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Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf is loaded with flavor from tomatoes and dried herbs, and this low-carb meatloaf is delicious! And it makes two meatloaves so you can freeze some for later! 

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Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf finished meatloaf on serving plate

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf is something I came up with a few years ago when I wanted a meatloaf recipe that didn’t use breadcrumbs or oatmeal. I tried a few experiments and ended up with this tasty meatloaf with ground beef, Italian sausage, drained and chopped canned tomatoes, dried herbs, and flax seed meal instead of bread crumbs to bind it together.

This is a delicious meatloaf recipe that I’ve enjoyed every time I’ve made it, and even though meatloaf is NOT very photogenic I recently took some new photos to see if I can entice more people to try this tasty meatloaf option! This recipe makes 12 servings of meatloaf, but it freezes well, and Kara and I loved it when we tested the recipe. If your family likes Italian sausage I’m betting this delicious meatloaf will probably get gobbled up pretty quickly at your house too.

What’s Special About Flaxseed Meal?

I love that this grain-free meatloaf uses Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) to bind the ingredients together! Flax seeds are very rich in nutrients, and the oil is popular as a nutritional supplement. But flax seeds are more nutritious than just the oil because besides omega-3 fatty acids, the seeds are rich in both kinds of fiber and they also contain a phytoestrogen called lignans. And of special interest to carb-conscious eaters, flax seed meal has almost as much fiber as it does carbs, which means it’s very low in net carbs. And flaxseed meal is naturally gluten-free.

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf process shots collage

How to Make Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf:

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  1. I used to make this with slow roasted tomatoes, but they’re high in carbs so now I’d use well-drained and chopped canned tomatoes. 
  2. Take the Italian Sausage and ground beef out of the packages and put them in a bowl to start to come to room temperature.
  3. I used dry seasonings so they could help hold the meatloaf together. On top of the sausage and ground beef put Dried Onion (affiliate link), Garlic Powder (affiliate link), Dried Basil (affiliate link), Dried Parsley (affiliate link), salt, ground fennel (affiliate link), and Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link).
  4. Use your clean hands to gently combine the mixture.  (Don’t overmix.)
  5. I have a couple of mini roasting trays from the thrift store that I love to use for meatloaf because any fat from the meat drips down; use any kind of baking sheet if you don’t have a set-up like this. (Be sure to spray with non-stick spray!) 
  6. Divide the meat mixture in two and form into two meatloaves. I like to make diagonal scores with a butter knife, which looks nice and gives a guide for cutting slices.
  7. Cook the meatloaf for 1 hour, or until the temperature reaches 165F/75C on an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link). If you use turkey Italian Sausage, it’s especially important that it reaches that temperature. 
  8. If you don’t have an Instant-Read Thermometer, you can cut one meatloaf open to see if it’s done.
  9. Let meatloaf cool a few minutes, then cut into slices and serve. (This photo is one of the meatloaves, sliced.)
  10. I’m not a big ketchup fan but I always eat this with G. Hughes Sugar-Free Ketchup (affiliate link)!

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Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

This would be great with Twice Baked Cauliflower, Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms, or Garlic-Roasted Green Beans for a delicious low-carb meal.

More Low-Carb Ground Beef Recipes:

Instant Pot Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Beef Stroganoff Meatballs ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Tasty Low-Carb Soups with Ground Beef ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole ~ Ditch the Carbs
Low-Carb Ground Beef Stroganoff Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf

Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf

Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

This Grain-Free Meatloaf with ground beef, Italian sausage, tomatoes, herbs, and Flax Seed is loaded with healthy ingredients and it tastes good too!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef (see notes)
  • 1 19.5 oz. pkg. hot turkey Italian Sausage (see notes)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite dice tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 T dried chopped onion
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 T ground fennel
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Spray roasting racks or loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Squeeze turkey sausage out of casings in small pieces and put in mixing bowl with the ground beef so the meat can start to come to room temperature.
  4. Drain canned tomatoes into a colander placed in the sink. When they are well-drained, put them on cutting board and chop them a bit smaller.
  5. I used dry seasonings so they could help hold the meatloaf together. On top of the sausage and ground beef put Dried Onion (affiliate link), Garlic Powder (affiliate link), Dried Basil (affiliate link), Dried Parsley (affiliate link), salt, ground fennel (affiliate link), and Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link).
  1. Add chopped tomatoes, and eggs to meat mixture and use your clean hands to combine well.
  2. Try to mix the meat enough to get spices and eggs evenly distributed without over-mixing. Shape meat into two loaves.
  3. I prefer to bake meatloaf on a roasting rack so the fat can drip out. Using a rack also browns the meatloaf well on three sides, but use a regular baking sheet if that's what you have.
  4. Bake about one hour, or until the meatloaf is well done and shows 165F/75C on an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) or if you don't have a meat thermometer cut one open and make sure the inside is completely done.
  5. Let meatloaf cool a few minutes, then cut into slices and serve.
  6. I'm not a big ketchup fan but I always eat this with G. Hughes Sugar-Free Ketchup (affiliate link)!

Notes

Use ground beef with the amount of fat that fits your personal dietary preferences. You can use pork or turkey Italian Sausage and hot or mild sausage, whichever you prefer.

Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) is naturally gluten-free and very low in net carbs; check the package for information when you're buying it.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 171mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 41g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf with no breadcrumbs or oatmeal would be approved for any phase of the original South Beach Diet and other low-carb diet plans, and this recipe is also gluten-free. For the South Beach Diet, it’s recommend to use lean ground beef and low-fat turkey Italian sausage. If you’re following a strict low-carb plan, you might want to use less tomatoes, and most low-carb diets would prefer higher-fat ground beef and sausage.

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Historical Notes for This Recipe:
This tasty grain-free meatloaf was first posted in 2013. It was updated with new photos and better instructions in September 2020.

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    52 Comments on “Grain-Free Beef and Sausage Meatloaf”

  1. Bonnie, I haven't tried grinding my own, but I do keep my flax seed meal in the freezer. Hope that helps!

  2. Have you ever tried grinding your own flaxseeds? I use a small coffee grinder to grind just the amount of flaxseed meal that I need. Once the flaxseeds are ground, they start to lose their nutrients so it's best to use it immediately.

  3. The ground beef I use is about as lean as ground turkey, so I don't think the dryness would be much of an issue. I can't say how the flavor will be without the beef because I've never made it that way.

  4. This looks delicious. Do you think ground turkey for the whole thing combined with the turkey sausage would be too dry?

  5. Laura, so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. This was really great! I followed the recipe exactly and mine was ready in just under an hour.

  7. Glad you found it, and glad you enjoyed the meatloaf too!

  8. Finally found the flax seed meal in store #4! Nothing at SuperWalmart, Neighborhood Market, or Reasors…but today I finally found it at SuperTarget! (Good thing since this meatloaf was on the menu for tonight!) I'm not telling anybody there was flax see meal in it, but you really couldn't taste it anyway. The kids enjoyed it, but my hubby & I enjoyed it even more! Hubby topped it with your tzatziki (because everything tastes good with tzatziki)and I topped it with a little dijon mustard. Mmmmm…another wonderful recipe from you!

  9. I'm afraid I don't know what milled flax seed is. Flax seed meal should be available in the nutrition section of every large store, or for sure you could get it in a store like Whole Foods or other health food store.

  10. I haven't been able to find flax seed meal during my grocery store visits over the past couple weeks. Is it similar to milled flax seed?

  11. Jake seems to be an expert meatloaf former — those loaves are beautiful. I've never used flax seed in meatloaf, so I'm curious now and will give it a try.

  12. I am so glad I found your site and absolutely love this meatloaf! I was worried about using the flax seed and thought I would make a trial run before feeding it to the family. No need for that because it's was a winner with everyone, even the picky teenager! I will be sure to cut up my sun dried tomatoes a little better next time, other than that it turned out perfectly. Thanks for sharing!