03.06.18

Whole30 Classic Meatloaf

Every mom needs a good meatloaf recipe up her sleeve because who doesn’t like meatloaf? So here’s mine, a Whole30 Classic Meatloaf!

Whole30 Classic Meatloaf

My kids absolutely love it when I make this Whole30 Classic Meatloaf and serve it with my Whole30 Mashed Potatoes. Everyone leaves the table full and happy, and nobody would ever know that it’s Whole30 compliant! WIN!

If you like this Whole30 Classic Meatloaf, try my Mini BBQ Meatloaves for a simple, easy dinner!

Whole30 Classic Meatloaf

Whole30 Classic Meatloaf
Serves: 6 People
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5 from 12 votes
A delicious, gluten-free Meat Loaf recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

Ingredients

For the Meatloaf:

  • 2 cups finely diced yellow onion about 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp. crystals hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and thyme and saute until tender, about 7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the tomato paste and coconut aminos. Set aside to let cool.
  • When cool, place ground beef, almond flour, 2 beaten eggs, and plenty of salt and pepper (to taste) in a bowl. Pour the onion mixture on top , and mix lightly with a fork. Don't mash or the meat loaf will be dense.
  • Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, combine all of the "for the sauce" ingredients, stir to combine.
  • Spread the sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350°F, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads 155°F. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Make thick slices to serve.
  • Enjoy!

35 Comments

  • Reply
    Steph
    October 15, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Anyone tried adding sautéed mushrooms along with the onions? I have a bunch I want to use up and seems like would be a happy pairing…

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    Lisa
    September 16, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    5 stars
    Love how simple, easy, yet incredibly flavorful this recipe turns out. We’ve made it multiple times with great success. We’ve even divided the recipe into patties and will grill them like hamburgers. My family loves meatloaf burgers!

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    Lisa
    May 16, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Can I prep this the day before and just throw in the fridge until I’m ready to make it the following day?

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      Alex
      May 16, 2021 at 10:50 pm

      definitely!

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    Stephanie Nelson
    April 18, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    5 stars
    We eat this recipe often and I have shared it many times with my friends!

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    Lisa
    March 11, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I have made this recipe in the past and me and my husband loved it! I recently found out I’m allergic to almonds, though, and I would love to make this again. Is there a good sub you would use for almond flour? Maybe arrowroot or cassava?

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      Alex
      March 12, 2021 at 2:05 am

      I’d go for cassava in this one!

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        Tate
        April 17, 2021 at 11:31 pm

        Also avoiding almonds… could I do a 1-for-1 sub almond flour for breadcrumbs? Obviously it wouldn’t be W30 anymore, but working with what I got 🙂

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          Alex
          April 18, 2021 at 1:11 pm

          yes for sure!

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      Taloya
      March 13, 2021 at 10:22 pm

      I can’t get it to print.

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    Caroline Baker
    February 22, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    How do you get the meat to not leak juice all over the pan while cooking? Or is that normal?

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 23, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      it’s normal, unfortunately!

    • Reply
      Sonya
      February 27, 2021 at 7:41 pm

      I think I just deleted my reply to you so if it dups ~ ignore. Lol

      All meatloaf does it. It’s just the fat from the burger. About halfway through cooking time (once meat starts to get firm) pull out of oven and tilt pan at corner and drain some off into coffee cup. Meatloaf will still produce more juice during final cooking time and still be juicy.

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        Pati
        September 13, 2021 at 2:16 pm

        Had anyone made this with ground turkey?

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    Dany
    February 13, 2021 at 6:32 am

    5 stars
    Great recipe! The rest of my family isn’t doing Whole30 like I am, but they’re eating the dinners I cook, so I try to find compliant versions of recipes we typically enjoy and this one was a winner. Everyone loved it!

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    Leslie
    February 9, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    5 stars
    Favorite meatloaf recipe. So tasty. Although, the more recent time I cooked it, the bottom of my meatloaf seemed to cook way faster than the top. Meet thermometer said near the bottom was about 190 while lightly inserted to top/middle was about 135 degrees. I let it rest, etc. but when I sliced it the top was pink and the bottom seemed a little over cooked. Do you have any advice to avoid this, or reason this happened? Thanks.

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    Christian
    January 30, 2021 at 4:06 am

    5 stars
    This will be a repeat meatloaf recipe for our family. I do W30 and my family eats most things I make. This had great flavor and I loved the sauce on top! It’s a hit in this house.

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    Jennifer
    January 25, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    5 stars
    This is my new favorite W30/paleo meatloaf! Easy and outstanding flavor!!!

  • Reply
    Allison Barrett
    January 15, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    5 stars
    Newly obsessed with your cookbook. Oh my gosh, everything has been so amazing. Doing Whole 30 for the first time. My husband is not, but he is loving the food I’m making as well. Your a meatloaf meatballs are to die for. I will make them again and again and again…

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    Melissa
    January 15, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Can you make this with ground turkey?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 15, 2021 at 10:19 pm

      sure!!

  • Reply
    CM
    January 15, 2021 at 3:13 am

    Would love to know if I could make this in a loaf pan or does that change the cooking time? Mostly, I would love to prep this ahead and throw in the oven on a weeknight.

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      Alex
      January 15, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      You can for sure– but I find it’s better formed on the loaf. It collects so much fat in the loaf pan.

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        Stephanie
        May 31, 2021 at 3:58 am

        Any suggestions for how to freeze this for easy meal prep?

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          Alex
          June 2, 2021 at 12:04 pm

          Mix the ingredients and form the loaf, then wrap it very well with plastic wrap and place it in an airtight freezer bag. Raw meatloaf should last up to six months in the freezer. I’d hold off and add the sauce afterwards.
          When planning to cook the frozen raw meatloaf, it’s best to take it out of the freezer and place it in the fridge the night before to thaw. Then bake as directed by the recipe. If baking from frozen, use the same temperature called for in the recipe but bake the meatloaf 1 1/2 to 2 times longer than directed. (you should definitely check for doneness with a meat thermometer—it should read 160 F)

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      Brittany
      February 9, 2021 at 11:33 pm

      5 stars
      I loved this! First time I made it in a loaf pan, and it took more like 1.5 hours or more. Way better (and faster) shaped into the loaf.

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    Becky
    January 11, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    5 stars
    We love this recipe! Whether we are on a whole30 or not! So good! It’s not too compact or heavy.

  • Reply
    Lori
    January 11, 2021 at 1:22 am

    5 stars
    The recipe was amazing! My two kids loved it, even the picky 8 year old – and that’s a compliment in itself. This will be my new go to meatloaf recipe. Thanks for all you do and being you! We are week 2 of whole 30 and my husband and kids have enjoyed every meal!

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    Yara
    January 9, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    5 stars
    Do you think I can make this in a loaf pan instead of shaping it?

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    Bryn
    January 5, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    5 stars
    My favorite whole 30 meal!

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    Jess
    December 17, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    For some reason I couldn’t leave a star rating (blank screen), but I would give this a 5/5. We loved it for Whole30 with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli. It honestly might replace our standard meatloaf recipe! Can’t wait to make again.

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      Alex
      December 17, 2020 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you, Jess! Glad you enjoyed the recipe and thank you for pointing out the rating issue, just fixed it.

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    Andrea
    December 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    This has become our family favorite meatloaf recipe!

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    Sarah
    October 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    This was great! I made it last night with coconut flour (I didn’t have almond flour), everything else the same. It seemed even sweeter than typical meatloaf (but that may be because I’m in the middle of a reset and have been off sugar for awhile). And the tip about mxing lighly with a fork really did make it lighter than typical dense meatloaf. That’s a tip I’ll use for other recipies.

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