Why does my meatloaf fall apart when I cut it for serving. I used 2 eggs and 1 cup of breadcrumbs in the loaf. I just don't get it.

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    It's hard to say without seeing your recipe, but it's probably either too wet a mix or possibly not enough egg (which acts as a binder). Dec 12, 2016 at 14:05
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    We need a recipe. My first impulse was to suggest that perhaps you didn't let it rest long enough.
    – Jolenealaska
    Dec 12, 2016 at 14:46
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    – Stephie
    Dec 13, 2016 at 6:47
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    @Mjs : 2 eggs and 1c. bread crumbs for how much meat? And I'm with jolenealaska, and suspect it's cutting into it almost immediately after taking it out of the oven.
    – Joe
    Dec 13, 2016 at 14:20
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    Dec 13, 2016 at 14:23

2 Answers 2


Cook at a slightly lower temperature (until meat thermometer in center = 160 degrees). Let it sit before you cut it. Cut with sharpest knife you can. Less breadcrumbs (or no breadcrumbs) -- you can try using oatmeal instead. Only one egg, and add some other liquid ingredients like tomato paste or sauce or Worscheshire sauce or even a little bit of Cream of Mushroom soup (not my fave but it works). Add a small amount of water if desired. Choose ground beef that is not the leanest kind, it holds together better. You can also mix different types (80/20 and 90/10) or mix another ground meat like pork in there too for slightly different texture.

Recipe I'd try: 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 1/2 cup bread crumbs [or oatmeal]* (optional) 1 can of condensed tomato soup (other kinds work too) 1 egg 1 small onion finely chopped (about 1/4 cup) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ground black pepper 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup water

Mix the beef, 1/2 the can of soup, bread crumbs, egg, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Place the beef mixture into a loaf pan and shape firmly into desired loaf shape. Pour the rest of the soup over the top of the meatloaf. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until center reaches 160 degrees. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.


Is the burger to lean? I add some porkfat ground to mine. Or it crumbles.This is water buffalo burger that I use.

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