Recipe: Grandma Boehne’s Meatloaf

For Yolklore owner Mary Hancock, her grandmother’s meatloaf is about much more than a delicious, easy-to-make meal; it’s about memories. Her grandfather’s vanilla-scented pipe. The smell of his leather easy chair. The setup of Grandma Boehne’s kitchen. All of these experiences come flooding back every time she bakes this classic dish, which is why she believes family recipes resonate so deeply with people.

“That’s why family recipes taste so good: When you smell them and taste them, they make you stop and focus for a second to think about where you had them and why that experience was so special,” says Hancock. “Having this sort of trigger takes you back. You can close your eyes and truly feel like you are there.”


  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 ½ -2 pounds ground beef


  1. Stir eggs and milk, then all other ingredients except for meat until bread crumbs are saturated.
  2. Stir in meat.
  3. Form into loaf or burgers
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

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