Favorite Lipton Onion Soup Mix Meatloaf Recipe | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Favorite Lipton Onion Soup Mix Meatloaf Recipe

My husband has been talking up this Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf recipe for years! It's a classic recipe and one his mother used to make for him as a child. I don't know why I resisted making it for so many years. But, I finally caved. 

Not having all the ingredients on hand to make my favorite meatloaf recipe (made with ground turkey), I decided it was time to give this iconic onion soup meatloaf a try. And you know what? I wasn't disappointed. What a wonderful meat loaf recipe! The result is a juicy meatloaf with tons of flavor.

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf sliced ready to serve

This meatloaf with Lipton Onion Soup is easy to make and doesn't require a ton of ingredients. Yet, it's quite a flavorful meatloaf.  It makes a tasty dinner the whole family will enjoy. I can see why it's a family favorite.

The original Lipton Onion Soup and Dip Mix is a dry mix you buy in a box. It contains two envelopes of dry soup mix, but you only need one envelope of lipton onion soup mix to make this easy meatloaf recipe. Don't be fooled by recipes that are made with a homemade version of Lipton Onion Soup mix. The flavor just won't be the same. A packet of the original Lipton Onion Soup Mix is the secret ingredient here. Do yourself a favor and use the original. One packet of Lipton Onion soup mix gives this meat loaf a most wonderful onion flavor. 

Image of Lipton Onion Soup mix for meatloaf recipe

The original recipe from Lipton Kitchens calls this Lipton meatloaf recipe "Souperior Meatloaf". (Kind of cute) It calls for 2 pounds of ground beef, but doesn't mention what fat content to use. I'm sure this is a good meatloaf recipe. However, because the only seasoning you get is from the onion soup mix, I like to use meatloaf mix (ground beef, ground veal, and ground pork) instead of plain ground beef. Using a mix of ground meats in this recipe gives it the best flavor, in my opinion. Because of this, I think my meatloaf recipe is the best meatloaf recipe with onion soup mix out there.

What is meatloaf mix?

Because of the few ingredients, I think this particular meatloaf recipe tastes best with meatloaf mix: Meatloaf mix is a combination of 1/3 beef (usually ground chuck), 1/3 ground veal, and 1/3 ground pork usually sold in 2 pound packages. You can usually find this mixture prepackaged in the self serve meat section of your grocery store. Or ask your butcher to mix it for you. Meatloaf mix has more flavor and moisture than plain ground beef. 

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf sliced with potato side dish in the background

Shopping List:

  • 2 pounds of meatloaf mix (ground chuck, ground pork, ground veal) OR 2 pounds of ground beef (80/20)
  • Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix (dry onion soup mix )
  • Unseasoned, plain dry bread crumbs
  • eggs
  • milk or water
  • ketchup

Equipment needed:

No special equipment is needed. You'll need a large mixing bowl and a 9" x 13" pan or quarter baking sheet pan to bake the meatloaf on. I do not recommend baking in a loaf pan because the fat drippings from the meat have no where to go and you'll end up with a soggy and greasy bottomed meatloaf. If you own a meatloaf pan, the kind with a lift out screen to collect the drippings under the meat loaf, you could use it. But I still prefer a baking sheet or 9 x 13 inch pan instead. 

I do like to line my pan with either parchment or aluminum foil to make clean up easier. 

Preparing Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf, raw and ready to bake with ingredients in the background

I can't find meatloaf mix. What can I substitute?

You can use all beef to make this meatloaf. You will want a grind that is at least 80% lean. (So an 80/20 beef grind is best) This is also known as ground chuck. This will help ensure you have a moist meatloaf. No one likes a dry, tough meatloaf! I do not recommend using very lean ground beef (anything less than 20% fat content ) because it will be hard to achieve a juicy meatloaf. 

Can I freeze this meatloaf?

Yes! You can freeze this meatloaf. You can either freeze it before baking (if you didn't use previously frozen ground meat) or after it's done baking. 

If you are freezing it before baking, follow the recipe and shape into a loaf. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil and mark the date. It will be good for up to 3 months. To bake, defrost it in the refrigerator, remove all the wraps, and bake as directed in recipe card below. 

If you are freezing it after it's cooked, just wrap tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Defrost, remove wraps, and heat as desired. 

Plated Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf with side dishes of corn and potatoes

What can I serve as a side dish with meatloaf?

Potatoes go with meatloaf like salt goes with pepper. I love these flavorful Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes or this tasty Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole to serve along side this Lipton onion soup meatloaf. Looking to keep it lighter? Try this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad or give these Country Style Green Beans a try.

How do I make the best version of the original Lipton Souperior meatloaf?

  • Make sure you preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Make sure you are using the original Lipton Onion Soup Mix. 
  • Use a large bowl and don't overwork the meat. Use your hands to mix! Yes...it's messy, but clean hands make the best meatloaf. Trust me. STOP mixing as soon as everything comes together in the bowl. This will ensure a tender meatloaf. 
  • Line your baking pan with parchment or aluminum foil for easy clean up.
  • Check your meatloaf in the center with an instant-read thermometer after the baking time is up. The internal temperature in the middle of the meatloaf should read 160 degrees F on the meat thermometer for food safety. 
  • Allow your meatloaf to rest at least 15 minutes before slicing! You can gently tent it with foil to keep it warm. (This step is important to keep the meatloaf from getting crumbly.)

Large mixing bowl with mixed up Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf ready to be put onto pan and baked

I've many different meatloaf recipes in my lifetime. This one ranks up near the top for easy preparation. Of course, cooking is always about making it your own, so feel free to make additions to this meatloaf recipe as you like. 


I think a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce would be awesome or maybe a bit of dried thyme. If you love a sweeter flavor topping some meatloaf recipes have. by all means, replace the plain ketchup topping with a mixture of ketchup, a few tablespoons of brown sugar, and mustard. 

To make a spicy ketchup glaze that you spread over the entire meatloaf prior to baking add a little hot sauce ot the ketchup.  

You could also top your meatloaf with barbecue sauce or a couple of slices of bacon, or maybe both.  Anything goes...it's your meatloaf after all.  I think we are all striving for the one great meatloaf recipe and maybe this one will be yours! 

If you LOVE this recipe, make sure you give it a 5 star rating in the recipe card below!

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf, Meatloaf with Onion Soup Mix, Meatloaf Recipe Onion Soup Mix
main course, dinner, ground beef
Yield: 6
Author: Renee Paj
Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 H & 10 MTotal time: 1 H & 20 M
The original recipe for Lipton Onion Soup Meatloaf (Souperior Meatloaf) made with ground beef, dry Lipton Onion Soup and Dip Mix, unseasoned bread crumbs, eggs, ketchup, and water that produces a nice, moist, firm, and tasty meatloaf.


  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck (80/20) (OR 2 pounds meatloaf mix- 1/3 ground beef, 1/3 ground veal, 1/3 ground pork)*
  • 3/4 cup dried, unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 envelope of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup and Dip Mix
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup water or milk* 
  • Additional ketchup for topping, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line quarter baking sheet or 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper or foil (for easy clean up)
  3. In large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients except ground meat. 
  4. Add in ground meat (beef or meatloaf mix). With clean hands, mix gently until the meatloaf just comes together. Don't over mix, as this will produce a tough meatloaf. Don't forget to wash your hands with soap and water once you've got the meatloaf shaped on the pan!
  5. "Pour" meatloaf into the prepared pan and shape into a loaf. 
  6. Bake in oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. If ketchup topping is desired, spoon on a layer of ketchup 10 minutes before the meatloaf is done and return to the oven to finish cooking.
  7. Allow 15 minutes, with meatloaf tented with foil, to cool before slicing. 


*I prefer to use meatloaf mix in this meatloaf recipe for better flavor, texture, and moisture level.

*I prefer to use milk instead of water in this meatloaf recipe.

I like to put a ketchup topping on my meatloaf. I often add a few dashes of hot sauce to the ketchup topping before putting it onto the meatloaf.

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  1. This is the recipe I always use. I don't add the milk, just my preference...I add A1 steak sauce and ketchup to the meat mixture and onion powder. For the topping I mix ketchup, A1 and some brown sugar. It's always a hit...and so easy.

    1. That sounds terrific! I bet the A1 gives it a nice tangy flavor. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. My all time favorite. My children grew up on this meatloaf and all three of them loved it!

    1. Hello and thank you for your review. I'm so happy you enjoyed this recipe

  3. I have made this several times now. It is always moist and delicious. A family favorite ♥️

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for your review. I'm very pleased you enjoyed it. Happy Cooking to you!

  4. I have eaten this recipe for the meatloaf ever since I was younger and my mother used to cook it for us. My recipe is much simpler but still has a great flavor and moisture. I use the mixed meat, evaporated milk a little can, the dry onion soup, and sometimes chopped onions. But then I will separate the meat mixture put half in the pan spread it with cheese and then top with the remaining meat mixture and then bake it 350 for about an hour or so.

    1. Hello! Thanks for sharing your method. It sounds awesome and I love it when everyone shares their personal flares to a recipe. Happy cooking to you!


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