Keto Meatloaf

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This keto meatloaf is moist, extra juicy, and topped with a sweet and tangy glaze! Made with simple ingredients, it’s a low carb dinner recipe you’ll make over and over again! 3 grams net carbs per serving. 

keto meatloaf

Keto Meatloaf

When it comes to classic homestyle food made low carb, my favorite recipes to make are lasagna, mac and cheese, and this keto meatloaf. 

I’m a sucker for classic comfort food, and it stems from my mom being a fantastic cook. We rarely ate takeout and most nights my mom would make dinner from scratch. Of course, my sister and I had our favorites (anything with potatoes…), but nothing beat her classic meatloaf. 

I’ve stolen her original recipe and given it a few tweaks to make it keto friendly and by golly, is this recipe an absolute keeper! 

Why this keto meatloaf recipe will be your new favorite-

  • Extra juicy! Seriously, this is one of the juiciest and moist meatloaves that will have you begging for seconds (or thirds!). 
  • Simple ingredients. Keto recipes have an unfair stigma that they use expensive and hard-to-find ingredients. This is NOT the case for this recipe, as it uses simple and affordable ingredients (that you probably have in your freezer and pantry right now!). 
  • Stable and sturdy. No, this meatloaf isn’t dense- It’s sturdy enough that it doesn’t crumble or fall apart once you slice it up! 
  • Kid friendly. How do you know if you’ve got a winning recipe on hand? Ensure it is kid-approved. 

As mentioned above, the texture of the meatloaf ticks all the boxes. It’s moist and juicy in the middle and is perfectly cooked on the outside! It’s meaty, hearty, and topped with a simple sweet and tangy glaze! 

What I love about this meatloaf is that the leftovers make some incredible sandwiches. I love adding a thick slice between some keto bread or buns and slathering it with some bbq sauce– It’s making me salivate right now!

Ingredients in this low carb meatloaf

For the meatloaf

  • Ground beef– For any good meatloaf, I recommend you use ground beef that is 80/20 (80% lean and 20% fat). If you are in Australia, that is 3-star beef mince. Using fat free ground beef or full fat ground beef will yield a too dry and too wet meatloaf, respectively. 
  • Onion– Either grated or finely chopped onion. The smaller the pieces of onion are, the more tender the meatloaf will be. 
  • Garlic– Finely minced. 
  • Eggs– Room temperature eggs . 
  • Ketchup– Use your favorite sugar free ketchup or homemade keto ketchup
  • Milk– I used unsweetened coconut milk but any milk can be used. 
  • Keto bread crumbs– Crushed up pork rinds are a low carb alternative to breadcrumbs or panko bread crumbs. You can also use almond flour if you prefer. 
  • Parsley– Freshly chopped, not the dried kind! 
  • Salt and pepper– To taste. 

meatloaf ingredients

For the meatloaf glaze

  • Ketchup– Again, I used my keto ketchup which tastes just like traditional ketchup…minus the carbs. 
  • White vinegar– To balance out the intense sweetness and add some tang. 
  • Brown sugar substitute– Homemade keto brown sugar

meatloaf glaze ingredients

How do you make keto meatloaf? 

Mix together the meatloaf ingredients and transfer them into a lined loaf pan. Bake it for 40 minutes, before adding the glaze on top and baking for a further 15 minutes. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes, before slicing it up. Be sure to drizzle the pan juices over it for extra flavor. 

Tips and FAQ to make the BEST recipe

What happens if you don’t put crumbs in the meatloaf? 

Breadcrumbs help soak up some of the more wet ingredients and also yield a more tender dish. As breadcrumbs are not keto friendly, we use crushed-up pork rinds instead, which actually gives the meatloaf an even more delicious flavor. 

Alternatively, you can also use almond flour or blanched almond flour

Is it better to cook meatloaf covered or uncovered? 

If you omit the meatloaf glaze, you should cover your meatloaf halfway through the cooking process, so it remains extra juicy in the middle. You can remove the tin foil cover five minutes before it is done to have the tender exterior.

What is the ideal internal temperature of meatloaf?

The ideal internal temperature of meatloaf is 70C/160F. When testing the temperature, be sure to do so in the middle of the meatloaf. 

Flavor and recipe variations

While this meatloaf recipe sticks to the classic, here are some other ways to jazz it up for some variety! 

  • Bacon wrapped meatloaf– Wrap the pre-cooked meatloaf with bacon strips, using toothpicks to hold them in place. The bacon will become extra crispy while keeping the meatloaf gloriously moist. 
  • Turkey meatloaf– Replace the ground beef with ground turkey. Like the beef, avoid using extra lean turkey.
  • Chicken meatloaf– Replace the ground beef with ground chicken. I often do this by adding skinless chicken thighs to my food processor. 
  • Meatloaf muffins– Instead of baking the meatloaf in a loaf pan, bake them in a muffin tin. Reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes and cover the pan after the glaze is added. 
  • Stuffed meatloaf– Add half the meatloaf mixture into the loaf pan, followed by diced bacon and several slices of mozzarella cheese. Top with the remaining meatloaf mixture. 

Storing, freezing, and reheating meatloaf

  • To store: Meatloaf can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week. 
  • To freeze: Place leftover meatloaf in a shallow container and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
  • Reheating: Either microwave the meatloaf for a minute or reheat in a preheated oven for 5-6 minutes. Be sure to brush the exterior with some water to ensure it doesn’t dry out. 

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What to serve keto meatloaf with? 

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Best Ever Keto Meatloaf

5 from 421 votes
This keto meatloaf is moist, extra juicy, and topped with a sweet and tangy glaze! Made with simple ingredients, it's the ideal low carb dinner recipe you'll make over and over again!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Ingredients  

For the meatloaf

  • 2 lbs ground beef 80/20 * See notes
  • 1 medium onion grated/finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar free ketchup
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon milk of choice I used unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon parsley freshly chopped
  • 3/4 cup keto bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the meatloaf glaze

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Line and grease a 9 x5-inch pan and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all the meatloaf ingredients and mix well.  Add the meatloaf to the greased pan and shape it into the loaf shape. 
  • Transfer the meatloaf into the oven and bake for 40 minutes. While it is baking, prepare the glaze by whisking together all the ingredients until combined.
  • After 40 minutes, remove the meatloaf and spread with the glaze on top. Bake for a further 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes, before slicing. Drizzle with baking juices from the pan. Sprinkle with extra parsley.

Notes

* Also known as 3 star mince. Avoid using extra lean beef mince or else you risk the meatloaf drying out.
TO STORE: Meatloaf can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftover meatloaf in a shallow container and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
REHEATING: Either microwave the meatloaf for a minute or reheat in a preheated oven for 5-6 minutes. Be sure to brush the exterior with some water to ensure it doesn't dry out. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 25gFat: 19gSodium: 445mgPotassium: 382mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 154IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 3mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    The picture shows Italian Seasoning in the recipe, but the instructions do not include it. Do you add it and how much? Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t see where the Italian sesoning is in the ingredients was in the ingrediennts, but is is in the photos of ingredients. Did I miss something? Getting ready to bake and did not add. Oh well.

  3. 5 stars
    I made your meatloaf recipe for the second time today. It is very similar to my own, but from yours, I added milk and ketchup. Didn’t have fresh parsley, but I added a lot of Italian Seasoning blend and celery flakes. It is tender and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Best Keto meat loaf I have tried. It is very flavorful, moist and moist. The glaze is delicious! Try it. You won’t be disappointed!

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! Better than the recipe I’ve been using since I was a teen!! I’m now 89. You have mant wonderul recipes for me to try.

  6. 5 stars
    Best meatloaf I’ve ever had. I will never go back to any other meatloaf. I eat it every few days and the family Loves it!

  7. 5 stars
    This was easy to make and delicious. Followed the recipe as written but next time will add some extra herbs and spices to jazz it up a bit. It is great even for those who are not following the Keto lifestyle. My husband loved it and did not even notice the difference.

  8. 5 stars
    OMG, BEST KETO MEATLOAF RECIPE !!! I have made it, as is first time both hubby and I agreed👍🏻 . Great texture and flavour. Will make again and again. I used pork rind crumbs and reduce salt too 1/2 a teaspoon.. so good 😊 thank you

  9. 5 stars
    This was seriously the best keto meatloaf! I didn’t use the glaze because I didn’t have the ingredients on hand, but wrapped in bacon and put some ketchup on towards the end.

  10. 5 stars
    Our favorite meatloaf. So delish! I’ve been making meatloaf my whole married life (over 50 years) and always “knew” it was the best. This one is now our favorite. I’ve shared the recipe with many now.

  11. Love this recipe! I made a double batch using ground turkey and put many meals into freezer. This is a definite keeper!!!

  12. 5 stars
    One time making this recipe and my family loves it! We have it about twice a month. I normally use 1 lb lean burger and 1 lb Italian sausage, everything else according to the recipe. We no longer do the glaze, the little boys don’t care for it. It’s an easy recipe to put together and we love it: win, win!
    Thank you for a delicious dinner idea!

  13. 5 stars
    I have to admit that I tweek every recipe a little bit. I let out the ketchup from the meat mixture, and added extra garlic and 1/2 tsp onion salt, and a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper. Otherwise, followed to the letter, and hands down this is the best meatloaf recipe keto or otherwise. It was flavorful, it was moist, it didn’t give me heartburn…WINNER!

    1. 5 stars
      This was perfect to eat and ĥad the house smelling amazing. I didn’t have pork rinds so I used almond flour…still turned out nicely.

  14. 5 stars
    Very very good! The only change I made was that I used almond flour instead of pork rinds so I decided not to add the milk. It still held its shape and tasted great. My family loved it.
    I am so happy I found this site. There are so many great recipes that I am excied to try!

  15. 5 stars
    This was insanely delicious. Mine did fall apart, but I realized I packed it down too hard/firm and the fats/juices had nowhere to escape to! Next time I will form it better.

    But wow, the taste. I am amazed. I did add a bit more garlic to suit my taste (but that was the only change!) I spent some time today messaging people to send it around. Absolutely wonderful!

  16. I grew up in an Italian household in New Jersey, my mother couldn’t even taste the difference between her recipe and mine thank you for sharing this and keep up the great work!

    1. 5 stars
      Omg! I used sugar free BBQ sauce instead of the ketchup and I skipped the brown sugar. This was juicy and delicious. My husband is always happy to try my sugar free experiments and this was a huge hit.

  17. 5 stars
    I’ve made these three times in less than a month. meatloaf is so easy and so delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      Delicious! I made some substitutions that a few people offered in the comments. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I used almond flour for “keto bread crumbs”. Then used, G Hughes for the sauce! I tried it with BBQ (Hickory) and Ketchup, both G Hughes brand and tasted awesome! I used the suggested measurements and I was very impressed. Definitely making this again!