Help! Why is the bottom of my meatloaf burning?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Help! Why is the bottom of my meatloaf burning?
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Tue, 02-11-2014 - 1:18pm

I know it sounds totally stupid but the last few meatloafs I have made have had the bottom burned. I am not sure why suddenly I can't seem to make a meatloaf. I will mix my ingredients, put it in my glass baking dish after I spray with cooking spray, then bake at 325. I have done this for years with no problems. What can be happening???

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-03-1999
Tue, 02-11-2014 - 8:38pm

325 is too low.  By the time the top is finally cooked, the bottom is burned.  Your heating element is on the bottom of the oven.  Meatloaf, and just about any other oven recipe, should be cooked at 350,  with the pan on a shelf in the center of the oven.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Wed, 02-12-2014 - 8:50am

Hmmm, you think that is what it is? I used to make great meatloaf then didn't make it for a long time and tried again to make it and couldn't figure out what was going wrong. I will try 350 and see if that helps.

Thank you so very much!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2013
Wed, 02-12-2014 - 11:22am

I had a problem with the bottom of things burning when I changed cooking sprays. I started getting a cheaper brand. I went back to a better brand and it helped.

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 02-14-2014 - 7:45pm

My first guess was that your shelf was not in the middle and too far down.  Maybe something wrong with your element?  

I also use 350 and cook one pound for an hour.  

How are other things turning out in your oven?

Serenity

Serenity
Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
Sun, 02-16-2014 - 11:27am
Usually glass dishes are lower heated.. I would start putting a temperature gauge in them and keep an eye on it..
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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
Sun, 02-16-2014 - 11:28am
You also could try to put your dish on a tray so the dish doesn't get to hot.. I use 45 mins for min
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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 10:57am

My oven rack was moved and I never noticed it. So far so good on everything.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 10:58am

I've never used a temperature gauge for meatloaf. How often would you check it?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-03-1999
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 12:56pm
A temperature gauge is a flat, round thermometer, with a big face, and a hook on the back. You hang it from the rack next to the food you are cooking, or even in an empty oven, to check if the temp you are setting your oven on, it the temp it is ACTUALLY creating, in the spot you intend to cook.Another idea is to put your glass pan on a cookie sheet, to have a buffer between the heat source and the pan. Actually I do NOT like cooking in glass, unless it is necessary to show the bottom of the dish, like apple brown betty.