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Slow cooker meatloaf, photographed from an overhead angle, with two slices leaning up against the end of the loaf on a white plate

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

This slow cooker meatloaf takes your favorite classic meatloaf recipe and makes it even easier! By cooking your meatloaf in the Crockpot, you end up with a tender, perfect dinner that's ready to eat as soon as you walk in the door. Great for busy weeknights or meal prepping!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort food, crockpot, easy to make
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 321kcal


  • Large bowl & spoon or silicone spatula
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Crockpot or other slow cooker
  • Baking sheet
  • Small bowl & whisk
  • Broiler


For the Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup milk of choice see Notes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

For the Glaze


  • In large bowl, mix together all ingredients for meatloaf until combined. Careful not to overmix.
    Meatloaf mixture in small glass bowl
  • Line ceramic slow cooker insert with aluminum foil. Place meat mixture on foil and shape into loaf. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on high 3 hours or low 6 hours.
    Slow cooker meatloaf in ceramic slow cooker insert
  • When cook time is up, check center of meatloaf with internal meat thermometer. For ground beef, internal temperature should read 160° Fahrenheit for food safety. Keep in mind that meatloaf will continue to cook slightly after cook time, so be careful not to overcook it. When meatloaf is ready, remove loaf from slow cooker and transfer to baking sheet.
  • In small bowl, mix together all ingredients for glaze. Spread glaze over top of meatloaf, then place baking sheet under broiler.
    Meatloaf glaze in small glass bowl
  • Broil on high heat 3 to 4 minutes until glaze is sticky. Remove from oven and serve warm.
    Slow cooker meatloaf in foil


  • Make it Dairy Free: Use your favorite unsweetened, non-dairy milk.
  • Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs.
  • Make it Lower Sugar: Use a ketchup without any sugar (store-bought, or make your own Keto Ketchup or Whole30 Ketchup) and substitute Brown Swerve or coconut sugar for the brown sugar in the glaze. The Worcestershire sauce does contain a small amount of sugar, so the recipe won't be 100% sugar free, but these subs will help.
Recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 8. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 953mg | Potassium: 518mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbs: 20g