Crooks Family Meatloaf


"This basic meatloaf recipe is special to us. It was handed down from my mom, handed down to her from my grandmother. This recipe was such a family tradition that when I graduated college and asked for some recipes to use on my own, my mom had to write it down from memory as she didn’t have a written copy. I grew up eating this meatloaf and now it is the same recipe my wife and I make for our family.   I plan to pass the recipe down to my kids to be enjoyed by the next generation as well!”

- Arin Crooks, Lancaster, WI


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean Ground Beef 
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion 
  • 3/4 cup milk 
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal 
  • 1 egg 
  • 3/4 cup ketchup 
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard 
  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar


1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine Ground Beef, onion, milk, oatmeal and egg in medium mixing bowl, mixing gently but thoroughly.  Shape beef mixture into 8 by 4-1/2-inch loaf on a foil lined pan or if you have a meatloaf pan use that.  Combine sauce ingredients in small bowl and spread over the loaf. 

2. Bake uncovered in 350°F oven 1 hour or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 160°F.  Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.   Enjoy! 

ARin Crooks Family