Cooked Moist Sous Vide Meatloaf slices on a wooden cutting board

How to Cook Moist Sous Vide Meatloaf

Learn How to Cook Moist Sous Vide Meatloaf with this easy classic meatloaf recipe. Cooked to moist perfection using a sous vide machine.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword meatloaf in sous vide, moist meatloaf recipe, sous vide meatloaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 454kcal
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  • ¾ cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery diced small
  • 1 medium onion diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 pound ground beef 85% lean
  • 1 pound ground mild Italian sausage
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ cup ketchup, bbq or desired sauce


  • Prepare sous vide machine in a large pot water bath and set to 153° F. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and milk to soak. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan to medium heat. Add celery and onion. Cook until fragrant and soft, about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in seasoning and tomato paste. Let cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, mix together beef, sausage, bread crumbs, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until well incorporated. Mix in cooked veggies, then form into 2 rounded rectangular loaves.
  • Place a loaf sideways into vacuum sealer roll/pouch with one end sealed. Cut opposite end about 4” from loaf. Set the vacuum sealer to moist mode and seal meatloaf. Repeat for other loaf.
  • Submerge loaves into water bath and sous vide 153° for 75 minutes, or until slightly firm and some clear juices have formed in pouches.
  • Remove from water and let sit 15 minutes. Open pouches, drain liquid and place loaves on baking sheet.
  • Coat tops with sauce and broil 2-3 minutes until heated. Cut into slices and serve.


  • Breadcrumbs and milk: Breadcrumbs creates extra space and air between the meat proteins, it also holds some of the fat from the meat. Otherwise you’d be basically cooking a big burger. Soak them ahead of time in milk to create more moisture and volume.
  • Mix in eggs: Adding eggs helps hold everything together.
  • Add vegetables such as onions, celery and carrots: This creates soft areas in the loaf as well. Cook them ahead of time to prevent crunchy bits.
  • Use fattier meats: Normally I prefer cooking with lean 93% beef, but 85% creates a more moist meatloaf, even if a lot of the fat drains out during cooking. Incorporating ground sausage into the beef adds a nice variety of flavor and texture
  • Cook using sous vide at 153° for 75 minutes: Instead of baking in an oven and risking overcooked meatloaf. The meatloaf will cook only to the set temp.
  • Coat with sauce and broil: Since sous vide does not brown meats, adding the glaze and this step at the end will create a traditional coating that comes with roasting.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 1073mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3.1mg