Breadless Meatloaf

The kids and Craig had a hankering for meatloaf, so I whipped up something which I thought might taste delish(ix!) yet still fall well within low-carb, primal, and paleo guidelines.

We’ve got 3 kids, so this recipe makes a lot – 3 loaves – but it is really easy to downsize to fit a smaller audience. Plus it freezes well after baking.

There are so many variations on this theme. Instead of traditional flavors, try using homemade taco seasoning (hi Kalyn :). Or put a couple of slices of raw bacon or a layer of homemade ketchup over the top before baking. You can add fresh or dry spices like basil or marjoram to the mix too.

If you’re careful with the ingredients you use to flavor this meatloaf, it can also easily be gluten-free as well.

Do you have kids who think they don’t like onions? Just mince them (not the kids) up really tiny and they’ll blend right into the meatloaf. Or tell them what I tell my kids: onions are for flavor. Somehow that works and they are able to enjoy the dish without remembering watching me cut up the strong-smelling onions!

There are a million ways to make meatloaf that don’t involve bread crumbs. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Breadless Meatloaf
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Easy bread-free meatloaf suitable for low-carb, primal, paleo and gluten free diets.
Serves: 5-8
  • 5 pounds ground beef, turkey, lamb...
  • 5 eggs
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TB Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TB Dijon mustard
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 TB salt
  • Ground pepper to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put out your loaf pans so you're not pulling them out of the cupboard with meat-covered hands!
  3. Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands.
  4. Divide equally into the 3 loaf pans. Smooth the tops.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes. (Less if you reduced the recipe.)



  1. Nice recipe! Thanks for sharing this with us on Chowstalker!

    • Thanks – there’s a little left in the fridge which I’m going to have for lunch today. Thanks for featuring this recipe on your site – I’m off to add a show-off badge now :)

  2. Thanks Erica! I was looking for a recipe for primal/paleo meatloaf and was already planning on making it tonight. This recipe is perfect as my guide. I’ve decided to add some fresh herbs grown in my backyard and a splash of wine. It’s all mixed and I can’t wait till it comes out! I’ll let you know how it goes…

    • That sounds fantastic – please let me know how it goes!

    • I loved it! I used 1 lb of beef and 1 lb of pork for my meat. Then I pretty much followed your recipe other than what I mentioned before. It is really good. Thanks again!!

      • Excellent, glad it worked out! In this recipe I was clearing out all the ground beef from my CSA and I used lamb, beef and pork. It was decadent and delish! I love the combos too.

  3. I’m going to have to try this, sounds great.
    Happy to find a recipe that doesn’t involve almond flour or meal. I have nothing against it, I just prefer not to use it

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