The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (2024)

by Laura Tucker 32 Comments

I’ve been on a huge sweets-kick here lately with the holidays being in full swing. I looked back at my recent recipe posts and realized that most of them were sugary concoctions, so I thought I’d throw a little savory into the mix and share one of my go-to, fool-proof recipes that my family absolutely loves. I love to prepare it on nights when I don’t feel like doing a whole lot of prep work in the kitchen, and when I need something that’s totally easy to pair any sort of side dish with.

This super simple meatloaf recipe only requires 4 ingredients, yet it’s loaded with flavor and is super moist & delicious! There’s nothing worse than a dry meatloaf, but this one is totally perfect every time!

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I’ve shared before how my family very rarely buys beef. My husband is a hunter and provides nearly all of the red meat that our family consumes throughout the year. Venison can be used just like hamburger meat, so if venison isn’t your thing, just sub in 1 lb of ground beef for the meat! 🙂

In addition to 1 lb of ground meat, you’ll also need a box of stuffing mix (I normally use cornbread flavor, but chicken works great), an egg and 1 cup of water. Simply combine all of the ingredients together and bake in a greased loaf pan for 45 minutes at 350 F. Voila! Dinner is served!The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (2)

Here’s a free printable version of the recipe if you’d like to save it and share it with your family this week. I betcha it’ll become a staple dish in your meal reservoir that your family will love!

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The BEST Ever Meatloaf Recipe: Venison Edition

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time45 minutes mins

Total Time50 minutes mins

Course: Meat Dish

Author: Southern Made Simple

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or ground venison
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 box cornbread or chicken stuffing mix
  • Ketchup for dipping optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F

  • Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased loaf pan

  • You can add a little ketchup to the top of the mixture before baking if you'd like - optional

  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until completely cooked all throughout

  • Slice and enjoy!

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What are some other quick and fool-proof recipes that your family loves to eat? Do you have another venison recipe that you love to prepare? Leave a comment below and share the love!

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  1. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (4)Courtney says

    My husband is a hunter too! ( once long ago Before children I enjoyed it with him)

    I would love more recipes:) I usually just use it in anything that I would use hamburger in. Personally I love tenderloin wrapped in bacon on the grill but not really that time of year 🙁

    Our freezer is full! But, I run out of ideas! I love that we process our own meat. I know that it is handled safely.

    The kids don’t know the difference;)

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  2. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (9)Kathy Depietri says

    Do you prepare the stuffing before adding it?

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (10)Laura Tucker says

      No, you add it in completely dry. Hope that helps!

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      • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (11)Laura Tucker says

        The moisture from the other ingredients will bring it to life 🙂

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  3. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (12)Rebecca says

    Just found this and have to say – it’s the best meatloaf recipe I’ve ever made so far. I have to make two at a time for just me and my husband. He can eat a whole pan himself throughout the week.

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (13)Laura Tucker says

      Rebecca – I’m SO glad to hear that you love this recipe! It’s such an easy meal to throw together. It’s a huge hit in my home, and I’m so happy to know that it’s now a hit in your home, too!

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  4. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (14)Johanna says

    I am planning on making this tonight, and I got the bagged stuffing mix (because it’s the only one I’ve ever bought!) Now that I’m looking at your picture, I’m wondering if the boxed mix might be different – am I ok with the bag? Excited to try this!

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (15)Laura Tucker says

      Hi Johanna! I think it’s worth a shot! The main idea of the stuffing is to hold the meat together as a binder and to be the primary seasoning in the meatloaf. Does your stuffing mix have seasoning in it? If not, it may come out a little bland.

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  5. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (16)Emma says

    Is the ground venison mixed with other fattie meat or just straight up venison? thank you!

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (17)Laura Tucker says

      Hi Emma!
      Yes, we process all of our venison ourselves, and we add in a little bit of pork fat when we grind it to give it the extra fat it needs. Typically when you have your deer processed by someone else they will do that for you – or at least from our experience. If you’re using just straight ground venison meat, this recipe will be drier and will likely not bind together very well. Hope that helps!

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      • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (18)Megan Hewett says

        Hello! Our deer meat is not processed without any fat added. Could I mix 1 lb. of ground beef with 1 lb. of deer meat and double the cooking time? Would I need to use an extra box of stuffing too?
        Thanks!

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        • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (19)Laura Tucker says

          Hi Megan! Yes, I think it would be fine to mix the beef with the venison. If doubling the meat, go ahead and double the rest of the ingredients, too. Pour the mixture into two loaf pans instead of just one large one if you can. That way you can keep the same cook time.

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  6. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (20)Rick Brezik says

    No Seasons added ?

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (21)Laura Tucker says

      Hi Rick!
      No need to add seasoning. All of the seasoning included in the boxed stuffing mix makes it taste extra delicious!

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  7. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (22)Jessica says

    do you cover it at all?

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (23)Laura Tucker says

      No need! 🙂

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  8. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (24)Mitzy says

    Making this tonight! Can’t wait!

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  9. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (25)Chris says

    Looks delicious was wondering if i could use chicken stock or beef stock instead of water

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (26)Laura Tucker says

      I think that would be a nice substitution! May just need to be mindful of the salt level, but I bet it’d be delicious!

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  10. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (27)Jennifer Ramlet says

    I’m making this tonight. I’m so excited. I did add seasoning, Nature’s Seasoning, Taco Cheese blend, and bacon bits. So I’m very excited to try it!

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  11. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (28)Amanda says

    I used a silicone pan and I have water bubbling at corners is that ok??

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (29)Laura Tucker says

      Hi Amanda,
      I have never used a silicone pan while baking, so I can’t speak for the results when used. How did yours turn out?

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  12. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (30)Erin says

    45 minutes enough time? It seems awful thick.

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (31)Laura Tucker says

      It’s worked perfectly every time for me! How did yours turn out?

      Reply

  13. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (32)Nick says

    Just made this recipe last night for my family. Hands down the best meatloaf any of us have ever had. I mad extra and shared with our neighbors who agreed it was the best ever. So simple, I never would have thought of this but will use this more. Wife also wants me to look up more of your recipes so keep them coming! Thank you!

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (33)Laura Tucker says

      Hi Nick,
      I’m so excited to hear that this recipe was a hit with your family! That makes my day!

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  14. The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (34)Louisa says

    This sounds good. It looks like your venison is mixed with ground beef ? I’m wondering what I should mix in our venison. We processed ours, ourselves but didn’t mix it with anything else. What do you suggest so it tastes as good as yours !! ?. Can’t wait to make it.

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    • The BEST Ever Meat Loaf Recipe: Venison Edition - Southern Made Simple (35)Laura Tucker says

      Hi Louisa! We don’t add any ground beef to ours, but we do add in a little pork fat since venison is so lean and can easily dry out.

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