Keto Meatloaf

With this Keto Meatloaf recipe, those of us living a low carb lifestyle don’t have to miss out on meatloaf anymore! Enjoy this comfort food classic with no remorse–and no crushed pork rinds!

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What Makes This Keto Meatloaf So Good?

  • Easy. This is a simple pour and cook recipe. Mix the ingredients, bake, glaze, and enjoy.
  • Low Carb. Only 6 grams of net carbs per serving.
  • Fast. Minus the prep, this recipe is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.
  • Comfort Food. Is it luxurious? Nope. But it’s one of those recipes you’ll reach for again and again because of how incredibly satisfying it is.

Many of us like meatloaf but won’t admit this widely. I have no shame about loving meatloaf at all—I just can’t use breadcrumbs in mine.

I also can’t make a sugar-laden ketchup glaze for the top since I prefer to keep things low carb. We all know that meatloaf without a meatloaf topping isn’t quite making the grade.

In this recipe, I ask you to use a little tomato paste (not ketchup) for both the meatloaf sauce and the keto meatloaf. Not only does this taste good, but it keeps you from wasting most of a can of perfectly good tomato paste.

I didn’t use a loaf pan. I don’t know about you, but I hate scrubbing a loaf pan after baking things. Fewer dishes, more time for eating.

What Can I Use In Meatloaf Instead Of Breadcrumbs?

I opted to use almond flour in this recipe, and the final product comes out a fantastic gluten-free meatloaf. It’s every bit as good as a non-keto meatloaf, and maybe even a little bit better, but I might be a little bit bias.

Can You Use Pork Rinds Instead Of Bread Crumbs?

Yes, but…

This isn’t another one of those keto recipes that uses pork rinds instead of regular flour. Thank goodness it’s not one of those. If you’ve been on a keto or low carb diet for any period of time, I’m sure you’re tired of seeing pork rinds in everything.

How To Make Keto Meatloaf

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, egg, almond flour, half and half, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. You will get a loose mixture.
  3. Form into four individual mini meatloaves. Place a grill rack on to a sheet pan or in a square baking dish (Skip the loaf pan for this recipe). Place the meatloaves on top of this so that the grease can drip down into the baking sheet. If you don’t have fancy contraptions like grill racks that fit into baking pans, don’t worry about it.
  4. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the glaze: Mix together tomato paste, water, Stevia, and Dijon mustard and set aside.
  6. Remove the meatloaves from the oven and turn on the broiler. Move the oven rack about 6 inches away from the broiling element.
  7. Cover the tops of the meatloaves with the glaze. Broil for 5-6 minutes and check temperature for meatloaf doneness by using a thermometer inserted into the meatloaves. I should register at least 145F for the internal temperature. The glaze should be browned a little. Serve hot.

Tips And Tricks For Making This Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe

  • You can double this recipe as easily as you can halve it.
  • You could also scoop the low carb meatloaf mixture into muffin tins and bake them as keto meatloaf muffins. In this case, you will likely only need to cook them for 15 minutes or so.
  • I decided to make this keto friendly meatloaf recipe in the form of patties instead of a traditional loaf in order to make the recipe faster. While there’s something quite elegant about a whole meatloaf cooked in a loaf pan, there’s something quite efficient about four individual meatloaves that not only cook faster but also are a good serving size.
  • Wrap this low carb meatloaf with strips of bacon and secure in place with toothpicks before baking to make bacon wrapped keto meatloaf.
  • As with any meatloaf recipe, try not to overwork the meat as it tends to make the meatloaves a little dry.
  • Some people like to sneak veggies into their meatloaf. I like to do that as well on a keto diet. You can use shredded vegetables, but it’s possible that depending on the moisture content in the vegetables you may need to add more almond flour to your meatloaf.
  • You can also make these with ground turkey for Keto Turkey Meatloaf. Take note that nutrition information will not stay the same.
  • If you simply can’t be bothered to make your own glaze, you can also use sugar free ketchup as long as you pick one that still fits into your macros.
  • Serve with mashed cauliflower for a complete low carb meal.

Looking For More Great Low Carb Comfort Food Recipes? Check These Out!

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So the next time you’re craving a healthy recipe for meatloaf, do yourself a favor, save yourself the unnecessary carbs and make this amazing easy Keto Meatloaf. Make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook so they can enjoy it as well!

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Keto Meatloaf

With this Keto Meatloaf recipe, those of us living a low carb lifestyle don’t have to miss out on meatloaf anymore! Enjoy a comfort food classic guilt-free!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 36 minutes

Course: Main Courses

Cuisine: American

Keyword: diabetic meatoaf, keto meatloaf, low carb meatloaf

Servings: 4

Calories: 304kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

For The Meatloaf

For The Glaze

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.

  • In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, egg, almond flour, half and half, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. You will get a loose mixture.
  • Form into four individual patties. Place a grill rack on to a sheet pan or in a square baking dish. Place the meatloaves on top of this so that the grease can drip down into the baking sheet. If you don’t have fancy contraptions like grill racks that fit into baking pans, don’t worry about it.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the glaze: Mix together tomato paste, water, Stevia, and Dijon mustard and set aside.

  • Remove the meatloaves from the oven and turn on the broiler. Move the oven rack about 6 inches away from the broiling element.

  • Cover the tops of the meatloaves with the glaze. Broil for 5-6 minutes until a thermometer inserted into the meatloaves registers 145F and the glaze has browned a little. Serve hot.
  • You can double this recipe as easily as you can halve it.
  • You could also scoop the meatloaf mixture into muffin tins and bake them as individual, portable meatloaves.
  • I decided to make this recipe in the form of patties instead of a traditional loaf in order to make the recipe faster. While there’s something quite elegant about a whole meatloaf, there’s something quite efficient about four individual meatloaves that not only cook faster but also are a good serving size.
  • As with any meatloaf, try not to overwork the meat as it tends to make the meatloaves a little dry.
  • Some people like to sneak veggies into their meatloaf. I like to do that as well. You can use shredded vegetables, but it’s possible that depending on the moisture content in the vegetables you may need to add more almond flour to your meatloaf.

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Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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Originally Published May 5, 2018

Don’t forget to check out my other Keto cookbooks.

Keto Instant Pot, Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets, & Treats, and Easy keto in 30 minutes.