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Meatloaf Seasoning

Transform your traditional meatloaf into a flavor-packed dish with this easy-to-make Homemade Meatloaf Seasoning Recipe. With just a few pantry staples and some herbs and spices, you can create a delicious blend that will take your meatloaf to the next level.

perfect recipe for spice mix for flavorful meatloaf

Best Meatloaf Seasoning Recipe

Meatloaf is the best of classic American comfort food. This humble family favorite, made with lean ground beef and the right seasoning blend, is always a hit during the week.

Especially with a heaping spoonful of fluffy mashed potatoes next to it.

Not only that, but the leftovers are perfect the net day with some scrambled eggs or on a sandwich.

With just a few pantry staples and some herbs and spices, you can create a delicious blend that will take your meatloaf to the next level.

Say goodbye to bland and dry meatloaf and hello to a juicy and delicious meal that your whole family will love.

Want more homemade spice mix ideas? Check out my Chicken Spice Mix, BBQ Spices, and a Homemade Steak Seasoning!

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ingredients needed for easy meatloaf recipe

Ingredients Needed

Italian seasoning – I prefer homemade Italian seasoning, or substitute equal parts, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.

Salt – I prefer to use Kosher salt for the texture but sea salt will work too.

Black pepper – Coarse ground has the best flavor but use what you have.

Onion powder – Substitute onion flakes, or onion salt. Just remove regular salt from recipe.

Garlic powder – Granulated garlic or dried garlic works too.

Paprika – Substitute smoked paprika, or sweet paprika to change up the flavors.

Mustard – Dried ground mustard works best. If not, add a little yellow mustard when preparing your meatloaf.

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How to Make Meatloaf Seasoning

First: Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

Second: Use to season your homemade meatloaf or store until ready to use.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

teaspoon of pre-made meatloaf seasoning

How to Store

The best way to store this mixture is in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

I prefer to use glass jars as they don’t absorb the oils from the spices and are easy to see through.

How to Use (How to Season Meatloaf)

To season meatloaf, simply mix one full batch of spice mix into the meat mixture before shaping and baking.

Experiment with different combinations of herbs, spices, and wet ingredients to find your perfect blend. You can also try topping the meatloaf with a glaze made from ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, or other sauces before cooking to add even more flavor.

This is the perfect amount of seasoning for a meatloaf made with 2 pounds of ground beef. If you are making a smaller meatloaf, use less.

this spice mix adds wonderful flavor

What gives meatloaf the best flavor?

Meatloaf gets its best flavor from a combination of ingredients, including a moist base of ground beef, dry bread crumbs or oats for texture, eggs for binding, and a flavorful mixture of herbs, spices, and seasonings.

A combination of savory ingredients such as diced onion, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and a touch of ketchup or tomato sauce also add depth to the flavor.

Adding in grated carrots, celery, or green bell pepper can also provide added moisture and flavor.

Not only does this work for a classic meatloaf recipe, but you can use it on hamburgers, salisbury steaks,

scoop of seasoning above a small bowl

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

The secret to a moist meatloaf lies in the ratio of meat to other ingredients, as well as in cooking technique. Here are some tips to help ensure a moist meatloaf:

  • Use a mixture of ground beef and pork or add in some ground sausage for added moisture and flavor.
  • Incorporate breadcrumbs or oats to absorb excess moisture, but do not over mix the ingredients or the meatloaf will be dense and tough.
  • Add a liquid, such as milk, tomato sauce, or stock, to the mix to help keep the meatloaf moist while cooking.
  • Avoid overcooking the meatloaf, as this will result in a dry and tough texture. Use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.
  • Cover the meatloaf with foil while cooking to trap in moisture and prevent it from drying out.

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Store meatloaf seasoning in a airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  • It’s gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly.
  • Instead of breadcrumbs, soak a few slices of white bread in a cup of milk, squeeze out the excess, and add to meat mixture.
  • Perfect for 2 pounds of ground meat.

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meatloaf seasoning on a small white plate

Ready to elevate your meatloaf game? Try this Homemade Meatloaf Seasoning Mix today and see for yourself how a few simple ingredients can make a big difference in taste. Don’t wait, start whipping up this easy and delicious seasoning mix now and get ready for a meal that will have everyone asking for seconds.

scoop of meatloaf seasoning

Meatloaf Seasoning

Indulge in the flavors of classic American comfort food with this delicious Meatloaf Seasoning Recipe. Made with a blend of herbs, spices, and seasonings, this easy-to-use mix will elevate your meatloaf to a new level of deliciousness.
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Course: Homemade Spice Mixes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoons ground mustard


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Whisk or stir to completely mix together.
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  • This is the perfect amount of seasoning for a 2 pound meatloaf.


  • Store in a airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  • It's gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly.
  • Instead of breadcrumbs, soak a few slices of white bread in a cup of milk, squeeze out the excess, and add to meat mixture.
  • Perfect for 2 pounds of ground meat.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1271mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g
collage of seasoning blends

Want more seasoning recipes? I have a delicious Cajun Seasoning, Easy Fry Seasoning, or Steak Seasoning recipe that you will love. Check them out along with this amazing list of homemade spice mix recipes and tips and trick on how to store them.

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Starr Ogden

Sunday 19th of November 2023

Tried this on my meatloaf for the first time the other day and I loved it! I will never buy Meatloaf Seasoning again. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

Jennifer Stewart

Monday 20th of November 2023

I am so glad! It's one of my faves too!

George Moy

Saturday 14th of October 2023

I have most of the seasoning you mentioned here,a bottle of Italian seasoning,garlic powder, salt and the newest of the new,garlic pepper seasoning,strong on both flavors garlic with a little heat from black pepper. I have some pretzel salt,I wanted to know; can you use pretzel salt for seasoning a meatloaf or not?since some salt doesn’t dissolve very easily.

Jennifer Stewart

Monday 16th of October 2023

pretzel salt can be quite large. If you want to use that I would suggest crushing the salt grains a little to help them dissolve.