
3/4th Cup Italian Cheese (optional)
Slow Cooker Liner if possible
1/2 Cup Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce


  1. Here is my first trick.
  2. I take a big bowl and cover it with press and seal, this makes clean up so much easier.
  3. I put in eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, garlic and cheese.
  4. I then put the Hamburger.
  5. My next trick since I'm not fond of playing with raw hamburger is I put on vinyl gloves (you can use latex too) and mix everything up really well, until all has become moist with the eggs and the bread crumbs.
  6. If you have a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner, I strongly suggest you use one, as this will make it so easy to remove the meatloaf later.
  7. Spray sides lightly with pam or similar.
  8. Place into your crock-pot, I would suggest an oblong one if you have one, at least 5 quart or larger.
  9. Cook on low for 5 hours, check with a meat thermometer, if it reads 160 degrees F. it is done cooking and ready for the topping, if not cook for another hour and check temperature again.
  10. Wisk topping (Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Mustard and Worcestershire Sauce), in a small bowl and spoon on top of the meat loaf.
  11. Cook for another 15 minutes.
  12. Then turn off and let stand for another 15 minutes before cutting.
  13. To remove carefully pull out liner and place on a plate.
  14. Carefully pull away liner from meat loaf, you will have a little bit of grease, but not too much as long as you used 93% extra lean ground beef.
  15. Put two spatula's under the meat loaf to lift it away from the liner and place on another plate.

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  1. Nancy says

    I made a one pound meatloaf in the crockpot and after 3 hours on high I tested the temperature. It was over 200 degrees but the meatloaf still had spots of pink inside when I sliced it. What did I do wrong? I placed the meat in the bottom of the cooker and put on the lid.

    • Lady Sarah says

      I think to cook it evenly you have to cook it on low, for this recipe. Most crock-pot Meat Loaf recipes actually take all day on low (8-9 hours), or half day on high…I just don’t think it’s at all possible to do only 3 hours on high.

  2. BakerAnne says

    Your recipe calls for 1/2 Worcestershire Sauce, 1/2 what? Teaspoon? Thanks. I am anxious to make this and see how it turns out.

  3. debra harmon says


    #3 in your instructions lists milk, but your ingredients doesn’t have milk…….I already had it mixed up before I noticed this. Am I just not seeing it?

    • BakerAnne says

      You use just a splash of milk to make it moist. I wondered the same thing. I just made this last weekend and that’s what my mom told me. It turned out wonderful. Big hit and I will definately make it again. I used Mozarella because I had it in the frig.

  4. Lady Sarah says

    Okay I have now poured over the recipe to make sure i haven’t forgotten anything. Luckily with meatloaf it’s easy to add or omit things and it often will turn out great. I think Mozzarella would be a fabulous idea as well! So would Parmesan!

  5. debra harmon says

    Thank you for the info on the cheese. I thought it must be Mozzarella or Parmesan, but I wasn’t sure. I didn’t use any cheese at all, and it was quite delicious, even better today for a meatloaf sandwich!

  6. Melissa says

    Just wondering, listed under ingredients, it says 3/4th milk, I assumed it was 3/4th cup of milk? but then in the comments someone else said they used just enough to make it moist.

    • Lady Sarah says

      Yes it’s 3/4ths cup Milk….meat loaf is one of those meals that you don’t have to be “perfect with”. You can add or skimp on extra ingredients and it normally comes out tasting good as well. And apparently even though I have read and read and read this recipe making sure I have picked up every error..I still missed this one!! Thanks for catching it!

  7. LesliJoy says

    I would need to double this for my family, any idea how that will increase the cook time. I am looking for meals that take about 10-12 hours to cook. After football season I can start with meals that take 8 + hours. Thanks


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