Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

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Lipton onion soup meatloaf is a classic recipe that has be served up for years. Full of onion flavor, this simple recipe is sure to become a meal the whole family will enjoy.

If you enjoy meatloaf like my family, be sure to check out this air fryer meatloaf and BBQ meatloaf recipe.

Sliced meatloaf on a board with toast.


You’ll LOVE this Meatloaf Recipe with Onion Soup Mix

There are many Lipton onion soup mix recipes but I think the Lipton meatloaf is one of my favorites! This is a seriously easy meatloaf recipe with just a few ingredients.

The secret ingredient is one envelope of Lipton onion soup mix. It really adds so much flavor without being overpowering.

Reader Rating

This is the only recipe I use now. So full of flavor and so moist. Easy ingredients and leftover sandwiches the next day. Yum yum yummy. I have now made it 5 times and it’s Perfect every time.” – Debbie

Ingredients needed

  • Ground beef – To achieve a moist and flavorful meatloaf, try using 80/20 ground beef. You can substitute with lean ground beef or even ground turkey or ground chicken.
  • Lipton onion soup mix – The secret ingredient! This dry mix is packaged in a box and can typically be found in the soup aisle at the grocery store.
  • Eggs – 2 eggs are needed.
  • Ketchup – This helps with moisture and adds a little extra flavor. You can substitute the ketchup with barbecue sauce or marinara sauce for different flavor profile.
  • Water – Keeps the meatloaf moist and tender.
  • Breadcrumbs – You can use regular breadcrumbs or Panko bread crumbs. Crumbled crackers or butter crackers also work well.
  • Brown sugar – This is needed for the glaze.
  • Ground mustard – Balances out the sweetness in the meatloaf glaze.
  • Ground black pepper – Adds a little hint of spice.
Meatloaf mixture in a bowl of pan.

How to make Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

This easy Lipton onion soup meatloaf recipe can be cooked in the oven or in the air fryer.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place one envelope soup mix, eggs, water, and ketchup in a large bowl. Mix together until combined.
  3. Add the ground meat and breadcrumbs.
  4. Mix until just combined. Don’t over mix.
  5. Shape meat mixture into a loaf. Place in a loaf pan, meatloaf pan, or a large baking dish lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Oven: Bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cooked through. (Start checking at 1 hour.) Check with a meat thermometer to make sure it reaches at least 165 degrees F.
  7. Air Fryer: Cook at 370 degrees F for 15 minutes. Check to see how it’s cooking and cook another 15 minutes. Spread on glaze and cook 10-15 more minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  8. Sauce: For the glaze, place ketchup, brown sugar, and ground mustard in a small saucepan.
  9. Warm over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
  10. Brush the glaze over the meatloaf, slice and serve.

Recipe Tips

  • While Lipton is the popular brand name, you can use another dry onion soup brand.
  • Be sure not to over mix the ground beef mixture. Over mixing can make the meatloaf tough.
  • If using ground turkey or chicken, add an extra 1/4 of water to help keep it moist.
  • Be sure to bake this uncovered so that it can develop the crispy crust on the outside.
  • Want to add extra moisture and flavor? Try placing strips of bacon over the meatloaf before it goes in the oven to bake.
  • You can also add in 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese for added flavor.
  • Trying to sneak in some vegetables? Finely chop your favorite veggies like celery, red bell pepper, onions, or carrots. Quickly sauté them to soften before adding into meat mixture.
  • Don’t want a big loaf? Try making the mixture into meatloaf burgers.

How to serve Lipton Onion Soup Mix Meatloaf

Onion soup meatloaf makes wonderful leftovers! Try cutting some slices for a meatloaf sandwich.

There are many great side dishes to serve with meatloaf. A few favorites are:

Vegetables: Green beans, brussels sprouts, roasted carrots, roasted broccoli

Potatoes: Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, sweet potato slices, hash brown casserole, roasted potatoes

Bread: Texas toast, bread sticks, dinner rolls

Pasta: Buttered noodles, green pasta, garlic butter noodles

How to store leftover meatloaf

Store: Let the meatloaf completely cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Leftovers can be frozen in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months. If you are making one meatloaf for dinner, try making a second one to freeze for a delicious freezer meal.

Reheat: Reheat in the air fryer, microwave, or oven.

Meatloaf in a loaf pan.

Recipe FAQ

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

A few tips for the perfectly moist meatloaf include using ground beef with a little bit of fat, like 80/20. Another key is not to over mix the meatloaf because it can cause it to become dry and tough.

Do you cover meatloaf when cooking?

Yes and no. You can cover meatloaf while baking to help keep it extra moist. If you are making a meatloaf using ground turkey or chicken this might be helpful. It’s not necessary to cover while baking and if you prefer having a crust on the meatloaf, bake uncovered.

What do you put in meatloaf to keep it from falling apart?

Eggs and bread crumbs are typically used to hold meatloaf together. You can replace breadcrumbs with stuffing mix or even oatmeal.

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Did you try this easy meatloaf recipe? Let me know in the comments below.

Sliced meatloaf on a board with toast.
5 from 135 votes

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

By heather
Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf is a classic meatloaf recipe that is simple to make and full of flavor.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place soup mix, eggs, water, and ketchup in a large bowl. Mix until combined.
  • Add the ground meat and breadcrumbs. Mix until just combined.
  • Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place either in a loaf pan or meatloaf pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or a large baking dish lined with foil or sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cooked through. (Start checking at 1 hour.) Check with a meat thermometer to make sure it reaches at least 165 degrees F.
  • For the glaze, place ketchup, brown sugar, and ground mustard in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Brush the glaze over the meatloaf, slice and serve.



Calories: 890kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 243mg | Sodium: 1916mg | Potassium: 1048mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe a lot using ground turkey. We can’t even tell it’s not ground beef. We’re a family of three and we eat one whole loaf for dinner and have the second loaf for sandwiches the next night. Last night I was in a hurry so turned the oven up to 375 and set the timer for an hour. It was done!

  2. What an easy and delicious recipe!! I made exactly according to the recipe. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I used ground turkey and Panko bread crumbs. You can’t tell it’s turkey and this recipe is absolutely delicious. I’ve been making it about once a month.

  4. This is delicious! The only changes I made were to 1. Almost forget the water, 2. To forget the water and 3. One time add BBQ sauce (sugar free) instead of ketchup for the sauce. I’ve made it the above three times for myself and I’ve made it the way it was supposed to be for a church dinner. Thank you for a delicious dinner!

  5. I loved this meatloaf so much it will be my goto!
    I did not like having to scroll up and down and back up to stay on track. I think I will write it down somewhere with ingredient list directly above directions.
    Thanks for sharing.