15 Best Side Dishes for Meatloaf

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Wondering what are the best side dishes for meatloaf? Look no further than this list of 15 sides perfect for this classic comfort food!

Are you looking for the perfect meatloaf dinner side dishes? Look no further! We love meatloaf at my house (especially cheese-stuffed meatloaf!) and I have a list of some of the best side dishes to serve with a meatloaf meal that the whole family will love. 

sliced cheese stuffed meatloaf on white platter

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Meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food classic meal and it’s an easy recipe that works well for busy weeknights and is even great for special occasions. Paired with a tasty side dish, a simple recipe for meatloaf can make a fantastic meal that everyone will be excited about.

Whether you cook your favorite meatloaf recipe in the oven or slow cooker, check out the easy side dishes below that will be a breeze to toss together for the perfect meal! 

overhead view of yellow bowl with mashed potatoes topped with cheese and green onion

1. Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Butter and Cheese

Creamy mashed potatoes blended with roasted garlic, cheese, and butter make a rich and savory side that complements the hearty meatloaf. 

2. Roasted Vegetables Medley

Colorful carrots, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes roasted to perfection give you a sweet and caramelized contrast to the savory meatloaf.

3. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Fresh asparagus spears wrapped in crispy bacon are a delightful combination of smoky, savory flavors of rich meatloaf. This is a light, low carb side dish with tons of flavor. 

spoon full of bacon mac and cheese

4. Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy mac n cheese made with elbow macaroni enveloped in a velvety cheese sauce is a comforting and classic side dish that pairs well with meatloaf. A homemade mac and cheese recipe can be a really simple and delicious side dish that doesn’t take as long as it seems like it would, you can even use your slow cooker. It will be done before your homemade meatloaf!

stack of crispy baked onion rings on parchment paper

5. Crispy Onion Rings

Thinly sliced onions coated in a golden and crunchy batter have a satisfyingly crispy texture balanced with the meatloaf’s tenderness.

6. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili Lime Butter

Juicy corn cobs grilled to perfection and brushed with a zesty chili lime butter, adding a burst of flavor to the meal.

deviled egg potato salad in white bowl with spoon

7. Potato Salad

The creamy texture and tangy flavor or potato salad with diced potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and a flavorful dressing make a classic and satisfying side.

8. Sautéed Mushrooms

Mushrooms sautéed to perfection with garlic and herbs, create a savory and earthy side dish with delicious strong flavors that taste great with ground beef in meatloaf!

9. Sautéed Green Beans

Fresh green beans sautéed with minced garlic and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, offering a burst of garlicky goodness. You can make this recipe with Brussells sprouts too!

close up of diced russet potatoes with herbs after roasting

10. Roasted Potatoes

Roasted russet or red potatoes seasoned and roasted until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, providing a hearty and flavorful accompaniment. This recipe with simple ingredients is an easy and filling side!

spoon full of corn casserole

11. Corn Pudding

Savory and sweet corn casserole with a custard-like texture adds a unique and comforting element to the meal. This is one of my favorite side dishes!

12. Dinner Rolls

Dinner rolls are always a delicious option to serve with meatloaf. Especially if you’re also serving mashed potatoes, which is my favorite combination!

green bean casserole in white baking dish from above

13. Green Bean Casserole

Tender green beans in a creamy mushroom sauce topped with crispy fried onions is a classic and indulgent side. I love this as a side for meatloaf or any hearty Southern main dish!

14. Italian Pasta Salad

This refreshing pasta salad with Italian dressing, cherry tomatoes, olives, and fresh herbs, gives you a light and flavorful option.

sweet potato fries and dipping sauce on plate

15. Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy sweet potato french fries served with a sweet potato fry dipping sauce is a perfect blend of sweet and savory with a kick.

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