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KETO Meatloaf Recipe – Learn How To Make This Easy Low Carb Meal

One of my favorite low carb meals to cook for the family is this KETO meatloaf recipe. Let’s make it!

Who has ground beef or ground turkey that needs to be cooked and you have no idea what to make the family but you are eating low carb so it has to be ketogenic diet friendly, right? Just me? Surely not! Let’s make this delicious low carb meatloaf recipe that is meaty and feeds our family of 6.

Easy Keto Meatloaf Recipe

If you are craving a hearty meal, this easy keto meatloaf recipe is what you are looking for. I have a bad problem of getting stuck in a rut with eating the same meal over and over.

keto meatloaf recipe
best keto meatloaf recipe

If you are ready to jazz up your family’s menu with some meaty goodness  while still eating low carb, let’s get out that baking sheet or

Low Carb Comfort Food

This is low carb comfort food at it’s best! Scroll past the recipe to learn all about the various type of low carb meatloaf recipes can be created from this base recipe!

keto meatloaf made with ground beef
Yield: 4

KETO Meatloaf Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

If you are eating low carb and trying really hard to stay on your keto diet - we got you. If you are craving a hearty, home cooked meal - this keto meatloaf recipe may just be your answer! The beautiful thing with this recipe, is the versatility. We have created a delicious base meat loaf recipe for you to use as is, or adapt!

Get creative and add other keto friendly foods to this. Maybe you have pork or ground turkey in the fridge, add that. Are you a mushroom person? Want to add a splash of worcestershire sauce? do it! Then add in mushrooms! Whatever you add, just make sure to watch ingredients to not increase the net carbs. So yes, that means - no bread crumbs (but you could substitute pork rinds!)

Our Keto meatloaf recipe is great for making a family meal. Even if your family doesn't eat low carb, you can easily add in carby sides for them (NOT YOU!) to eat. Grab a large bowl and a few ingredients and let's make this delicious low carb dinner.


  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup Baby Spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 8 oz Canned Tomato Paste
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove Chopped Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon Dried Basil
  • Cooking Spray (Olive Oil or Coconut Oil)
  • Kitchen Tools
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • Loaf Pan
  • Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Spatula


  1. Add ground beef to a mixing bowl. Mix in your egg, 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and 1 tablespoon dried basil.
  2. Mix meat, egg and seasoning ingredients well in a large bowl
  3. Next, pull a piece of the plastic wrap on put to your counter top. You will want your plastic wrap piece to be 4 inches or so longer than your loaf pan.
  4. Place beef mixture from mixing bowl on to the plastic wrap, in a rectangle shape. You will want your meat mixture to be approximately 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Top the meat mixture like a pizza with your baby spinach and then the cup of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Using the plastic wrap, roll the edges of your meat mixture on to itself to create a log. Pinch the edges closed to seal your ingredients.
  7. Place the keto meatloaf log into your refrigerator for 20 minutes. Yes, this can seem annoying, but will help firm up your delicious low carb meatloaf!
  8. While your meatloaf is firming, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Spray your loaf pan with the cooking spray of your choice.
  10. In your second mixing bowl, place your 8 oz canned tomato and mix in 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 tablespoon dried basil.
  11. Once your keto meatloaf is firm, take out of the fridge and transfer from the plastic wrap to your loaf pan.
  12. Top your uncooked low carb meatloaf with your tomato mixture.
  13. Cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes.
  14. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes at 350 degrees until cooked and golden brown.
  15. If you like a crisp top to your meatloaf, broil for 2 minutes. Top with chives for an optional flavor kick.
  16. Let sit for approximately 10 minutes before devouring! Check out our awesome keto sides ideas for suggestions on what to eat with this keto meatloaf recipe!


There are so many ways to make this delicious keto meatloaf recipe. Find which way works best for your taste and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 648mgCarbohydrates: 9gNet Carbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 28g

This data was automatically calculated by Nutritionix. We suggest you calculate by the specific ingredients that you use.

Make It How You Like It

Next time you are making a low carb meat loaf, let’s look at a few more ideas for making this the best meatloaf recipe because it’s customized to YOUR liking! Take our tasty keto meatloaf recipe and kick it up a notch!

Ingredients for keto meatloaf recipe easy
Ingredients for keto meatloaf recipe easy

Thinking back to mama’s meatloaf – while there were some things that I loved that she made, her regular meatloaf was not a favorite (sorry, mom.) The top of the meatloaf was covered in regular ketchup and brown sugar. Let’s just say keto-friendly ingredients were not on the old recipe card she was following to make this lovely dish.

We are throwing traditional meatloaf recipes out the window and making something that our family likes but friendly to a low carb diet.

The beautiful things with this KETO meatloaf recipe is that there are a million different ways to adapt it using our base recipe. Here are different variations of this low carb meatloaf recipe that you can change and update ingredients to make it fit in one of your meal plans.

Best Meatloaf Recipe Ideas to Make it Your Own!

Look in your pantry and fridge to decide if you want to use everyday ingredients, different ingredients that the norm. Whatever keto-friendly meatloaf ingredients that you use, let’s make it something that you and your family will love to eat.

not your mamas meatloaf recipe keto
not your mamas meatloaf recipe keto

KETO Meatloaf Muffins

Rather than making in a loaf pan, make Keto meatloaf muffins in a silicone muffin pan. This makes for great meal prep, easy for storing and popping in your lunch box for a meal on the go. 

Cheeseburger Meatloaf 

Add cheese because with low carb and KETO, you can! Simply adding cheese to our keto meatloaf recipe makes this dish taste like a cheeseburger!

Low Carb Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Exchange the lean ground beef out for ground turkey and you will have low carb turkey meatloaf! Whichever lean meat you want to use (ground pork or ground chicken – no problem!) but the lack of fat in both of these poultry meats do change the taste.

Meatloaf Patties for a Keto Meatloaf Sandwich

Rather than making your meatloaf into well a loaf, why not pull out a baking sheet rather than a loaf pan and make patties out of the meat loaf mixture.

This would not only cook quicker, you could add the meatloaf patties to low carb bread (or regular bread for anyone not low carbing) with a sugar-free ketchup and have a delicious keto meatloaf sandwich!

Alternative Flour – No White Flour

Let’s say no to the white flour and figure out the best keto friendly flour that your family likes to use in the keto meatloaf. Here are some options to help bind your meatloaf to keep that loaf shape.

  • coconut flour
  • almond flour
  • crushed pork rinds (say no to bread crumbs!)
  • sunflower seed flour
  • flaxseed meal (use with caution – some people have adverse reactions to flaxseed.

Our KETO meatloaf coconut flour or KETO meatloaf with almond flour as a substitute for crushed pork rinds – if you are adversed to using pork rinds. We are just saying no to bread crumbs.

KETO Meatloaf Bacon Style 

If you REALLY want to up your protein and meat game, wrap your meatloaf in bacon for the ultimate low carb meatloaf!

Slow Cooker Meatloaf with Mozzarella

Check out our massive list of over 75 keto Crock Pot recipes – featuring a delicious slow cooker mozzarella filled meatloaf recipe that you won’t want to miss.

Tips for Making Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Here are some helpful tips to making your low carb keto meatloaf recipe. These are some helpful tips to to ensure you have a moist meatloaf that is ketogenic diet friendly.

What is the Perfect Meatloaf Temperature?

If you are a food temperature person, I like you. I like making sure that my meat is thoroughly cooked. Using a meat thermometer, you can ensure that your ground meat is cooked.

meatloaf internal temperature
meatloaf temperature

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The ideal perfect meatloaf temperature is between 155 degrees Fahrenheit and 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This gives you the best results.

You will want to use a food thermometer (this is the one we use) to determine your meatloaf’s internal temperature. Don’t forget, the temperature inside the meatloaf will rise after you take it out of the oven. 

Use a Food Processor

Mix your meat loaf keto-friendly ingredients together using a food processor rather than a large mixing bowl.

How Do I Make My Meatloaf Spicy?

Want to add some heat to your meatloaf? My favorite way to make meatloaf spicy is by adding chili powder and cayenne pepper to the ground meat mixture. To add a Mexican flare to your low carb recipe, you could add-in jalapeños!

Mozzarella Stuffed Slow Cooker Meatloaf Keto Crockpot Recipe

If you are hesitant and don’t want to flame the family from eating this – here are some more options that are keto friendly to add to an already cooked meatloaf:

  • crushed red pepper
  • sriracha sauce
  • tabasco sauce

By adding the spice after cooking, you are being kind to those who don’t like spicy food.

A Greased Loaf Pan is a Must!

Something that totally annoys me is when a you spend time making a meal and then it sticks to the pan!

Make sure that you use a keto friendly cooking spray for your loaf pan. A greased loaf pan is a must. We prefer an olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray. Our favorite is from Trader Joes.

Another option is to line your loaf pan in parchment paper.

Prevent Oven Spillage

Make sure not to overstuff your loaf pan with the meat mixture. Either make meatloaf meatballs or meatloaf patties if you have too much mixture for your pan!

Also make sure to throw a sheet pan under neath your loaf pan (I typically line the baking sheet with foil.) This will prevent oven spillage and if your dish does spill it won’t be all over your oven.

burnt cheese meme - the cheese i spilled in the bottom of my oven watching me bake more stuff instead of cleaning it out
oven spillage

Remember this burnt cheese meme? Cracks me up every single time!

Hide Vegetables in Your Meatloaf

Since we are making a meal for the family – a great way to get those vegetables in is by hiding veggies in food. Whip up a green beans or cauliflower mash with ketchup mixture and garlic powder to sneak those veggies in without your family even knowing.

Creative Meatloaf Ingredients

Get creative with your ingredients list. Here are some meatloaf ingredients to use (in moderation) that aren’t something you would typically find in a traditional recipe. We aren’t traditional around here!

  • dijon mustard – this will give your ground chuck or whatever meat you use a richer taste.
  • soy sauce (wait is soy sauce keto?) – use in moderation, kid actually try coconut aminos instead
  • tomato sauce – rather than paste or regular or sugar-fere ketchup, try tomato sauce. Portion size is key when watching that carb count – so use sparingly.
  • apple cider vinegar – this is used often in paleo meatloaf. ACV is often added to give a pop of flavor and enhances texture.
  • green onions – top with green onions (not too many) for an onion flavor

Can I Cook Meatloaf in an Air Fryer?

While I wouldn’t cook a meatloaf in an air fryer, you could possibly do re-heat it using an airfry technique (though I would worry about moisture.) What does sound good is taking the best keto meatloaf recipe and rather than putting it into loaf shape – make meatballs out of it and then air fry those! Air Fried Keto meatloaf meatballs? Did I just create a recipe! Stay tuned!

How to Store and Re-heat Meatloaf Leftovers

Reheating leftover meatloaf is so good. it’s like so much of the flavor seeps in after you let the meatloaf sit in the fridge and then nuke.

The best way to store your meatloaf is to make sure to use an airtight container. I usually throw a piece of tinfoil over the leftovers until it is room temperature.

Reheating Meat Loaf

To reheat meatloaf, I keep it simple. Typically I just throw it in the microwave high heat for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. You can reheat in the oven, just make sure your meat is cooked to the correct temperature.

Happy Keto Cooking

While this didn’t include your classic meatloaf recipes, I hope it provided you something better! Enjoy keto cooking for your family and we hope this helped you with ideas to make the best keto meat loaf recipe ever (because it has ingredients that YOU LIKE!)

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