Use a gentle touch with ground beef. Over-mixing will result in burgers, meatballs or meatloaves with a firm texture.
- 1 1/2 Pound ground beef (93% lean or leaner)
- 3/4 Cups panko bread crumbs
- 3/4 Cups ketchup, divided
- 1/2 Cup minced onion
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 Teaspoon dried thyme
- 3/4 Teaspoons pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup ketchup, onion, egg, Worcestershire, garlic, thyme, pepper and salt in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
Shape beef into 8 x 4-inch loaf on rack in aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.
Place on upper oven rack in 350°F oven and bake 45 to 55 minutes, until instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 160°F.
Brush with remaining 1/4 cup ketchup during last 10 minutes, if desired.
Let stand 10 minutes.
Cut into slices.