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 meatloaf recipe 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!
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!
- 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
- 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 exact...it'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.