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Meatloaf comes together quickly and easily with this gluten-free recipe! Oatmeal works just as good in creating a classic meatloaf recipe and no one won’t even tell!

Nothing like a classic meatloaf dinner served with mashed potatoes and green beans for a comforting meal! It comes together quickly and if you can make it healthier by adding oats and not comprising on the flavor, then why not?  Once you try this, you may not want to use crackers, panko, or breadcrumbs anymore! Using oatmeal is totally undetectable! The meatloaf glaze is so basic made from only 3 ingredients and makes for one irresistible icing to the meatloaf.

What Beef is best for meatloaf?

Fat plays an important role in creating a juicy meatloaf. Too much fat will be greasy and too lean of meat can make your meatloaf dry. A good percentage to stick to is 80 or 85 percent lean/15 to 20 percent fat.

Tips for making Meatloaf:

  • Keep it simple and EASY in creating the classic flavors.
  • REST your meatloaf at least 20 minutes before slicing to maintain it’s shape and juices.
  • Add your GLAZE towards the end of your cooking time to prevent a burnt or dry sauce.
  • Choose the right lean to fat percentage for the GROUND BEEF.
  • Bake your MEATLOAF in a loaf pan for the meat to cook in its natural juices, instead of leaking out.
  • Use any leftovers for sandwiches, spaghetti, SHEPARD’S PIE or other recipes calling for ground beef.
  • LINE your loaf pan with foil or parchment paper for easy removal.

When should I add the glaze?

Adding your meatloaf sauce is best towards the end. It takes around an hour to bake a meatloaf and baking your glaze for that long can make for a dried out glaze or even scorched. To achieve a sticky glaze, simply baste some towards the last 15 minutes of your cooking time for the sauce to grip the meat.

Some savory add-ins:

Here are some common ingredients found in meatloaf recipes that can easily be added or substituted in meatloaf recipes-

  • Breadcrumbs, panko, or cracker crumbs- binding agents
  • Parsley- for flavor and appearance
  • Cheese- binding agent
  • Celery- flavor, and texture
  • Garlic- flavor
  • Additional spices- like Italian seasoning, paprika, other dried herbs for additional flavor
  • Tomato paste, sauce or juice- In place of the ketchup called for in most recipes

What’s the best way to freeze meatloaf?

Meatloaf can be frozen cooked or raw just a few things to keep in mind. IF FREEZING COOKED MEATLOAF, do not freeze with the glaze until after the loaf has been thawed and properly heated through. Under bake the meatloaf to leave some heating through time after thawing. Cool meatloaf completely to prevent freezer burn before placing it into the freezer. TO FREEZE RAW MEATLOAF, simply freeze solid right in the loaf pan, lined with parchment, then remove and wrap securely before placing back into the freezer. Proceed with the recipe after proper thawing.

What to serve with Meatloaf-

EASY Meatloaf Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
Meatloaf comes together quickly and easily with this gluten-free recipe! Oatmeal works just as good in creating a classic meatloaf recipe and no one won't even tell!



  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp yellow prepared mustard
  • 3 TBSP ketchup


  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp yellow prepared mustard


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix all meatloaf ingredients together and pat into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour.
  • Stir together the glaze ingredients and baste meatloaf the last 15 minutes of baking.
  • Allow meatloaf to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.



Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1gCalories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 15gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 648mgPotassium: 321mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 151IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg

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    • Heather L Honeycutt

    My family loves this recipe! I love it bc you recommend using Oatmeal in place of bread crumbs. I’ve used a combo of half homemade marinara and half glaze in your recipe, adding it in the last 15 minutes, yum!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      That’s wonderful Heather! I like this recipe for the same reason:)

    • Sile Hurrie

    My husband & I make this recipe every week & love it! This week, we made it with Organic Ground Turkey Breast (instead of Ground Beef) & added one Grated Carrot & one minced large Shallot (instead of onion) & it came out fabulous. It is our new favorite recipe. I hope others try it & enjoy 😋

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thank you for the feedback! Happy to hear it’s a remake!

    • Suzanne

    This is a truly delicious recipe. It’s a keeper! I generously topped the meatloaf with the sauce but then served the remaining with dinner. I spread a thin amount on my slice, it was nice to have a bit of tasty sauce in every bite.

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Wonderful! I’m happy you enjoyed our meatloaf recipe!

    • Teena Franzen

    This is my all time, go to meatloaf recipe 😋 It’s the 👌 best!!!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thanks, Teena!

    • Kent

    My fabulous cook wife, was very surprised when, for the first time I ever made a meatloaf following this receipt she said it was the best she had ever tasted.

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Kent, I’m happy to hear the fantastic feedback!

    • Taylor

    Best meatloaf me and my boyfriend Ever had

    • Cynthia Wright

    I cooked this meatloaf recipe tonight. My husband and I both agreed this is the best meatloaf we’ve ever had!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Wonderful, Cynthia! Happy you enjoyed the meatloaf:)

    • Chloe

    Do I mix the oatmeal in dry?

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Yes, it will cook into the meat.

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