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Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

This sweet and savory meatloaf is a classic recipe that never disappoints.

As you might have guessed… the secret ingredient is one packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix. But don’t let this simple recipe fool you! It’s a family favorite in our house.

Plus, it makes plenty of leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches, meatloaf chili, or meatloaf spaghetti.

Or simply pair it up with a few new side dishes. Mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and sweet potato fries are a few favorites around our house.

Classic Meatloaf Recipe
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Tips & Tricks for Making the Best Meatloaf

  • Make meatloaf sandwiches with leftovers. Go with your choice of bread and top with mayo, onions, pickles, and what have you.
  • Switch up the soup mix. Onion and mushroom soup mix, herb with garlic soup mix, and beefy onion soup mix all make fantastic alternatives!
  • Cook your meatloaf in a slow cooker. Slow cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8. 
  • Cut calories with ground turkey. Also, use an egg substitute in place of eggs, and homemade whole wheat breadcrumbs instead of white. 
  • Add parsley for flavor. It adds a nice pop of color, too!
  • Season with Italian spices and Parmesan cheese. Yum! 
  • Use spaghetti sauce instead of ketchup. Top the meatloaf with additional spaghetti sauce as it bakes for an incredibly moist, irresistible loaf.
  • Take it up a notch with cheddar cheese! Add it to your beef mixture and taste the difference.
  • Soak up excess grease with bread. Place a few pieces of bread underneath the meatloaf, and they’ll absorb the grease as it bakes. 
  • Glaze with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and honey. This doesn’t only make your meatloaf tastier, but prettier, too.
  • Use meat with an 80/20 ratio. The fat in the meat will make your meatloaf super moist and delicious. If you’re using leaner meat, like turkey or chicken, add more liquid to make up for the low-fat content.
  • Add veggies for moisture and flavor. Finely chopped carrots, celery, green peppers, and onions all make great options.
  • Don’t over-mix the meatloaf mixture. Otherwise, you’ll end up with dry and tough meatloaf. Stop as soon as the ingredients are well combined.
  • Shape your meatloaf loosely. Don’t compress the meatloaf into the pan so it cooks perfectly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for the perfect meatloaf. Sure, the meatloaf will cook faster at a higher temperature, but it will be tough and dry.

How to Make Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

With just 6 ingredients, you can whip up this family favorite any day of the week!

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

Course: Dinner, Main CourseCuisine: American


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Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf is a classic recipe that never disappoints. With just 6 ingredients, you can whip up this family favorite any day of the week!


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (chuck works best)

  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix

  • 2 eggs (beaten)

  • 1/3 cup ketchup

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 3/4 cups breadcrumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a 13 x 9 baking pan or roasting pan with foil. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ketchup, water, and soup mix. Mix until combined.
  • Add the breadcrumbs and ground beef. Mix well.
  • Form into a loaf and place meatloaf into the pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 385kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 12.9g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 23.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.4g
  • Cholesterol: 136mg
  • Sodium: 393mg
  • Potassium: 433mg
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Sugar: 3.2g
  • Calcium: 34mg
  • Iron: 1mg
Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

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14 thoughts on “Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf”

  1. I’ve made this meatloaf before and enjoyed it. Tonight I have decided to try a whole new level by cooking it in my smoker.

    • Hi Jim!
      I haven’t tried it but I would probably cut the recipe in half, so it fits in the basket.
      Do 15 minutes at 350°F. Brush on the glaze, then another 10-15 minutes.

      If you have a large enough air fryer to handle the full recipe, cook it at 330°F for 15-20 minutes, then brush the glaze, and cook again for 10-15 minutes.

      It should be 160°F in the center when done 🙂

  2. I always double the recipe as my family absolutely LOVES it! Thank you for sharing this as Lipton doesn’t always put it on the box and it’s definitely a keeper! ❤️

  3. Been making this meat loaf for many many years.

    My family says “mom make the best meatloaf!!”

    Lets be honest, you seldom hear that said about meatloaf!

    Highly recommend

    • Hi Brenda, you can make this easily in a loaf pan! You follow the same mixing directions and still heat the oven to 350, though the meatloaf might cook a bit differently. Start checking for doneness at around 1 hour. The total cooking time will likely still be about 1 hour and 15 minutes, but it depends on the size and depth of your loaf pan.

  4. If I either cut the recipe in half or if I make 2 loaves in a loaf pan,
    do I cut the time of baking in half?

    • Hi Judy!
      I think 40-50 minutes should be enough with a half batch.
      Check it after 40 minutes, then every 5 minutes after that.
      The internal temperature should be 155-160°F when it comes out. It’ll keep cooking on the counter, so be sure to let it rest for 10 minutes 🙂


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