Are you looking for the best healthy meatloaf recipe? Try our classic gluten free meatloaf – it’s easy to make with grassfed ground beef and oatmeal.
Meatloaf is one of those meals that takes me back to my childhood. We ate meatloaf quite often in my childhood home, and I have continued making it in my adulthood for my own family.
Making Gluten Free Meatloaf
When I first went gluten free, I did stop eating meatloaf for a while while I adjusted to my new reality. Now I make it with gluten free bread crumbs, rice or oats, depending upon what I have on hand.
I used oatmeal in this particular recipe. It works well with the egg to bind the meatloaf together, but feel free to substitute it for gluten free bread crumbs or pre-cooked rice instead.
My husband likes the rice version best because it makes the meat light and fluffy. If you want a denser, more traditional meatloaf, stick with the oats or breadcrumbs.
Choosing the Right Ground Beef
And, while we purchase most of our meat from ButcherBox, I find that if you use fattier ground beef for this meatloaf, you’ll get a more moist and flavorful final result thanks to the extra fat.
A lean ground beef like the one we get from ButcherBox may result in drier meatloaf, so you may want to add in some extra tallow if you do go with a very lean ground beef to help balance it out.
Make it a Meal
This Gluten Free Classic Meatloaf recipe pairs well with mashed potatoes and most vegetables. You can even use the leftovers for a meatloaf sandwich the next day!
If you’re on a gluten free diet (and even if you’re not), I hope your family enjoys this classic meatloaf recipe! Prefer to make pressure cooker meatloaf? Try our Instant Pot Gluten Free Meatloaf recipe.
Classic Gluten Free Meatloaf Recipe
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all meatloaf ingredients (excluding topping ingredients) into a medium bowl. Use your clean hands to mix the ingredients just until they're all incorporated. Over-mixing may result in a tougher meatloaf so don't overmix.
- Transfer the meat loaf mixture to a loaf pan, and press and smooth the surface until it’s even.
- Next, mix the topping ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the topping over the meatloaf in the loaf pan, then use a silicone spatula to spread it evenly over the surface of the meatloaf.
- Transfer the loaf pan to the oven, and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Remove your gluten free meatloaf from the oven and drain off any excess grease. You may need to spread the topping once more after draining, so it evenly covers the surface.
- Allow the meatloaf to cool for up to 10 minutes before serving with your favorite side dishes.