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20 Healthy Meatloaf Recipes That Will Make You Drool

If you think meatloaf is boring…you need to try the right recipes! Here are 20 that show just how delicious this staple can be…

When you’re sick and tired of chicken, don’t overlook the classic meatloaf.

Sure, you can make mom’s recipe with ketchup and a side of mashed potatoes, but there are a lot of ways to make this bit of culinary Americana special.

As you’ll see, you can play with all kinds of different meats, stuffing, toppings, and sauces, and you can meet just about any caloric and macronutritional needs.

Enjoy! 

Meatloaf Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes

Serves 6

Mashed potatoes are often served alongside meatloaf. In this recipe, they’re stuffed in the middle for an all-in-one meal.

It’s not as hard as it sounds to add filling to your meatloaf. Once the meatloaf ingredients are combined, place half of it on a baking sheet. Create space in the middle for the mashed potatoes, lay slices of cheddar on top, and cover with the remaining meat. Shape it into a loaf, and it’s ready to go in the oven.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

476

Calories

31 g

Protein

31 g

Carbs

18 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 slices (2 oz.) French bread

1/4 cup (1 oz.) grated Parmesan

1/2 cup (4 oz.) onion and chive cream cheese

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup apricot jam

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. ground mustard

1 lb. 90% lean ground beef

1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes

4 slices (4 oz.) extra-sharp cheddar

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Simple Meatloaf

Serves 8

Even in today’s foodie culture, sometimes nothing beats the taste of an original. When you want to get back to basics, try this simple meatloaf.

It’s just like mom used to make with bread crumbs, a splash of milk, and a bit of Parmesan cheese. Then of course it’s topped with ketchup, but for optimal flavor, look for an organic version – or even take the extra step to make your own.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

268

Calories

17 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

17 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/4 lb. ground beef

1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs

1/3 cup skim milk

1/3 cup grated Parmesan

1 large egg, beaten

1/8 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup ketchup

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Turkey Meatloaf Florentine

Serves 4

Making ground keykey meatloaf is one way to lighten up the classic American dinner.

Then to make it even healthier, you can mix in your favorite fresh ingredients like spinach. Like most leafy greens, spinach is low in calories yet high in nutrients. It’s mostly made of protein and fiber, with  healthy dose of vitamin A.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

338

Calories

35 g

Protein

35 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup diced onion

2 cups packed baby spinach

1 lb. lean ground turkey

1 large egg

1 cup fresh bread crumbs

3/4 cup ketchup, divided

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Quick Asian Meatloaf Pie

Serves 4

With a few simple tweaks to meatloaf, it can be an easy Asian-inspired dinner.

This beef meatloaf recipe includes sesame soy sauce and chives, but what really makes it stand out is the cooking technique. Instead of looking like a loaf, this is pressed into a pie plate, so it ends up being much thinner. As it cooks, the top is regularly brushed with sesame soy marinade and honey.

Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

273

Calories

38 g

Protein

5 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 large eggs

2 Tbsp. dry sherry (or water)

1/4 cup sesame soy marinade

2 tsp. cornstarch

1 tsp. pure honey

3 Tbsp. thinly sliced green onions

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Pork & Apple Meatloaf

Serves 8

Meatloaf hardly seems like a seasonal dish, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt it to use the freshest ingredients.

During the apple harvest, there’s no shortage of ways to use the versatile fruit, including this delicious meatloaf. Grated apple stops it from drying out in the oven while lending a touch of natural sweetness to complement the ground pork.

The fresh sage and apple ketchup are by no means necessary; yet if you can manage to include them, you won’t be disappointed.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

286

Calories

33 g

Protein

24 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 large apples, peeled and grated

1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

2/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs

1/2 cup milk

2 lb. ground pork

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried basil

1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, chopped

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup apple ketchup (or regular ketchup)

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Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf

Serves 8

Chicken has a lighter flavor than beef, which makes it a great base for stronger flavors like red chili hot sauce and blue cheese. By adding those ingredients, the meatloaf tastes a lot like buffalo chicken wings.

Use Frank’s red hot sauce instead of ketchup for the topping, and sprinkle on crumbled gorgonzola right before it goes in the oven. A bit of diced celery completes the picture.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

270

Calories

30 g

Protein

12 g

Carbs

11 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb. ground chicken

1 cup plain dried bread crumbs

1/3 cup celery, diced

1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp. crumbled gorgonzola cheese, divided

1/4 cup diced white onion

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp. hot sauce, divided

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. dried parsley

1/4 tsp. dried dill

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Turkey Quinoa Mushroom Meatloaf with Sriracha Barbecue

Serves 6

Don’t like slathering meatloaf with ketchup? You can use barbecue sauce instead, and by stirring in Sriracha and paprika, your easy dinner is suddenly gourmet.

And this recipe doesn’t stop there. It also includes nutrient-dense quinoa rather than bread crumbs. Then it takes meatloaf to a whole other level by stuffing gooey cheddar cheese in the middle.

Since everything is prepped in a food processor, there’s also minimal work before it goes into the oven.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

373

Calories

26 g

Protein

32 g

Carbs

16 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup cooked quinoa

2 cloves garlic

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

10 oz. mushrooms, trimmed

1 medium onion

1 red bell pepper

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. soy sauce

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. lean ground turkey

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

2 Tbsp. Sriracha

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1 cup (4 oz.) sharp cheddar cheese

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Slow Cooker BBQ Ranch Meatloaf

Serves 12

Meatloaf is as all-American as a meal can get, so why not integrate even more of your favorite flavors to make it extra comforting?

This meatloaf is full of barbecue ranch flavor, which means it’ll even make picky little ones happy. And if all you’ve had is dry, flavorless meatloaf, one bite of this will wipe away those childhood memories and have you rethinking this protein-packed dinner.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

397

Calories

44 g

Protein

8 g

Carbs

19 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 lb. ground beef

1 lb. sausage

1/2 cup bread crumbs

3 large eggs

1 packet (3 Tbsp.) ranch seasoning

1/2 cup barbecue sauce, divided

1/2 medium onion

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

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Italian Turkey Meatloaf Parmesan

Serves 8

Uncertain about retrying meatloaf? Transform it into another dish entirely with Italian sausage, marinara, and a generous amount of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

Because it looks like a big chicken parm, you won’t even recognize this as meatloaf. And the browned cheese on top looks so appetizing, you’ll want to dig right in.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

332

Calories

31 g

Protein

19 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 slice whole-wheat bread

2 Tbsp. low-fat milk

1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 lb. ground turkey Italian sausage

2 large eggs

1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup (1 oz.) grated Parmesan

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

2 tsp. onion powder

1 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella and provolone, divided

2 cups marinara sauce, divided

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French Onion Soup Stuffed Meatloaf

Serves 8

If you love caramelized onions, you know they make any dinner even better. And even though this meatloaf seems outrageous with cheese and onions, this is a low-fat dinner because of the lean ground beef.

You can lower the fat even more by choosing part-skim mozzarella, but it’s not necessary and can make the cheese less gooey.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

375

Calories

36 g

Protein

14 g

Carbs

17 g

Fat

Ingredients

Onions:

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 onions, halved and thinly sliced

1/2 Tbsp. fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup beef broth

1/4 cup red wine

Meatloaf:

2 lb. lean ground beef

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (or slightly ground oats)

2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella, divided

Sauce:

2 1/2 cups beef broth

1/2 cup red wine

3 Tbsp. cornstarch

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Secret Ingredient Meatloaf

Serves 8

This recipe uses a surprising trick to infuse meatloaf with flavor and ensure it’s not going to dry out.

Aside from that, this is a straightforward meatloaf recipe with ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, pepper, and seasonings. But before that’s all combined in a bowl, the crumbs are soaked in zesty Bloody Mary mix.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

351

Calories

37 g

Protein

29 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

1 cup + 1 Tbsp. zesty Bloody Mary mix

1 large egg

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup ketchup

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Easy Low-Carb Meatloaf

Serves 6

Although meatloaf has the word meat in it, there are other ingredients that typically add carbs to this otherwise high-protein dinner.

Substitute cauliflower for the bread crumbs or rolled oats, and you’ll end up with a meatloaf that has fewer calories, fewer carbs, and just as much protein. As a bonus, the cauliflower also helps keep the meatloaf moist.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

366

Calories

51 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

12 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lb. ground beef

1 cup grated cauliflower

1 small can (6 oz.) tomato paste

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 large eggs

2 Tbsp. coconut aminos

1 Tbsp. fish sauce

2 Tbsp. dried onion flakes

2 Tbsp. dried oregano

1 Tbsp. dried chives

1 Tbsp. onion powder

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. celery seeds

1/4 cup hot sauce (or more to taste)

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Hoisin Turkey & Zucchini Meatloaf Muffins

Serves 6 / Makes 12

If you have a muffin tin, you could be eating mini meatloaf in less than an hour.

The most difficult and time-consuming part of this recipe is to grate the zucchini – which is to say it’s easy to prep and assemble this Asian-inspired turkey meatloaf. Mix all the ingredients together, press into individual muffin cups, and bake.

Serve with fried rice or Chinese noodle salad.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

247

Calories

25 g

Protein

15 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1/3 cup + 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce, divided

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley

3/4 tsp. Chinese five spice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 large egg

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Turkey BBQ Meatloaf

Serves 6

This simple meatloaf recipe is similar to the original version, which was a smart way to feed a family for cheap while making the most of the meat.

The only seasonings required are salt and pepper, and the only two mix-ins – diced onion and bell pepper – are optional. Aside from that, you’ll need a couple eggs to bind the meatloaf together, plus a mixture of oats and bread crumbs.

Top with barbecue sauce or ketchup, and then wait about a half hour for it to finish in the oven.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

313

Calories

28 g

Protein

29 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey breast

2 medium eggs

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

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Crock Pot Meatloaf with Tomato Soup Gravy

Serves 6

Upgrade from ketchup to tomato soup with this meatloaf recipe, which is conveniently prepared in a Crock Pot.

You’ll need ten minutes and less than ten ingredients to get this dinner together. Mix up the meatloaf, form it so it fits in the slow cooker, and pour the soup on top. Get this ready in the morning, and it’ll cook on low for 8 hours while you work.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

405

Calories

51 g

Protein

21 g

Carbs

12 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lb. ground beef

1 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 large egg

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup diced sweet red pepper

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cans (10.75 oz. each) creamy tomato soup

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Super Healthy Meatloaf

Serves 4

Meatloaf can be a great way to use up stale bread before it has to be tossed, but if you don’t have any to get rid, of don’t worry about buying a loaf. You can just whole oats instead, and once baked into the meatloaf, they’re not even discernible.

Oatmeal meatloaf doesn’t appear any different than the kind with bread crumbs, so it’s a good way to sneak complex carbs and fiber into a carnivorous meal.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

306

Calories

38 g

Protein

17 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 large egg

1/2 cup ketchup

1/3 cup shredded carrots

1/3 cup shredded zucchini

1/2 medium onion, diced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Serves 6

that’s not the only combination that makes a tasty meatloaf.

Combine beef and turkey to get traditional flavor with leaner macros. For any recipe, though, you can switch up the ratios of ground meat to match your tastes and nutritional preferences; just be sure to keep the total amount of meat the same.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

360

Calories

42 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

19 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/3 cup ketchup

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1 large onion, diced

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

3 slices bacon

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Hidden Vegetable Meatloaf

Serves 12

Meatloaf hardly needs more than ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, and seasoning. Yet there’s no reason to stop there because it’s also a perfect way to sneak in veggies and other nutrition boosters.

Rather than using stale bread, this recipe calls for whole oats, which contribute slow-digesting complex carbs. This meatloaf also includes a heap of fresh produce, including carrots, celery, and mushrooms.

And instead of processed ketchup, it’s topped with marinara.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

205

Calories

19 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 cups chopped cremini mushrooms

1 Spanish onion, chopped

6 carrots, chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

2 red bell peppers, chopped

2 lb. lean ground beef

1 cup old-fashioned oats

8 cloves garlic, crushed

2 large eggs

1/4 cup tomato paste

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 cup marinara

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Meatloaf with Herbed Cream Sauce

Serves 4

This Southern meatloaf with gravy is the perfect Sunday dinner because it takes the simple dinner to the ultimate level of comfort food.

The beef and breakfast sausage meatloaf is already full of flavor. Then it’s studded with chopped mushrooms and seasoned with tangy Worcestershire and horseradish. Last but certainly not least is the creamy gravy, which brings this dish home.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

554

Calories

54 g

Protein

21 g

Carbs

27 g

Fat

Ingredients

Southern Meatloaf:

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped crimini mushrooms

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/4 lb. ground beef

6 breakfast sausage links, casings removed

2 large eggs, beaten

2/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. ketchup

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. grated horseradish

1 Tbsp. fresh thyme

Herbed Cream Sauce:

1 Tbsp. meatloaf pan drippings

1 Tbsp. flour

1/4 cup beef broth

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Oat Bran Meatloaf

Serves 4

If you’re looking for a healthy substitute for bread crumbs, consider oat bran. It not only adds fiber, but it gives texture to an otherwise one-dimensional dish.

That’s good news if you like the flavor of meatloaf yet find it to be mushy. The nutty bran also contributes more flavor to the dish than bread crumbs or oats would.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

305

Calories

37 g

Protein

12 g

Carbs

16 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey

2 large eggs

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup no-sugar-added ketchup

2 Tbsp. minced onion

1/2 Tbsp. seasoned salt

1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1/2 cup oat bran

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  • Octavio Bravo

    Gotta try some of these, they look delicious.

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