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Easy Crockpot Meatloaf

Crockpot Easy Meatloaf is a great comfort dinner recipe and you can prepare this ahead of time as a freezer meal. This is my husbands favorite meal so I make it all of the time.

Easy Crockpot Meatloaf recipe is tasty and super easy to prepare! Great freezer meal recipe!

This easy crockpot recipe has very few ingredients in the meatloaf, but do not let that alarm you as it is full of great taste! This was super easy to prep as a freezer meal, took less than 10 minutes.

Easy Crockpot Meatloaf recipe is tasty and super easy to prepare! Great freezer meal recipe!

The day I made it, I simply took it from the freezer to the crockpot! It is that easy folks. Just put it in the crockpot and pour some ketchup or BBQ sauce over the top. You can also add a little brown sugar on top too. Put the lid on and let it cook away for at least 8 hours. This easy crockpot meatloaf recipe will be a part of our monthly menu from now on.

If you are not preparing this as a freezer meal we suggest cooking it for 4-5 hours and checking it though we have only made it as a freezer meal.  You can line your slow cooker with foil before placing your frozen meatloaf in the crockpot to help the grease drain. We have a free shopping list for you for this recipe!  It includes a list for a single, double, triple or x10. We hope it makes your shopping easy!

Be sure that you invest in a good quality slow cooker.  Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker.  This Easy Crockpot Meatloaf is one of our recipes in our 20 Freezer Meals that you can cook in 4 hours.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Weight Watchers Points Plus: 6 Points Per Serving

Easy Crockpot Meatloaf

Crockpot Easy Meatloaf is a great comfort dinner recipe and you can prepare this ahead of time as a freezer meal. This is my husbands favorite meal so I make it all of the time. 
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Prep Time:8 minutes
Cook Time:8 hours
Total Time:8 hours 8 minutes


  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 medium chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 bottle ketchup or BBQ sauce


  • Label freezer bags with cooking directions and date.
  • Mix together place into freezer safe bags.
  • Place in freezer.
  • On Cooking day, put frozen meatloaf in crockpot, cover with ketchup or BBQ sauce (use as little or as much as you want).
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours (Our frozen meatloaf was ready in 8 hours)
Servings: 4 people
Author: Stephanie Ertel
Cost: $6

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  1. My husband would adore me if I were to make this. He LOVES meatloaf! It sounds even better now that I know I can make it in my slow cooker. Thanks!

  2. This sounds great! I was wondering what becomes of the grease? Does it end up cooking back in or when you take the loaf out has it been sitting in grease?

    1. I used lean beef so I had very little grease in the bottom of the crockpot. Hope this helps answer your question!

        1. Sherry I have not made it that way but what I would do is check on the meatloaf after 4 hours but I am thinking it would take 5-6 hours on Low. Hope this helps you!

    1. I have not made it that way but what I would do is check on the meatloaf after 4 hours but I am thinking it would take 5-6 hours on Low. Hope this helps you!

    1. 3 months – if you use a foodsaver it extends up to 2 years according the manufacturer.

  3. How many loafs should you make? Or do you just make one large one to fit into the crockpot? I have a 4qt & 6 qt crockpot so I’m trying to figure out how big to make it.

  4. 5 stars
    Love this meatloaf recipe. It is easy to make and a great idea for supper when working all day. I used my special ketchup recipe on top thou. Ketchup, brown sugar, little hickory smoke and garlic powder. Thanks for sharing it with me.

  5. I did the frozen version… but I don’t have 8-10 hours on low (time).. can I do 4-5 hours on high and get the same results?

  6. I was looking at this page, which requires 1/2 cup of milk. But when you click on the shopping list for this recipe, it calls for 1 1/2 cups of milk. Which is it?

      1. You haven’t updated this error yet on your shopping list, my am I glad I read the comments 😉 Sounds like a great recipe, thank you!!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this today – it was really good! One pound of thawed beef. I did it for five hours – the last half hour I did on high. Just followed the recipe and it turned out great.

  8. We just moved in to our house and the 1950s oven does not work. With all the other renovations we need to do right away we aren’t able to replace the oven right now. So I gave this recipe a try. I am so glad I did! My husband says it is better than my regular go to meatloaf! We will definitely be using this recipe again! Thanks so much!

  9. Hi there! Do you add the ketchup to the mixture before it gets frozen or only when you put it in the crockpot? Or do you put ketchup in before it gets frozen AND when you put it in the crockpot? Thanks!

    1. Mix it before it gets frozen and then add it to the crockpot before you cook. So both 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Melissa, You have gone and done it again girl. Thanks for making my life easier with this nice meatloaf that makes my family go crazy. It’s a homemade favorite with my busy family.
    What more can I tell you but a hug and a big thank you for sharing.

  11. I have my moms meatloaf recipe. It is very similar to the easy one, but a bit more spices. Do you think it would freeze and cook the same way if I followed the cooking directions? Thanks!

  12. Is there any suggestions to substitute out the eggs? We have an egg allergy in our family…can they be left out or is there any suggestions you might have to substitute?

    1. You could use bread softened in milk. I haven’t tried it in meatloaf myself but a friend told me she used this in meatballs.

  13. Can this be done with deer meat? And do you just freeze it flat Jn a gallon bag or trying mold it while freezing? Will it not dry out if in too big of a crock pot?

    1. Yes you could make this out of deer meat. I have used bison before. You may need to add a little fat so it doesn’t try out. We molded it will freezing but you could always reshape after freezing.

  14. Is it necessary to cover in ketchup or BBQ sauce? Could I cook it in the crockpot without adding the sauce on top?

  15. 5 stars
    Thanks!!! This one totally scored me a few “awesome mom” points! My 6 year old told me it was “totally delicious”! And my husband walked in the door seen a meatloaf on the table and turned around to walk back out and read the address cause he thought he had the wrong house! Meatloaf was previously not on our menu, with four kids from 2-7 I didn’t have that kind of meal prep time. But this crock pot version is AMAZINGLY EASY AND DELICIOUS as my 6 year old stated!!

  16. Is there any chance if you know if I can make this recipe without the egg? My 4 year old is deathly allergic to eggs, my mother-in-law found a recipe that calls for eggs but she removed them and it still works but I’m not sure if all recipes work like that.

    1. You can place foil under the meatloaf to help give it a shape and remove from the crockpot. Or a crockpot liner. I spoon right out of the crockpot though for serving.

  17. Will this recipe still work if my meat is already frozen, and I throw the remaining ingredients with the frozen meat into the bag? Perhaps I should let it all thaw the night before, then mix it all together, prior to cooking? Your suggestions please and thanks

  18. This might sound like a dumb question but I’m new to all of this freeze to crockpot meals. You said to put the meat loaf directly into the crockpot frozen. Is it easy to get out of the bag if it’s still frozen? Thanks for your help!

  19. Have to try this tomorrow(crock pot meatloaf) due to my 1935 Home Comfort wood cook stove is out of commission while we are realigning the stove pipe after removing a pure blue bird that fell/blew into the upper pipe ;( Life in the UP of Michigan.) Eeh! PS the glaze I put on my oven meatloaf is KC Masterpiece “Caribbean Jerk” Marinade w/ a little ketchup. Totally awesome if you like some ZIP to the top glaze. Thank you for this approach.

  20. 5 stars
    I am curious about freezing milk and eggs… my mom said it’s nasty when u do that … do you think leaving them out until the end and reshaping it after letting it defrost will be any different than freezing it with everything?

  21. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times and its delicious! I’m wanting to try it with ground Turkey instead of ground beef next time, do you think that will turn out ok?

    1. Yes! It may cook a little quicker or be slightly drier but I do a mix of ground chicken/turkey/beef often.

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