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Skillet Meatloaf with Pan Gravy

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When I think of comfort food, one of the first meals that comes to mind is meatloaf. But there is one downfall to a traditional meatloaf…it can take over an hour just to bake! What if I told you that this skillet meatloaf with pan gravy takes less than 30 minutes?! It’s cooked in a skillet so each piece has those coveted crispy edges and it also has an easy pan gravy that is perfect over top of mashed potatoes as well. I honestly can say that I will never make meatloaf in the oven again…and I don’t think you will either!

It starts off just like a traditional meatloaf except instead of forming one large loaf, you are going to make 4 patties and sauté them in a skillet then use those drippings to make a delicious gravy that has onions, and beef broth and tastes like it simmered all day!

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I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of any meatloaf is the first slice that has that crispy edge. I think that’s why I love this recipe. Every piece is so crispy and flavorful. Watch the video below to see how simple it is to make! 


CLICK HERE to see my favorite mashed potatoes made with cream cheese and garlic!!

skillet meatloaf easy dinner best pan quick

skillet meatloaf easy dinner best pan quick
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5 from 10 votes

Skillet Meatloaf with Pan Gravy

So much quicker and tastier than a traditional baked meatloaf, this comes together in 30 minutes and has a pan gravy that you can smother over mashed potatoes and the meatloaf!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 people



  • 1 slice of white bread (crust removed)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 small onion (diced very finely and separated into 2 equal piles...about 1/4 cup each)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb ground beef (Not too lean or it will be dry. I use an 80/20 blend)


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Reserved 1/4 cup of onions
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup ketchup



  • In a large bowl, add your white bread (with crust removed), and the milk. Let it sit while you chop your onion. 
  • Finely chop your onion and add HALF of it to the bowl. It should be around 1/4 cup. Save the other 1/4 cup for the gravy. Don't worry if your measurements are not'll be just fine 🙂
  • Add in the beaten egg, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Use a fork and combine everything together so it is one big mushy concoction. 
  • Add the ground beef to the bowl and combine everything together. Now I hate to say it but your hands are the best tools for this. So take those rings off and dig right in!. Mix it until it's just combined being careful not to over mix the meat or it can get tough. 
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. I don't add any oil to the pan since the meat will have its own but definitely spray your pan with non-stick spray....yes, even if it's a non-stick pan.  If you don't have the spray, just use a tiny bit of oil to coat the pan. 
  • Once the pan is hot, divide your meat into 4 equal parts and form them into patties with your hands. Add to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. (TIP: before flipping, spray the tops of the meatloaf with more non-stick spray so that the other side doesn't stick when you flip it over)
  • Once cooked, remove the meat from the pan and set them aside on a plate. 


  • In the same hot skillet, add your butter and onions and sauté until the onions are soft. (about 3-5 minutes)
  • Once they've softened, add in the flour and cook for just one minute while stirring. I would normally say whisk it but since you are using a non-stick pan, just use a wooden spatula so you don't scrape up your pan.
  • After the minute is up, add in your beef broth and stir that until it begins to bubble, then add in the ketchup. Stir to combine it all together and your done! The gravy will thicken as it sits. 



Coco and Ash
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  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    January 31, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    So meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food — it’s one of those things that if I see it on a menu, I will bypass the big steaks and fanci-fied food for a plate of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Making them on the stove top makes so much sense! Genius!

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      Coco and Ash
      January 31, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa! I’m a big meatloaf fan too 🙂

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    Sus //
    January 31, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I always remember my mum making meatloaf for us as kids as my brothers loved it!

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    Cindy Gordon
    January 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    It can’t get any more comfort food than that! Wow, I know that my mom would swoon over that! Going to surprise her for Sunday Supper!

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      Coco and Ash
      January 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Let me know if you do! I would love to hear what you think 🙂

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    Megan Marlowe
    January 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I love meatloaf but have never made a pan gravy to go with it. I’m absolutely doing that next time!

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    Sandhya Nadkarni
    January 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    So wonderful to have the comfort food ready in a short time. Your skillet meatloaf looks super yummy!

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    Sue Moore
    February 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    This sounds yummy. Will have to try it. I don’t normally have bread around , so thought I would try it with some Italian style bread crumbs or plain which ever one I have at the time I decide to make it. I also think I will form into meatballs as my grandson loves meatballs. Will have to double up on the gravy too.
    Thanks for sharing!! This is an easy fix for during the work week.

    ***One little correction–a small typo in #3 of the directions, (together so it it one big mushy concoction) I think you meant it is……lol I do this all the time, plus auto correct doesn’t help.

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      Coco and Ash
      February 16, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Sue!! I hope you like it! Meatballs sounds like a great idea too! 🙂

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      Diane Wells
      July 14, 2022 at 10:28 am

      Making this today! So excited, I love trying something new. Would it be ok to add cooked bell pepper and mushrooms? Thanks

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        Coco and Ash
        July 14, 2022 at 10:46 am

        I think those sound like great additions! Let me know how it goes. 🙂

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    February 22, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Tried this tonight, it was very good. I whisked in tomato paste instead of ketchup. Reminded me of salisbury steak, more than a meatloaf though.

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      Coco and Ash
      February 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

      SO glad you liked it! Tomato paste would totally work too 🙂

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    February 23, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I’ll comment since I actually made this recipe. It was very good and well received by my family and preferred over traditional meatloaf. I did double it since I cook for college aged sons. I also left out the onion because onions don’t like my husband 🙂 I would definitely make again.

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      Coco and Ash
      February 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Yay!! I’m so happy you all liked it!!

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    February 23, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Incredibly awesome. I doubled the recipe for my larger family and barely had leftovers! Added sugar snap peas and baby carrots on the side for a slight twist on the original! Super recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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      Coco and Ash
      February 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Thank you Cindy!! I’m so glad you liked it!

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    April 10, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    We grew up eating this because my dad hated meatloaf! Haha. The only differences in my family recipe is minced garlic instead of powder and no ketchup in the gravy. I always add a little splash of Worcestershire sauce into the gravy as well. Still one of my favorite meals.

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    April 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Do I empty the fat out of the skillet before I make the gravy?

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    July 14, 2019 at 9:48 am

    This was delicious. My husband doesn’t even like meatloaf but he loved this! If you double the recipe (double meat) you need to double the egg milk and bread too right?

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    January 19, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I don’t have bread or breadcrumbs can I use flour

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      Coco and Ash
      January 19, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      I haven’t tried using flour so I can’t say for certain. But cracker crumbs would be good too. Flour might make it a little dense but let me know if you try it!

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    February 11, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    I fixed this for my meatloaf-hating husband and it was a huge WIN!! Thanks so much for such an amazing meatloaf. I used beef and venison 50/50. I’ve shared it with everyone because I’m convinced this is the greatest meatloaf ever.

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      Coco and Ash
      February 11, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      Aw thank you! So glad you all enjoyed!

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    April 6, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Just tried this tonight! Thank you Mindy it was great 🙂

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    May 4, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    This sounds wonderful!! I actually just made meatloaf last night, and my mom made gravy, but she didn’t use enough of the drippings. I add a LOT more stuff in mine, but this would be a FANTASTIC and quick way to prepare it.

    Try adding in sauteed onions, bell pepper, and garlic (deglazing the pan with a bit of Worcestershire sauce) [or use leftover roasted veggies] and replace half the ground beef with Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage (I love using spicy). MMMMMMM GOOOOOOOD.

    I’m 100% using this pan method next time I make meatloaf. SOUNDS SOOOOOOOOO GOOD AND EASY, and this is probably how I’m going to reheat my leftovers today!

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      Coco and Ash
      May 5, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Kari! It can definitely be used with any meatloaf variation 🙂

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    Kindra J Gunn
    January 12, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Great meatloaf recipe. My family absolutely loves it. Thank you for sharing it. I added baby bella mushrooms to the gravy. Just delicious !!!

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    glendys serra
    March 8, 2021 at 12:14 am

    This dish was so delicious, and the gravy was a great complement. Best of all, it was so much easier than your traditional meatloaf. I added mushroom to the gravy and it turned out great. I definately will be making this again!

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    Sherry R DeHaven
    September 11, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Could I use wheat bread instead of white ?
    Perfect for two as a dinner. Thanks ! BTW I’m taking for a lunch

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    Easy Weeknight Meals: Great Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less - Forkly
    October 8, 2021 at 9:49 am

    […] The secret in saving time is to make individual sized meatloaf patties instead of just one loaf. To cook, you’ll saute them in a skillet. Then with the drippings that are left over, you’ll make a creamy and irresistible gravy sauce to pour on top. They’re filling enough on their own but if you have some extra time you could even make mashed potatoes to pair. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COCO AND ASH […]

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    July 17, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    I’m not a great cook by any means, but this was a tasty, easy to follow recipe with a wonderful turn out and very filling!

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    January 2, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    well these were delightful. i’ve been craving meatloaf but completely lacking in the motivation/patience to construct and cook a traditional one, so this was absolutely perfect. i used ground bison instead of beef, because that’s what i had on hand; and swapped some of the ketchup for barbecue sauce, but other than that followed the recipe, and got two dinners for our two-person household out of it~

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