Meatloaf on the Table in 20 Minutes!

Of course, it’s not really a “loaf” when you form it into patties, but the flavor says meatloaf! There are so many good variations of meatloaf. This one has Parmesan cheese in it, a new variation for me, and it was a very good one. The recipe came from Desperation Dinners, still one of my favorite cookbooks for getting a meal on the table fast! And only $5.44 right now on Amazon. Such a deal!

You could of course mix this into a loaf and bake it that way for about an hour, or form into muffin tin loaves and bake half an hour or so, but the fastest way to cook them up will be forming into patties and cooking in a skillet on the stove.  In the picture above, I have one packed for my daughter’s lunch tomorrow with some of the leftover cheesy mashed potatoes.

  • 1 pound of ground beef or turkey (I actually just used 3/4 pound)
  • 1/2 cup or so diced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs *
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs chopped fresh parsley and a bit of dried
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • ketchup or tomato sauce as needed

Mix everything but the ketchup together in a mixing bowl. Using your hands is best so you won’t overmix but you can also use a mixer if you don’t like touching the meat.

Form into 6 patties, no more than 1″ thick.

Cooking Stovetop MeatloavesCook in a medium hot skillet about 4-5 minutes per side, until cooked through. Put some ketchup or tomato sauce on top of each patty, cover the skillet and cook 1-2 minutes until the ketchup is heated through.

These were very moist and tasty. I really liked the flavor and having meatloaf taste on the table in 20 minutes or less is pretty fantastic.

* NOTE: Whenever I have leftover bread about to go stale (or already stale!) I grind it up into bread crumbs, bake them in a low oven on a cookie sheet until dried and store them in the freezer.



  1. My mom made these, minus the parmesan and mustard, and so do I but we call it hamburger steak. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods and I need to put it on an upcoming menu. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!


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