American-style meatloaf served with tomato ketchup and a sprig of parsley as garnish

Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat that has been combined with other ingredients and formed into the shape of a loaf, then baked or smoked. The final shape is either hand-formed on a baking tray or pan-formed by cooking it in a loaf pan.[1] It is usually made with ground beef, although ground lamb, pork, veal, venison, poultry and seafood are also used, sometimes in combination. Vegetarian adaptations may use imitation meat or pulses.

The cooked loaf can be sliced like a loaf of bread to make individual portions. It is made by adding bread crumbs and egg and because the dish can become dry, various techniques exist to keep the dish moist, like covering it with sauce, or wrapping it, or using moisture-enhancing ingredients in the mixture, filling it with fatty meats, rich cheeses, or vegetables.