3 lb Meatloaf Cooking Time

Instead of mixing about 2 pounds of ground meat (a normal standard for making meatloaf) with other ingredients, you unintentionally bought 3 pounds. And now, you worry whether you can manage it in order to bring out an excellent dish for dinner with a huge amount of meat.

Don’t worry too much! Since you’re here, we will help you how to solve this issue.

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3lb meatloaf cooking time, what should you do?

Basically, the meatloaf is mixed with the ground meat and other ingredients and then created into a loaf shape before baking or smoking. The main meat is often the ground beef or you also find out other meats such as pork, lamb, poultry, veal, or venison. Depending on each different taste, you can only use one kind of the meat or combine some together.

In my opinion, 70% beef and 30% pork are perfect because you can enjoy its greatest flavor as well as a fatty richness. Just make sure you choose the beef that is about 80 – 85% lean.

But, it’s time to be back the above question. How long should you cook the 3 lb meatloaf?

  • A common principle for cooking the meatloaf is that a half of hour will be compatible with a pound of the meat.
  • However, it also depends on what type of container you’re going to cook with. For instance, if you often cook it in a bread pan, the thicker the meatloaf is, the longer the cooking time is. For a 3-lb loaf, we suggest that you should use the larger pan such as the lasagna baking pan. And if you follow this and put it in an oven at 3750F, your dish will be ready in an hour.
  • Finally, don’t forget to let the meatloaf sit for about 10 minutes before slicing it.

Now, you have no worry about the cooking time of the 3-lb meatloaf, right? Why don’t you continue following us to discover a range of recipes so that you can update your meatloaf recipes and then try making for your family?

Different meatloaf recipes

 Recipe 1 – Classic meatloaf

First of all, please prepare,

  • 3 pounds of the ground meat (you can try my combination or create your own taste)
  • ¾ cup of diced onions
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Let’s cook!

  • Preheat the oven to 3750
  • Blend all the ingredients in a big mixing bowl. You can mix this mixture up with your hands (make sure to clean them first).
  • Add a bit of salt and pepper and continue mixing until it’s evenly combined.
  • As I mentioned above, you should use the lasagna baking pan to hold this mixture or you can divide it into 2 smaller pans. Remember to place a baking sheet before adding the mixture to the pan.
  • Top the loaf with ketchup to increase the look.
  • For one bigger loaf, just bake for 1 hour. For two loaves, 45 minutes are ideal.
  • Let it sit for 10 minutes after baking and then slice to serve.

Or try another way to cook the classic meatloaf via following the video below

Recipe 2 – Buffalo blue cheese meatloaf

What you need to have first,

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3 pounds of the ground meat
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Blue cheese
  • Salt and pepper

How to cook?

  • Preheat the oven to 3750
  • Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl before adding the meat.
  • Continue mixing gently until the mixture is combined.
  • Add all to the baking pan and bake about 20 minutes.
  • Spread the Buffalo on the top and sprinkle with blue cheese.
  • Continue baking 30 minutes or until the meatloaf attains 1600
  • Leave it for 7-10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Recipe 3 – Muffins meatloaf

  • 3 pounds of the ground meat (try mixing beef and turkey)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • ¾ cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper

Time to cook!

  • Preheat the oven to 3750
  • Mix the beaten eggs, Mexican cheese, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, pepper sauce, parsley flakes, salt, and pepper before adding the ground meat.
  • Continue blending lightly until all are mixed evenly.
  • Instead of using the large pan to cook the 3-lb meatloaf, try using a dozen of muffin cups.
  • Add the mixture into each cup and press lightly
  • In another small bowl, start blending ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar.
  • Spread this mixture on the top of the meatloaf.
  • Bake about 30 – 45 minutes.
  • Remember to use a thermometer to check whether the meatloaf attains 1650F or not.
  • Let it sit and then serve. The most interesting thing about this recipe is that you don’t need to slice or cut from the big loaf to small parts. In addition, it’s easy to store if you don’t finish in one go.

Using the microwave to cook meatloaf – is it possible?

In case you don’t have an oven at home, using a microwave to cook meatloaf is quite okay. The high frequency of the electromagnetic waves inside this device will produce friction, helping you decrease the cooking time. Although you might get a different shape, the taste is still flavorful.

At this time, we guide you how to use. So, you can do any recipe that you prefer.

  • After preparing the mixture of meatloaf, you need to add it to a microwave-safe pan. Avoid availing the metal one because the microwave cannot reach through the metal and may bounce it off.
  • Try to keep the meatloaf in a circular shape so that the microwave can reach it from the top, sides, and bottom in order to cook it evenly.
  • Prepare a microwave-safe lid or wax paper or plastic wrap to cover the pan. Never use the aluminum foil because it is mainly made from metal.
  • Put the pan in the microwave and select the medium-high temp.
  • After 10 minutes, change the heat setting to high and continue cooking the meatloaf about 25 – 30 minutes.
  • Take it from the microwave and cover with the aluminum foil for 5 minutes.
  • Use the thermometer to read the temp whether your meatloaf acquires 1600 If not, return it to the machine and continue cooking until attaining the desired temp.

Final thoughts

Now, are you clear about ways to deal with 3 lb meatloaf cooking time?

No matter how much pounds you want to cook, everything happens perfectly as long as you find out the important rules. And don’t miss trying our three new recipes to enrich your cooking knowledge.

Suppose you still have any question, just leave your comments here in such a way that we can discuss together. Anyway, thanks for reading!