This Keto Meatloaf is comfort food at its best. Made with an almond flour and parmesan breadcrumb mixture, this recipe is low carb and keto approved but tastes just as good as the original!
You don’t need a lot of carbs to make a classic southern meatloaf tasty. Learn how to make meatloaf keto friendly with this easy recipe!
For this recipe, I substituted breadcrumbs with almond flour and parmesan cheese. The almond flour has a very mild flavor, so it will help bind it without adding any weird after taste. The parmesan also helps bind the meatloaf and provides some extra saltiness and fat to the recipe.
Keto friendly substitutes for breadcrumbs in meatloaf
Breadcrumbs help bind meatloaf together, but you don’t need them to make meatloaf. You can use a few different ingredients to take their place.
Here are a few keto breadcrumb substitutes:
- grated parmesan cheese
- ground pork rinds
- almond flour
- coconut flour
- golden flaxseed
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:
- Almond Flour - Acts as a filler and a binder.
- Parmesan - I prefer to grate my own, but you could use pre-grated versions.
- Dried Parsley - This gives it that Italian breadcrumb flavor.
- Ground Beef - I use 85/15 or 90/10. I find that 80/20 is too fatty.
- Vegetables - I use a combination of onion and bell pepper for a boost of flavor.
- Eggs - Eggs act as a binder to help the meatloaf stay together.
- Spices - You’ll need salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Worcestershire Sauce - This adds more flavor.
- Unsweetened Ketchup - Some of the ketchup will go in the meatloaf, and some will be used for the topping.
How to make keto meatloaf
Step by step instructions:
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl, and mix everything together.
- Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan, and mold it into a loaf shape.
- Spread the ketchup over the top of the meatloaf.
- Bake the meatloaf uncovered at 350 degrees for 60 - 70 minutes.
- Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes after cooking. (This is important, as the meatloaf may fall apart if doesn't rest prior to serving.)
How to store leftovers
To store, allow the meatloaf to cool completely. You can either transfer to an airtight container or cover tightly with plastic wrap to store for up to 3 days in the fridge.
To reheat, place an individual serving in the microwave for one minute or until warmed. You could also stick the pan back into a warm oven and heat it until warmed through.
What to Serve with
Meatloaf is the star of the meal, but it needs some help to make it a complete meal. You can serve it with your favorite veggies like air fryer green beans, zucchini, asparagus, or cauliflower mash.
Check out these other delicious low carb dinner recipes:
- Cheesy Keto Taco Casserole
- Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
- Ninja Foodi Pot Roast (Pressure Cooker Pot Roast)
- Keto Crock Pot Beef Stew
- The Best Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Best Keto Meatloaf
A juicy keto meatloaf recipe that tastes just as good as the classic.
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 1/2 cup almond flour, (or coconut flour)
- 1 tablespoon dried parsely
- 2 pounds ground beef, (85/15 or 90/10 lean)
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons no sugar ketchup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup no sugar added ketchup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line or grease a loaf pan.
- Combine all of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl, and mix together. I recommend using your hands to mix everything.
- Once everything is combined, transfer the mixture to the pan and mold it into a loaf.
- Spread the ketchup over top of the meatloaf.
- Bake the meatloaf uncovered for 1 hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
- Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes prior to serving.
- Be sure to mix the meatloaf well to ensure that all the ingredients are combined.
- To avoid the meatloaf falling apart, be sure to let it cool for at least 10 minutes prior to serving.
- Oven times may vary. Cook the meatloaf a few minutes less or longer depending on your oven. The internal temperature of the meatloaf should reach 160 degrees.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 7 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 175mgSodium: 777mgCarbohydrates: 7gNet Carbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 41g
All nutritional information and calculations are provided as a courtesy. Nutritional values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product, and brand selection. You should not rely on this information for medical advice.
Kay is passionate about living a healthy low carb lifestyle. She loves low carb comfort foods that are also family-friendly!
The 1/2 cup of ketchup, is that for on top or to add into the meat mixture as well?
It is for the top.
Could you not amend the recipe directions to include that step???
I just updated it, thank you!
I never read ahead when It says mix all the ingredients together so i did including the ketchup lolol I'm making it now hopefully it turns out ok
I have updated the recipe to clarify this step. I hope that you enjoyed it, thank you!
I've made this a few times... so delicious
When using pork rinds what else would I use with it instead of breadcrumbs?
It’s a one to one substitution. Tasty too if you use the flavored Pork Rinds.
Thank you, I'm sure pork rinds would be just fine!
Can you please edit it so that it says “add all ingredients except ketchup”? Because it says add all ingredients to the bowl and mix, and included the ketchup in the mix. I’ll still put some on top, but the recipe may need to be edited to be clearer. Thanks.
Thank you, I just updated it!
I just made this for supper and it was really good I did make 1 adjustment to the recipe and that was to add 1/4 cup of ketchup to the mix because that's the way I make my own so I decided to make it by adding the 1/4 cup of ketchup but I think it's awesome and so did my husband will definitely be making again
The directions at the top says to bake just for 30 minutes, but the directions under ingredients says 30 minutes, add ketchup and bake again. I did the 30 minutes, added ketchup and baked another 35 minutes. It turned out great! I subbed almond flour for 1/2 cup of crushed pork rinds.
I made this meatloaf tonight for my son and me. It was easy to make and very tasty. I did have to cook it longer than the suggested time.
Thank you, I'm glad that you enjoyed it!
I clumsily added the ketchup to the meat bc I understood it to say mix all ingredients. I used a mini muffin pan for about 25minutes and it turned out great even though I messed up on the instructions. When I got to adding the ketchup on top, I mixed in dijon mustard & nutmeg for additional flavor and placed in over for another 5ish minutes. Will definitely make this again. The kids scarfed it down.
I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! I just updated the recipe to clarify the instructions. Thank you!
I put some sugar free ketchup in the mix as well.
Sounds delicious! Thank you!
The instructions at the top indicate mixing all the ingredients except the ketchup, but the instructions at the bottom do not. Just might want to clarify that in the instructions at the bottom.
Otherwise - great recipe!
Thanks! I just updated the recipe to fix that!
This sounds delicious and the comments confirm it. One of our family members does not like the taste of Worcestershire sauce, what would be a good substitute.
You could try using soy sauce instead. I'm sure that would be delicious!
This was just amazing, I loved this. I swapped out the onions for scallions and made a sauce of sugar free catsup with brown sugar swerve for on top. Didn’t put the sauce on top till 20 min before end of time. Thank you so much for this recipe,
Great idea! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it!
This is our favorite! I make it at least once a week. Just curious if you have any tips on how to easily drain the grease when the meatloaf is done? I always tend to make a mess. I line my pan with tin foil. Thanks!
I'm so happy to hear that! I usually use hold the meatloaf in place with a piece of foil in my hand, then gently pour any excess grease out into a container or cup. I hope this helps! Thank you!
I just made this recipe today I love it will make it again thank you
Thank you! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it!
Made this and it was delicious! I substituted pablano peppers for bell pepper. Will be making again!!
That sounds delicious!
I made this yesterday for dinner. I'm the only one on a Keto diet in my household, but my family enjoyed the meatloaf. I also placed four strips of bacon on the top of the meatloaf. It yielded a lot of pan drippings that I made gravy with.
That sounds delicious! I like making this with bacon as well. Thank you!
Hello im excited to make this. It says to cook uncovered for an hour. What temp? I didnt see that
Hi there, the temperature is located on the recipe card. It is 350 degrees. I hope that you enjoy it. Thank you!
What temperature do you cook this at?
Has anyone made this in their Vortex airfryer?
If I left out the onions and peppers, would that take the net carb down per slice? Just curious? Thanks 😊
Hi Melissa, yes it would. I do that sometimes as well!
I was wondering if when you say grated parmesan, do you mean freshly grated parmesan or the kind that comes in a container from Kraft?
I used the kind in the container. I rarely grate my own parmesan cheese.
Most grocery stores that have a deli usually have fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Try it at least once. MUCH better tasting than the stuff in a can,
The grated one in the deli has a powdery consistency. My grocer also has a stringy style Parmesan like those in the packages, but without the starch in it.
This was amazing. I left out green pepper because I don’t like it. I also used 1 lb of hamburger and 1 lb of sausage. Will definitely make again thanks
That sounds delicious! Thank you!
Thank you. 🙂
This recipe was so great. Since im not a fan of ketchup, I used no sugar bbq sauce and it turned out amazing and delicious
Thank you, and that sounds delicious!
Yum. It was great. Modified slightly but very keto and son loved it!
Feeling compelled to leave a comment because this was the juiciest, tastiest, most delicious meatloaf I have ever made or had. I shared the recipe with my mom who is just starting Keto. Thank you!
Thank you so much! This makes my day, I'm so happy that you enjoyed the meatloaf!
This is now my GOTO re pie for yummy meatloaf! The best!
Thanks so much! I'm so happy you like it.
Such a great recipe! My entire family loves it! Thank you for sharing it!
I made this recipe exactly as posted - so good!! My family loved it! I did nor tell them it was keto, and they never noticed. A keeper...wish I had taken a pic before it was devoured!
I usually make my meatloaf with carrots and no breadcrumbs. but wanted to try something new! I also added an extra pound of ground pork to the 2 pounds of ground beef, so I tweaked it slightly. I have 5 kids and an always hungry husband! So I added an entire pepper and onion, and did not have garlic powder so I used fresh garlic that I crushed. So freaking goooooood! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much! Comments like these make my day. So happy that you all enjoyed it!
I made this last night. My husband doesn't like green peppers so I omitted them and I substituted coconut liquid aminos for the worcestershire sauce (no soy in keto). It was absolutely delicious! We will be having this again!
This was so yummy! I used meatloaf mix (pork/beef/veal). Mine took about 1 hour 20 minutes, but it was about 2.2 pounds of meat. I moved it to a serving plate to rest and cooked in a large pyrex so it had room around it. It did not fall apart and was delicious. Will definitely make again.
The meatloaf mix sounds delicious. Thank you!
I LOVE this recipe! I didn't eat meatloaf before this! Thank you so much!
Thank you so much! I'm so glad that you love it!
I have a pound of ground turkey I need to use up. Has anyone used half beef half turkey for this recipe? Just curious if it still tastes comparable.
I'm sure turkey would work fine. You just may need to add a little milk or chicken broth to the mixture, as turkey tends to be drier. I'd say about 1/4 cup of either should work.
I changed out the ketchup for mustard. More my taste and lower carbs. I will b making again soon
Sounds good, thank you!
Excellent! Couldn’t tell the difference between breadcrumbs and almond flour. Tons of flavor and moist. I did use regular ketchup versus unsweetened as I am not counting carbs that strictly and Worth the trade off for the day.
I found your website today and love all your recipes. Are you going to have a cookbook?
Making the meatloaf tonight
I actually do plan to release a cookbook sometime this year. Thank you so much!
Very tasty. Only made a half batch as the first try. It went together quickly and smelled yummy while it was baking. I used 85/15 ground beef, and it turned out extra juicy, so might try the 90/10 next time. The parmesan cheese added a nice flavor to the finished loaf. Definitely going to make it again!
I have this meatloaf mixed up and waiting in the fridge for dinner. I put potato wedges on the bottom and added some leftover spaghetti sauce and some chopped mushrooms. Not really keto I suppose but hubby will like it.
This was by far the most easiest meal to prepare and so full of flavor.
However I did not use ground beef I substituted for the Impossible plant based option. I will have to make this again by trying another binding agent that is not egg.
We went through that pot so fast. I will have to make at lease two of them.
Insane flavor!!!! Wow!
I made this tonight but used pork rind panko instead of almond flour! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
I hope that you enjoyed it!