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My husband Jack’s Meatloaf with Gravy is pure, delicious comfort food!

My husband Jack's Meatloaf with Gravy - An easy recipe for moist, delicious meatloaf with gravy. A comfort food classic!


Jack and I both grew up in large families where meatloaf was on the menu quite often. With lots of mouths to feed, meatloaf was an easy and economical way for both of our parents to feed a crowded dinner table of kids. (And, not to mention, leftover meatloaf sandwiches are THE BEST!)

Today’s version of this classic comfort food – Jack’s Meatloaf with Gravy – is reminiscent of how Jack remembers meatloaf being served when he grew up.

My husband Jack's Meatloaf with Gravy - An easy recipe for moist, delicious meatloaf with gravy. A comfort food classic!

Jack’s Meatloaf with Gravy is a moist, hearty and classically-seasoned version made with ground beef that has been simply flavored with onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. He also adds a little bit of dry thyme to the mixture – a seasoning that really enhances the flavor of the beef.


My husband Jack's Meatloaf with Gravy - An easy recipe for moist, delicious meatloaf with gravy. A comfort food classic!

The thick, rich gravy served with Jack’s meatloaf has a ton of flavor – in fact, this is a recipe you’ll want to refer back to anytime you need a great beef-flavored gravy to serve with your meal but don’t have many pan drippings.

(If you really want to take this gravy up a notch – make our homemade brown stock as the base for your gravy. But if you want a quicker meal, a good low-sodium canned beef stock will also work. You can even make the gravy ahead of time, and reheat before serving.)

Jack's Meatloaf with Gravy - A Family Feast


To serve Jack’s Meatloaf with Gravy – simply slice generous portions and spoon the gravy over the top! We love this meal served with our Green Beans with Tarragon and our Roasted Mashed Sweet Potatoes would be another great side dish to round out this wonderful meal.  Enjoy!

This recipe originally appeared on A Family Feast in November 2012. (We were long overdue to take new photos of the recipe!)

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Jack's Meatloaf with Gravy - A Family Feast

Jack’s Meatloaf

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: Serves 8-10


For the meatloaf

  • 4 slices white bread, crusts cut off
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 2 eggs (FYI: 1 egg per pound of meat is almost always the rule for meatloaf)
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme

For the gravy


  1. To prepare the meatloaf, begin by soaking the white bread in the milk.
  2. While bread is soaking, add all other ingredients to a large bowl.
  3. With your hands, work the soaked bread until mushed. Add bread and any milk left in the bowl to the beef mixture.
  4. Gently fold and mix all ingredients until blended. Do not over mix or meatloaf will come out tough.
  5. On a parchment lined sheet pan, shape mixture into a loaf. Use a spatula to square off all sides. With wet hands, smooth all surfaces of the loaf. This will stop it from cracking when it cooks.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for one hour to set up.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Place meatloaf in preheated oven on center rack and bake for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees with a probe thermometer. Special note on this. Once you pierce the meatloaf with the probe and remove it, a flood of juices will flow out like a faucet. If you probe it and it is done, leave the probe in as it sets. If it needs to go back in the oven, plug the hole. I needed five more minutes and used a metal skewer to plug it. Sounds silly but worked great.
  9. Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
  10. To prepare the gravy, melt butter in a medium-sized sauce pan. When butter is completely melted, add flour and stir. Cook the flour and butter mixture stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes or until the raw flour smell is gone. (The smell will resemble cooked chestnuts when ready.)
  11. Add the entire can of stock and stir with a wire whisk until blended.
  12. Add milk, thyme, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Kitchen Bouquet. Stir to blend.
  13. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to your taste.
  14. Serve the gravy over slices of meatloaf.

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  • Sarah B wrote:

    Hi Martha!

    I wasn’t able to reply to the answer you posted yesterday. So: thank you so much for yourquick response, on Christmas ever, no less! I made it today with oats per your suggestion and it came out SO GOOD. This recipe will become a staple for sure!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sarah – so glad it worked out well! (And you’ve gave us a recipe idea for 2020…we’ve made a meatloaf recipe with oats before for an oatmeal brand, but never posted one here on our blog! 🙂 )

  • Sarah C wrote:

    Hello! Do you know if replacing the bread with oats would work? If so, how much? I’m looking forward to trying this!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Sarah – Yes – you can swap in quick oats for the bread (or if you only have rolled oats, you can put that in a food processor and chop it up into smaller pieces). In terms of the quantity – Jack suggests a similar amount as the bread in weight. I just quickly weighed four slices of bread on our kitchen scale and it was 4.25 ounces – so try using 4.25 ounces of quick oats. Hope that helps!

  • Michele wrote:

    This meatloaf and gravy was outstanding. My husband wiped out it out and he doesn’t like meatloaf.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Michele! So glad the recipe was a hit!

  • Sherry wrote:

    Gravy is delicious I did and a few more dashes of worchestire. Meatloaf was very good! I did cook longer than recipe called for because of my own fear of undercooked meat. It was fantastic! Definitely a keeper! Great recipe for a change from the red sauces! A+

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sherry!

  • Kimberly wrote:

    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe (with a few alterations due to Sensitivities) it looks far better than the mess I just made with ground meat and a loaf pan! Again, due to Sensitivities I have to eliminate tomatoes, green peppers, black pepper, seasoning in general but salt is acceptable! Using this as a guide I think we will have a lasting and enjoyable meatloaf once again! Thank you!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Good luck Kimberly – we hope the substitutions work out for you!

  • Dorinda Lomax wrote:

    Very Delicious!!! I made for dinner tonight with red bliss mash potato, corn an gravy. And not did it being back some fond memories of childhood. Thank you so much Jack for bringing back those memories! This one’s A KEEPER!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Dorinda!

  • Abigail indigo wrote:

    This is the best one ever! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Abigail!

  • william hickey wrote:

    This meatloaf is better than my mom’s

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks William! 🙂

  • Emily wrote:

    Hello from Monterrey Mexico – the recipe looks awesome but we don’t have Kitchen Bouquet here, is there something I could use as a substitute? Many thanks!!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Emily – Do you happen to live near a Walmart? I believe they carry Kitchen Bouquet. Or, there is also a brand called Gravy Master that would be similar to Kitchen Bouquet. If you can’t find that locally, I suppose you could try ordering it online? Hope that helps!

  • Shayla wrote:

    Tried this recipe today adding tiny diced carrots along with the onions. Using ground turkey instead of beef. To the meatloaf I added a dash of natural chicken stock. For the gravy, I also added natural chicken stock and used the drippings from the meatloaf into the gravy and followed everything else “almost”to a tee. The bread dipped in milk made the texture of the meat tender and it molded together very well as I had ran out of eggs and was worried about it falling apart. It didn’t.
    This meal was scrumptious thank you so much! Definitely will use it again for feeding a family of five!

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds like a great adaptation Shayla! Glad you liked it!

  • Cindy Stevens wrote:

    I saved this to Pinterest. When you click on the recipe in Pinterest, it shows the recipe, but shows the amount of thyme twice listed under Produce.. Going to the web site everything looks fine.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Cindy – I see it too! I’m not sure why – Pinterest automatically picks up data from our website/recipe card to populate their recipe list on pins, but unfortunately, we don’t have any way of fixing the issue. I suspect it is somehow picking up some edited data that should have been overwritten – not sure! Either way, I always suggest clicking through to the original blog for recipes you find on Pinterest – that way you can ensure you are getting the most up to date version. Thanks for letting us know!

  • Anne-Marie wrote:

    If I could give this a 6 out of 5, I would!! 🙂 Best meatloaf I’ve ever had. My husband absolutely loves it, too. Served it for company, and everyone wanted the recipe. I searched FOREVER for a recipe without a tomato-based sauce. I’ve make it twice now, and didn’t change anything, but the shredded carrots mentioned by Diana sound interesting. May try that next time.

    • Martha wrote:

      Wow Anne-Marie! Thank YOU! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Diana wrote:

    This recipe is definitely a keeper! The only thing I did different was to sauté the onions then the garlic. I also finely grated a carrot then added it to the meat. The gravy was wonderful too. Everyone loved it. My husband did miss the BBQ sauce though. He’s a hard nut to crack. I definitely will keep this as #1 for my meat loaf recipe with gravy!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Diana! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! (Even without the BBQ sauce!) 😉

  • Dorinda Lomax wrote:

    ABSOLUTELY delicious. Haven’t had meatloaf in so long an I saw this recipe and I knew I had to try it. My family loved it. Thank you so much.

    • Martha wrote:

      You are very welcome Dorinda – so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Rick wrote:

    Well, I’ll be throwing away my other four recipes for meatloaf, because this one is the bomb! The combination of the meatloaf and gravy is just perfect. Also, this is one of the very best-written recipes I’ve ever seen. It’s conversational and instructional, and very easy to follow. Another outstanding job by both of you!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Rick! 🙂

  • Betty P wrote:

    I made this last night. Jack, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Best meatloaf EVER!! I hate to say that and then tell you I changed it up, but I did — but not too much! I simply sauteed the onions and garlic before adding them to the meat mixture. It’s just my personal preference. Otherwise, your recipe is spot on! Having sandwiches (the best part of any meatloaf) tonight for dinner. Thank you again!!

    • Jack wrote:

      You are quite welcome Betty. I sometimes do that myself.
      Thanks again,

  • Linda R wrote:

    Martha……I love meatloaf, my husband not so much. After trying many recipes through the years, I finally found one he thinks is “ok”. This is the one that will win him over, I”m sure.
    I love using thyme with beef but never used it in meatloaf and the gravy sounds delicious.
    Happy Fall

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Linda! Fingers crossed that this recipe is a hit with your husband! 🙂 Happy Fall to you too! Martha

  • Cathy wrote:

    Can you use sandwich white sourdough?

    • Martha wrote:

      Sure Cathy – that should work just fine!

  • Lainie wrote:

    Can this just be baked in loaf pans instead of “formed” on a sheet pan? I wouldn’t mind doing it as described if necessary but just wondering if it was tried the other way. Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Lainie – Absolutely – you can bake the meatloaf in the loaf pans. The timing will likely be different so you’ll have to keep an eye on when the meatloaf is cooked through. Enjoy!

  • Rowan wrote:

    The meat loaf was good. We found the gravy kind of bland though. I’d add garlic next time. Thanks for the recipe though!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for feedback Rowan! We’re sorry you were disappointed!

  • Mary wrote:

    Hooray for this recipe! I too was looking for a meatloaf recipe heavy on the onions, moist, and with a beef gravy rather than tomato. This recipe fits the bill. I score it a perfect 10!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Mary! So glad you enjoyed the recipe Mary!

  • Jewels wrote:

    This is the best meatloaf recipe I’ve ever tried!!! I searched for a good recipe without the classic tomatoe/ketchup style for a crew of hungry hiker friends and family (two are allergic to tomatoes).
    It was a huge hit, moist, delicious and wishing there were more loaves to slice up for thirds!!
    I doubled the recipe and it was perfectly consistent .

    Thank you,

    WV Momma

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much! We’re very glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Teresa wrote:

    This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. It’s the perfect savory meatloaf, my quest for some time now. My hat is off to Jack for such a good recipe. I’ll be making this one for a long, long time.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Teresa! I’ll be sure to let Jack know!

  • chris wrote:

    Jack wins this one!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Chris! I’ll let him know! 🙂

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