Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Meatloaf

Though I am allergic to ketchup, this is my husband’s favorite meatloaf recipe. And though my husband is not on a gluten-free diet, I make him this gluten-free meatloaf. It can be adjusted to meet your dietary needs. Egg replacer may be used instead of the egg; low-sodium ketchup; replace the ketchup with a natural sweetener such as homemade or store-bought plum sauce, etc. This is the only meatloaf my children would eat when they were young. It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe which she originally adapted from the Quaker Oats container. Enjoy this flavorful kid-friendly gluten-free meatloaf!

Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Meatloaf


Yield: 6-8 Servings

Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Meatloaf

Let's face it, meatloaf is not well liked by kids. Try this kid-friendly gluten-free meatloaf that has been enjoyed by many kids and adults alike.


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free oatmeal (whole rolled oats or quick cooking - Bob's Red Mill, Cream Hill Estates, or GF Harvest)
  • 1-1/2 cup gluten-free ketchup* (Heinz.)
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the ground beef in a large bowl; top with oatmeal; with your hands or large spoon blend well.
  3. In a smaller bowl, beat egg; add all remaining ingredients and add to the beef and oatmeal. With your hand, blend together.
  4. Add the meat mixture to a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and form into the desired shape. Leave enough room on the side for the grease to drain.
  5. Place in the center rack of your oven for about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. (Some people like it very brown on top and others prefer it soft.)
  6. Slice and serve. If you plan on freezing it, allow to cool before slicing and storing. I freeze mine wrapped in foil and then placed in freezer bags. A safer foil to use is Martha Wrap ensuring the parchment paper is touching the meat and the foil portion is outside. See the below photo made with regular ketchup. The featured image shows the meatloaf made with Heinz No Salt Ketchup.


*Note: Most ketchups are not corn-free. Heinz contains corn syrup. You can make your own, though. There are quite a few recipes online.

2 Replies to “Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Meatloaf”

    1. Hi Eddy,

      Not everyone who is on a gluten-free diet is oat intolerant. That is something you and your doctor will need to determine. You can find a list of gluten-free product at Bob Red Mill’s in the U.S. and Cream Hill Estates in Canada. I believe I have 2 or 3 brands listed at the above link. In addition, you can check out this article on gluten-free oats that may be tolerated by celiacs: I hope this helps.

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