Here at Home Cook FAQ, we operate from an assumption that you are already making what you are asking questions about, but there is just something you need to improve about your recipe.
So we don’t need to talk about the recipe or ingredients when we answer the question of…
How do you keep meatloaf moist?
…because the recipes you find online are tested. So use the recipe you’ve always used since you like the flavor profile. You just need a little help with your technique.
Meatloaf making is very simple, but also very easy to end up with a rock hard lump of dry meat. We are here to help.
Here are the TECHNIQUES to achieving a moist meatloaf:
- Buy 80/20 Ground Chuck because you need the fat content. I mean, if you can’t do this, don’t make meatloaf.
- Gently break apart your meat and lay it on a sheet pan lined with parchment so that it is one layer, about 1 inch thick.
- Take all your dry additions and sprinkle them equally around the meat. This will distribute all the additional ingredients without mixing or smooshing.
- In a large bowl, whisk your egg with any other wet ingredients that are called for.
- Put the meat in the bowl and mix gently with an oversized fork. Focus on break the meat apart more and gently lifting to mix instead of trying to “mix in” everything by smooshing.
- Last, gather it all up and shape it into a loaf on your sheet pan with parchment (or a loaf pan). NOW you can pack it in good.
- LET IT REST for at least 10-20 minutes. I mean, your Chick-fil-a gets delivered to your door via Door Dash in 20 minutes and it is still hot so IT WILL STILL BE HOT!
- Cut and eat and enjoy!
These tips will make your Meatloaf moist and yummy!
Moral of the story…Don’t overmix the meat. Let it rest after it comes out of the oven. That is all.
Are you still here? It really is that easy! We don’t have any more advice…we just need an invite to dinner because meatloaf is OUR FAV!!!