No-fail Gluten-Free Meatloaf that’s easy to make, packed with flavor, and comforting any night of the week. This gluten-free meatloaf recipe is also dairy-free and nut-free.
If you are looking for a meatloaf recipe with oatmeal you’ve come to the right place. If you can’t have oats, no worries, you can use gluten-free crackers or breadcrumbs instead.
Gluten-Free Meatloaf doesn’t have to be tasteless and dry. It can’t be flavorful, moist, and delicious. You’re going to love this easy gluten-free meatloaf recipe. It has some hidden veggies and some additional optional add-ins. It’s one of the easiest weeknight meals and it can be made ahead of time and baked when ready.
My husband got this gluten-free meatloaf recipe from a friend, who got it from a friend. Since then, I’ve modified it to meet my family’s style. This is one of the few meatloaf’s that I actually like. Growing up, meatloaf was a dry hunk of meat that you could barely swallow, even after you smothered every inch of it in ketchup (sorry mom, it’s true!).
I really enjoy this gluten-free meatloaf recipe for two reasons. The first being that it’s moist and full of flavor. The second is that it is loaded with veggies. If you prefer turkey over beef you’ll want to make this Turkey Meatloaf.
Meatloaf has European origins dating back thousands of years and has been a staple meal in households across the United States for centuries – hitting cookbooks in the U.S in the early 19th century. It’s quick to throw together and is considered a low budget meal when served with vegetables and potatoes.
You can use ground turkey or beef in this gluten-free meatloaf recipe and you don’t need to do anything different if you decide to use one or the other. We typically make this gluten-free meatloaf with beef but not everyone likes beef or can eat it.
The shredded zucchini adds moisture to the recipe, helping to keep the gluten-free meatloaf from drying out. You don’t have to add the other recommended vegetables, but we like to hide veggies in our meals, so we usually add all the vegetable options.
Tips for making gluten-free meatloaf
- You can use gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers in place of the gluten-free oats
- Make sure all your ingredients are gluten-free
- Use a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
- You can leave out the veggies if you like, but they add flavor and moisture to the recipe
If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below.
How to make Gluten-Free Meatloaf
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a large mixing bowl, blend all ingredients.
- Press the meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan, or 8×8 square pan.
- If desired, brush the top with ketchup half way through baking.
- Bake 1 hour.
- Let cool for ten minutes. Serve hot.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
That’s it. Super easy! You can always make the gluten-free meatloaf mixture the night before and store it covered in the refrigerator. Simply pre-heat the oven when you are ready to bake it and add 5 minutes to the cook time (because you are baking it from a colder temperature point).
Can I use gluten-free crackers in meatloaf
Yes! traditionally people used to make their meatloaf recipe with oatmeal. You can use gluten-free crackers or breadcrumbs in meatloaf. We typically use gluten-free oats in our gluten-free meatloaf but not everyone can tolerate oats. Swap the 1 cup of oats in this recipe for equal parts crushed gluten-free crackers or dried breadcrumbs and bake as directed.
Are oats gluten-free?
Oats in a natural form, with no contamination, are gluten-free. If the oats are grown on land that once grew wheat they may be contaminated. Also, when processing oats, if they’re not processed in a wheat-free facility there’s a risk of contamination. We like to use Gluten-Free Harvest Certified Organic Rolled Oats (affiliate link) in our gluten-free meatloaf.
What to serve with gluten-free meatloaf
- Gluten-Free Crescent Rolls
- Mashed Potatoes
- Steamed Green Beans
- Roasted Vegetables
- Lemon Wok Asparagus
- Red Roasted Potatoes
- Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
If you have any questions about this gluten-free meatloaf recipe please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.
Again, this meatloaf is delicious, healthy, and low-budget. You can either make it in advance, or bake it while you are winding down after work. You can serve almost any side with gluten-free meatloaf and you can be sure everyone will love it.
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 488mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g