Easy Amish Meatloaf

One of our favorite ground beef recipes is this super easy Amish Meatloaf with oats and tomato juice. This recipe creates a delicious family meal with less than 15 minutes of work.

Close up slice of Amish meatloaf seasoned with onions, oats, tomato juice and eggs served with mashed potatoes and green beans on a white plate sitting on a red and white plaid napkin.

Recipe For Amish Meatloaf With Oats

My mom is an amazing cook and has spent years perfecting this recipe. Our family’s Amish style Meatloaf is a mixture of ground beef, oats, tomato juice, eggs, onion, salt and pepper. Finish it off with a brown sugar, ketchup and dry mustard glaze for a meal to remember.

The glaze on top helps to seal in moisture during cooking and adds a great flavor.  When meatloaf is moist to begin with it tastes even better the second day after being reheated for leftovers.

Serve this gluten free meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans for a meal the whole family will enjoy!

As farmers we always have beef in our freezer. A few other ground beef recipes that are regularly in our meal rotation are Hamburger & Noodle Casserole, Crock Pot Sloppy Joes and Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers.

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A mostly pan full of ketchup and brown sugar glazed meatloaf showing a moist, meaty filling with oats baked in a glass baking dish.

We’ve found that the meatloaf is a bit easier to make in a 2 quart or 8″ x 8″ baking dish than in loaf pan.  It cooks a bit more quickly, which can help keep moisture in the meat.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Since this meatloaf is so moist the leftovers reheat well and taste just as good later in the week.
  • This is an excellent combination of gentle flavors that creates comfort food our family craves.
  • A reader also shared that she loves this traditional meatloaf recipe because it is gluten and dairy free so everyone in their family can enjoy it!
  • I like to take leftovers and add a slice of cheddar or Swiss cheese to make an easy sandwich.
Piece of moist Amish meatloaf resting on a generous pile of mashed potatoes with green beans and the full dish of meatloaf in the background.

When we crave new flavors of meatloaf we enjoy making Taco Meatloaf, Pizza Meatloaf,  Slow Cooker Applesauce Meatloaf or Crock Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf.

Ingredients Needed

  • Lean Ground Beef – We like 90% lean ground beef.
  • Oats – Quick oats or old-fashioned oats both work, but we typically use quick oats for a bit more gentle texture.
  • Eggs – The binding agent that helps the other ingredients stick together in a “loaf”.
  • Onion – Adds flavor and is best when finely chopped.
  • Tomato Juice – Creates a super moist dish and the tomato flavor pairs well with beef.
  • Ketchup – Helps seal in the moisture in the meatloaf as part of the glaze.
  • Brown Sugar – Sweetens the glaze.
  • Dry Mustard – Helps add depth of flavor to the glaze.
Ingredients in Amish meatloaf are ground beef, oats, ground mustard, eggs, ketchup, onion, tomato juice, brown sugar, salt and pepper on a wooden counter top.

How Long To Cook Meatloaf at 350°F

Two pounds of beef mixed into a meatloaf will cook in an hour at 350°F in an 8 x 8″ baking dish.

Gluten Free Meatloaf

This meatloaf with oats and tomato juice is gluten free if the gluten free oats are purchased.

How to Make Amish Meatloaf

  1.  Preheat oven to 350°F and spray non-stick cooking spray into an 8″ x 8″ baking dish.
  2. Combine lean ground beef, tomato juice, quick oats, eggs, finely chopped onion, salt and pepper.  Mix gently but thoroughly.
  3. In a seperate bowl stir together sauce ingredients and spread sauce over the meatloaf.
  4. Bake for one hour.  Drain if needed.  Let rest for 5 minutes.  A digital meat thermometer should read 160°F when inserted into the center of the meatloaf.
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or once cooled, wrap tightly and freeze for up to 3 months.

Meatloaf Sauce with Brown Sugar

In a small mixing bowl stir together brown sugar, ketchup and dry mustard.

Spread sauce over the meatloaf in the baking dish and bake for one hour.

Small glass dish with light brown sugar, ketchup and dry mustard on a brown wooden counter.

Drain the meatloaf if needed. When 90% lean ground beef is used draining is typically not necessary.

When is Meatloaf Done Cooking?

Meatloaf is safe to eat and is done cooking when a thermometer inserted in the center of the ground beef mixture reaches 160°F.

Let the meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Step By Step Instructions

In a medium or large mixing bowl add full defrosted, raw ground beef. Pour tomato juice over the meat. Stir gently.

Tomato juice poured over top of two pounds of ground beef in a mixing bowl.

Add oats to the bowl.

Oats poured on top of ground beef and tomato juice in a mixing bowl.

Crack two eggs in a small bowl and gently beat them. Pour into the bowl with the meat.

Oats poured over top of lightly beaten eggs and ground beef.

Finally add chopped onion and sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over the top.

Mixing bowl full of ground beef, oats, eggs, chopped onion, oats, salt and pepper to make gluten free meatloaf.

Use a wooden spoon or another sturdy spoon to mix this recipe up.

Pour meatloaf mixture into a lightly greased 2 quart or square baking dish.

Two pounds of ground beef, oats, onion and egg mixture pressed into a square glass on a brown counter top to make meatloaf.

Mix up the glaze and spread over the meatloaf.

Brown sugar, ketchup and dry mustard glaze spread over top of square baking dish full of meatloaf on a wooden counter top.

Bake uncovered in an oven preheated to 350°F.

The meatloaf is done cooking when a meat thermometer inserted in the center reaches 160°F.

Fresh or Frozen Beef?

We raise cattle on our farm, so we eat farm fresh beef in recipes like this!  All of our beef has been frozen.  Because when we have a cow processed into beef we don’t eat hundreds of pounds of beef in a few days.  So our local meat processor will always package the cuts of meat individually so they can be frozen.

Everyone in our family has an extra chest freezer or upright freezer that we use to store the meat in.  So we always have a variety of cuts of beef on hand!  As long as the meat is wrapped and frozen properly to avoid freezer burn the freshness and flavor is not compromised.  

The beef that we don’t eat is sold through grocery stores, so when you buy meat in the grocery store you are supporting families like ours!

Overhead view of 9 x 9 inch square baking dish with a layer of brown sugar and ketchup sauce on top of a red and white plaid napkin.

Here are a few other of our favorite recipes using farm fresh beef, or beef purchased at the grocery store.  We hope you enjoy these recipes with ground beef as much as we do!  Applesauce Meatballs, Mexican Casserole, One Pot Beef Goulash, and Hamburger & Tater Tot Casserole.

Other Farmhouse Favorite Recipes:

Serving of glazed meatloaf on a pile of mashed potatoes with green beans in the background.

Easy Amish Meatloaf

Servings 8 people
Author: Jennifer
One of our favorite ground beef recipes is this super easy Amish Meatloaf with oats and tomato juice. This recipe creates a delicious family meal with less than 15 minutes of work.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 1/3 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Combine ground beef, tomato juice, oats, eggs, onion, salt and pepper. Mix gently but thoroughly. 
  • Press into 8" x 8" baking dish.  Spread sauce over the meatloaf and bake uncovered for one hour. 
  • Drain if needed.  Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 28gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 333mgPotassium: 593mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 294IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally shared October 13, 2018 with updates made on September 7, 2023.

Moist and delicious slices of farmhouse meatloaf on plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

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  1. Is there a sauce that can be made without mustard? Fiance is allergic to mustard .

    1. I often just leave the mustard out of the recipe. I bet you won’t even notice the flavor missing 🙂

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There – Great question! We quick oats in this recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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