Easy Meatloaf Recipe Freezer Meal

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
A delicious and easy meatloaf freezer meal you can prep raw and then cook in the oven or slow cooker.
Gluten Free

Here is a great low effort and low ingredient meatloaf recipe you and your family are going to love. BONUS: it is designed as a freezer meal so you can add it into your meal planning for the week, or month, and enjoy an easy comforting dinner when you need it.

I LOVE making some creamy garlic mashed potatoes, crispy green beans and meatloaf for an easy family dinner that gives us all the feels.

Is cooking with love a thing?

YES. Cooking with love is what food is all about. Being able to hand craft gifts, art, design, anything is a way to show people love.

My favorite way to do that is through food. Why are we talking about this on a meatloaf recipe? Because meatloaf can be the epitopy of an old school dish made with love.

Why you will love this easy meatloaf recipe

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free)
  • Family Friendly
Easy Meatloaf Recipe – Freezer Friendly
A delicious and easy meatloaf freezer meal you can prep raw and then cook in the oven or slow cooker.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • Aluminum foil
  • 2 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs or crushed chips
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
Freezer Prep Directions
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix together.
  • Shape meatloaf and cover with aluminum foil, then wrap meatloaf again, this time in plastic wrap.
  • Place wrapped meatloaf into labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.
Slow Cooker Directions
  • Thaw freezer bag in fridge 12-24 hours before cooking.
  • Remove plastic wrap from meatloaf, leaving the aluminum wrap on.
  • Place aluminum wrapped meatloaf into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours.
  • Remove meatloaf from slow cooker and remove aluminum foil. Place unwrapped meatloaf back into slow cooker, top meatloaf with glaze, and cook on low an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Instant Pot Directions
  1. Thaw freezer bag in fridge 12-24 hours before cooking.
  2. Place trivot in base of instant pot, and unwrap meatloaf entirely. Remove both plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  3. Place meatloaf uplon trivot in instant pot, add 1/2 cup water to base of instant pot.
  4. Set to High Pressure for 25 minutes, then allow a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release.  
  5. Carefully remove the meatloaf from the Instant Pot using the trivet handles. Spread your glaze over the top. Optional. Broil in the oven for a few minutes until the glaze is bubbly and slightly caramelized.
Dietary Adjustments
Make it Gluten-Free:
  • Use gluten-free breadcrumbs or gluten-free crushed chips.
Make it Dairy-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally dairy-free.
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How to store meatloaf in the refridgerator?

After cooking store your meatloaf in the fridge for 3-5 day. Be sure it is in an air tight container.

Do I need a slow cooker for this freezer meal?

No you do not need a slow cooker for this easy meatloaf recipe. It can be made in the instant pot, slow cooker, crock pot or the traditional way in the oven.

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  1. I love your website & recipes. As I looked through the meatloaf recipe, it says top with glaze, but I don’t see the glaze recipe. I normally just use ketchup for my meatloaf, but thought I’d check into your glaze. Did I just miss it somewhere?

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