Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe

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Low Carb Meatloaf – Easy recipe for a low carb meatloaf made with cauliflower and ground beef. Simple, healthy dinner idea and comfort food recipe with absolutely no ketchup!

low carb meatloaf baked in blue baking dish with basil sprinkled on top

Meatloaf is one of my favorite meals, but my regular meatloaf has oatmeal, ketchup, and BBQ sauce, which all spell carbs, pretty much a no go for Dan. So I decided to work on a low carb meatloaf recipe he could enjoy too.

I’m not sure if this could be considered a keto meatloaf; I don’t know enough about keto ingredients at this point. BUT I do know it’s one recipe you can add to your list of low carb foods.

Now it is a work in progress, meaning I may be coming back to tweak it as I continue making it. I like to do that when I remake things over and over… I’ll tweak ingredients and sometimes it turns out even better than before.

This easy meatloaf is definitely delicious just the way it is, though. Even without all the ketchup and BBQ sauce that’s in my regular meatloaf recipe, it still has a ton of flavor.

sliced homemade low carb meatloaf in blue baking dish

And if you’re making meatloaf and need fewer servings, you can always cut the recipe in half. I like to make enough so that we can have meatloaf sandwiches (or salads) the next day for lunch.

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baked low carb meatloaf in baking dish

MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:

You’ll need just a few simple ingredients to make this low carb meatloaf…

  • Ground beef
  • Eggs
  • Small onion

You can also add a little parmesan, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup if you want more flavor… Parmesan is definitely something I add to my baked Italian cauliflower meatballs, but unfortunately, I didn’t have any on hand for my homemade meatloaf.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE A LOW CARB MEATLOAF

Meatloaf is super easy to make, which is why it’s usually on our menu at least once or twice a month. It’s basically a throw everything in the bowl and mix it up type of recipe.

low carb meatloaf ingredients in blue mixing bowl, including ground beef, cauliflower rice, onion, eggs, and seasonings

I’d suggest using a leaner ground beef that won’t shrink as much when baked. Meat with more fat will leave a ton of liquid in the pan when it’s done baking, and it’s liable to shrink up big time.

We usually buy beef from our local butcher shop, and it’s about a 90/10 mixture, which works really well for meatloaf. That mixture still gives off a little bit of juice but not so much that our meatloaf is sitting in a bunch of liquid.

The steamed cauliflower rice will help the meatloaf to be moist… Normally, I use oatmeal, but the carb content in oatmeal deterred me from using it for this recipe.

easy low carb meatloaf uncooked in a white baking dish

As for seasonings, we kept it simple. Salt, pepper, seasoning salt, and a Texas Style BBQ Seasoning (Great Value brand) we found at Walmart; I still like just a hint of BBQ flavor in my meatloaf.

HOW LONG TO COOK MEATLOAF

You’ll bake meatloaf at 350° in the oven.

Meatloaf usually takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to cook all the way through. You want to make sure it reaches an internal temperature of at least 160° with a meat thermometer.

low carb meatloaf baked and resting in baking dish

When it’s done, you can just remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes while you finish prepping the rest of your meal.

WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD TO PAIR WITH MEATLOAF?

Normally, I’d say to serve meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Yum! Unfortunately, mashed potatoes are definitely not low carb.

So you might want to go with a better option like maybe a colorful saladgreen beans, or broccoli. And remember, there’s cauliflower in the meatloaf, so you’ve already got a few hidden veggies.

slice of low carb meatloaf on white plate with fork

CAN I FREEZE MEATLOAF?

Yes, you can. Meatloaf would make an excellent freezer meal or make ahead meal.

MORE DINNER IDEAS WITH GROUND BEEF AND/OR CAULIFLOWER:

Easy Meatloaf Recipe – This is my regular recipe for meatloaf.

Baked Italian Cauliflower Meatballs – which you can pair with Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti.

Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice

Sausage and Chicken Instant Pot Casserole

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE THIS EASY MEATLOAF RECIPE:

13″x9″ casserole or baking dish – I love using this size baking dish to make a big 2-pound meatloaf that will stretch to give our family of 5 more than one meal.

Large mixing bowl – This makes it easy to just dump in all the ingredients and start mixing.

Meat thermometer – We use ours all the time; it really helps to tell if the meat has come to temp and is fully cooked.

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Low Carb Meatloaf

Easy recipe for a low carb meatloaf made with cauliflower and ground beef. Simple, healthy dinner idea and comfort food recipe with absolutely no ketchup!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Main Dish
Keyword easy meatloaf recipe, homemade meatloaf, how long to cook meatloaf, how to make meatloaf, low carb meatloaf, making meatloaf, meatloaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 252 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° and spray a 13″x9″ baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, eggs, minced onion, and cauliflower rice.

  3. Sprinkle in the seasonings, including the salt, black pepper, seasoning salt, and BBQ seasoning; and mix together well.

  4. Add the meatloaf mixture to the prepared baking dish, and pat together into a loaf.

  5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 160° with a meat thermometer.

  6. When the meatloaf has finished cooking, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for just a few minutes while you finish prepping the rest of your meal.

  7. Serve with your favorite sides** and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*I used Great Value brand Texas Style BBQ Seasoning, but you can use any low carb BBQ seasoning.

Normally, I serve meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, mashed potatoes are definitely not low carb. So you may want to serve it with something like a colorful saladgreen beans, or broccoli.

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 561mg 23%
Potassium 318mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 10.1%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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