Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gluten Free Meatloaf

I think everyone has their own spin on meatloaf. I have tasted many meatloaf combinations over the years in the fire department. Some have been flavorless and dry while others have been overly spicy and dripping with grease. In my opinion, my wife's meatloaf recipe (yes, she cooks once every couple months) really has a great balance of flavor and moisture. The biggest hurdle in creating gluten free meatloaf is finding gluten free bread crumbs. If we have them on hand we use Kinnikinnick bread crumbs. Otherwise, we will take a couple pieces of Whole Foods GF Sandwich Bread, pulse them in the food processor, then lightly toast on a baking sheet.
Gluten Free Meatloaf:
1-1/2 pounds ground beef (we use 7% fat beef)
1/2 of a medium onion (coarsely chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (pressed)
1/2 cup dry GF bread crumbs
1 egg
4 Tbs Ketchup divided (2 Tbs in the mixture, 2 Tbs on top)
3/4 cup of milk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp paprika
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes - 1 hour
Start by pulsing the onion in a food processor to mince it. Next, simply add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. My wife like to use a 9 inch round baking dish for cooking the meatloaf. She makes a little hole in the middle to collect any grease that does come out of the meat. I guess it's more like a meat donut than a meat loaf. Maybe I should go back and change my title. Nah!!! Anyway, spread the remaining 2 Tbs of ketchup on top and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. After removing the meatloaf from the oven, use a turkey baster or spoon to remove the grease from the hole in the center.

All that is left to do is slice it up and serve. Top with a little more ketchup if you like. Enjoy!!!


  1. You don't need to hunt for breadcrumbs for meatloaf or meatballs. You have a few options: don't use any, use ground corn chips or rice crackers or use parmesan cheese. Shredded veggies like zucchini or cut and sauted mushrooms are another option. The cheese is not casein or dairy free though.
    Nice blog!
    Nurse Lolita

  2. Hi there. I made this meatloaf tonight! It was good, my husband liked it and he's not a fan of meatloaf! That is saying something.

    I made my own breadcrumbs....I made one little change, by adding Italian seasonings to them along w/ the seasonings you called for in your recipe.

    I think it's gonna make good left overs too.

  3. Yummy! I used a combo of 1pkg each turkey, pork and 2# ground beef. Added 1 can diced tomatos, used rice milk, egg replacer, parsley. Instead of bread crumbs I crunch up Corn/Rice Chex. It is the best GF (and dairy, egg free) meatloaf I've made yet! This recipe is a keeper!

  4. Nice recipe! Thanks.

    BTW: If you are in Edmonton in mid/end of July, check out the Kinnickinnick GF pancake breakfast. Held on a Saturday morning during the local exhibition/fair. Simple, tasty and fun. Good to meet all kinds of GF folks from all walks of life.

  5. This is a fantastic recipe hands down. We made this for supper last night and my husband loved it.