Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

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Lipton onion soup mix is every home cook’s secret recipe, especially in this meatloaf recipe. Packed with flavor and bursting with deep onion soup flavor, this is a perfect weeknight family dinner.

Why not learn all about Worcestershire Sauce for this recipe? Or learn to make a different meatloaf recipe with this Retro Sweet & Sour Meatloaf recipe instead?

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf on a plate with potatoes

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

Some people like to claim that using a soup mix is somehow cheating when cooking at home. However, things like soup mixes form the basis of some of the very best North American recipes.

It is a bit like saying that you can’t use spice mixes – why not?

This recipe makes for a meatloaf that is not only juicy and moist but also filled with a deep, rich flavor from the soup mix. It should taste like a warming, comforting onion soup yet also remind you of a comforting home dinner from when you were a kid.    

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf ingredients

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Ground beef

• Lipton Onion Soup Mix

• Bread crumbs

• Mozzarella cheese

• Eggs

• Ketchup

• Worcestershire sauce

• Garlic

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf ingredients in mixing bowl

How To Make Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

• In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and mix them slightly

• Add the ground beef, soup mix, breadcrumbs, mozzarella cheese, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic

• Mix all the ingredients together with your hands just until the mixture just starts to stick together

• Press the meat into a loaf pan and brush the top with the last 2 tablespoons of ketchup

• Bake uncovered at 350 Fahrenheit for 60 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 165 Fahrenheit according to an instant-read thermometer

• Add on more ketchup to the top right before it is done for a thicker glaze on top

• Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and enjoy

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf sliced on plate

Could You Substitute Other Soup Mixes In This Recipe?

This recipe is all based around using a Lipton onion soup mix to provide the majority of the seasoning and flavor for your meatloaf.

However, if you aren’t a fan of Lipton soup mixes, you could definitely use a different brand of onion soup mix entirely.

Of course, you don’t have to stop customizing there – why not try an entirely different type of soup mix instead?

There are all kinds of differently flavored soup mixes available out there, from cream of chicken to even weirder ones like an apricot mushroom.

However, so long as you like the flavor of your chosen soup mix and you think it will work well in a beef meatloaf recipe, why not throw caution to the wind and give it a try?

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf unsliced on a plate

Do You Need To Use Cheater Ingredients In This Recipe?

One of the most common complaints from cooking purists is the inclusion of cheater ingredients. Well, this recipe has two of them: soup mix and ketchup.

While it is totally possible to substitute the soup mix for your own custom blend of herbs, spices, and caramelized onions, this is just one of those times when it isn’t worth it.

The onion soup mix is absolutely packed with flavor and will provide all of the umami and onion flavors that you need in your meatloaf. Trying to make it from scratch could end up producing something marginally better, but for way, way more total effort.

The inclusion of ketchup is another controversial yet incredibly necessary addition. Ketchup isn’t just a way of adding tomato flavor but also a way of contributing some much-needed sweetness and acidity to the meatloaf.

You could certainly try and sub in some other replacement ingredients like vinegar, sugar, and tomato paste, but the careful balancing of these three things will always be a tricky thing to try and master.

It is much easier to use your favorite brand of ketchup and get the flavor that way. Save the crazy cooking science for the weekend – this is a comforting, homey weeknight dish, so why complicate it?

Looking for more delicious Ground Beef Meatloaf recipes? Try these out:

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Leftover Meatloaf Quiche Recipe

Bacon Topped Mozza Meatloaf

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Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

Packed with flavor and bursting with deep onion soup flavor, this is a perfect weeknight family dinner.
5 from 25 votes
Liptons Onion Soup Meatloaf on a fork
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Dinner, Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 Lipton Onion Soup Mix (One Envelope)
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs (Plain)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (Grated)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (Fresh diced if available)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°
  • In a large mixing bowl add the eggs and mix them slightly.
  • Add the ground beef, soup mix, breadcrumbs, mozzarella cheese, 2 tablespoons ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and garlic.
  • Mix all the ingredients together with your hands just until the mixture starts to stick together.
  • Press the meat into a loaf pan and brush the top with the last 2 tablespoons of ketchup.
  • Bake uncovered for 55-60 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees, according to a meat thermometer.
  • You can add more ketchup to top right before it is done for a thicker glaze on top.
  • Allow meatloaf to rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing

Nutrition Information

Calories: 2892kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 187g, Fat: 205g, Saturated Fat: 80g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 87g, Trans Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 1016mg, Sodium: 2325mg, Potassium: 3043mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 1175IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 628mg, Iron: 23mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Laurie says

    We love this meatloaf recipe! My mom used make her meatloaf with onion soup mix. This recipe has a few things added that make it tastier!5 stars

  2. Marilyn says

    This is the meatloaf my mom made! Only differences–We use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs and add grated carrots I’ve never added cheese but will give it a try! It’s always the BEST!!5 stars

  3. Teri Hubbard says

    I have made this meatloaf for years, using a variety of the Lipton soup mixes. My problem now is that there’s only the two of us and a 2# meatloaf is way too much, so I’ve been experimenting with smaller portions of the ingredients. The hardest part of that is accurately dividing the soup packet. Still working on it…5 stars

    • Marilyn says

      hi. 2 of us too so I separate the large meatloaf into 2 and put one half in the freezer for another night it’s perfect to have on a night when I don’t feel like cooking! enjoy5 stars

  4. june says

    I never ever use ketchup in my meatloaf and everyone loves it!!!

  5. Phyllis Norris says

    This is the best and easiest meatloaf I have ever made. My family LOVES it!5 stars

  6. Bubba Schwartz says

    This looked too complicated for me so I drank a 12 pack of Coors and ordered a pizza

  7. holly C says

    i made it as writen-so nice to not have to chop onions!! yesterday, i used lipton beefy mushroom & small can of mushrooms to put a little twist on it-it was delicious!!5 stars

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