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's Cooking
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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    • Sandy

    My family loved this recipe! I’m making it again today. Easy and delicious! Thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      You are welcome, Sandy! So glad to hear it’s on repeat!

    • Jen

    This has become my go-to meatloaf recipe. It has a great flavor and texture, and it is really quick to make, I can get it in the oven in no-time. Leftovers are great for meal prep lunches and sandwiches. Thanks for a great recipe.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Oh wonderful, Jen! I love it too!

    • Robin

    I have made meatloaf before and thought it was pretty good. When I found this recipe I decided it sounded as easy as the one I have used in the past but a little twist. I have to say it was amazing and I love the glaze. This is the recipe I will use from here out.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m so glad to hear, Robin! That’s a big compliment!

    • Andrea

    This recipe is super yummy. The homemade topping was simple and delicious. Juiciest meatloaf recipe I have ever made! No need to look further 🙂

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Haha 🙂 So awesome to hear, Andrea!

    • Robert

    Any problem with prepping this the day before?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Haven’t tried so, but I don’t see what can go wrong with making it ahead of time.

    • Debra Honeycutt

    Blown away with how delicious this meatloaf recipe is!! I have never been a huge meatloaf fan but was making this for my husband. He loved it and so did I! I used a pound of 85% lean ground beef and a pound of ground 93% lean turkey. Also, since we both have high blood pressure, cut the salt in half and it tasted great. I added some parmesan cheese, as you suggest in your tips. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! My new go-to meatloaf recipe.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Debra, I’m so happy to hear the rave review on the meatloaf! Thank you for the taking the time to leave a feedback, it was pleasant to read through!

    • Allison

    Should I use the same amount of ingredients if I’m only using 1lb of ground beef?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Allison, if your only using 1 pound of ground beef you need to half all the other ingredients.

    • Jacki Whitehead

    Best recipe!! Thank you so much! A favorite go to…my husband loved it!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Jacki, thank you so much for the feedback! I’m so glad to hear it’s the best recipe!

    • Eliece

    If using old fashioned oats, do I need to grind them up in the food processor first or just mix them in with the meat as they come? I wasn’t sure if the oats needed to be similar in size to pablo crumbs, which is what I usually use. Thanks!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Eliece, you do not to grind the oats, they will cook right into the beef!

    • Linda

    This meatloaf recipe is amazing!! Has amazing flavor and is easy to make! I have tried many meatloaf recipes, trying to find one we love, I am done searching, this one is the best!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      What an amazing feedback, Linda! Thank you, I’m so glad to hear that!

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