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Ponderosa Steakhouse Meatloaf Recipe

Ponderosa Steakhouse Meatloaf Recipe

If you are looking for a hearty and delicious meatloaf recipe that tastes like the one from Ponderosa Steakhouse, you are in luck. In this article, we will show you how to make a copycat version of the Ponderosa meatloaf using simple ingredients and easy steps. You will also learn some tips and tricks to make your meatloaf even more flavorful and moist.


To make this Ponderosa steakhouse meatloaf recipe, you will need the following ingredients:


  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef

  • 20 saltine crackers, crumbled

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup of ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped

  • Slices of white bread, lettuce and tomato, for making sandwiches, optional


To make this Ponderosa steakhouse meatloaf recipe, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In a stand mixer, mix the beef, cracker crumbs, egg, ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, and onion until just blended.

  • Shape the mixture into two loaves and place side by side crosswise in a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan.

  • Bake the loaves for 1 hour, or until they are browned.

  • Transfer to a platter immediately and allow the loaves to cool slightly and firm up before slicing.

  • For sandwich: cut 2 thick slices of cooled meatloaf and place on white bread with lettuce and tomato. If you've never had a cold meatloaf sandwich the next day, you don't know what you're missing.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to make your Ponderosa steakhouse meatloaf even better:

  • You can add some grated cheese, chopped parsley, or bacon bits to the meat mixture for extra flavor and texture.

  • You can also use other types of crackers, such as Ritz or Cheez-It, instead of saltine crackers.

  • You can substitute barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, or salsa for ketchup if you prefer a different flavor.

  • You can make a glaze for your meatloaf by combining 1/4 cup of ketchup, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until slightly thickened. Brush over the meatloaf halfway through baking.

  • You can freeze the leftover meatloaf for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly in foil or plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the oven or microwave.