Meatloaf Seasoning

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Discover the secret to the perfectly flavored meatloaf with our Meatloaf Seasoning recipe. This simple blend adds incredible flavor that makes this recipe a family favorite. Easy to prepare and packed with taste, this seasoning recipe is your ticket to a delicious homemade meatloaf.

Measuring spoon dipped into a spice blend.

We have a variety of spice blends in the cabinet at any given time, and this meatloaf seasoning is one of our favorites. It takes the classic meatloaf recipe to a whole new level by using a blend of simple pantry staples like paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Our spice blend adds a layer of savory flavor that the store-bought stuff can’t beat. All it takes are a few tablespoons added to ground beef to make a meatloaf the whole family will love.

Ingredients You’ll Need

You’ll find the exact amounts further down the page.

  • Paprika: either sweet or smoked works.
  • Ground Mustard.
  • Garlic Powder.
  • Onion Powder.
  • Celery Salt.
  • Seasoned Salt: substitute with kosher salt, table salt, sea salt, etc. if seasoned salt isn’t available.
  • Ground Black Pepper.
  • Dried Thyme.
Spices used to make meatloaf seasoning.

How to Make Meatloaf Seasoning:

Scroll to the recipe card below for full recipe and ingredient amounts!

  1. Place all the spices into a small mixing bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Add the spice blend into the meat mixture in place of pre-packaged meatloaf seasoning.
Spices poured into a white bowl.
Spice blend in a white bowl.


Store any leftover spice mix in an airtight container in your pantry or spice cabinet. It should stay fresh for up to 6 months.

How much of the seasoning mix should you use per pound of meat?

We recommend using 2-3 tablespoons of our meatloaf seasoning mix per pound of ground beef. The amount is adjustable to your preference.

Jar of spices on a black colored board next to metal spoons.

Are the spices adjustable to taste?

As written, we think this spice blend yields the best flavored meatloaf. But, our recipe is customizable. Feel free to adjust the quantities or add new spices to make it perfect for your tastes. 

Does this spice blend work on all varieties of meatloaf?

Absolutely, yes! This seasoning blend works in all types of meatloaf. Whether you’re working with ground beef, ground turkey, or a vegetarian substitute, it brings out the best flavor.

Can you double this recipe?

Of course! Make as much or as little as you need.

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Meatloaf Seasoning

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving


  • 2 teaspoons paprika, sweet or smoked
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt, or to taste


  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl, and stir to combine.
    2 teaspoons paprika
    2 teaspoons ground mustard
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    ½ teaspoon celery salt
    ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
    ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Use 2-3 tablespoons per 1 pound of ground beef in place of packaged meatloaf seasoning. This is adjustable to taste.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.

Suggested Equipment


Serving: 3tablespoons | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1751mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1986IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2-3 tablespoons. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*Recipe makes about ¼ cup.
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  1. Really good . I can’t have to much salt so I do just a dash of salt when making I leave it out in the mixture especially when I make I huge batch of it . This mix is better then stroe bought dry mix

    1. Thanks so much, Jk!

      One of our favorite things about this seasoning mix is the ability to adjust the salt and any of the other spices. We make all of our spice blends that way. So glad you enjoyed it! Have a great week! 🙂

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