Slow Cooker Meatloaf
4.67 from 9 votes

Classic Homestyle Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe

Moist and juicy, this classic homestyle slow cooker meatloaf became an instant family favorite the first time I made it.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 214
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 pounds extra-lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup ketchup or chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Ideal slow cooker size: 3-1/2- to 6-Quart.
  • This meatloaf cooks directly in the slow cooker, so for easy removal you want to line the slow cooker with foil strips that you can use to lift it out when it's done.
  • I used my 6-Quart oval slow cooker but any size from 3-1/2 to 6-Quart should work.
  • Cut a 2-foot length of foil in half lengthwise. Fold each strip in half lengthwise to form two long strips. Place the foil strips in the bottom of the slow cooker in a cross pattern. Trim them to be even with the rim, so they don't get in the way of the crock pot cover.
  • Spray the crockpot and foil with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the onion, celery, carrot, egg, beef, oats, ketchup, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper. Use your hands to to blend everything together well. Place the mixture in the foil-lined crockpot and form it into an even shaped loaf as best you can.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads 170F.
  • Turn off the slow cooker and carefully grasp the ends of the foil strips to lift out the meatloaf. Let the meatloaf rest for about 15 to 20 minutes to let it firm up before trying to slice it.

Recipe Notes

7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Nutrition Facts
Classic Homestyle Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th recipe)
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 27g54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic meatloaf, crock pot meatloaf, easy healthy meatloaf