Easy Gluten-Free Meatloaf

Meatloaf on a platter
The Spruce
  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
397 Calories
23g Fat
14g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 397
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 455mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 578mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Meatloaf is one of those ultimate no-fail comfort foods: hearty and filling, simple to prepare, and loaded with flavor. Meatloaf is a staple in many households and, with a few small changes, it still can be enjoyed by anyone following a gluten-free lifestyle. In place of regular breadcrumbs, gluten-free cracker crumbs are used, offering, along with eggs, the necessary binding ingredients to keep the meatloaf together.

This no-fuss gluten-free meatloaf recipe makes a big loaf, which usually means meatloaf leftovers. If you've never enjoyed it before, try a thick slab of leftover meatloaf between two pieces of gluten-free bread spread with a mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup applesauce

  • 1 cup gluten-free cracker crumbs (or gluten-free breadcrumbs)

  • 1 medium onion (chopped)

  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (gluten free)

  • 1 cup ketchup (gluten free, divided)

  • Optional:

    Milk or water (if needed to moisten mixture)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Gluten-free meatloaf ingredients.
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  2. Preheat oven to 400 F/204 C.

  3. To a large mixing bowl, add ground beef, eggs, applesauce, cracker crumbs, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 cup ketchup.

    Ground beef, eggs, applesauce, breadcrumbs, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup in a bowl
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  4. Use your hands to thoroughly blend the mixture. You can use disposable gloves if you like.

    Meatloaf ingredients added together
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  5. Add a small amount of milk or water, if necessary, to moisten the mixture.

    Milk pouring into meatloaf mixture
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  6. Use a large spatula to scoop the meat mixture into a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan. Press down and smooth the top.

    Meatloaf in a pan, spatula and glass bowl
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  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the pan and pour off any excess fat.

    Pour excess fat out of baked meatloaf
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  8. Spread the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup over the top of the loaf.

    Spread ketchup over meatloaf
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  9. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes.

    Gluten-free meatloaf
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  10. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • To avoid a dry meatloaf, use ground meat with a bit of fat, like 80/20. The applesauce in this recipe will also assure a moist meatloaf.
  • Keep a batch or two of homemade gluten-free breadcrumbs in the freezer and you'll be set to make gluten-free meatloaf anytime you want.
  • When purchasing Worcestershire and ketchup for this recipe, be sure to check the labels as some brands include gluten. Annie's Naturals Organic Ketchup is a delicious gluten-free ketchup option. 
  • Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten.
  • Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

Recipe Variations

  • To lighten up this recipe, swap ground turkey in place of ground beef.
  • To add a little heat to your meatloaf, sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.