Old-Fashioned Low-Carb Meat Loaf Recipe

Sliced meatloaf to be served
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Total Time 70 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 60 min
Yield 8 servings Low-Carb Meat Loaf

This Low-Carb Meat Loaf recipe is similar to the one from my childhood, but without the bread crumbs, making it gluten-free.

I use TVP to absorb some of the juices produced by the meat as it cooks.  If you have trouble finding TVP (textured vegetable protein) (also known as TSP or texturized soy protein), you can omit it, or get options for fillers and tips in How to Make a Low-Carb Meatloaf.


  • 2 pounds ground meat -- 85% to 90% lean works well. I've used beef, turkey, and combinations.
  • 1 cup TVP
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion or 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion flakes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup water or milk


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

  3. n a large bowl, mix together 2 pounds 85% to 90% lean ground meat (beef, turkey or a combination), 1 cup TVP, 1/4 cup finely chopped onion or 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion flakes, 2 cloves minced fresh garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried sage, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons Worcestershie sauce, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 large egg and 1/4 cup water or milk.
  1. Mix the ingredients well. Using your hands is easiest, but don't overmix because you will toughen the meat.
  2. Bake in a 9x5-inch loaf pan, or several 8x4-inch loaf pans, or make personal pan-size loaves. Place the pans on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour for a large loaf. (Some people say that baking it longer at 325 F produces a better texture. I have not tried this.) Muffin-cup meatloaves cook in about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. To be sure the meatloaf is done, insert an instant-read meat thermometer into the center of the loaf. The temperature should register 155 degrees F when it is done.
  5. About 10 to 15 minutes before you think the meatloaf will be done, you can cover it with Sugar-Free Low-Carb Barbecue Sauce.

Nutritional Information: Each of 8 servings has 2 grams effective carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber, 30 grams protein, and 263 calories.

International Low-Carb Ground Meat Recipe

  • Kofta Kebabs - Middle Eastern Grilled Ground Meat RecipeThe spices in this meat mixture (traditionally lamb) are a delicious change of pace from the usual. If you don't have the time or inclination to place them on skewers, you can make them into oblong-oval shapes that look like sausages without the casings.

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